Josh Lannon

Josh Lannon

Founder/President

Described as “a driven person with out of the box insights,” Lannon has successfully built and operated 6 healing centers. With a bold vision to bring 1 million warriors home from addiction and PTS, Warriors Heart is leading the way in chemical dependency treatment for our Warriors.

Growing up, Josh apprenticed under his father’s direction by operating the family owned nightclubs in Las Vegas, Nevada. Josh’s leadership and team led the Vegas nightclubs to be voted the #1 country club, five years in a row.

In 2002, Josh refocused himself to creating a career in sobriety and building businesses that are more socially conscious. He retired from the nightclub industry and, together, Josh and Lisa Lannon launched their first recovery center, Journey Healing Centers, a private drug and alcohol treatment center. JHC grew to six locations with 100 team members. Then in late 2013, Elements Behavioral Health, a leading nationwide provider, acquired JHC.

Josh has also dedicated three decades to studying the martial arts. He has a “Senior Professor of Arts” ranking as a 7th degree black belt as a personal student to the Grandmaster, Mr. Paul Mills. Josh is a leading Professor at the AKKI annual international seminars and teaches worldwide. Josh is currently getting his butt kicked going through the ranks in the Brazilian Jujitsu. He loves learning and taking on challenges.

Josh’s continued passion for building businesses assisting those who are struggling from addiction is one of the driving forces behind Warriors Heart.

Lisa Lannon

Lisa Lannon

Co-Founder and Former LEO

Described as “a protector with compassion.” Lisa has a bold passion in building businesses and providing safe world class healing environments assisting warriors in sobriety and healing. Her mission is to build healing facilities for our Warriors – Veterans, Active Military, Police Officers and other 1st Responders/Protectors.

Lannon is a Social Entrepreneur, author and international speaker. Lisa is the Founder of Brooke Property Management and is an investor in commercial buildings, residential homes, apartment complexes with holdings of over 2600 units and commodities.

Lisa has been featured in interviews on PBS’s Rich Woman Show, Fox News, JetSet Magazine, EmpowHer, Rich Dad Radio, along with other media outlets and speaks at financial education events worldwide.

Lisa was a commissioned Law Enforcement Officer for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, where during her time with LVMPD, she primarily worked on the booking floor. She dealt with addiction and combative people on a daily basis. Lisa trained other officers on the AFIS system and sat on a panel to interview new civilian potential hires.

Lisa and Josh have been inseparable since 1995, and are proud parents of two young amazing children. They’ve dedicated themselves to building a businesses that makes sense and address social problems.

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Tom Spooner

Tom Spooner

US Army (Ret) & Co-Founder

Tom Spooner’s service to our nation in the U.S. Army spanned twenty-one years. His career included time in the 82nd Airborne, as a Green Beret in the US Army’s 7th Special Forces Group and, ultimately, in the elite US Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta. In his military career that included 3 years of direct action combat deployments, Tom was able to accomplish what less than .001% of US military personnel have by becoming a Delta Force Operator.

After retiring from the Army, Tom approached his struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with the same tenacity and commitment to excellence that he did his military career. He began speaking candidly about the repercussions of his experiences and the reality of the difficulties he had coping with them. Determined to help his community cope with suicide and addiction as a result of their experiences in war, Tom has rededicated his professional efforts to healing. With a voice nearly unmatched in credibility and experience, Tom has successfully enabled thousands of military and law enforcement personnel to admit their struggles, seek treatment, and understand that they are not alone.

Tom has been married for 24 years to the love of his life and is the proud father of 2 young men.

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Kevin Jensen

CEO, MBA

As a proven leader in the addiction treatment industry, Kevin’s career has spanned over a decade in working with and managing accredited residential treatment centers. Having experience as an Executive Director as well as having overseen various departments for top treatment centers, Kevin brings with him a unique understanding of the interrelatedness of all departments in contributing to the optimal experience of the clients. As such Kevin has developed refined processes and best practices in support of the Warriors Heart mission “to provide strength through healing” to those prepared to become Sober Warriors.

Kevin has always held a tremendous appreciation for those men and women who have dedicated their lives in service to their fellowman. He is honored to have multiple family and friends who have served and still serve in the warrior class, including Firefighters, Police Officers, First Responders, and in the Armed Forces. Kevin’s own Grandfather served in WWII, and Kevin had the great privilege of hearing stories from his wife’s great-grandfather who served in the 84th infantry division when he fought in The Battle of The Bulge.

Kevin is passionate about service and views service as a core principle upon which he chooses to live his life, and can be found regularly giving service in his community, for his church, and to neighbors in need. Kevin has been married to his wife Britney for over 12 years and they have one daughter.

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Justin Bajema

USMC (Ret.) – Real Estate Investor & Partner

Justin, a decorated U.S. Marine who served two tours of combat in Iraq, leverages his military experiences into his daily business dealings. Justin enlisted in the Marine Corps as an infantryman in May of 2001. During his second tour of duty, Justin was severely wounded in an ambush when an IED detonated directly beneath his vehicle. He was awarded the Purple Heart by the Commander in Chief, President George W. Bush. Justin was medically retired from the United States Marine Corps for his injuries in 2005.

