Described as “a driven person with out of the box insights,” Lannon has successfully built and operated 6 healing centers. With a bold vision to bring 1 million warriors home from addiction and PTS, Warriors Heart is leading the way in chemical dependency treatment for our Warriors.
Growing up, Josh apprenticed under his father’s direction by operating the family owned nightclubs in Las Vegas, Nevada. Josh’s leadership and team led the Vegas nightclubs to be voted the #1 country club, five years in a row.
In 2002, Josh refocused himself to creating a career in sobriety and building businesses that are more socially conscious. He retired from the nightclub industry and, together, Josh and Lisa Lannon launched their first recovery center, Journey Healing Centers, a private drug and alcohol treatment center. JHC grew to six locations with 100 team members. Then in late 2013, Elements Behavioral Health, a leading nationwide provider, acquired JHC.
Josh has also dedicated three decades to studying the martial arts. He has a “Senior Professor of Arts” ranking as a 7th degree black belt as a personal student to the Grandmaster, Mr. Paul Mills. Josh is a leading Professor at the AKKI annual international seminars and teaches worldwide. Josh is currently getting his butt kicked going through the ranks in the Brazilian Jujitsu. He loves learning and taking on challenges.
Josh’s continued passion for building businesses assisting those who are struggling from addiction is one of the driving forces behind Warriors Heart.
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 CEO, 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 CEO 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.
US Army Colonel (Ret.) – Executive Director
Joe Brown is a retired U.S. Army Colonel who served over 25 years on active duty specializing in Operational Logistics and Medical Service. Prior to retiring from active duty in July 2004 he served as the Deputy to the Director of Logistics in Iraq supporting over 144,000 coalition forces of the Combined Joint Task Force-Seven (CJTF-7) during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He also had the privilege to command the 16th Corps Support Group consisting of 3,500 soldiers that supported the U.S. Army’s V Corps during major combat operations in Iraq in 2003.
During his military career Joe has served in a variety of Command and Staff positions. Key positions include; Commander of the 530th Supply & Service Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Chief, Plans Branch, Logistics Division, NATO Headquarters, Allied Land Forces Southern Europe (LANDSOUTH) in Verona, Italy; Chief, Ambulatory Care Support Branch, Frankfurt Regional Medical Center; and Health Care Administrator, Darmstadt Health Clinic which supported over 40,000 Military and Family Members.
After retiring from the Army, Joe was a Logistics Consultant with the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He provided consulting services to the Romanian Ministry of National Defense in Bucharest, Romania. Joe then joined the IBM Corporation from 2005 to 2015 where he was an Associate Partner in the IBM Global Business Services (Public Sector) in support of the Army and DoD Intelligence agencies security missions.
Joe’s entire adult life has been about taking care of the Warrior – those that have served and sacrificed so much deserve the honor, dignity, and respect they have earned. That is why he excited to be part of the Warriors Heart Team and its mission in supporting Warriors. Simply put – Warriors are family at Warriors Heart!
Joe’s wife (Rena) is a Nurse at Warriors Heart. They have two sons currently serving in the military. Their oldest served over 10 years in the U.S. Army with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat medic. He was recently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Their youngest son enlisted in the USMC and then attended the U.S. Naval Academy graduating in May 2014. He is a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy and is currently stationed in Texas.
Joe and Rena are avid triathletes who recently completed an Olympic distance triathlon in Hawaii and are now training for a half IRONMAN (70.3 miles) in the fall of 2016.
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 way as a result of symptoms of PTSD in 2009.
Russ Adams was born and raised on a small farm in South East Idaho. At a young age, Russ learned the value of hard work, and the importance of serving others from wonderful parents, family, and local leaders.
After graduating from High School in 1995 and serving a 2 year church mission in Italy, Russ enlisted in the United States Army in June of 2000. Russ was assigned to the 1-66th Armor Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division of Fort hood Texas. Russ would serve his country, his fellow brother and sisters in arms, and their families as the Battalion Chaplain Assistant.
Russ deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in April of 2003, where he supported his battalion, through a challenging yet successful year long deployment. After returning home in March of 2004, Russ and his wife would return home to Idaho where they would start their new chapter in life. In the fall of 2004, Russ began his career at the Idaho National Laboratory working for the Department of Energy as a security police officer.
In 2007, Russ was presented with an opportunity to begin a career in Nuclear Operations, as a Nuclear Facility Operator. Russ and his team of operations personnel ensured that the facility was compliant with state and federal regulations, and that day to day operations were conducted in a safe and efficient manner. After almost 14 years of dedicated service to the Idaho National Laboratory, Russ and his family have relocated to Bandera Texas where he has taken a position as Director of Operations at Warriors Heart. Russ is excited to again serve those that have given so much to their country, and their communities. Russ is married the love of his life and sweetheart Liz, and has been blessed with 5 beautiful children, Nick, Isabella, Madison, Gracie Mae, and Cole.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Butts
Board-certified in both family medicine and addiction treatment
Dr. Jeffrey L. Butts serves as the Medical Director for Warriors Heart. He is a fellow of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a diplomate of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Dr. Butts worked as a solo family practitioner in Lakeway, Texas for 12 years and founded a concierge practice called Celebrity Care, PLLC. His work experience included providing medical care as one of Austin’s “Rock Docs” to visiting celebrities working in the movie and music industry.
