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 PTSD, 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.
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.
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.
Angel L. Lugo, FACHE, MPA
Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired and Chief Strategic Officer, Warriors Heart
Angel L. Lugo is a retired U.S. Army Colonel who served 30 years on active duty as a Healthcare Operations/Administration Officer. Prior to retiring in 2012, he served as Chief of Staff/COO for the Army’s Northern Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he provided staff oversight of the Army’s largest regional health system including the Army’s largest Wounded Warrior population. Prior to that, he was the first Chief of Staff/COO for the Defense Center of Excellence for Psych Health and TBI where he established a joint staff organization focused on policies, procedures, guidelines, research, and tools in Psych Health & TBI to support Warriors and their Families. After his retirement, Angel is founder & CEO of his own Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Lugo Vantage Solutions LLC, providing consulting services within the federal health sector specializing in military and Veterans health management. He also provides no cost job placement assistance to Veterans in transition. Angel’s career has been about serving our nation alongside Soldiers and supporting Warriors. He joined the military to serve and provide for his Family but stayed because the military is a unique Family of those dedicated to serve and protect our nation. That is why he is both excited and humbled to join the Warriors Heart Team as CSO and lead its mission to heal and support Warriors to bring them home.
In addition to the capstone Chief of Staff positions, COL (Ret) Lugo held many command and staff positions including: Director, DoD Executive Agencies (Medical), Office of The Surgeon General (OTSG), U.S. Army, Falls Church, VA; Hospital Commander, 212th MASH and CSH, Miesau, Germany; Commander, Task Force 212th MASH (Pakistan Earthquake Relief), Pakistan; Program Director, Medical Reengineering Initiative (MRI), OTSG; Battalion Commander, 61st Area Support Medical Battalion (ASMB), Fort Hood, Texas; Chief, Medical Operations, XVIII Airborne Corps and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, G-3, 44th Medical Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Executive Officer, 61st ASMB, Fort Hood, Texas; Deputy Chief of Plans, Operations, Training, & Security Division and Plans Officer, 97th General Hospital/Frankfurt Medical Center, Germany; Commander, C Company (Medical), 45th Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, Germany and South West Asia (Persian Gulf War); Administrative Officer, Fort Dix MEDDAC and Executive Officer and Commander, 556th Medical Company (Ground Ambulance), Fort Dix, New Jersey; and Operations Officer, S-3/PAD, 2nd MASH and Med Platoon Leader, 2/69th Armor Battalion, Ft. Benning, Georgia.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology and Hispanic Literature from Rutgers College in New Jersey and received his commission from Rutgers University ROTC Program as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1982. He earned a Master of Public Administration (Health Services focus) at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri. COL (Ret) Lugo is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is a certified joint medical planner and trained as a Project Management Professional (PMP). He is Board Certified in Healthcare Management and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Awards and decorations that COL (Ret) Lugo earned include the Bronze Star Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (7th award), Army Commendation Medal (4th award), Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Humanitarian Service Medal, U.S. Public Health Service Unit Commendation, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Staff Identification Badge – Department of Health and Human Services, and Order of Military Medical Merit Medallion.
Executive Director / CFO
Christina Moreno was born in Odessa, Texas and was raised in Bandera, Texas. Christina attended Bandera Schools.
At 15, Christina started working for Bandera County as a clerk for the Bandera County Treasurer. While attending college at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Christina transitioned into different positions in the Auditor’s Office. After college graduation, Christina was appointed the youngest County Auditor in the State of Texas at the age of 22 by the 216th District Judge. She served Bandera County for twenty years!
In November 2019, after working part time for Warriors Heart for 3 years, Christina decided to make her passion her purpose and joined the Warriors Heart team full time.
In her free time, Christina crochets and takes long walks on the beach. Just kidding – there are no beaches in Bandera. She enjoys time with her family, working out, and testing her husband’s limits. Her and her husband, Louie, are active in the community and are proud to call Bandera home. Christina and Louie have a blended family of two girls and a boy: Taytum, Gio, and Maddox.
Kayle Christian was raised in Bandera, Texas. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Over the past several years she worked in the construction industry for General Contractors and found a passion for Human Resources. Kayle has a strong work ethic and has been taught the values shared by the military community such as Integrity, Service, Honesty and Excellence.
Kayle and her husband Clint have been married since 2015. In her spare time, Kayle enjoys event planning, spending time with family, good coffee, her black lab, Blaise, and her mini-Aussie, Mia (aka Tuna)
Ivette Bruno was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was raised in San Antonio, Texas by a strong military family where her father retired from the US Army when she was 3 years old. She graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1982 and later decided to become a teacher. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University, currently Texas State University, with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She taught Biology and Dance to Middle and High School students. While teaching full time, Ivette found her calling and decided to pursue her Master of Science Degree in Guidance and Counseling. Her passion for helping her students, parents, and staff-led her to a 34-year career. Ivette recently retired in December 2020 from Northside Independent School District where she worked as a District Test Coordinator in the district office.
Although Ivette’s father retired early in her life, her military background continued through her two brothers, nephews/great-nephew,s and many cousins serving in the US Army and US Air Force. She currently has a nephew and great-nephew actively serving in the US Army.
Ivette enjoys fishing as much as she can, camping, various outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Troy Konvicka grew up in Bandera, Texas and married his wife Karen before enlisting into the U.S. Army in 1996. He served 22 years starting with 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, KY. 2nd BN 3rd Field Artillery in Germany. Attended Special Warfare Center and School at Ft Bragg, NC. After completing his training as a Green Beret and being assigned to 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, WA, he had multiple deployments to Iraq and throughout Pacific Command.
He earned the rank of Master Sergeant and serving as an Operation Detachment-Alpha Team Sergeant specializing in Military Freefall operation. Then He was assigned to the United States Special Operation Command as a Warriors Care Program liaison at San Antonio Military Medical Center. While in this position He directly influenced the recovery, rehabilitation of wounded warriors, and assist with family member during the process. After retiring Troy wants to dedicate his time to support the healing and recovery of warriors to let them come home.
Troy has been married 25 years, with two children and 3 grandchildren.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Holt
Dr. Holt was born in Kerrville and grew up in Comfort, where he graduated from high school in 1996. He received his B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin, then went on to the University of Texas at Houston medical school. He then completed his Family Medicine residency training at the Waco Family Medicine Residency Program. He returned home to the Hill Country in 2008, and joined the Fredericksburg Clinic.
In addition to his busy family medicine clinic, he has worked in the field of addiction medicine since 2008, when he started working at Serenity House Drug & Alcohol treatment facility. He received board certification in Addiction Medicine in November 2014 and became the medical director of the One-Eighty detox service at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in May 2015. He also accepted the position of medical director at Awakenings Hill Country, which opened in August 2015 and is a drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation center for women.
In January 2017, Dr Holt added the position of associate medical director for Hill Country Memorial Hospice to his extensive experience. He has now accepted the medical director position at Warriors Heart, and is excited about the opportunity to help serve those in the military, veterans and first responders.
Dr Holt enjoys playing the piano and guitar, and he also enjoys camping and fishing. He lives in Fredericksburg with his wife and their four sons. He loves spending time with his family.
With a 15-year military medicine history providing top-notch patient care in diverse clinical and field environments, Leah possess extensive experience in both the military and civilian sectors. She served as a combat medic for 8 years before transitioning to an Army Physician Assistant. Some of her key positions included serving as a paratrooper with the prestigious 82nd Airborne division including a 15-month deployment to Iraq. She was the clinic NCOIC at 6th Ranger training Battalion, an Infantry battalion PA in the 101st Airborne Division followed by selection and assignment as the first woman Special Forces Physician Assistant.
As an Aeromedical Physician Assistant in the military she worked autonomously in austere environments and managed both traumatic injuries as well as critical care medical issues independently. Since transitioning to the civilian sector, she has practiced clinically as an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant as well as an entrepreneur. She is the owner and CEO of a medical consulting practice dedicated to fighting for veterans to establish and maintain medical compensation and pension. She is a compassionate team-oriented provider who cares about details and takes pride in a job not only completed but done well with patient satisfaction.
Director of Nursing/APRN
Jennifer Wade was born in San Antonio, Texas. She grew up as a Texas Native in Orange Grove, Texas. She attended Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and received her Bachelor’s in Nursing in 2010. She then returned home to Bandera, Texas to serve those in her community as a medical-surgical registered nurse for 1 year in Kerrville. She then pursued a career in emergency medicine for Methodist Healthcare System for 6.5 years.
Her deep desire to serve her local community was strong and lead her to return to school an earn her Master of Science in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in May of 2019. She is credentialed by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a family nurse practitioner. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and the Golden Key Honor Society. She is an active member of the Texas Nurse Practitioners Association, the Hill Country Nurse Practitioner Association, and the American Nurses Association. Jennifer is also a member of the Bandera Eastern Star Chapter.
Jennifer is married to a Marine Veteran who served two tours in Iraq. She understands the struggles of our brave men and women who proudly serve our country. With this background, she is deeply honored to be able to serve them in their time of need.