As founder of several real estate investment and management companies, Justin has the proven real world experience of the commitment, discipline, and leadership necessary to accomplish mission objectives under the most demanding of conditions. Utilizing his established business and military core competencies, Justin focuses his time on asset acquisitions and the day-to-day oversight of investments to maximize financial returns for his investors. Most recently, Justin successfully raised and closed a multi-million dollar apartment deal located in West Michigan in May of 2015.

Justin is a passionate veterans advocate, traveling throughout the country sharing his story on business leadership, overcoming adversity, success principles, and the transition from “boots to suits” for combat veterans. He has been featured in several news and media publications while supporting this cause. Justin has been committed to raising awareness for wounded veterans for the past 10 years through numerous personal involvements.

Justin has been married to his wife, Jennifer, since 2008. They have one daughter and a new addition to their family in January of 2016.

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Jeff Cardinal

US Army (Ret), Business Development, Merchandise

Jeff Cardinal has dedicated his life to serving in the Warriors professions of both the U.S. Army, as an Airborne Infantry Soldier and as a Law Enforcement Officer for the Sheriff’s Office.

Currently he supports the movement to take care of our warriors in several different facets. From Community Outreach at Warriors Heart to managing promotional merchandise and distribution for Warriors Heart, Elder Heart and Mission22.

Mr. Cardinal is proactive law enforcement professional with nearly twenty years of service and is currently the primary firearm instructor for the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Reactive Steel Range and has worked in various assignments, including Road Patrol and the Detective Bureau, where he worked in the Auto Theft Unit, Warrants Unit, Fugitive Apprehension Team (FTA) and part of the United States Marshals Office, Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team (DFAT).

Jeff spent over ten years as a Sniper/Entry team member/Lead Instructor for the Sheriff’s SWAT Unit and is a United States Army Veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantryman.

Jeff and his amazing wife Corey have been married since 1995 with two daughters and two sons.

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Joe Brown

US Army Colonel (Ret.) – Executive Director

Joe Brown is a retired U.S. Army Colonel who served over 25 years on active duty specializing in Operational Logistics and Medical Service. Prior to retiring from active duty in July 2004 he served as the Deputy to the Director of Logistics in Iraq supporting over 144,000 coalition forces of the Combined Joint Task Force-Seven (CJTF-7) during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He also had the privilege to command the 16th Corps Support Group consisting of 3,500 soldiers that supported the U.S. Army’s V Corps during major combat operations in Iraq in 2003.

During his military career Joe has served in a variety of Command and Staff positions. Key positions include; Commander of the 530th Supply & Service Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Chief, Plans Branch, Logistics Division, NATO Headquarters, Allied Land Forces Southern Europe (LANDSOUTH) in Verona, Italy; Chief, Ambulatory Care Support Branch, Frankfurt Regional Medical Center; and Health Care Administrator, Darmstadt Health Clinic which supported over 40,000 Military and Family Members.

After retiring from the Army, Joe was a Logistics Consultant with the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He provided consulting services to the Romanian Ministry of National Defense in Bucharest, Romania. Joe then joined the IBM Corporation from 2005 to 2015 where he was an Associate Partner in the IBM Global Business Services (Public Sector) in support of the Army and DoD Intelligence agencies security missions.

Joe’s entire adult life has been about taking care of the Warrior – those that have served and sacrificed so much deserve the honor, dignity, and respect they have earned. That is why he excited to be part of the Warriors Heart Team and its mission in supporting Warriors. Simply put – Warriors are family at Warriors Heart!

Joe’s wife (Rena) is a Nurse at Warriors Heart. They have two sons currently serving in the military. Their oldest served over 10 years in the U.S. Army with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat medic. He was recently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Their youngest son enlisted in the USMC and then attended the U.S. Naval Academy graduating in May 2014. He is a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy and is currently stationed in Texas.

Joe and Rena are avid triathletes who recently completed an Olympic distance triathlon in Hawaii and are now training for a half IRONMAN (70.3 miles) in the fall of 2016.

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Annette T. Hill

Clinical Director
MC, LPC, NCC

Annette Hill is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and EMDR Certified Therapist. She has a private practice in Scottsdale. Annette has worked with children in the foster care system both as coordinator of the Life Book program with Arizona’s Children Association and later as a therapist in Devereaux, Arizona. Out of these experiences, she created a “turn-key” curriculum, called The Journey of Me, to train foster care agencies in how to create and sustain their own Life Book program.

Annette has 10 years of experience working as a dual diagnosis therapist in residential treatment settings, including The Meadows, and eight years with The Sundance Center.

Though Annette treats patients with a variety of diagnoses, she specializes in the treatment of trauma. She works with Veterans both in her private practice, as well as through a 27-year-old non-profit program called Operation Freedom Bird as a volunteer therapist and board member. Operation Freedom Bird takes Arizona combat vets from all wars to Washington, D.C. on a four-day Healing Journey each year over the Veterans Day holiday.

Annette is also a Gold Star Mother. Her son, Adam Hill Gibson, served two tours in Iraq. He passed way as a result of symptoms of PTSD in 2009.