In 2004, Dr. Butts’ life and career changed directions when he embraced a recovery lifestyle. He turned his attention to the field of addiction medicine and began specialty training in 2006. Dr. Butts became certified in Addiction Medicine in December 2008 and became a Fellow of the American Board of Addiction Medicine in May 2009.
Dr. Butts and his wife now live in Boerne, TX where they have established a well-respected medical practice treating patients with addiction issues who deserve to receive the same kind of treatment as any celebrity!
Dr. Butts never served in the military but prior to becoming a doctor he was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Nacogdoches and Abilene, TX; and later worked as a Paramedic in Austin, TX. Dr. Butts is also a cofounder of Tribal Outreach Medical Assistance (TOMA) Foundation, which provides medical support to remote villages in South America.
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Clinical Team Lead
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.
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
My name is Larry Williams and I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I am from San Antonio Texas and a proud father of three children ages 19, 18, and 14.
I graduated from John Jay High school in 1993 and quickly enlisted and served 3 years in the United States Navy. Once out I took my management skills and driven personality to various management and logistical positions but it wasn’t until I found the recovery community and social work field did I finally and truly find a home.
I attend San Antonio College and currently hold an Associates in Applied Science in Human Services as well as in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. I am currently enrolled in Texas A&M San Antonio and pursuing my Bachelors in Social Science and then my Master’s in Counseling and Guidance.
I’ve been in the counseling field for about 8 years. I began my career as a counselor intern for SATF a treatment program for Bexar County probations. I quickly became intern director before being transferred to Haven for Hope. There I worked for 2 1/2 years at the intensive outpatient program where I worked with homeless veterans and abused and addicted women. I have seen first hand the amount of seemingly endless paperwork and loops our veterans must jump through in order to receive the help they need. I left there to work with Lifetime Recovery and Felony probationers and parolees. I was part of a team that would help ease these offenders back into society and educated their families to the dangers and realities of addiction.
I am active in the recovery community often speaking at various meetings. I volunteer at local YMCAs and often speak with youth about the dangers of gangs and drugs.
Being a part of the Warriors Heart team is my pleasure and privilege. I will be able to help our veterans, EMTs as well as our police officers. I truly believe everyone can be help, we all recover and that no man will be left behind.
Reginald D. Lawson
LMFT, LPC, LCDC, Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, Trained EMDR Therapist
Reginald D. Lawson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, and Trained EMDR Therapist.
Reginald completed his United States Marine Corps training at Parris Island, S.C. in 1981. He spent most of his Marine Corp career as an Armor crewman at Camp Lejeune, N.C. from which he went on several deployments to Okinawa, Japan, Camp Fuji, Japan, Roosevelt Roads, Puerta Rico, and others with 2nd Mar.Div. 8th Tank Bn. with whom he also served during deployment in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He served as a member of the security force at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, partook in Sea Service, and numerous stateside deployments. Reginald was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA shortly after returning from Saudi Arabia where he trained new Marines at Marine Combat Training Battalion and later as an Instructor. Reginald exited the Marine Corp in December 1993 having honorable services for almost eleven years.
He worked in insurance and finance for 2 years with Primerica quickly rising to a Regional Vice President until the organization moved to Atlanta, GA. Reginald began his spiritual journey as a member of New Venture Christian Fellowship and a graduate of the Horizon School of Evangelism, San Diego, Ca. where he also taught spirit gifts and biblical counseling classes. He was intern and youth pastor at Horizon Christian Fellowship, Valley Center, Ca. Reginald has worked with several ministries including singles, men, and home bible studies.
Reginald rejoined the United States military in July 1999 this time as a soldier in the United States Army reporting to Fort Hood, TX as an Armor Crewman with 4th Infantry Division, 1/67 Armor. Reginald deployed with 1/67Armor for Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. After returning from deployment Reginald received orders for Fort Knox, Ky. He was assigned as NCOIC of the International Military Student Office and later as Interim Director when his boss had to medically retire early. Reginald performed his duties exemplary even training his future boss. Reginald in 2007 PCS to Camp Casey, Korea as a member of 2/9 Infantry (Manchu) as a Tank Section leader. After Korea, Reginald was stationed again at Fort Hood, TX as a cadre with the Warrior Transition Battalion helping returning service members from deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other foreign and domestic locations either recover and return to active military service or receive all necessary support and assistance to transition into civilian life. Reginald graduated from Southwestern College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies in May 2009 and retired from the U.S. Army in 2010 with twenty-two years of military service. He has been presented with many military decorations and awards including the Bronze Star.