On her off-time, Jennifer has property outside Bandera where she resides with her husband, Donald, of three years and her four dogs. She loves working in the yard, fishing, kayaking, hunting and enjoying time with her family and friends.
Mikayla was born and raised in Kerrville. She attended Galen College of Nursing in San Antonio for her LVN. She is currently enrolled to advance her nursing career at Galen College to get her RN. She has seen addiction firsthand with her family for both drugs and alcohol
Born and raised on a small horse ranch just south of San Antonio, Jose learned what hard work was. The second youngest of 8 children, he had many bosses in his family and quickly learned how to multitask. Between horses, school and sports (in that order) he had his hands full. Upon graduating from high school, he set out into the workforce for several years traveling around Texas before landing a job as a crew lead for a cabling company that sent him traveling across the United States. The experience he would gain from that he would later apply to a long IT career for the largest distributor of electronic goods in the world. Working with the IBM business unit he helped lead the way to introduce some of the top technology for business computing.
After many years in IT, he would actually find his true calling in the Nursing profession, where he decided he wanted to help people instead of replacing them with machinery. Going to nursing school with his wife, who would be a beacon of inspiration for him through his journey into reeducation he would successfully complete school and begin a new journey. With the experience he would gain while working with the elderly in many dementia units and working as a psych nurse for the State of Texas, he would find his way to Warrior’s Heart to truly serve a higher purpose in helping the veterans and first responders that make our world a safer place.
Penny wasn’t born in Texas, but she got here as fast as she could. She came by way of Canada and Louisiana. She was raised in northern Ontario, then went to nursing school in Toronto where she got her diploma from George Brown College.
After working for a year on a bone marrow transplant unit, she decided she wanted to see something different. She secured a job in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, based on the fact that she didn’t know where it was – so different! – and that she had heard that Mardi Gras was a lot of fun. Both the job and Mardi Gras turned out to be great. She worked on an oncology/hematology unit then transferred to a burn unit.
Looking for something different again, she tried travel nursing and had a few adventures going to several hospitals. She ended up in a pediatric intensive care unit in San Antonio, which she loved and so decided to stay. It helped that she had also met her future husband, who was stationed in San Antonio with the Air Force.
They decided to make San Antonio their home and started their family, which eventually came to include two daughters and multiple pets. After not working – as if that is what at-home moms are not about! – for 16 years she decided that that it was time to pursue her love of nursing again and was welcomed home to Warrior’s Heart.
Janette C. Sanchez was born and raised in San Antonio, TX where she currently resides.
She received her BSN from Wayland Baptist University and her background has been mostly working with adolescents and adults with mental health and substance abuse disorders. She stumbled into the world of drug and alcohol rehabilitation and realized how much she enjoyed the process of recovery, and left the world of mental health behind. She is currently looking into NP school.
Kimberly was born in San Antonio but moved into the Texas Hill Country in 1991 and has lived in Bandera county for 13 years cumulatively. Kimberly worked in volunteer EMS with Helotes Fire Department while working on her RN degree from San Antonio College in 1996. Upon graduation, she had just received the news she was accepted into the San Antonio Fire Department and stayed working as a Firefighter/EMT for 5 years before continuing her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and raising 4 beautiful children. Most of her work experience has been in the ER setting and Surgical Center setting. Family matters the most to Kimberly as both herself and her husband enjoy having holiday family get-togethers at their ranchita- Kolibri-Himmel (Hummingbird Heaven). She has been blessed with 2 wonderful grandchildren and one more on the way. Kimberly loves being in the Bandera community feeling a sense of belonging and attachment as the people are friendly and real. In her spare time, she loves outdoor activities to include hunting, biking, swimming, and cross-fit, and just chilling in the river.
Military born and bred; Nella arrived in this world in sunny Ft. Ord, California. Her, father worked for the National Security Agency while her mother assembled electronic boards for the US Airforce; however, the call for the healing arts was on her life. Right after high school she entered the military and became a combat medic. The time served in the military were some of the best days of her life; however, there were dark days intertwined during that period. After 13 years in the Army, she decided it was time to pursue higher education.
In 2003, she completed LPN school in Upstate NY and began to work in long term care yet, still she longed to pursue her interest in psych but, after taking the advice of fellow nurses, she started working on the medical-surgical floor for the next 5 years in San Antonio, Texas. In 2012, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Liberty University, then completed a Masters of Public Health with a cognate in nutrition in 2018. Currently, she is pursuing her EdD in Nursing Education.
In 2017, her interest in psych became more focused on the realm of substance abuse and she obtained her LCDC-I earlier that year. After working for the “Heart” for a year, she pursued her RN at Galen College of Nursing, finishing in 2019.
Shortly after being licensed, COVID-19 hit, and the city sought out help in their public health division. However, the threat of substance abuse and PTSD still remains in our warrior class. After 3 years she returned “home” to help her fellow warriors defeat this scourge.
For the first 17 years of his life, Nick Novoa was raised as a quiet, timid individual in San Antonio. To the shock of his family and friends, he decided to enlist in the Marine Corps in 2007 and set out for a change. After combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as missing the birth of his son, Nick decided to leave active-duty service and focus on his family and education.
However, he once again felt the ‘itch’ for military camaraderie and joined the National Guard where he graduated from the Army’s Special Operations Combat Medic Course (SOCM) and continues to serve today.
Nick has obtained his National Registry Paramedic License and his Bachelor’s in Nursing to continue his drive for helping others. Nick feels highly honored to once again work, and bond with, his fellow brothers and sisters in arms and is truly grateful to be a part of Warriors Heart.
Emily Morales was born in Evansville, Indiana, and moved to San Antonio, Texas at the age of 2. She is currently finishing up the core curriculum and plans to transfer to a nursing program to receive her Bachelor’s in Nursing.
Emily is the proud daughter of a U.S. Navy veteran and the proud granddaughter of a U.S. Army veteran.
The moment Mike graduated from Kimball High School in Royal Oak, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit), he barreled straight for the local Army recruiter with the intent of garnering some law enforcement experience in preparation for a career in the Michigan State Police. The Military Police Corps was a great gig but another path was in store for Mike. While policing soldiers on Ft. Bragg, he became familiar with several Special Forces NCO’s who exposed him to the alternative world of Army Special Operations and eventually convinced him it was the way to go. 2 years of training later, Mike was signing in to his first SFODA (A-Team), as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant (MOS 18-D). Fast forward 13 years and umpteen missions, both “green” and “black” later and he was accepted into the Army Physician Assistant Program. Graduating with honors and a 3.8 GPA, Mike was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division and served as an Infantry Battalion PA. Retiring in 2003, he began civilian life by working first in Traumatology, then Pharmaceutical Research, and finally, Women’s Health. Leaving medical practice for various personal reasons, Mike indulged his passion for music and joined the first of several touring bands as bassist and co-vocalist. Now it’s 2021 and another dream is being realized as he returns to his medical roots, helping fellow warriors return home at Warrior’s Heart.
Monica Condit was born in Kingsville, Texas, but was raised in San Antonio, TX. She currently resides with her husband in Fair Oaks Ranch and has two amazing children, Shelby and Jett. Since her husband is a pilot, she enjoys flying with her family, fishing, snow skiing, and reading. She started out her career in a family-owned property management company where she met her husband, Jeff. Then, in 2006, she suffered a horrible accident that crushed both her feet and fractured her back. After multiple reconstructive surgeries and rehabilitation, she knew she wanted to do something in the medical field. She earned her Associates of Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting from San Antonio Community College. Coming from a military family, she is honored to be able to work with and serve those who put their own lives on the line.
Brooke Leverkuhn was raised in Medina, Texas. After Graduating from Bandera High School, she went to purse her career in nursing at Schriener University where she received her License in Vocational Nursing in 2013. Over the last several years she has gained nursing knowledge in several settings from urgent care to geriatric and long-term care. Brooke is married to retired Sgt. Christopher Leverkuhn and have three children: Caiden, Brooklyn, and Adeline. In their spare time they enjoy cheering on their children at soccer, football, and cheer.
Dr. Rick Boone
Dr. Rick Boone was born and raised in Gallipolis, OH, a rural community located in the southeastern Ohio River Valley.
He attended Ohio University in nearby Athens, OH before leaving for Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama’s psychology graduate school. While there he learned of the military’s Health Professions Scholarship Program and, because he’d always been interested in the U.S. Navy, applied for and received a scholarship.
As an ABD psychologist he served on active duty for nearly 9 years before returning to graduate school, this time in California at Biola University, where he completed his Ph.D. in a program that specialized in the integration of psychological science and Judeo-Christian theology.
Following completion of his doctorate he returned to his hometown where he launched a behavioral health service for the Holzer Clinic. Additionally, he served as a liaison-psychologist to the Holzer Medical Center and consultant-psychologist to the Bariatric Treatment and Physical Rehabilitation Departments.