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Dr. Jeffrey L. Butts

DO, MRO
Board-certified in both family medicine and addiction treatment

Dr. Jeffrey L. Butts serves as the Medical Director for Warriors Heart. He is a fellow of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a diplomate of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Dr. Butts worked as a solo family practitioner in Lakeway, Texas for 12 years and founded a concierge practice called Celebrity Care, PLLC. His work experience included providing medical care as one of Austin’s “Rock Docs” to visiting celebrities working in the movie and music industry.

In 2004, Dr. Butts’ life and career changed directions when he embraced a recovery lifestyle. He turned his attention to the field of addiction medicine and began specialty training in 2006. Dr. Butts became certified in Addiction Medicine in December 2008 and became a Fellow of the American Board of Addiction Medicine in May 2009.

Dr. Butts and his wife now live in Boerne, TX where they have established a well-respected medical practice treating patients with addiction issues who deserve to receive the same kind of treatment as any celebrity!

Dr. Butts never served in the military but prior to becoming a doctor he was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Nacogdoches and Abilene, TX; and later worked as a Paramedic in Austin, TX. Dr. Butts is also a cofounder of Tribal Outreach Medical Assistance (TOMA) Foundation, which provides medical support to remote villages in South America.

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JW Wilson

Neuroscience

Mr. Wilson is considered one of the world’s leading experts in uncovering the scientific bases of how we learn and change behavior. He is also the author of the soon to be published book Cracking the Learning Code, the culmination of over 30 years of scientific research into how to accelerate the speed of learning and the rate of behavioral change.

He has suffered from, and overcome, PTSD. In addition, he has successfully developed the country’s only holistic drug and rehabilitation center, accredited by the Joint Hospital Commission. During JW’s tenure, JHC was ranked among the top 10% of all such treatment centers nationwide by the Commission.

JW has practiced meditation for over 30 years. JW has developed and managed many businesses, including corporate training firms serving Fortune 500 clients such as IBM, Kodak and AT&T. In the 1990’s, JW was president of one of the world’s leading accelerated learning companies. He has owned the largest magazine marketing development firm in the Pacific region, developed the country’s only holistic treatment center, was a 23 founder of Convention Television (www.ctvnational.com) and has produced over 200 TV shows and commercials.

The innovative Learning Code research is now being used to create the first school system in the world totally based on neuroscience. It’s used by organizations including the country’s largest employer organization, and the group that implements leadership training for NASA, The UN and the National Institutes of Health. JW’s research is also the impetus for a major African nation to base all of its future learning platforms on neuroscience. In addition, Mr. Wilson has developed over 20 start-ups. His diverse background has placed him in Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.

JW’s passion, which he calls his crusade, is to bring this essential knowledge to the world.

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Alisa Brzek

MSgt, USAF, (Ret.), Licensed Professional Counselor

Alisa Brzek is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant who spent 22 years in active duty service to her country. She spent 18 years of her active duty service as a Human Resources specialist. She then stepped out of her human resources role and held a one-year position in Air Base Wing protocol while stationed at Lajes Field in the Azores.

Additionally, Alisa served for three years as a First Sergeant for both Security Forces and Aircraft Maintenance at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a First Sergeant, she interacted with military personnel regarding their personal concerns, including marital, financial, and mental health issues. In this role, Alisa became a crisis incident expert, which involved her dealing with 8 deaths involving military personnel (including suicide, murder, and infant death). Alisa was also directly involved in mediating interpersonal violence, drunk driving charges, and many other difficult issues.

During her time as a First Sergeant, Alisa recognized her passion for counseling and helping others. In 2013 she completed her Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance at the Texas A&M University San Antonio campus. After graduating Alisa worked at Seguin Family Institute in Seguin, Texas, where she gained experience working with families affected by sex and violent offenses.

Alisa also counseled clients at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center in San Antonio, Texas. At Laurel Ridge, Alisa worked with active duty military members who suffered from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to working with military personnel, she also counseled clients who experienced acute mental health disorders and drug and alcohol addiction.
Alisa has empathy for first responders, and she believes that it is critically important to help those whose job it is to help everyone else first.

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Tricia Greene

Licensed Professional Counselor

Psychology and Health, Physical Education, & Recreation were Tricia’s majors at Southern College. She found a sense of fulfillment in helping people live life to the fullest by providing support, guidance, and hope.

Tricia has a Masters of Science (MS) in Clinical Psychology from Abilene Christian University in 1996. Her career choices often involved a combination of recreation and non-traditional counseling working as a team supervisor.

Tricia started working towards becoming a fully licensed Counselor (LPC) interning in various counseling modalities discovering a passion for providing motivation and help for people struggling with alcohol and drug abuse.

Tricia has a passion for animals and works with Warriors Heart’s K9 program. As a masters level LPC, Tricia has committed her life to being an objective, compassionate and caring in assisting warriors find and hone their strengths.

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Rena Brown

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Rena Brown is a Licensed Vocational Nurse who for the past 6 years has specialized in the treatment of substance abuse, alcoholism & other chemical dependencies. She has been a Program Director and Clinical Supervisor for addiction clinics in Austin and San Antonio. She is also licensed in Auricular acupuncture.