He preceded to continue his education completing his Master’s Degree at St. Mary’s University in Marriage and Family Therapy and License Professional Counseling with an additional specialty in Neurofeedback in 2012. Reginald has also distinguished himself by being recognized by the University Honor’s Society for academic excellence his first year and considerations for Who’s Who in American Colleges. He interned with the Palmer Drug Abuse Program where he worked with individuals, couples, and families to help them recover from the debilitating effects of drugs and alcohol. His work with Child Protective Services, adult and juvenile court systems and schools provided him firsthand knowledge and experience dealing with the aftereffect this disease causes families. He accepted a position to work with them full-time upon graduation. Reginald work with Palmer for 5 years where he was promoted to supervisor and managed one of them satellite offices improving operations and services.
Reginald has been married for almost twenty-two years to the former Victoria L. Barr and has six children. Three adults and three teenagers. His daughter Kimberly served in the US Army, Reginald D. Lawson II and his wife are in the US Army stationed in Hawaii, his middle daughter is heading to Chicago to enter college this fall and he has two teenagers still at home. He also has three awesome grandchildren.
MSgt, USAF, (Ret.), Licensed Professional Counselor
Alisa Brzek is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant who spent 22 years in active duty service to her country. She spent 18 years of her active duty service as a Human Resources specialist. She then stepped out of her human resources role and held a one-year position in Air Base Wing protocol while stationed at Lajes Field in the Azores.
Additionally, Alisa served for three years as a First Sergeant for both Security Forces and Aircraft Maintenance at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a First Sergeant, she interacted with military personnel regarding their personal concerns, including marital, financial, and mental health issues. In this role, Alisa became a crisis incident expert, which involved her dealing with 8 deaths involving military personnel (including suicide, murder, and infant death). Alisa was also directly involved in mediating interpersonal violence, drunk driving charges, and many other difficult issues.
During her time as a First Sergeant, Alisa recognized her passion for counseling and helping others. In 2013 she completed her Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance at the Texas A&M University San Antonio campus. After graduating Alisa worked at Seguin Family Institute in Seguin, Texas, where she gained experience working with families affected by sex and violent offenses.
Alisa also counseled clients at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center in San Antonio, Texas. At Laurel Ridge, Alisa worked with active duty military members who suffered from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to working with military personnel, she also counseled clients who experienced acute mental health disorders and drug and alcohol addiction.
Alisa has empathy for first responders, and she believes that it is critically important to help those whose job it is to help everyone else first.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Psychology and Health, Physical Education, & Recreation were Tricia’s majors at Southern College. She found a sense of fulfillment in helping people live life to the fullest by providing support, guidance, and hope.
Tricia has a Masters of Science (MS) in Clinical Psychology from Abilene Christian University in 1996. Her career choices often involved a combination of recreation and non-traditional counseling working as a team supervisor.
Tricia started working towards becoming a fully licensed Counselor (LPC) interning in various counseling modalities discovering a passion for providing motivation and help for people struggling with alcohol and drug abuse.
Tricia has a passion for animals and works with Warriors Heart’s K9 program. As a masters level LPC, Tricia has committed her life to being an objective, compassionate and caring in assisting warriors find and hone their strengths.
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Rena Brown is a Licensed Vocational Nurse who for the past 6 years has specialized in the treatment of substance abuse, alcoholism & other chemical dependencies. She has been a Program Director and Clinical Supervisor for addiction clinics in Austin and San Antonio. She is also licensed in Auricular acupuncture.
Rena is extremely passionate when it comes to the military and supporting its service members. Prior to her nursing career, Rena was a military spouse for over 25 years. During that time she and her husband (retired Army Colonel) raised two sons, both of whom are currently serving their nation on active duty. Her oldest son is a Staff Sergeant in the Army who has deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq as a Combat Medic and is currently on a ROTC Scholarship at the U. of Hawaii. He will graduate and be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May 2016. Rena’s youngest son enlisted in the USMC and then attended the US Naval Academy graduating in May of 2014 and is currently assigned as an Ensign in the San Antonio area.
Rena played a critical role as the primary leader for Army family readiness groups consisting of over 3,000 family members in support of deployed soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has been awarded the Department of Defense Civilian Award for her support to soldiers.
Health, fitness, and nutrition are extremely important to Rena. She has competed in numerous CrossFit events and is currently training for a triathlon.
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Not quite born on the 4th of July, Nella Zalewski was born to a military family in Ford Ord, California in 1975. Even though the family faced adversity in her formative years, due to the rising drug epidemic in the 80’s God, Grunge, a good sense humor brought her through tough times. She graduated School of Hard Knocks 1993 and felt it was a good preparation for military service.