In the late 1990’s Dr. Boone transferred from the Naval to the Army Reserves. He later was deployed to Iraq on two occasions, 2003 and 2005, where he served as Officer-in-Charge of two Combat Operational Stress Control Teams.
Upon his return to the U.S. in late 2005 he voluntarily mobilized to Ft. Sam Houston’s Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S). He remained at the AMEDDC&S for three years as an Instructor and Interim Branch Chief with the Mental Health Specialist Branch and as a Program Director (Provider Resiliency Program) within the Soldier and Family Support Branch.
In 2009 he was employed by the Department of Defense as a Social Scientist with the Human Terrain Teams in the Kandahar and Logar provinces of Afghanistan.
Later he was employed as an adjunct professor at Austin Community College and, obtaining his Texas psychologist’s license in 2015, was hired by Pathfinders Psychological and Psychiatric Services.
Dr. Boone has four children ranging in ages from 37 to 11. The older three live back east in NC and VA while his youngest resides in Austin, TX.
Dr. Boone is an avid reader and appreciator of music. Exercise, the arts, history, spirituality, travel in the U.S., and certain sports teams (e.g., Browns, Celtics, Red Sox, Crimson Tide, and the Midshipmen of the USNA) are among his passions.
IOP Clinical Manager
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.
Dual Team Lead/LPC
Kelly is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in trauma and PTS symptoms and has a passion for working with Active Duty Military, Veterans and First Responders. Unintentionally, she found herself in prior counseling positions surround by crisis and a high uptempo environment: Child Protective Services, Pregnancy Crisis Centers, and Hospital ER Intake. Before Warriors Heart, she was the Lead Triage Coordinator therapist in a Psychiatric ER for five years. It was a highly stressful job working closely with first responders and licensed professionals to oversee a safe and thorough intake process for anyone who came through the doors of the ER (voluntary, involuntary detention, handcuffs, and gurney). She is used to staying on her toes in an adrenaline rush environment, all the while trying to be a calming presence for the military and civilians during times of distress. She later began working with Active Duty in the hospital as a substance abuse clinician and quickly realized that although addressing the presenting problem of substance was needed, a deeper passion began to emerge. The drive to work on the combat military unit. Kelly began to discover the core issues of depression, anxiety, fear, and Post Traumatic Stress symptoms that were not being addressed and began to train as a trauma therapist. She is trained in the leading trauma modalities of Prolonged Exposure (PE), Eye Movement Rapid Desensitization (EMDR), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She also loves bringing energy during group therapy and enjoys leading military groups on combat trauma, military sexual trauma, PTSD symptoms, Complex Grief, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills, spiritual development, and substance education/process. Her treatment style is in line with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients discover and recognize root causes and core beliefs.
In addition to counseling, she has 13 years of marketing & communication experience for multiple nonprofit organizations and has business owner experience as a communications contractor. Kelly’s passions of communications and counseling have been two of her career goals over the last 20 years. She has 3 active children, who are the highlight of her life, and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and running/long nature walks. A favorite self-care day would be a workout, time outside, an action movie, and pizza & chocolate.
CD Team Lead/LCDC
Corey Weber was raised in Geneseo, Il, a rural community west of Chicago near the Mississippi River. A few days following graduation from high school he served in the US Marines. Serving as a Marine; included infantry, security forces, K9 handling, and terrorist intelligence. One of his memorable assignments was at 1st Battalion 1st Marines Headquarters where he was involved in placing combat and recently deployed Marines, at times when they struggled with returning from deployments. It was during this duty that it became clear that there must be ways to reach people including soldiers impacted by tours and deployments. He spent time at Camp Pendleton, Kings Bay Naval Submarine Station, Norfolk Naval Station, Fort Stewart, Fort Benning and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In light of raising a daughter, he decided to pursue a career outside of the military. While attending college at Blackhawk State and Western Illinois University focusing on psychology and business majors he began working as a counselor at a residential addictions center and long term therapeutic community modality. Later in the 1990s he transitioned from community based services to corrections care for both youth and adults as a program director and later regional director within a multitude of programs. Following nearly a decade in leading correctional programs he continued his career as a regional director under the umbrella of Housing & Urban Development. This population included serving people with disabilities and veteran mothers in supportive housing group homes and independent apartment living in San Antonio and North Carolina.
Corey has enjoyed a career filled with starting up several programs throughout the country and assisting in the growth of clients and career development of many intern staff. Working within a diversity of people in substance use, mental health, homeless populations, and youth has been a blessing.
Corey has always been a supporter and catalyst to start up veteran based programs. Developing both veterans groups and fatherhood programming connected his life both personally and for purpose in the many years as a counselor, director and regional influence of programs.
Corey now spends his time enjoying his family, grandchildren, and has always kept the enjoyment of the outdoors fishing, hunting, or exploring as his way of finding peace. Finding Warriors Heart so close to home has been another blessing.
Lakeside Clinical Manager
Denise Greenwood was born in Tomball, Texas a small suburb of Houston. She lived in Houston until 4th grade at which time she moved to Magnolia, Texas until graduating from Magnolia High School. Denise began her working career immediately after graduating from high school. She had a long corporate career in customer relations positions and met her husband, Gary while working at a personal injury law firm. At the time Denise and Gary married they had 3 children from Gary’s previous marriage. Jim and Scott were just graduating from high school and entering the Army. Arisa was 9 at the time and splitting her time between her mother’s home and Denise and Gary’s home. Three years later Denise and Gary had a little girl together, Kendra at which time Arisa began living full time with them. Jim, Scott, and Arisa are all married and Kendra has a long-time boyfriend. Denise now has 10 amazing grandchildren. After 13 years together, Gary was killed in a motorcycle accident. It was at that time that Denise decided to follow her dream of becoming a therapist. She enrolled in and graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce within 3 years and was immediately admitted to the Social Work Masters program at The University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work. She continued her training and is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Since graduating Denise has been specialty trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She found her passion in working with substance and behavioral health at two behavioral health hospitals. She started as a therapist and continued her career as the Director of Outpatient Services to include two Active-Duty programs in San Antonio and Killeen. Having 2 stepsons in active duty as well as her father, sister and niece all having served our country Denise found working with the active-duty and veteran community as an opportunity to give back to those who have served. Denise enjoys county and western dancing and riding her Harley in the beautiful Hill Country. She enjoys traveling the world and spending time with her amazing family to include her children, grandchildren and the families of her 5 brothers and sisters.
Ken was born at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. His parents and brother are from Nebraska. Crimson Tide vs Cornhuskers were on from a very early age.
Ken was raised in a United States trapezoid formed by Alabama, California, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Texas, the son of an Air Force pilot. His dad flew quite a range of airplanes, starting with B-24 to the B-29, B-47, and B-52. Then things got faster…a lot faster: in 1959, Maj. Hal Confer was assigned to the B-58 Hustler, the world’s first supersonic bomber. In 1960 he and his crew set three world speed records and were awarded the Thompson Trophy. Then things got faster still. In 1965, Col Confer was assigned to the SR-71 Blackbird, which still holds numerous speed and altitude records. From driving a stake truck about 40mph on a dirt farm road to driving a top-secret spy plane Mach 3+ at around 80,000 feet. Not bad for a farm boy from NBN. B/Gen Confer retired at Randolph AFB in 1978 with over 270 combat hours.
His brother Kip is a former US Marine, having served in Viet Nam while stationed at Butler Marine Base, Okinawa. He credits taking a typing class his senior year in high school as the main reason he is alive today. Of Kip’s entire platoon, only 11 made it back. Because an M/Sgt. in Okinawa needed a typist just as he was about to deploy, Kip was reassigned to BMB. Although he felt guilty that he was not with his platoon, his dad told him not to be. On Oct. 3, 1967, on his first mission, Kip’s cousin Navy Lt. Michael Steele Confer, was shot down and killed over a remote section of Vietnam. Dad flew sorties out of Kadena AFB, Okinawa during 3 months TDYs. So as luck would have it (Col Confer couldn’t have influenced Kip’s duty station even if he wanted to), they actually spent some time together there. His dad told his young Marine son that apparently had a Guardian Angel watching over him which was way above his or anyone else’s pay grade to question. Micheal would’ve agreed.
Ken’s mom was the quintessential military mom. Dotti kept the home fires burning, never once questioning her husband’s orders that resulted in months away from home, including missing something like 11 Christmas’ at home. Having spotted Hal singing in a choral group on stage in high school, Dotti “arranged” double date with her best friend who just happened to be dating Hal’s best friend. Dotti “reconned” Hal before he even knew what recon meant. They were happily married for 73 years until Hal passed in March 2017.