Rena is extremely passionate when it comes to the military and supporting its service members. Prior to her nursing career, Rena was a military spouse for over 25 years. During that time she and her husband (retired Army Colonel) raised two sons, both of whom are currently serving their nation on active duty. Her oldest son is a Staff Sergeant in the Army who has deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq as a Combat Medic and is currently on a ROTC Scholarship at the U. of Hawaii. He will graduate and be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May 2016. Rena’s youngest son enlisted in the USMC and then attended the US Naval Academy graduating in May of 2014 and is currently assigned as an Ensign in the San Antonio area.

Rena played a critical role as the primary leader for Army family readiness groups consisting of over 3,000 family members in support of deployed soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has been awarded the Department of Defense Civilian Award for her support to soldiers.

Health, fitness, and nutrition are extremely important to Rena. She has competed in numerous CrossFit events and is currently training for a triathlon.

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Don Prince

Interventionist and Sober Coach

Don is a person in long term recovery from many years of an alcohol addiction. He is the father of two amazing children, a husband and has an unparalleled passion for helping others to achieve their dreams and goals in order to excel in life and prosper.

He has been instrumental in opening a select few recovery related businesses and organizations such as co-founded a first responder specific treatment facility that was exclusive to public safety professionals, opened a hair salon in Delray Beach, Florida which hired stylists in recovery and gave them a new start in a safe working environment and most recently started a recovery coaching and intervention practice that has grown to reach those in need from coast to coast.

As a coach he functions as a guide to those newly sober, returning after a relapse, or any individual looking for a steady guide to keep their life on track in sobriety. Depending on each individuals’ needs he will meet weekly or several times per week to work on a variety of sobriety-related issues.

Also certified as an interventionist he is the individual who helps identify the appropriate people in an addict’s life who become an influential part of a “recovery team”. The team will enable the individual to accept treatment and recovery. The interventionist supports, educates, and provides guidance, direction and training, as well as the facilitation of the intervention and aftercare.

Don can provide Safe Passage Transport which assists with transitioning a client from home after an alcohol or drug addiction intervention, hospital, court or even jail to a treatment center. This can be by far one of the most difficult and challenging times for the client and their family. Clients are faced with the known risks of carrying their personal medications; passing by airport bars, long periods of travel time and delays, which cause stress and anxiety. By providing a confidential and experienced companion these risky situations are mitigated with proper supervision.

Additionally Don also works as a Peer Support Specialist which is a person who has progressed in their own recovery from alcohol or other drug abuse and is willing to self-identify as a peer and work to assist other individuals with chemical dependency.

He also served for sixteen years as a firefighter and officer for a large fire department on eastern Long Island and progressed to the rank of Chief before moving to South Florida. Don served for a short time at the World Trade center site in the aftermath of 911 and continues to assist other responders to get the help they may need with addiction, PTSD and other job related issues.
Don has worked with and continues to work with such agencies as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, FDNY, NYPD and other public safety agencies both large and small.

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Courtney Cody

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Addiction Specialist

Courtney Cody is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She has fought on the frontlines helping to battle the disease of addiction ever since she graduated from Stephen F Austin with a Bachelor of Science; emphasis on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Her dedication and enthusiasm to help the chemically dependent has not wavered over time. Courtney knows her purpose and call in life is to help the broken become empowered.

Courtney has over 25 years of providing counsel to individuals and their families that suffer from the disease of addiction. She took a break from this mission to become a stay-at-home mom to her son and daughter for several years. They are both well balanced and on their happy journeys in life.

Courtney is in long term recovery and believes that helps with her dedication and compassion to relate on this journey. She is deeply spiritual and grateful for the path that she has been provided.

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Vonnie Nealon

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

Vonnie Nealon is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and Certified Anger Resolution Counselor. She has a passion for working with those with the disease of chemical dependency, due in part to her own struggle with drugs and alcohol. She has been in recovery since 1987 and has worked as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor since 2002.
Vonnie initially began working in the chemical dependency field as a nurse for Serenity House of Abilene, while working as a nurse she returned to college to pursue her counselor’s license. Vonnie has taught chemical dependency classes for Cisco Junior College helping others to become counselors. Vonnie has worked in all types of chemical dependency treatment facilities ranging from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, to inpatient facilities including La Hacienda for five years as the relapse track counselor, Origins Recovery Center South Padre Island as the Director of Clinical Services. She has also worked in outpatient programs including Archway Recovery Center Intensive Outpatient Program where she served not only as a counselor but also as the Clinical Director.

Due to Vonnie’s family’s deep love for this country she is very familiar with the demands and stressors of military life as many of her family members are either serving or have served in the Armed Services including her husband who is retired Air Force and her son who served in the Army.

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Donna L Foster

Registered Yoga Instructor

Born and raised in the fertile Central Valley and later in Northern California, Donna always valued the great outdoors as well as proper nutrition and exercise.This has led her to a lifestyle that emphasized fitness, volunteer work as a Missionary in several countries, acupressure, aromatherapy, massage therapy,aerobics, and Yoga.