In the Army she learned to further cultivate her love of medicine as a combat medic and later went to nursing school where she was a class officer and was inducted into the National Technical Vocational Honor Society. Her academic pursuits allowed her to graduate from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and she is currently near completing her Masters of Public Health degree.
Currently, she is serving as Mrs. San Antonio Plus America 2017 and hopes to inspire disabled vets to a life of service and artistic pursuits. Nella shares her life with her husband of 7 years and 3 lovely children.
Licensed Vocational Nurse / Client Relations
Tim is a LVN that is a retired U. S. Army Master Sergeant that served twenty years in service to his country. After basic training at Ft. Polk, La., he served three tours in Germany, one at Ft. Riley, Ks., two tours at Ft. Polk, and one tour as a recruiter in Lafayette, La. He served in field artillery battalions serving, in addition to being on the gun line, in personnel, intelligence/security, and operations as well as a FO and LNO attached to an infantry battalion and brigade headquarters. He was the First Sergeant of a Headquarters battery and a firing battery as well as the local medical company of the Texas State Guard.
Tim graduated from the LVN school at Schreiner University and as a LVN, he has worked in a medical hospital, the local state hospital, a military hospital, ran the medical department in a local jail, nursing homes, and most recently as a care coordinator helping those who were in acute withdrawal from drugs or alcohol get medical treatment. He lives in Kerrville with his wife Therese and their four dogs.
Interventionist and Sober Coach
Don is a person in long term recovery from many years of an alcohol addiction. He is the father of two amazing children, a husband and has an unparalleled passion for helping others to achieve their dreams and goals in order to excel in life and prosper.
He has been instrumental in opening a select few recovery related businesses and organizations such as co-founded a first responder specific treatment facility that was exclusive to public safety professionals, opened a hair salon in Delray Beach, Florida which hired stylists in recovery and gave them a new start in a safe working environment and most recently started a recovery coaching and intervention practice that has grown to reach those in need from coast to coast.
As a coach he functions as a guide to those newly sober, returning after a relapse, or any individual looking for a steady guide to keep their life on track in sobriety. Depending on each individuals’ needs he will meet weekly or several times per week to work on a variety of sobriety-related issues.
Also certified as an interventionist he is the individual who helps identify the appropriate people in an addict’s life who become an influential part of a “recovery team”. The team will enable the individual to accept treatment and recovery. The interventionist supports, educates, and provides guidance, direction and training, as well as the facilitation of the intervention and aftercare.
Don can provide Safe Passage Transport which assists with transitioning a client from home after an alcohol or drug addiction intervention, hospital, court or even jail to a treatment center. This can be by far one of the most difficult and challenging times for the client and their family. Clients are faced with the known risks of carrying their personal medications; passing by airport bars, long periods of travel time and delays, which cause stress and anxiety. By providing a confidential and experienced companion these risky situations are mitigated with proper supervision.
Additionally Don also works as a Peer Support Specialist which is a person who has progressed in their own recovery from alcohol or other drug abuse and is willing to self-identify as a peer and work to assist other individuals with chemical dependency.
He also served for sixteen years as a firefighter and officer for a large fire department on eastern Long Island and progressed to the rank of Chief before moving to South Florida. Don served for a short time at the World Trade center site in the aftermath of 911 and continues to assist other responders to get the help they may need with addiction, PTSD and other job related issues.
Don has worked with and continues to work with such agencies as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, FDNY, NYPD and other public safety agencies both large and small.
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.
USMC (Ret), Animal Assistive Therapy, K-9 Program
Brice Cavanaugh’s professional K9 career started in 1992 when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he graduated top in his class from boot camp, military police school, and both Military Working Dog Courses prior to his first permanent duty assignment, MCAS El Toro, Orange County, California.
There, he handled an Explosives Detector Dog that not only made two significant finds for Presidential Support, which were the first of their kind in peace time but also put Brice on a path for Executive Protection operations support and planning.
After being stationed at MCAS Yuma, AZ, he was selected to create the first Explosives Detection K9 Unit for HMX-One, the Presidential Helicopter Squadron that was serving President Clinton at the time. Brice was the first Kennel Master for this unit, and his access to virtually unlimited support fostered relationships with top laboratories, universities, and fellow trainers in the discovery of extended search capabilities for detector dogs and isolating odors to increase the reliability of said dog teams. He finished his second enlistment in 2001 and was honorably discharged from MCB Quantico to pursue a career in law enforcement with Fairfax County, Virginia.
After two years as a deputy sheriff, Brice returned to working with explosives detection canines for a private firm in Washington, DC at high valued buildings such as the IRS building, Department of Labor building, IMF, Holocaust Museum, FBI building and DOJ. He then left to start up his own pet dog training business, which is where he actually got into training service dogs for the first time.