Ken attended 3 different high schools in 3 different states, graduating from Randolph High School in 1976. After attending Millard Military Prep School in Bandon, OR, he attended Texas Tech University. Unfortunately, it was then when his problems with alcohol and drugs escalated. Ken had entered college with a 1380 SAT score, testing out of 6 hours of English and 3 hours of math. He even turned down an academic scholarship to join the Texas A&M Corp because he “didn’t want to wear a chrome helmet.” However, his academic credentials were no match for a rapidly escalating alcohol and drug habit. Ken’s TTU career ended with his 3rd academic suspension. “From aspirations of becoming a fighter pilot to the humiliation (for me) of working as a car salesman.” In 1989 Ken checked himself into a residential treatment program because he was about to get fired from yet another job. After 75 days of abstinence, Ken relapsed. 6 months later, after coming close to carrying out “the ultimate solution,” Ken managed to make it back to that same treatment center. Evidently, his dad’s youngest son had a Guardian Angel as well. Ken has been clean and sober since May 1, 1991.
Ken returned to the car business, making a successful living while rising to New and Used car Manager, and Finance Manager. What he thought was a “catastrophic humiliation” turned into a very effective training experience as Ken went on to a successful venture in Business to Business sales/marketing. In 2010 he was laid off from a well-paying B2B job, landing him at the proverbial career/life crossroads. Although a good sales position can be lucrative, it is also inherently unstable due to factors of economic volatility and management/ownership change. Ken then embarked on a 4000-mile motorcycle “soul-search” trip. Somewhere between Reno, NV and Grand Junction, CO a thought occurred: instead of focusing on trying to make a big paycheck, maybe it was time to focus on trying to make a big difference. So he went back to school and earned a degree in Applied Science as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). After working at an outpatient/inpatient treatment facility, and the past 3 years with Bexar County Adult Probation – Outpatient treatment, Ken is overjoyed to now be with Warrior’s Heart. “Being able to now serve those who have served with a team whose dedication to this mission is awe-inspiring, is an honor dedicated to Lt. Michael Confer USN, Cpl. Kip Confer USMC, and B/Gen. Hal Confer USAF.
“I could see her in my dreams, but I never saw her coming.” Ken thought he had a better chance of getting hit by an asteroid than finding a soulmate, r.e., likes motorcycles, football, baseball, the San Antonio Spurs, is spiritual and abstinent; can do the occasional black-tie thing but would rather be in jeans and cowboy boots; is ok with a guy without a Ferrari and a McLaren in the garage; can put up with his quirky sense of humor (bonus: tall & gorgeous). Well…is that all? Then Janice showed up, thus beating the asteroid odds and foiling an “impossible by design” soulmate criteria. Ken and Jan have been married for over 5 years now. She acquired a handsome son: Cameron, 25, and he acquired two beautiful daughters: Miranda, 26, and Haley, 16.
Ken believes he is the poster child for the luckiest guy in the world, truly blessed beyond any reasonable expectation. It has been said, “When one trades expectations for appreciation, one’s world changes in an instant.” Ken’s core belief: I am a witness.
LPC, NCC, CCTP, LCDC
Rachel Mickelsen is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Board Certified
Counselor, and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She is a Certified Clinical
Trauma Professional who is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing). Before coming to Warriors Heart, Rachel worked as a mental health counselor
for the Boerne Independent School District and in a private group practice.
As an Army brat, she spent much of her childhood in Germany, but has also lived in Hawaii,
Virginia, and Texas. She and her husband Kyle met while attending Heidelberg American
High School in 1992 and continue to pursue their "happily ever after" together. After Kyle's Air
Force career, they decided to settle in Texas. They've called Boerne home since 2006 and
have five children, a sweet rescue dog, a ball python, and two fish.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys crocheting, bowling, watching hockey, and spending time
with Kyle–sometimes all at the same time.
Jeremy grew up in a small town in Michigan where he developed a love of military aviation, especially WWII-era fighters. By the time he entered high school, he knew he was going to enlist and in his senior year entered the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program until departing for boot camp in September 1993. Jeremy spent the majority of his 20-year Naval career in aviation and worked with helicopters, attack, fighter, and patrol aircraft as an Aircrew Survival Equipment man (also known as Parachute Riggers), has embarked on 5 aircraft carriers and supported ground-based combat flight operations in Afghanistan. Jeremy’s final deployment was to Iraq as a Navy Individual Augmentee in roles with Detainee Operations and as an LNO coordinating the movement of Naval personnel through Baghdad International Airport to their missions throughout Iraq and returning home.
During this time, he suffered a non-combat, life-threatening injury and went through the MEDEVAC process eventually returning to complete his time in the Navy with other injured or limited duty Sailors retiring at the rank of PR1 (E-6) in 2013. These events started him on the path to becoming a mental health and substance abuse counselor. After the Navy, Jeremy worked in Military Family Support and completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Masters in Counseling Psychology (Mental Health focus) at the Chaminade University of Honolulu.
As a part of completing his Master’s program, Jeremy began working with substance abuse due to seeing the link between service members’ self-medicating for trauma and other issues coupled with difficulty obtaining mental health services or as a result of being overprescribed medications during and after their active duty time. The week after his graduation, he relocated from Hawaii to Texas to be closer to his family.
Jeremy has since worked as a substance abuse counselor at the Joe Nye Unit in Hondo, Texas and with Hill Country MHDDC providing counseling and treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders (COPSD) and substance abuse in Gillespie and Llano Counties. In his downtime, Jeremy enjoys employing the skills he learned in the Navy with sewing machines, painting, is an avid shooter, admits to liking the Mandalorian series a bit too much, and lives with his rescue cat “Tomcat”.
For Jeremy, coming to Warriors Heart is fulfilling the mission he set out to do- Helping Warriors.
Muriah was born in Butte, Montana however, her family relocated to Washington State where she grew up. Muriah’s father served in the Navy on active duty as a Logistics Specialist (LSCS) for twenty-eight years. In 2012 Muriah married her husband, David, whom is currently on his fourteenth year of active duty service as a Master at Arms (MA). David and Muriah have two children, Teigan (5) and Garrick (7mos). They also have a chi-weenie named, Trident.
Muriah completed her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS) from Capella University. She completed her practicum and internship in community mental health doing Therapeutic Day Treatment, Intensive In-Home Counseling, outpatient therapy and served as a supervisor/ clinical director of an Intensive In-Home Program. Muriah is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas and Virginia, as well as a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor (NBCC).
Erika Rose Unberhagen is a former 14-year law enforcement officer who has held the positions of patrol officer, detective, and patrol sergeant. She went from the officer of the year in her county to homeless and living out of her car within four years and is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a direct result of duty-related traumatic events.
In recovery, her story is published in Law Enforcement Today, Grieving Behind the Badge, and The Grapevine, an international Alcoholics Anonymous publication. She is a 2016 Texas A&M – Central Texas Magna Cum Laude graduate with a Bachelors in Social Work and is a 2018 Texas A&M – Central Texas graduate.
Today, she is a Masters of Social Worker with a minor in direct practice for mental health and substance abuse and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Most importantly, she is a survivor and advocate who speaks with brutal honesty about the importance of mental health services, awareness, and education for those who have served or continue to serve our country and communities. Her primary message is that true strength lies in asking for help and that we are our brother’s keeper.
Isela Vilchis is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Texas with a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Professional Development both from the Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX. And a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God Church in 2015.
Carmen is committed to facilitating mental, emotional, relational, spiritual, and professional change for those seeking healing, health, and growth in areas of their lives. Her passion is to provide evidence-based clinical services in the community she lives. She has years of experience helping individuals with behavioral difficulties; and the assessment and treatment of abnormal behavior, trauma, abuse and human trafficking.
She has collaborated with TV shows in Univison 41, San Antonio, TX covering topics such as suicide, addictions, parenting, youth, etc. In her 2019 Radio Show “Anhelos del Alma” aired from Miami, she shared various topics of psychology and spirituality. She has participated in panels against domestic violence, has facilitated self-help groups, workshops and retreats in various cities.
Carmen has training in Rapid Resolution Therapy that works to address and clear the ongoing effects of anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia, night-terrors, grief, heartbreak, betrayal, childhood abuse, sexual violence, shame, guilt, rage, anger, jealousy, and combat or first responder PTSD. Trained in Functional Family Therapy providing treatment to families of juveniles in probation or parole with Substance Abuse and Behavioral Problems. Carmen is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, a proven assessment to foster resilient relationships and marriages.
Carmen facilitates Professional and Personal Development workshops and retreats that help individuals increase their Emotional Intelligence skills. She provided Clinical, Crisis Intervention and Facilitated support groups to Unaccompanied Alien Children from Central America under the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) / Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Homestead, FL. She developed and established a Family Engagement Program for two school districts in the San Antonio area. Provided the Highly Capable Kids Parenting Program based on the 40 developmental assets from the Research Institute for 17 schools. Provided psychoeducation to correct behavior using the Conscious Discipline Program to PreK students and their parents. Carmen has provided through the Bexar County Probation Center, Aggression Replacement Training, incorporating the Sanctuary Model and clinical case management to the youth and their families in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. Carmen has experience working with Spanish speaking families of first offenders in different programs in Tarrant County. Additionally, she has served as a facilitator in the Hand in Hand Program and assisted in the Substance Abuse Adult Program in Tarrant County.