In her early adult development, she became certified in Aerobics Instruction with AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) teaching at the YMCA. Later, she received Certification in Acupressure/Massage Therapy from the Berkeley Acupressure Institute. During these years, she served as a Missionary in areas like Ecuador, and West Africa, where she fulfilled her calling to enhance the lives of those in need.

Having practiced Yoga and Meditation for over 15 years, Donna became a Registered Yoga Instructor through AC Power Yoga of San Antonio. She is currently the owner of Downriver Yoga in Bandera, Texas. Married to husband Scott and the mother of Savanna, in middle school, as well as three older step-children, one of which is currently serving in the US Navy.

Donna loves horseback riding and enjoys the lifestyle of the Texas Hill Country.

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Brice Cavanaugh

USMC (Ret), Animal Assistive Therapy, K-9 Program

Brice Cavanaugh’s professional K9 career started in 1992 when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he graduated top in his class from boot camp, military police school, and both Military Working Dog Courses prior to his first permanent duty assignment, MCAS El Toro, Orange County, California.

There, he handled an Explosives Detector Dog that not only made two significant finds for Presidential Support, which were the first of their kind in peace time but also put Brice on a path for Executive Protection operations support and planning.

After being stationed at MCAS Yuma, AZ, he was selected to create the first Explosives Detection K9 Unit for HMX-One, the Presidential Helicopter Squadron that was serving President Clinton at the time. Brice was the first Kennel Master for this unit, and his access to virtually unlimited support fostered relationships with top laboratories, universities, and fellow trainers in the discovery of extended search capabilities for detector dogs and isolating odors to increase the reliability of said dog teams. He finished his second enlistment in 2001 and was honorably discharged from MCB Quantico to pursue a career in law enforcement with Fairfax County, Virginia.

After two years as a deputy sheriff, Brice returned to working with explosives detection canines for a private firm in Washington, DC at high valued buildings such as the IRS building, Department of Labor building, IMF, Holocaust Museum, FBI building and DOJ. He then left to start up his own pet dog training business, which is where he actually got into training service dogs for the first time.

Now, Brice is maintaining his pet dog business, Total Dog!, while putting together an impressive team of Service Dog Trainers for the non-profit Operation Overwatch, an effort to rescue dogs and train them to be Service Dogs for Veterans and First Responders that suffer from PTSD and TBI.

Brice continues to judge police K9 trials, give workshops to tactical teams, and contribute to publications on the subject. Brice’s experience between pet dogs and high level tactical dogs brings a unique balanced approach that is perfect for the training of Service Dogs for Veterans.

Finally, Brice has been asked to sit on multiple Boards for related ventures, increasing the reach of influence and support for the mission of Operation Overwatch.

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Anna Macnak

Registered Dietitian, RDN, LD, CDE

Anna is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who’s personal and professional goal is to inspire people to unlock their full health potential by discovering the joy of cooking and eating natural, minimally processed foods.

Anna was born and raised in Alaska and had an early affinity to cooking beautiful and tasty food. She worked several years in the restaurant industry in her early 20s before realizing that her calling in life was to help others by pairing her love of food with the science of how to eat for optimal health. She moved to Seattle, Washington in 2006 to pursue a degree in nutrition with an emphasis on natural health from Bastyr University.

Anna then found her way to Texas to follow her career path as a dietitian. She worked as a clinical dietitian in a large county hospital for one year then worked the following four years as a nutrition counselor specializing in weight loss and chronic disease management, including diabetes.

In 2014, Anna opened her private practice where she offers cooking classes, individual nutrition counseling, and group classes throughout Bandera County. In her free time, Anna can be found quilting, tending to her vegetable garden or hanging out with her pygmy goats.

Anna is delighted to be able to bring her passion and expertise to Warrior’s Heart and serve the men and women who have and are serving our country.

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Linda LoPresto

LEO, Director of Admissions

Linda is originally from Guilford, CT where she served as a Sergeant with the Wallingford Police Department for almost 13 years. She began her law enforcement career in 1999, after being a Financial Manager with AT&T. After being in patrol for less than 2 years, she was promoted to the Detective Division investigating major crimes, including sexual assaults, working with the Department of Children and Families on joint investigations, homicides, bad check investigations, thefts and wrote arrest warrants and search & seizure warrants. During her tenure, she testified for the Federal Grand Jury while working with the FBI for several months leading to the arrest and conviction of individual involved in stolen motor vehicles.

Linda was promoted to Sergeant in September 2010. While being responsible for 12-15 patrol officers assigned to the midnight shift. She also coordinated and instructed training of newer employees who lacked knowledge in criminal and/or civil investigations, provided leadership in complex investigations by assisting and preparing search & seizure warrants for various criminal violations. She was a Certified Hostage Negotiator for the police department. During those negotiations, she dealt with both homicidal and suicidal individuals while being able to build rapport, gain their trust and resolve the situations without the use of force

She was assigned to work on a multi-jurisdictional task force with Yale Child Abuse Center involving participation as an active member of the Treatment Team. While on this team for 7 1/2 years, Linda had direct contact with Clinicians, including Doctors and Licensed Clinic Social Workers. As a team member, she participated in the initial screening interviews that focused on the identification of problem areas for the family and clients and ensured follow-up treatment plans were in place.