Now, Brice is maintaining his pet dog business, Total Dog!, while putting together an impressive team of Service Dog Trainers for the non-profit Operation Overwatch, an effort to rescue dogs and train them to be Service Dogs for Veterans and First Responders that suffer from PTSD and TBI.
Brice continues to judge police K9 trials, give workshops to tactical teams, and contribute to publications on the subject. Brice’s experience between pet dogs and high level tactical dogs brings a unique balanced approach that is perfect for the training of Service Dogs for Veterans.
Finally, Brice has been asked to sit on multiple Boards for related ventures, increasing the reach of influence and support for the mission of Operation Overwatch.
Registered Dietitian, RDN, LD, CDE
Anna is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who’s personal and professional goal is to inspire people to unlock their full health potential by discovering the joy of cooking and eating natural, minimally processed foods.
Anna was born and raised in Alaska and had an early affinity to cooking beautiful and tasty food. She worked several years in the restaurant industry in her early 20s before realizing that her calling in life was to help others by pairing her love of food with the science of how to eat for optimal health. She moved to Seattle, Washington in 2006 to pursue a degree in nutrition with an emphasis on natural health from Bastyr University.
Anna then found her way to Texas to follow her career path as a dietitian. She worked as a clinical dietitian in a large county hospital for one year then worked the following four years as a nutrition counselor specializing in weight loss and chronic disease management, including diabetes.
In 2014, Anna opened her private practice where she offers cooking classes, individual nutrition counseling, and group classes throughout Bandera County. In her free time, Anna can be found quilting, tending to her vegetable garden or hanging out with her pygmy goats.
Anna is delighted to be able to bring her passion and expertise to Warrior’s Heart and serve the men and women who have and are serving our country.
LEO, Director of Admissions
Linda is originally from Guilford, CT where she served as a Sergeant with the Wallingford Police Department for almost 13 years. She began her law enforcement career in 1999, after being a Financial Manager with AT&T. After being in patrol for less than 2 years, she was promoted to the Detective Division investigating major crimes, including sexual assaults, working with the Department of Children and Families on joint investigations, homicides, bad check investigations, thefts and wrote arrest warrants and search & seizure warrants. During her tenure, she testified for the Federal Grand Jury while working with the FBI for several months leading to the arrest and conviction of individual involved in stolen motor vehicles.
Linda was promoted to Sergeant in September 2010. While being responsible for 12-15 patrol officers assigned to the midnight shift. She also coordinated and instructed training of newer employees who lacked knowledge in criminal and/or civil investigations, provided leadership in complex investigations by assisting and preparing search & seizure warrants for various criminal violations. She was a Certified Hostage Negotiator for the police department. During those negotiations, she dealt with both homicidal and suicidal individuals while being able to build rapport, gain their trust and resolve the situations without the use of force
She was assigned to work on a multi-jurisdictional task force with Yale Child Abuse Center involving participation as an active member of the Treatment Team. While on this team for 7 1/2 years, Linda had direct contact with Clinicians, including Doctors and Licensed Clinic Social Workers. As a team member, she participated in the initial screening interviews that focused on the identification of problem areas for the family and clients and ensured follow-up treatment plans were in place.
She also spent 2 years at the Department of Corrections in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Chaplain / Outreach Coordinator
Mark S. Caronna is a native of Houston, Texas having graduated high school in 1980 and then attended Sam Houston State University until leaving during his junior year to enter the Houston Police Training Academy in December 1982. Mark retired honorably from HPD in 2011 having worked patrol, Special Operations / Special Response Group, Training, and Narcotics Divisions.
Mark was ordained to the ministry in 2007 and in 2012 was certified as a Crisis Chaplain through Crisis Chaplaincy Care in Temple, Texas. Mark holds a Master of Science degree, and is certified in Peer Support through the Regional Counter Drug Training Academy Meridian Mississippi.
Mark has experience in equine therapy and has served as a patrol chaplain with both the Harris Country, and Kerr County Sheriff’s Offices, as well as a hospital chaplain through the Pastoral Care Ministry of the North Cypress Medical Center, Cypress Texas.
Mark has been married to his wife Teresa for 35 years. They have 3 grown children.
Misty Anthony was born and raised in the heart of Bandera, Texas! Prior to working at Warriors Heart, Misty worked for Purple Sage Ranch Resort and Conference Center. She served as a lead Guest Attendant for 5 ½ years. Misty would oversee all aspects of guest service, meal service/flow, cooperate meeting service, and the overall needs of the guest staying at the Ranch.
Misty continues to be in service to others and works in the Client Relations department for Warriors Heart. She is a concierge of sorts for the Warriors coming in for treatment. With 10 years of customer service behind her she is able to zero in on the needs of her clients very well.
We are honored to have Misty on the front lines serving our Warriors.
Misty and her husband Russell met High School and have been inseparable since 2004. They have their hands full raising their incredible young son.
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.