Carmen enjoys traveling, learning new things, meeting people, teaching other about the Jewishness of Jesus and enjoys Davidic dancing.
Utilization Review Specialist
Born in Santa Anna California to a military family, Elizabeth quickly moved to San Antonio Texas where she grew up and attended high school at MacArthur High, after graduating she met her husband and relocated to Bandera where her husband lived. Elizabeth and her husband, with their 3 daughters built a small horse farm, currently showing and raising these beautiful animals.
Elizabeth has over 30 years experience in the medical field with 25 years of behavioral health. Elizabeth started her own small business 25 years ago. Today she is blessed with 2 granddaughters and hopes for many more.
Utilization Review Specialist
Rick Zello, MSgt, USAF (Retired) MA
Rick grew up in rural Western Pennsylvania in a family with a long history of military service. He enlisted in the US Air Force and began his own military career directly after High School. Rick served as a T4C071 (Mental Health and Addiction Specialist) his entire career with the exception of a Special Duty assignment as Professional Military Education (PME) instructor at Goodfellow AFB Texas. In 2004 he deployed with an Aero-medical Evacuation Team that transported wounded service members from Iraq and Afghanistan to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. In 2005 he served as the Detainee Operations Senior Medical Enlisted Manager at the Guantanamo Bay Cuba Detention Center where he worked directly with detainees. He last served as Mental Health Flight Chief at Randolph AFB Texas and retired from the USAF in 2008 at the rank of MSgt (E-7).
Rick has associate degrees in business, allied healthcare sciences and instruction of technology and military sciences. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Wayland Baptist University and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Community Counseling from Webster University.
Rick has been married to his wife Loriann, also a USAF Veteran, for over 30 years and has 3 adult children. He and his family serve in a number of roles with local churches, veteran groups, food pantries and other non-profit groups.
Since Military Retirement, Rick has worked in health care and education in a variety of clinical, academic, and administrative positions working with teens, adults and senior citizens. His heart always brings him back to working with veterans, and first responders who struggle, as Rick has in the past, with addictions, trauma and other personal demons. Rick is honored to be a part of the Warriors Heart team and to be a part of the miracle of recovery and be a part of the heling that takes places. “Warriors Healing Warriors” is far more than a great motto- it is a way of life and Rick is blessed to be part of that journey of healing for his fellow warrior brothers and sisters.
Tammy was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia and is the product of a proud coal-mining family. Tammy is also the granddaughter of a WWII Navy veteran and the niece of Air Force and Navy veterans. As a senior in high school Tammy watched the troops returning from Desert Storm, and while sitting in her grandmother’s living room, decided she too wanted to be a soldier. Tammy joined the Army on the delayed entry program and entered basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC upon graduation. Tammy then completed AIT at Ft. Sam Houston, TX and began her military service as a 91B. Tammy’s first duty station was Ft. Ord in Monterrey, CA at Silas B. Hayes Army Community Hospital, and her second duty station was Ft. Hood, TX where she served as a field medic with the 89 th MP Brigade. It was there she met her husband of almost 23 years. Upon leaving the military Tammy supported her husband throughout the rest of his 23-year military career. Tammy and her husband have 5 children ranging in ages 8-27, one of whom is also an Army veteran.
Tammy completed her schooling as a clinical mental health counselor while raising children and being involved in various military programs including the FRG in each of her husband’s companies. During graduate school Tammy was given an assignment to attend a group and critique the facilitator. Tammy chose to attend an NA meeting and immediately fell in love with each of the members as they told the story of how addiction had affected their lives. Tammy volunteers with Give an Hour and holds a weekly chemical dependency group at a veteran’s residential home in San Antonio. Tammy also works at the outpatient unit at San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital where she leads chemical dependency and trauma groups. Tammy was instrumental in developing the active duty, veteran, and first responder program at the hospital and is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Written Exposure Therapy for PTSD, as well as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).
During her free time, Tammy can be found hanging out at the barn with her menagerie of animals including peacocks, pot-belly pigs, ducks, chickens, cats, dogs, and horses. Tammy and her husband have started a non-profit called New Tactics that provides equine therapy to veterans, active duty, and first responders. Her absolute favorite horse is a 17-year-old sorrel Missouri Fox Trotter named Shiloh. Tammy is also passionate about loud rock music and can be found cruising around in her Jeep Wrangler blaring her favorite metal band, Five Finger Death Punch.
RTC Clinical Assistant
Stacy Lowry was born and raised in Washington State in a small town 2 hours north of Seattle called Ferndale. Ferndale is about 30 minutes from the Canada border. This is where she calls home. The majority of her family and close friends still reside in Washington. Stacy and her husband, Tony, relocated to San Antonio, Texas in 2018. Her husband, Tony, retired after serving 25 faithful years in Law Enforcement with the Washington State Patrol and currently holds a position as a K-9 Explosive Detection Handler for the Fire & Security Protection Team for The Boeing Company here in San Antonio. Stacy and her husband Tony have been together since 2009 and share a blended family of two adult children: Ryan and JazLynn, as well as two grandchildren: Maddox and Ariyah. They also have two fur babies named: Taser (mini dachshund) and K-9 Cruz (yellow lab).
Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Central Washington University and brings a wealth of knowledge and background to Warriors Heart. She has over 25 years of experience in social services to include: CPS Investigations, Adult and Juvenile Parole Services, Corrections, Victim Services, as well as Supervisory, Management and various Leadership roles. She has partnered with law enforcement consistently over the past 25 years within her career capacity as a parole & corrections officer, victim advocate and CPS investigator. She has the upmost respect and admiration for women and men who serve as first responders in Fire, Military and Police professions and understands both as a wife of a first responder and as a social worker, the aptitude of this work and the toll it can take on a person.
Stacy is beyond blessed and excited to become part of the Warrior Family and looks forward to serving as the Clinical Assistant.
IOP Clinical Assistant
Kristin is a transplant to Bandera & has called Bandera her home for the past 8 years with her husband, Matthew who happens to be a Bandera graduate. She has been a stay at home mom for the past few years. Kristin volunteers her time by helping coach youth sports as well as helping with the Bandera County 4H program.
When Kristin is not volunteering her time she is an avid cross fitter and every chance she gets she is competing. She also loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Kristin has always been a big supporter of our Military and 1st Responders. She has several siblings and family members that have and are serving in the Army, Air Force, and Police Department.
Wendy grew up in a military family, and after graduating high school in Niceville, Florida she began studying English Literature and Anthropology at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Upon graduating from college in 2002, she started a career as an English teacher in San Antonio, Texas. After 12 years in the public education system she decided that she was being pulled in a different direction. Her love of helping others, her interest in the power of addiction, mental health, and interpersonal relationships is what led her to become an LPC. Wendy has experience working as a therapist in the clinical setting as well as inpatient hospitalization. Her love of therapy and a specific type of treatment, EMDR, led her to where she is now in her career.
Yvonne Garcia was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and is a First Responder and Licensed Professional Counselor. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and History from St. Mary’s University and taught middle school Reading/English before changing careers. Yvonne has worked as a firefighter/paramedic with the San Antonio Fire Dept. since 1997. In 2013 she earned her master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio and focuses on Trauma, Stress, and Resiliency. She is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Peer Support, Crisis Intervention, Trauma, and Grief. She has had a private practice since 2017.
Kevin is the son of a soldier in the British Army. Routine and a sense of duty were what kept my family together. His early life was spent in the UK, Germany, and the Far East.
After many careers including Hotel Management, waiting on table, cooking, and being a librarian Kevin immigrated to the United States and married a Texas girl.
After going through treatment Kevin found his vocation in counseling both as a general counselor and as a Chemical Dependency Counselor. Kevin lives with his retired partner in Kerrville where they both look after lots of stray cats.
Kevin enjoys really old and low-budget science fiction movies and listening to podcasts on spiritual themes.
Walter E. Calvo was raised in an Air Force family. He was born at Misawa AB, Japan, and lived in Spain and California before his father retired to San Antonio, Texas. Walter earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, (minor in Special Education) from St. Mary’s University, and started his professional career as a Special Education Teacher for Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX. Three years later Walter earned a master’s degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University, became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and accepted a commission in the Air Force as a Behavioral Science officer. While in the Air Force Walter held a variety of positions beginning as an outpatient mental health counselor and progressing to Flight Commander and Division Chief. He participated in deployments to Doha, Qatar for Operations “Desert Shield “and “Desert Storm”, and to Guantanamo, Cuba for “Operation Sea Signal”. While in the Air Force Walter earned a Doctorate of Business Administration in Management which enabled him to provide psychological health consultation services to senior leaders and mental health consultation to unit commanders. Walter retired from the Air Force after 20 years and relocated to San Antonio, TX. After his retirement from the Air Force Walter explored a variety of career opportunities. He served as a Subject Matter Expert and Organizational Consultant for entities providing mental health services to the National Guard. Walter also served as an adjunct professor at two local San Antonio universities where he instructed graduate and undergraduate students in the Schools of Business and Management. Prior to joining Warriors Heart Walter worked with an educational company that developed curriculum and facilitated psycho-educational courses for personal and professional development. Walter has a very active family life. He enjoys spending quality time with his parents and two children. He is an avid reader, loves to travel, and enjoys learning about anything and everything that enhances quality of life. Walter believes his entire professional career and personal experiences are perfectly aligned with Warriors Heart’s mission – “Warriors Healing Warriors”.