She also spent 2 years at the Department of Corrections in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Misty Anthony

Client Relations

Misty Anthony was born and raised in the heart of Bandera, Texas! Prior to working at Warriors Heart, Misty worked for Purple Sage Ranch Resort and Conference Center. She served as a lead Guest Attendant for 5 ½ years. Misty would oversee all aspects of guest service, meal service/flow, cooperate meeting service, and the overall needs of the guest staying at the Ranch.

Misty continues to be in service to others and works in the Client Relations department for Warriors Heart. She is a concierge of sorts for the Warriors coming in for treatment. With 10 years of customer service behind her she is able to zero in on the needs of her clients very well.

We are honored to have Misty on the front lines serving our Warriors.

Misty and her husband Russell met High School and have been inseparable since 2004. They have their hands full raising their incredible young son.

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Dan Monreal

Client Relations

Born and raised in San Antonio Texas. Dan graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Dan has an amazing gift for art and also serves as the in-house architect for Warriors Heart.

Dan has worked for various architecture firms in Austin and San Antonio, and throughout this time accomplished many design and graphic art projects. Later, Dan studied art under artist Stephen Fishwick, where he developed skills for caricature and airbrush art.

The man of many talents, Dan now chooses to work with the Warriors on the front line in Client Relations.

Dan is happily married to his life love, Deborah, and is proud to report a daily gratitude of giving Deborah a kiss every morning before heading to work.

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James Trimble

Client Relations

James Trimble grew up in Pipe Creek, Texas and graduated from Bandera High School. While in high school, James excelled at baseball and academics and, upon graduating, attended the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2008, James graduated from UTSA with a bachelor’s degree in public relations but shortly after was involved in a serious motorcycle crash while he was driving while intoxicated. It was at this turning point in James’ life, he realized that he was an alcoholic and soon after, he check into a treatment center in San Antonio.

James has a passion for helping those with substance abuse problems to find recovery. Prior to joining the team at Warrior’s Heart, James worked as a Direct Care Assistant in another treatment center in Texas.

He is also involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving with the hopes of putting an end to driving while intoxicated.
James loves to play/watch/talk about baseball and spend time with his wife and the kids.

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Dennie Mildfeldt

Client Relations

Dennie’s military career began in July of 1971 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army at Kansas City, MO. After basic at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO he was assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground MD for AIT. His first permanent military assignment was Frankfurt, Germany with the 3d Armored Division (503d Military Police Company) as a Military Police Officer from 1972-1977. Further assignments were with the 1st Infantry Division (Ft Riley, Kansas) and then back to Germany for duty in Stuttgart. Once again, in 1983, Dennie was assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD with assignment to the 523d MP Company with duties of Military Police Operations and Platoon Sergeant as well as NCOIC of the installation Special Reaction Team (SRT), whose personnel were responsible for security response in the event of a Chemical, Biological, and Radiological or terrorism incident. During his time at APG, Dennie attended and graduated from the Baltimore Sheriff’s Department SWAT course. In 1982, Dennie was transferred to the Republic of Korea where he was assigned to the 2d Infantry Division (Indianhead) where he performed duties as NCOIC Physical Security Division as well as NCOIC of the Division SRT which conducted not only enhanced security operations but also provided personal security details (PSD) for numerous VIP’s and high ranking government officials who came to Korea to attend the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Dennie returned from Korea to Ft. McClellan, AL where he was assigned as an instructor/doctrine writer at the US Army Military Police School from 1988 to 1991. With just over 20 years of service, Dennie retired from active military service in August of 1991.

Upon retiring, Dennie entered the field of overseas security contracting, working in Saudi Arabia as well as security contracts in Qatar, two contracts in Baghdad, Iraq and a final contract on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Dennie has also worked as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in Alabama, and as Deputy Sheriff in Missouri as well as Chief of Police. He is qualified as a Hostage Negotiator and has graduated the COBRA Chemical/Biological/Radiological Course in Anniston, AL and the Incident Response to Terrorism Bombings Course (DHS) at the New Mexico Tech/Energetic Materials Research & Testing Center in Socorro, NM.

Dennie resides outside of Bandera, TX with his wife Tami and their assortment of four-legged furry “kids”. Hobbies include Amateur Radio, pistol shooting and enjoying different blends of pipe tobacco as well as an occasional choice cigar.

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Jay Call

Client Relations

Jay was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico by her grandparents and no she does not glow in the dark, lol. Jay has two amazing sons, both active duty military. She raised them for the most part by herself. Jay could not be prouder of the men they have become. Jay has three beautiful grandchildren, which are the light of her life. Jay married John, an Army Master Sergeant, in 2010 and began being a military wife along with already being a military mom. Jay’s husband will retire after 33 years in April of 2017. They chose to begin the next adventure in life in Bandera, Texas. They are excited to see what God has planned for them and part of that excitement is being part of the Warriors Heart family.

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James Moore

(US Navy Ret) Executive Chef

James’ career in the United States Navy began right out of high school and spanned a total of 20 years where he was not only enlisted as a Culinary Specialist (14 years) but also a Master-At-Arms (6 years).