Dennie’s military career began in July of 1971 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army at Kansas City, MO. After basic at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO he was assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground MD for AIT. His first permanent military assignment was Frankfurt, Germany with the 3d Armored Division (503d Military Police Company) as a Military Police Officer from 1972-1977. Further assignments were with the 1st Infantry Division (Ft Riley, Kansas) and then back to Germany for duty in Stuttgart. Once again, in 1983, Dennie was assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD with assignment to the 523d MP Company with duties of Military Police Operations and Platoon Sergeant as well as NCOIC of the installation Special Reaction Team (SRT), whose personnel were responsible for security response in the event of a Chemical, Biological, and Radiological or terrorism incident. During his time at APG, Dennie attended and graduated from the Baltimore Sheriff’s Department SWAT course. In 1982, Dennie was transferred to the Republic of Korea where he was assigned to the 2d Infantry Division (Indianhead) where he performed duties as NCOIC Physical Security Division as well as NCOIC of the Division SRT which conducted not only enhanced security operations but also provided personal security details (PSD) for numerous VIP’s and high ranking government officials who came to Korea to attend the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Dennie returned from Korea to Ft. McClellan, AL where he was assigned as an instructor/doctrine writer at the US Army Military Police School from 1988 to 1991. With just over 20 years of service, Dennie retired from active military service in August of 1991.
Upon retiring, Dennie entered the field of overseas security contracting, working in Saudi Arabia as well as security contracts in Qatar, two contracts in Baghdad, Iraq and a final contract on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Dennie has also worked as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in Alabama, and as Deputy Sheriff in Missouri as well as Chief of Police. He is qualified as a Hostage Negotiator and has graduated the COBRA Chemical/Biological/Radiological Course in Anniston, AL and the Incident Response to Terrorism Bombings Course (DHS) at the New Mexico Tech/Energetic Materials Research & Testing Center in Socorro, NM.
Dennie resides outside of Bandera, TX with his wife Tami and their assortment of four-legged furry “kids”. Hobbies include Amateur Radio, pistol shooting and enjoying different blends of pipe tobacco as well as an occasional choice cigar.
I was born in San Diego Texas. I was raised on a ranch with my 5 siblings, one which is my twin brother Enrique. I graduated from high school in Cotulla Texas. I served in 3 branches of the military. US Marine Corps 1977-1981, US Army National Guard 1991-2003, and the US Air Force Reserve 2003-2008 and retired after 20 years of service. Having been in three branches of the military, I have been on the ground as an Infantryman; to being a gunner in the M1 A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle; to refueling the C5 Galaxy and various fighter aircraft. I was deployed twice for Operation Noble Eagle (stateside) and Operation Enduring Freedom (overseas).
I started my LE career with my hometown Sheriff Department in 1992 as a Jailer. I went on to work for TDCJ-ID at two prisons, one Maximum Security and one Medium security. I worked for 1 private prison, Wackenhut Corrections and was on the CERT team (Correctional Emergency Response Team). I received an award for re-writing the Proper Wear of the BDU Uniform in the Correctional Officers Handbook, using the Army’s AR 670-1 Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia. I was also awarded numerous times for finding contraband (drugs) inside the facility.
I was a Drill Instructor at a juvenile (female) Boot Camp. While employed there I trained the female residents in Drill and Ceremony which they marched in a parade for the County Fair and won First Place.
While a Reservist in Colorado I was employed with Department of Defense as a SRT Entry team Shield Man and attended Police Sniper School. I also served as FTO and trained new hires and was an Instructor during annual refresher training and Weapons Instructor for weapons qualification.
Upon my resigning from DoD, my wife Mari and I decided to leave the snow and return to South Texas to live in Bandera. We have been married for 6 years.
Born at Hahn AFB in Germany. Raised in San Antonio. Realized at a young age how significant serving others, and simply being a confidant to those in need could be. Received Pharmacy Technician certification after attending High School in Devine Texas. Worked as a program coordinator for the largest Diversified health and human services provider in the United States.
Currently pursuing my Bachelor of Science in nursing. Father to a ten-year-old boy, Elijah, and a five-year-old girl, Callie. Rarely do you find a team as great as the one at Warriors Heart. Each and every member is purpose driven with clear and concise intent. It is my pleasure to be a part of this team.
It was on a horse farm in Blythewood, SC that Claire had her very first beer. And her second, and her tenth. She couldn’t wait until the next weekend when she could once again erase the uncomfortability of living in her own skin and the pain of a tragic loss. Her dream was to ride in the Olympics for the US Equestrian Team but the sudden death of her most beloved horse left her heart and her hopes shattered. Alcohol became her solution.
After graduating high school in South Carolina, Claire was sent by her parents to live on a ranch in Oklahoma for juvenile delinquent where she completed a juvenile counseling course, all the while sneaking off to break the rules of the facility anytime she thought she could get away with it. The ranch didn’t look favorably upon drinking alcohol and Claire didn’t look favorably upon having her only solution being taken away. Time to go to Clemson University and study with normal people who understood. Surely everyone drinks around the clock in college. Don’t they? This began a 17 year long battle for her sanity and her life.