At 19, Justin enlisted in the United States Air Force, during his 20 years of service he held a variety of different jobs, everything from Cook to Combat Readiness Instructor. His most taxing job, however, would be when he was assigned as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Mortuary Affairs.
In late 2012 Justin decided to share his story in the book, “And Then I Cried, Stories of a Mortuary NCO”. His hope was that his story could help others struggling with PTSD. In 2013 Justin was Medically Retired from the Air Force with 20 years of service. Justin continued his advocacy and worked with The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program where he managed the Ambassador Program. He was responsible for teaching seriously injured or ill Airman how to tell and share their stories of recovery with audience’s worldwide.
Justin is also an accomplished artist and his paintings can be seen hanging in the Pentagon. His book continues to help others who are struggling and he continues his advocacy coming to Warriors Heart excited to start his next chapter helping warriors find treatment.
Michael R. O’Dell
Admissions Advocate Team Lead
Michael R O’Dell was born and raised in the heart of the hill country. During his youth Michael stayed outside. He loved playing baseball with his brothers and skateboarding with his friends. At the age of 19 Michael left his family and the hill country behind to become a United States Marine. During his service to our country Michael was stationed in Hawaii and attached to 3rd battalion 3rd Marine AKA Americas Battalion. His unit quickly deployed and continuously rotated in and out of theater.
CPL O’Dell was a part of and involved with multiple missions which were mostly executed at night. Training the Iraqi Army as well as maintaining a high level of readiness in the battalion’s motor pool. CPL O’Dell was recognized for promotion and multiple awards for his performance and dedication to the corps and was honorably discharged from service in November of 2010.
Shortly after Michael’s return home to the Texas hill country, the struggle with addiction and PTSD began to take control of his life. As a Marine Michael, would refuse to admit to his problems. Michael continued to suffer from his addiction until it landed him in prison.
Michael has been sober since March 2016 and has dedicated himself to helping the warrior class make the crucial decision to choose life and finally return home.
Patti was born in New York and relocated to Texas with her family when she was a child. She grew up north of Austin and is a graduate of Leander High School and Texas A&M University. She went into the US Navy as a Cryptologist where she met her late husband. Upon his passing she left the Navy to raise her soon to be born only son. She later obtained her Masters in Management and has 19 years of insurance claims and investigations as her post military career.
Patti is now working toward a masters and license in counseling as well as a masters and license in social work. Patti comes from a long line of military in her family. Her grandfather was post WWII retired Army, an uncle who is retired USAF, another uncle who is retired Marines; and her younger brother is currently in the USAF.Patti currently lives in San Antonio where she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandson. In her spare time, she loves reading, crocheting, hiking, biking, taking a walk with her dogs, or just about anything else outdoors.
Patti is passionate about her family, her faith, and helping others. She lives by the words of Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Cathy grew up in a military family, mostly living at Ft Campbell and Ft Knox. Her family moved to Florida her freshman year of high school. Cathy served 3.5 years in the Air Force. She separated due to a high-risk pregnancy. After her daughter was born, she was a stay home mom for 10 years. Cathy became a Police Officer in 1999, she served 20 years. Cathy is currently working towards completion of her degree in Psychology.
During Cathy’s freshman year of high school, she became addicted to alcohol and drugs. She credits her mother and daughter for her sobriety. She has been drug free for 35 years and sober for 20 years. Cathy has seen many friends and family die from their addictions. Cathy works at educating families who have loved ones with addiction, in the hopes they will not turn their backs on them. Cathy truly believes if not for her mother and daughter she would not be with us today.
Adam Wallace was born and raised outside Helotes Texas where he grew up working on the family farm and ranch as soon as he was of age to help. While in college, he struggled to decide what exactly he wanted to do for the rest of his life until his mother brought home a flyer about being an EMT, and the next day he went and enrolled in SAC EMT program. He has worked and volunteered as an FF/EMT in a variety of capacities all over Bexar county, and a few other parts of Texas. He has performed his duties as a first responder in Bexar County firehouses as well as working as a medic for the San Antonio Spurs, San Antonio Rampage, a medic with the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, the team of Rattlesnake Republic, as well as working with the men’s national Rugby team for a few games. Adam resigned all his positions in EMS and in 2019 moved up to Kerrville after struggling with addiction for just shy of 15 years where he now calls home. He now lives, sponsors many men in the area, and helps maintain a ranch finding health and happiness in the very thing he grew up doing.
Born in Germany, Zachary made it to Texas as quickly as possible! His Father Rob Poteat got stationed in DelRio, TX on Laughlin AFB. There Zachary grew up on true Mexican culture food and noticed how the food always brought everyone together! Zachary went from the border of Texas to the Hill Country, where Schreiner University was home to him while he worked on his B.A Sports Management/ B.S Kinesiology. After growing up a bit Zachary found himself in Boerne, TX. There he would meet the love of his life!
Ashley & Zachary met in a local Restaurant where they both worked. Zachary & Ashley then moved up to Austin and the Culinary world began. He got the real taste of the streets in Austin working for a couple top Food Trucks. After that he spent his time in a butcher shop, starting with deliveries then learning all his cuts and processing deer. Continuing, he dabbled a bit in the Corporate cooking world with Whole Foods Market & Central Market. Furthermore, Zachary found a couple well named Chefs in established restaurants to work under and learn from to increase his skills as a Chef.
Zachary found himself back in San Antonio, TX after Ashley started Nursing school. Zachary ended up finding a job back in the Hill Country! He was named Executive Chef and shortly after was asked to fill the General Manager role. During his time here, Zachary made many new friends and started focusing on his dreams and goals.
He recently got Married to Ashley in May of 2018 and they are happily living in Boerne, TX.
“Where are you from?” Is a Question Moe usually takes a while to answer. With his Father being enlisted Air Force, His family was stationed all over the place. Moe was actually born in Germany near Frankfurt, while they were stationed at Rhein Main Air Base. After he was born his family came back to the states temporarily then were stationed at Incirlik Air Base Turkey. And after a time they returned to Germany, then made they’re permanent residence in the Lone Star state. Skipping ahead to the end of his teenage years Moe graduated from O’Connor High School and married his high school sweetheart at 19, and they decided together to live a life dedicated to Loving God and Loving people. They, and they’re two young boys Luke and Abel, now call Bandera Texas Home. Yep, that is a long answer to that question.
Moe spent 7 years in the Utility/Construction industry, dedicating himself to understanding how to better serve people. He also spent years as a handyman in San Antonio after normal work hours, and understands the importance of comfort in a living space. Moe loves music, he is passionate about teaching music. He loves to teach others to play musical instruments, and finds such a joy when someone he is teaching becomes passionate about the instrument they are learning and how to use their own gifts. He spends a lot of his time at his church where he volunteers, Moe also loves to fish, and raise his chickens at home. Moe believes in the vision of warriors Heart and is excited to be a part of this great team.
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!
Taylor Kirk was born and raised in Bandera the youngest of three siblings. From a young age, she was interested and loved horses, Taylor was 4 years old when she first started showing them. Taylor enjoys being outdoors, showing her horses and was a trainer for a few years, and then became interested in bodybuilding and equally enjoyed that as well. Taylor is looking forward to competing in bodybuilding and competing with her horses.
Jonathan is the youngest of three children. He grew up in two separate settings one being in Fredericksburg, Tx and the other being Houston, Tx. Both places provided different styles of growth and learning abilities. He met his wife right before joining the military and they were stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hi. He served two years in the U.S. Army as a chemical warfare specialist in the 25th ID 2nd Brigade 2nd Squadron 14th Cavalry Regiment. They loved living on the island but knew that their hearts were back in Texas. Jonathan has worked in fast-paced restaurants as a line cook and likes to know that he can bring a smile to someone’s face with a great tasting meal. Jonathan is currently enrolled in college for culinary arts and likes to learn new recipes that range from southern comfort food to Southeast Asian.
Larry hails from San Antonio, but has roots that stretch to the founding of Bandera. He resides on the family homestead which has the distinction to be registered with the Texas Department of Agriculture as a Century Ranch (it has been in continuous operation by the same family for over 100 years).
Larry is a US Navy Veteran with 11 years experience in electronics. He was an instructor at a multi-service school in Denver Colorado, and alter as a technical writer for a government contractor in Memphis, Tennessee.
Returning to Texas, his career field changed to the culinary arts as a means to support his growin family. He has worked under many chefs including one of the few master chefs and another studying to become a master chef. Boasting nearly 30 years experience, he has a passion for cooking, great tasting food, and making divine desserts.