During his service he was entrusted with many tasks such as serving as a Watch Commander, training several hundred service members through Anti Terrorism force Protection protocol and unarmed self-defense.

James was even a part of the Presidential Food Service Security at the White House. While stationed there, he had the privilege of cooking for and serving President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. When he retired, James wanted to continue working in the field that he loved so he continued along his path in the food service industry, which brought him to his current position as Executive Chef at Warriors Heart.

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John Ussery

Chef

Described as “a man who loves food,” John knew it was his calling to become a chef. John began his career in the culinary industry in 2009 while working at The Towers on Park Lane. John had the opportunity to serve the independent living community and gain exposure into cooking for a large number of individuals by serving high class meals. John then had the opportunity to continue his career as a chef at Air Force Villages in San Antonio.

In 2014, John and his family moved to Bandera where he began cooking alongside Executive Chef, James Moore. Since this time, John was able to expand on his cooking abilities and allowed to assist in creation of the menus and showcasing his culinary expertise both formerly at the Purple Sage Ranch and Rancho Cortez.

His mission is to continue to deliver exceptional quality meals to those who have served our country as the Sous Chef at Warriors Heart. He is honored to be a part of the Warriors Heart team.

John was born in Roswell, NM and moved to Medina, TX at the age of 8. He met his wife, Randi in high school and they married in 2011. In 2008, John and Randi were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Raeleigh. John continues to be very active in his volunteer events throughout the Bandera community by assisting in coaching his daughter’s activities.

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Luke Restivo

(US Navy) Team Lead Maintenance

Luke was born and raised in Bryan, Texas and raised in a farming community. He always knew that he was going to have to work hard to get anywhere in life. But it wasn’t until graduating from high school that he knew how hard life could be.

A few years after graduating, he decided to join the United States Navy. This is where he learned his three core values: honor, courage, and commitment. After serving three years in the Navy and receiving an honorable discharge, he started his career at the Purple Sage Ranch in the facilities and maintenance department as a supervisor.

After a short time, he became the Wildlife & Maintenance Director while working for two different companies, for nearly 15 years, at the same location using the three core values he learned while in the Navy, which he believes holds true in all aspects of life.

Coincidently, still at the same location, he is proud to be a staff member of Warriors Heart and be a part of a team that believes in giving back to those that have given so much of themselves and lending a hand to those in need.

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Warriors Heart Joe Chacon

Joe Chacon

Maintenance

Joseph Chacon is a graduate of John Marshall High School. While attending high school, he enrolled in an Industrial Trade Class, where he learned woodworking and metal skills.

After graduating he spent some time working for a plumbing shop and ran a service truck. He then decided to join the Local 142 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. This is where he spent five years in their apprenticeship program, and then went on to take a class at Texas A & M University. After completing his classes he went on to be an instructor of Metallurgy and Applied Science through the Local 142.

He worked his way up through the trade, starting as a Pipefitter all the way to a Superintendent. After 22 years, he decided to leave the local and for the last 9 years he has been working on a local ranch in Bandera, Texas, which now belongs to Warriors Heart.

Joe enjoys his time outdoors; he became a Certified Range Master and Shooting Instructor.

He is a World Championship Skeet shooter and holds 13 World Medals. He was also a Hunting Guide and Outfitter for 18 years. You can definitely say that he is an outdoor kind of guy.

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Lisa Cardenas

Housekeeping

Lisa moved to Bandera, Texas from Wisconsin in 1995. One of Lisa’s passions has been involved with fund raising for over 25 years. In 2013 she co-founded the Longhorn Charity Events. They began with the Longhorn Golf Tournament benefiting Meals on Wheels, and hopes to expand assisting additional charitable companies in the area.

In 2010 she started working at the Purple Sage Ranch Resort and Conference Center, which is now the home of Warriors Heart! Lisa maintains a very high standard of cleanliness and environment of care as her main priority, but also assists in customer service when needed.

Lisa truly enjoys working with the team here at Warriors Heart. Some she has known for years and others she has gotten to known, but she can honestly say we are all family.

Lisa has 3 amazing daughters. She was blessed with her first grandson in 2011. To her there is no greater joy than family! She has grown to love country music AND even learned how to 2 step … yee-haw!

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JD Potynsky

USA, Training Expert

Inspired by America’s call to action after the events of 9/11, JD left a promising career and a recently pregnant wife to enlist in the US Army. Mr. Potynsky served in the US Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group Ft. Bragg, NC. His combat experience includes multiple combat deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Afghanistan. He has trained and led the Iraqi Special Forces and Afghan Commandos in combat. Mr. Potynsky’s real world experience includes planning, advising, and leading unilateral and joint force assaults, combat patrols, and reconnaissance missions.

After leaving the Army, JD held several Defense Contracting leadership positions in War Zones, including Security Program Director of a 250 man Private Security Force and Country Manager of Baghdad, Iraq. In 2011, he founded his first entrepreneurial venture, Northern Red LLC, a defense contracting company providing training and security services to both the public and private sector. While continuing to grow his current venture, Mr. Potynsky remains actively involved in the community mentoring veterans who are transitioning to civilian life and fund raising for veteran non-profit Elderheart.