Fast forward several years, nearly as many countries, and twice as many heartaches, Claire’s alcoholism and drug addiction had progressed to a point that she lost the will to live. She had two choices. Live or die. God had given her a chance to overcome and a way out. She had to take it. Claire was finally able to admit to herself that her life had become completely unmanageable. She became desperate for a solution that would last. A solution that would remind her that life could be beautiful and meaningful again. She self-admitted into a 12 Step recovery program and never looked back. Sobriety is daily revealing a way of life she never could have imagined while locked into the pain of the past and addiction.
Her favorite two brothers served in the USMC and deployed on both Afghanistan and Iraqi tours. Upon their safe return home, Claire gained a passion to see the men and women who lay their lives down for her country given respect, honor, and the appreciation that they deserve. Sometimes that calls for a season away from everyday life to be able to dig deep into ones life and recover what has been lost due to addiction and trauma and well as discover ones true identity and unique gifting.
The moment Claire stepped foot on Warriors Heart soil, she knew this was a very, very special place. Indeed, working in client relations at Warriors Heart has been Claire’s most rewarding job to date and she loves to see wonderful promises being fulfilled in others lives, as they have been in hers.
Whether you are military, EMT, police, or firefighter, Claire wishes to thank you for your faithful service and it is her ongoing privilege to support you in the pursuit of healing and wholeness that you deserve and that is available. God bless YOU on your journey, and God bless the USA!
Zackary grew up in Texas, the fourth of six children, graduating from High School in a small town just about 40 miles southwest of Bandera.
Just shy of his 20th birthday, he enlisted in the Army as a Public Affairs Specialist, publishing articles and photography that covered both his experiences in Afghanistan and human interest pieces about fellow soldiers both at home and abroad.
During his time in Afghanistan, he won two Keith L. Ware awards for Best Deployed Photo and Best Featured story and was published in a wide array of online sites and newspapers including Forbes.com, The Austin Chronicle, defense.gov and usapatriot.org. It is in this role, that he gained an appreciation for all of the individuals from around the world who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
In 2011, Zackary left the army and began working for AT&T. He won regional awards for his sales and was quickly promoted from a business sales rep to an assistant manager. In 2014, he and his wife of 2 years welcomed their son, Liam Alexander into the world. Zackary credits fatherhood and his experiences as a soldier for being the two most influential experiences in his life. He looks forward to having the opportunity to work with those who have sacrificed so much to make their community and their country a better, safer place to live in.
Laurie was born and raised mostly in the Fort Worth, Texas area and moved to the Austin area after High School. After a 12 year job as a secretary for a private company in Austin, Laurie went to the Travis County Sheriff’s Academy and was subsequently offered a position at the Georgetown Police Department in Texas. Laurie honorably retired after 20 years and she and her new husband of 5 years now, Rodney better known as “Griz” moved to Bandera to start a new life.
Laurie was drawn to work at Warriors Heart because of having the unique perspective of having close family members who were suffering from addiction and from working with people in law enforcement and on the street who have addictions and PTSD. Laurie has always felt that law enforcement and the other first responders were always left to fend for themselves in regard to PTSD and addiction and felt the mission at Warriors Heart was to fill that need.
Laurie has two grown daughters and lives in Bandera with Griz who has two grown children and between them they have five grandchildren and one on the way.
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.
(US Navy Ret) Executive Chef
James’ career in the United States Navy began right out of high school and spanned a total of 20 years where he was not only enlisted as a Culinary Specialist (14 years) but also a Master-At-Arms (6 years).
During his service he was entrusted with many tasks such as serving as a Watch Commander, training several hundred service members through Anti Terrorism force Protection protocol and unarmed self-defense.
James was even a part of the Presidential Food Service Security at the White House. While stationed there, he had the privilege of cooking for and serving President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. When he retired, James wanted to continue working in the field that he loved so he continued along his path in the food service industry, which brought him to his current position as Executive Chef at Warriors Heart.
Described as “a man who loves food,” John knew it was his calling to become a chef. John began his career in the culinary industry in 2009 while working at The Towers on Park Lane. John had the opportunity to serve the independent living community and gain exposure into cooking for a large number of individuals by serving high class meals. John then had the opportunity to continue his career as a chef at Air Force Villages in San Antonio.
In 2014, John and his family moved to Bandera where he began cooking alongside Executive Chef, James Moore. Since this time, John was able to expand on his cooking abilities and allowed to assist in creation of the menus and showcasing his culinary expertise both formerly at the Purple Sage Ranch and Rancho Cortez.
His mission is to continue to deliver exceptional quality meals to those who have served our country as the Sous Chef at Warriors Heart. He is honored to be a part of the Warriors Heart team.