Larry has struggled with eating disorders which included bariatric surgery. When he heard about Warriors Heart, he knew that it was the place he needed to be.
Corey was born in Lakehills, TX and is the youngest out of 4 older siblings (3 brothers,1 sister) so he was used to some strict parenting especially when his dad was in the military. He started to do some cooking at a young age with his mom for family events and family parties where people started to tell him he had a good sense for cooking.
In 2007, Corey and his parents had to move to Iowa to help take care of his Grandma who had breast cancer and cooking had to be put on hold; he lived there for 2 months then had to move back to Texas, ending up in Harper, TX.
In his senior year, he worked at a deer processing facility where he learned to stuff and smoke meats and he had a passion for it. He decided to go to Le Cordon Bleu college for culinary arts in Austin, TX right after high school in 2015 and graduated in 2017. During his time in Austin, Corey got a taste for the great foods they had to offer and working at a high-end retirement community called Longhorn Village he wanted everyone he gets to cook for to have that great experience of eating a great meal as he did.
Noah was born and raised in Texas, he has lived in Bandera for 14 years now. Noah has always enjoyed helping his mom in the kitchen, helping his church whenever needed, and being homeschooled had plenty of time for it. Right after Noah graduated he began working in a real kitchen, after he started he quickly saw how much more there was to still learn, and do in the kitchen and was blessed with the experience he was given, in such a short amount of time. Now working at Warriors Heart, Noah is excited for the opportunity to serve the warriors of this country that have given us freedom!
Chris Molnar was born in Amarillo TX and is a native Texan. When he was 3 his mother lost her mind and moved them to Cleveland, Ohio, where Chris spent the next 10 years of his life freezing to death. (Go Browns!) When Chris was 14, his father passed away and his family moved to Tyler, Texas.
Chris worked several years in Tyler after dropping out of high school at 16. At 21 he was tired of working paint and body, so he went to college in Amarillo to study engineering. After his second year, he ran out of funds and decided to enlist in the Army. Chris was a 91B Field Medic assigned to Lister Army Hospital. After a couple of years there, he was transferred to Flatiron Air Ambulance Unit and got his Flight Identifier.
Chris left the Army in 1998 with 750 hours of flight time and moved to San Antonio. He switched fields from people to computers and has been in the IT field ever since. Chris began as help desk and has progressed to Director of IT with Southwest Area Regional Transit.
Chris met his wife Amy in 1998 shortly after moving back to Texas. They have 2 boys ages 16 and 18, Ryan and Ethan, respectively. Chris and his family moved from Uvalde to Bandera 5 years ago and are awfully glad they did. They have both joined the Lion’s Club International and enjoy helping the community with various needs.
When the opportunity to work for Warrior’s Heart came up, Chris jumped. He missed the camaraderie that can only come from those that have served. This includes first line responders. As a medic in Alabama, his organization (Flatiron), coordinated military assistance to safety and traffic, where they worked hand in hand with Police, Fire, and EMS in all types of emergencies. They were called for hospital transfers, wrecks, fires, natural emergencies, missing persons, support for DEA raids and NASCAR. Chris knows that when you are speaking with persons to whom Warrior’s Heart serves, it really helps to have served in those situations. Though Chris is mostly involved with the technology, he still feels he will be able to contribute to the mission overall.
Safety Officer Team Lead
Alan was born and raised in Enid Oklahoma until he was 14 yoa. His family then moved in 1974 for two years to Cypress California due to his father’s job, and then on to Corpus Christi Texas in 1976. In Corpus Christi Alan attended Carrol High School and worked as a lifeguard at several different area pools eventually becoming a Gulf Beach lifeguard and swim team coach. At age 23 Alan joined the US Navy as Avionics Tech switching to Fire Control Tech after three years in order to get ship board duty. Alan’s last year in the Navy rather that following his ship into the yard for refit, he volunteered for Naval Special Warfare at SBU 20 where he was assigned to Mark III Sea Spector Patrol Boats and deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1988 to escort oil tankers through the mine fields in the Straights Hormoz. At the end of his deployment, Alan left the Navy and joined the Corpus Christi Tx Police Department in 1989 where worked for 26 years before retiring in 2015. Alan then went on to work for the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Police Department for another 2.5 years before leaving Policing for good in 2018. Since then Alan has worked as a truck driver and in a manufacturing plant before coming to Warriors Heart in 2020.
Client Relations Team
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 as the Program Director for Warriors Heart. She is a concierge of sorts for the Warriors coming in for treatment. With over 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 in High School and have been inseparable since 2004. They have their hands full raising their incredible son and daughter.
CR Shift Lead
Tina moved from Indiana to Texas in 1986 as a child. She graduated from Smithson Valley High School in 1992 and had her first child in October that year. She has three beautiful daughters that have brought her three beautiful granddaughters so far. She has an extensive background in customer service from working in a grocery store to gas stations and a hotel. She enjoys spending as much time as she can with her granddaughters in her spare time as well as reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. Her father is a Vietnam vet and her little brother was an emergency first responder/volunteer firefighter.
CR Shift Lead
Bob Hauk was born in Houston, TX and raised in Matagorda, TX. He graduated from high school in Port Allen, LA. Shortly after graduation, Bob joined the US Army Reserves. In 1984, he went on active duty in the US Army Military Police Corp, he specialized in traffic accident investigations. During his military career, Bob was assigned to the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Infantry Divisions. He served in Germany, Bosnia, Korea, Cuba, as well as stateside. Bob retired from the US Army in 2004, but continued working for the Army as a DA Police Officer for 7 years. Bob met his wife CJ while they were stationed in Germany. They have been together for 33 years, they have 3 children and 1 grandchild.
In his spare time, Bob enjoys long motorcycle rides (escapes) with his wife. Spending time with family and friends or just relaxing at home
Blair Tredway grew up in San Angelo, Texas, a growing West Texas town. She was the oldest of four growing up with my mother and step-father. She graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 2001 where she was highly active in the TX-936 chapter of the Air Force JROTC program, attaining rank of Major. She then attended Howard College in 2002 and 2004 receiving her CNA and Phlebotomy Certifications. In 2003 she became a proud mother of a daughter, Bralynn, in 2006 the proud mother of another daughter Evelynn and in 2008 the proud mother of her son Rice Jr., who has since passed on. She spent many years as an Army Wife moving to multiple posts where she was active in the FRG. After getting separated from her first husband, Blair began her battle with alcoholism, and spiraled down until 2016. There have been a few setbacks, but Blair is happy to say she is sober and enjoying the sober life. In 2018 Blair met her best friend, and moved to Pipe Creek, and in March 2019 became the step-mother of two handsome boys, Wesley Tredway and Bradley Tredway and the wife to one amazing man, Steven Tredway (whom she says saved her life by giving her a new one). Blair and Steven live honest, drug and alcohol free lives, and together keep each other laughing and enjoying one day at a time as a sober and clean couple and parents.
When Blair heard about Warrior’s Heart she knew that this was exactly where she needed to be! Having battled her own problems with alcoholism and PTSD, she believes that giving back to those in recovery and being there to help aid in the recovery of other warriors is truly her calling. Blair looks forward to an exciting future and journey with her sobriety, recovery, amazing home life and new family here at Warrior’s Heart.
Dennie began life in a small town in Southeastern Kansas. During his early years he knew that his future was to be in the military or law enforcement, but little did he know that he would be involved in both. Entering the US Army in 1971, Dennie attended basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Overseas assignments included Vicenca, Italy; Frankfurt, Germany (3d Armd Div); Stuttgart, Germany (2d Spt Cmd) and South Korea (2d Inf Div). CONUS assignments included 1st Inf. Div (Ft Riley, KS); Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD and Ft. McClellan, AL (US Army MP Center & School).
During his assignment as a MP at Aberdeen PG, Dennie attended and graduated from the Baltimore MD. Police Academy S.W.A.T. course. During future assignments he would serve as SRT (SWAT) Commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground as well as in South Korea during the 1988 Olympics where his teams provided personal security details for VIP’s attending the Games. Dennie’s final military assignment was at Ft McClellan AL where he served as MP Instructor and Doctrine Writer for the US Army MP Corps. After retirement in 1971, Dennie worked as a Police Officer and Deputy Sheriff in Alabama and Missouri. Dennie began his second career as an armed security contractor with assignments in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq (x2) and finished his contracting life with assignment to Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands (South Pacific).
Dennie lives with his wife Tami on an 800-acre ranch just outside Bandera, TX along with their assortment of “furry kids”. Hobbies include amateur radio, fly fishing, or simply sitting on his patio smoking a quality cigar or his pipe, sipping a cold drink and appreciating a sunset over his tiny part of The Republic of Texas.
Shawn Copeland was born in San Antonio, TX. He has lived in Michigan, California, and New Mexico, but Bandera is where home is to him, where he graduated from Bandera High School in 2014. He married his wife Amanda in 2014 and has a son Leon who was born in 2018. Shawn worked for Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a corrections officer at a maximum-security unit for a little over a year. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and hopes for a future career in law enforcement. He enjoys fishing, playing guitar, camping, working on cars, and spending time with his family.