Mr. Potynsky earned a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2000.

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Magnus Johnson

Co-Founder: Mission 22

Magnus is a former Green Beret with three combat tours. He learned of the 22 veteran suicides that occur every day after a friend of his that he had served with became another number in the epidemic. Being compelled to take action and not be a by-stander, he set out to create a non-profit, Elder Heart, with the mission statement of “Warriors Helping Warriors Through Community Projects.” Mission 22 is one of these projects.

Mission 22 is the public awareness campaign developed by Elder Heart in partnership with CP&B, one of the largest and most influential public relations firms in the United States. Using the whole spectrum of social media, including Facebook and Twitter, traditional advertisement in publications such as Time Magazine and Fortune, non-traditional advertising sources such as the DirecTV blimp and NASCAR racing promotions, and other forms of formal and non-formal networking, Mission 22 is designed to create public awareness of the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day in the United States.

Life is difficult enough for men and women who have not experienced war, but when you add full blown addiction, it becomes unbearable. Finding recovery is the keystone to an abundant life. Drug and alcohol addiction is one of the major factors of hopelessness and veteran suicide. Magnus is proud to support and recommend Warriors Heart as a way to freedom from addiction and chemical dependency.

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Luke Kayyem

Physical Therapy

Luke was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Waikiki, Hawaii attending Punahou for grade school and living the Hawaiian lifestyle. He was raised by an amazing single mother who did everything she could to teach him about conscious lifestyle practices like Yoga, meditation and breathing along with the same core values he lives by today like family, community and charity. Luke’s ability to connect with all living things and his unbelievable gift for coaching, teaching and sharing positivity, authentically shows in his work and his message.

A Master Lifestyle Coach, health and fitness expert with over 17 years in the fitness industry, Luke has trained over 1000 clients for over 10,000 hours, and more importantly is one of the most loyal and accountable humans on the planet. Luke has spent his life living with passion and energy and has constructed his entire career to be geared toward improving and upgrading the lives of those around him including his family, friends, clients and Tribe members.

An early adopter of functional fitness, organic whole foods, yoga, meditation, mental training and social media have established Luke’s reputation to create and design programs and experiences uncommon in today’s society.

A charismatic and captivating story teller Luke can always find ways to relate his own life experiences with what you may be going through at this exact moment and help you refine your ambitions, intentions and dreams.

Luke has pushed his own personal development over the years starting with eliminating all substances and toxins from his body over 8 years ago. Since then his rush of choice has been elite fitness competitions and mental tests around the globe. He is one of only a few athletes ever to complete the world renown Kokoro camp at SEALFIT headquarters twice, complete the World’s Toughest Mudder 24 hour Obstacle Course challenge and compete in the CrossFit games southwest regional 2010-2012.
His life’s work has been to share these daily lifestyle practices with those around him so that they may live a higher quality of life.

Luke Kayyem
Founder, Fittest Tribe Alive

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Liz Kelly

Public Relations

Liz Kelly founded Goody PR to magnify brands, experts, and causes making an impact through Marketing, PR, Social Media, and Cause Marketing services. After working for Fox Interactive Media/MySpace, Paramount Pictures, and Sprint PCS, she decided to use her marketing experience for GOOD.

As a published author with 500+ media interviews and Goody Awards Founder, her passion is partnering with social impact companies to develop and promote their story. Goody PR clients are primarily in the health, finance, tech, entertainment and cause marketing space.

Recent interviews have included stories for Fox News, CBS News, ABC News Radio, USA TODAY, Investor’s Business Daily, The Atlantic, Closer Magazine, Fit Nation Magazine and Nonprofit Business Advisor. Liz is especially excited to work with Josh and Lisa Lannon and Tom Spooner on Warriors Heart, and previously did PR for Journey Healing Centers until it was acquired.

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TC Cummings

Warrior Healing

TC Cummings brings a unique, common sense approach for lasting personal empowerment. Like the yin and yang model, Cummings combines a multifaceted approach with the singular most common denominator to the world’s most universal battlefield: the battle within.

In 1986 TC enlisted in the US Navy, was trained as a Hospital Corpsman and US Navy SEAL where he deployed three times in war time conditions. Decorated on multiple accounts, he was honorably discharged from service in 1994.

Having been a teacher, a trainer, and a confidant to some of the world’s mightiest warriors (and biggest egos) prepared TC Cummings to provide the same services in the civilian sector. Often turning to the journals he kept since childhood and through his career as a SEAL Operator, he effectively translated the mental tools learned for success, proven under fire and easily remembered, to business owners, executives, and staffing.

Refining his skills further, he became a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a Certified Hypnotherapist, and a Time-Line Therapist to better understand people. He brought his leadership experience and commitment level to “the chairman of public speaking” Mr. Jim Rohn. For eight years, TC Cummings served as the first and only Master Coach of the highly revered Jim Rohn International.

TC Cummings has been on the cover of the Wall Street Journal, America’s #1 watched morning news show Fox & Friends, and various radio interviews. His clients vary from small business owners to mega-employers at home and abroad. All clients have a common the desire to do what they have to do today so they can be where they want to be tomorrow.