John was born in Roswell, NM and moved to Medina, TX at the age of 8. He met his wife, Randi in high school and they married in 2011. In 2008, John and Randi were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Raeleigh. John continues to be very active in his volunteer events throughout the Bandera community by assisting in coaching his daughter’s activities.
Joseph Chacon is a graduate of John Marshall High School. While attending high school, he enrolled in an Industrial Trade Class, where he learned woodworking and metal skills.
After graduating he spent some time working for a plumbing shop and ran a service truck. He then decided to join the Local 142 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. This is where he spent five years in their apprenticeship program, and then went on to take a class at Texas A & M University. After completing his classes he went on to be an instructor of Metallurgy and Applied Science through the Local 142.
He worked his way up through the trade, starting as a Pipefitter all the way to a Superintendent. After 22 years, he decided to leave the local and for the last 9 years he has been working on a local ranch in Bandera, Texas, which now belongs to Warriors Heart.
Joe enjoys his time outdoors; he became a Certified Range Master and Shooting Instructor.
He is a World Championship Skeet shooter and holds 13 World Medals. He was also a Hunting Guide and Outfitter for 18 years. You can definitely say that he is an outdoor kind of guy.
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!
US Army (Ret), Merchandise
Jeff Cardinal has dedicated his life to serving in the Warriors professions of both the U.S. Army, as an Airborne Infantry Soldier and as a Law Enforcement Officer for the Sheriff’s Office.
Currently he supports the movement to take care of our warriors in several different facets. From Community Outreach at Warriors Heart to managing promotional merchandise and distribution for Warriors Heart, Elder Heart and Mission22.
Mr. Cardinal is proactive law enforcement professional with nearly twenty years of service and is currently the primary firearm instructor for the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Reactive Steel Range and has worked in various assignments, including Road Patrol and the Detective Bureau, where he worked in the Auto Theft Unit, Warrants Unit, Fugitive Apprehension Team (FTA) and part of the United States Marshals Office, Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team (DFAT).
Jeff spent over ten years as a Sniper/Entry team member/Lead Instructor for the Sheriff’s SWAT Unit and is a United States Army Veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantryman.
Jeff and his amazing wife Corey have been married since 1995 with two daughters and two sons.
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.
USA, Training Expert
Inspired by America’s call to action after the events of 9/11, JD left a promising career and a recently pregnant wife to enlist in the US Army. Mr. Potynsky served in the US Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group Ft. Bragg, NC. His combat experience includes multiple combat deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Afghanistan. He has trained and led the Iraqi Special Forces and Afghan Commandos in combat. Mr. Potynsky’s real world experience includes planning, advising, and leading unilateral and joint force assaults, combat patrols, and reconnaissance missions.
After leaving the Army, JD held several Defense Contracting leadership positions in War Zones, including Security Program Director of a 250 man Private Security Force and Country Manager of Baghdad, Iraq. In 2011, he founded his first entrepreneurial venture, Northern Red LLC, a defense contracting company providing training and security services to both the public and private sector. While continuing to grow his current venture, Mr. Potynsky remains actively involved in the community mentoring veterans who are transitioning to civilian life and fund raising for veteran non-profit Elderheart.
Mr. Potynsky earned a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2000.
Luke was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Waikiki, Hawaii attending Punahou for grade school and living the Hawaiian lifestyle. He was raised by an amazing single mother who did everything she could to teach him about conscious lifestyle practices like Yoga, meditation and breathing along with the same core values he lives by today like family, community and charity. Luke’s ability to connect with all living things and his unbelievable gift for coaching, teaching and sharing positivity, authentically shows in his work and his message.
A Master Lifestyle Coach, health and fitness expert with over 17 years in the fitness industry, Luke has trained over 1000 clients for over 10,000 hours, and more importantly is one of the most loyal and accountable humans on the planet. Luke has spent his life living with passion and energy and has constructed his entire career to be geared toward improving and upgrading the lives of those around him including his family, friends, clients and Tribe members.
An early adopter of functional fitness, organic whole foods, yoga, meditation, mental training and social media have established Luke’s reputation to create and design programs and experiences uncommon in today’s society.
A charismatic and captivating story teller Luke can always find ways to relate his own life experiences with what you may be going through at this exact moment and help you refine your ambitions, intentions and dreams.
Luke has pushed his own personal development over the years starting with eliminating all substances and toxins from his body over 8 years ago. Since then his rush of choice has been elite fitness competitions and mental tests around the globe. He is one of only a few athletes ever to complete the world renown Kokoro camp at SEALFIT headquarters twice, complete the World’s Toughest Mudder 24 hour Obstacle Course challenge and compete in the CrossFit games southwest regional 2010-2012.
His life’s work has been to share these daily lifestyle practices with those around him so that they may live a higher quality of life.
Founder, Fittest Tribe Alive
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.
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.