CJ was born in Minnesota. While still a Senior in High School CJ joined the Army Reserves. After graduating high school, CJ completed Basic and AIT at Ft. Jackson, SC. The following year, she entered Active Duty. While on Active Duty CJ served in Germany, Ft. Jackson, and Ft. Monmouth. CJ met her husband in Germany; where both were stationed. She left active duty to “Become the Mom.” CJ continued to support her husband during his 22 years of service. She raised the next generation of Active Military members, and continues today to “adopt” soldiers, giving love and support for our Warriors at home and abroad.
Katie Tippett was born in San Antonio but raised in the hill country. Even though she spent part of her childhood in southwest Colorado, she always called Texas home! With family in the Boerne and Bandera areas, Katie spent most of her summers at Boerne or Medina lake. She graduated from UTSA with a Bachelors’s Degree in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Her drive professionally stems from her passion for helping people and wanting them to reach their full potential. Katie’s integrity, positive attitude, and “I can do this,” mindset help her to overcome the obstacles life puts in front of her.
Katie loves to be outdoors and do things like hunt, fish, hike, and sit by any body of water she can if she gets spare time. She also enjoys things like baking, cooking, wedding planning, going on adventures to new locations, and enjoying good coffee!
Summer Jordan was born in San Antonio Texas, a child of a dual military family as both her mother and father served in the USAF for 20 years. She moved around quite a bit over the years and has a deep understanding of what it is to serve. By the time she was in high school she had been in 9 different schools and had traveled extensively. Summer graduated from Bandera high school in 2018 and will be starting college soon, with the hopes of becoming a social worker. Summer was drawn to service at an early age and spent over 100 hours volunteering with many different veteran organizations. Growing up, Summer watched as her father developed and struggled with PTSD after many years of service. Watching this has drawn her to this mission and she is excited to serve our warriors while they heal. Summer enjoys drawing, playing with her dogs and cracking jokes with her dad in her free time. She is also a part time barista at Starbucks.
Alicia was raised in San Antonio and began using alcohol at an early age to fill the void that she felt inside. At the end of her junior year in high school, she had a drunk driving car accident that almost ended her life. The pain and scars from the accident led her deeper into the darkness of addiction. Years of drugs, abuse, and trauma followed.
In 1999, Alicia was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous. For the first time in her life, she began to feel like she belonged, and God began to restore her sanity. In 2001, she was blessed with the birth of her son, Ethan. In 2002, Alicia started working at La Hacienda in the Alumni department and was able to use her story to bring hope to the hopeless all around the U.S. and internationally. Following a brutal relapse in 2009, Alicia had to fight again for her life. And in Sept 2011, refocused and spiritually equipped, her new journey to freedom began.
In 2012, Alicia began working for a faith-based ministry inside Haven for Hope that helped the homeless by funding their entry into sober living houses and into Haven for Hope’s on-campus sober living, called the Next Right Step. There, she began to see how God was going to use her relapse to help others. In 2014, she married her husband Rich, who had recently retired after 23 years in the Army, and they blended their families.
Alicia went on to Soba Recovery to serve as their Operations Manager for almost 4 years, where she oversaw their 40-bed sober living program. She got her faith-based certification as a Certified Restorative Therapist and started working at NuHope as the Program Coordinator for patients who struggle with opiate addiction/dependence. In 2020, Alicia became a Certified Life Coach, with hopes of helping women find freedom and achieve their goals.
After over 15 years of working in the recovery field, with so many diverse populations, Alicia is excited to be joining the Warriors Heart team and hopes to play a part in helping these brave Warriors overcome their battle with addiction and find the peace they deserve.
Taylor was born and raised in the Bandera and Spring Branch areas. All her life she has served others and has been told she’s an easy person to talk to. In her adult life, she has worked in mostly customer service in retail and after the birth of her daughter, she moved into the medical field as a medical collector. In Taylor’s spare time she can be found spending time with her daughter, reading, or playing a game with her friends.
Sandra Van Bibber
Sandra Van Bibber born in Pekin, Illinois, grew up in North Pekin moved to Texas after graduating from Pekin Community High.
She met her husband in San Antonio in March 1985, they married in January 1989 and have 1 son that they welcomed in November 1993.
Her family moved to Bandera in 2003 and fell in love with the small town.
She’s worked at different jobs always trying to help whoever needed it along the way. Sandra worked for Bandera County Sheriff’s Office in dispatch for 13 1/2 years, prior to working as a home health aide, and in an assisted living center. Sandra also prepares income taxes during tax season and has been doing this for the last 26 years.
She loves spending time with family and going to flea markets.
Sandra loves to help people and is a great listener.
Creative Art Instructor
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.
Annette T. Hill
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 away as a result of symptoms of PTSD in 2009.
Luis “Louie” Moreno was born in La Jolla, California and was raised in Tijuana, Mexico and San Ysidro, California. One of 13 children, Luis grew up in the fast lane and was exposed to gang activity at a very young age. Louie’s parents decided a change was needed. At the age of 18, he and his parents moved to Kerrville, Texas seeking better opportunities.
He received his jailers license and decided law enforcement was a perfect fit for him. He went on and received his Peace Officer license in 2006. Louie enlisted in the Army National Guard 36th Infantry Division in 2007 with the intent of being able to go to college after he served his time. The Army had a different plan. Louie served a combat tour in Iraq in 2009 and served his country until 2016.
Louie currently works for the Sheriff’s Department as the Sergeant in the Support Division. Among many different jobs, one that Louie enjoys the most is courtroom security. He has proudly served the citizens of Bandera County since 2012.
Louie serves his community in many different roles. He coaches for Bandera Little League and Bandera Boys & Girls Club. He is involved with the planning of National Night Out and is active in most all community events in some aspect.
Louie serves Warriors Heart in many different capacities. He runs the merchandise shop on site and seeks out new opportunities for merchandise to go into retail storefronts. Sometimes you’ll even have him as a driver to CrossFit.
Luis is married to Christina and they have a beautifully blended family of 3: Taytum, Giovanni, and Maddox Azucena (Maddi Sue in Texan).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liz recently joined the Hollywood 43 Post The American Legion as an Auxiliary Family Member. Her grandfather served in World War II in the United States Coast Guard, and her aunt Katherine also served in the Red Cross during World War II in Europe and the Pacific Theater.
Michelle “Cash” Axmaker
Michelle is a Native Texan and in true Texas form, grew up on her family’s horse ranch near Houston. She learned the value of hard work and dedication early in life, traveling the country showing Competitive Quarter Horses. This lifestyle began her life long passion for animal training and behavior.
She has worked as a Zookeeper and Trainer at several AZA accredited zoos where she took care of many rare and endangered species. Michelle developed training and enrichment programs for exotic animals and spent her zoo career educating the public about wildlife conservation. She has worked with incredible animals like venomous snakes, crocodiles over 14 feet, tigers, vampire bats, koalas, and birds of prey. She has even had the opportunity to hand raise orphaned zoo babies.
Michelle transitioned into the Canine field through the Military Working Dog Center at Lackland Air Force Base. She loved working with the MWDs as well as active duty and veterans from all Military branches. There, she met her husband, a prior Marine Corp K-9 handler. Michelle then moved on to work with Nationally competitive Field Trial Dogs. At home, she enjoys the company of her two Boston Terriers, Otis and Olive.
Michelle spends her free time in the barn. She is a multiple World and National Champion Equestrian. She breeds, raises and trains English disciplined horses.
Michelle is a talented animal trainer and has a passion for people as well. You may notice that she wears her “heart” on her sleeve. She believes the powerful healing properties that animals possess are useful tools for trauma recovery.
K9 Bubba Bubba is a rescue from Dallas! Bubba is our certified emotional support animal at Warriors Heart! K9 Bubba is approximately two years old and has transitioned from being a dog in training to his permanent place as a detox therapy dog here at Warriors Heart. He is living the dream while showing love and support to our warriors.
K9 Jake is a handsome 2-year-old Lab. He is working diligently on his obedience training and enjoys every moment of it. A soft dog with a huge heart, he is eager to please and revels in spending his down time, loving on everyone he can.
K9 Joe is approximately 2-years-old. He is an American Bulldog with a fun, loving personality. He enjoys training and engaging with trainers as well as our clients. Joe recently underwent surgery on his leg but quickly recovered and has been released from the vet’s care to resume training. He should be ready for service dog work very soon.
K9 Juneau is a female German Shepherd who is quickly advancing through the program. She’s a beautiful dog inside and out and loves to be around people. Juneau is a star student and is ready to begin her Service Dog training.
K9 Cinders is the newest addition to the K9 program. At approximately 18 months old, she’s a very smart and very sweet girl. She is in the beginning phase of obedience training but is receptive and eager to do what she is asked. This little girl went from a shelter dog with little hope to watch me shine!! A true find and a pleasure to work with.