Meet The Team
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)
Business Development Director
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.
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.
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.
Cody is inspired by being around those who serve or have served our fine country, stateside and abroad! Cody served in the infantry with the 101st and was able to spend a year in Baghdad from 2005-2006. Upon getting out in 2007, Cody found it hard to be without the comradery and structure. In 2011, he returned to school and obtained his RN degree. Cody did this knowing he wanted to serve his fellow veterans and provide care. Cody has transitioned from the VA, in Kerrville Texas, and now am glad to be a part of Warriors Heart. Being able to serve in this capacity gives him a sense of purpose and ability to feel involved with those who are giving or have gave to the U.S.A.
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.
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.
Clinical Manager / 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 1 st Battalion 1 st 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 Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Nationally Board Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, supervised by Dr. Michael Moyer, LPC-S. Before coming to Warriors Heart, Rachel worked as a mental health counselor intern for the Boerne Independent School District at Champion High School and in a private group practice.
As an Army brat, she spent much of her childhood in Germany, but 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 2 fish.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys crochet, bowling, watching hockey, and spending time with Kyle—sometimes all at the same time.
How to Find Affordable Therapy
Try these tips for finding affordable, or even free, therapy—online or in person—with the right therapist. Prioritize your mental health with support that won’t break your bank account.
How Can I Find A Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Therapist I Can Afford?
Social workers with a masters degree (MSW), licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), psychologists (four to six years of training and study to earn a doctoral degree such as a PhD or PsyD) and psychiatrists (medical doctors who attend medical school to earn an MD and specialize in psychiatry) can all administer psychotherapy but for the most part, only MDs and NPs (nurse practitioners) can prescribe medication to treat mental illness.
The level of training is usually reflected in their fees and unfortunately—even if you have health insurance—many insurance companies do not cover the costs of therapy.
When searching for a counselor it’s easy to become discouraged by the choices, the costs, and unfortunately the lack of availability in some parts of the country. Out of pocket therapy typically costs anywhere from $100 to $200, with costs on the higher end in urban areas (expensive cities like San Francisco and New York, for example). Don’t let the process tempt you to end the hunt and find other ways to cope with life.
It’s true lifestyle changes such as getting enough sleep and regular exercise can be enormously beneficial for your mental health, but meeting regularly with a mental health professional can be an invaluable resource.
Don’t give up on connecting to a counselor before you take a closer look at what’s available online, through little-known programs your employer may offer, and within your own community.
Affordable Therapy Options: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now
During the pandemic, online therapy exploded and many of us received treatment from the comfort of our own homes. Support groups, both online and in-person, and peer counseling are typically more affordable options where you work through challenges related to addiction and other mental health struggles with people (peers) who have lived through similar experiences. And you may even find free therapy services in your neighborhood.
Let’s take a look at a couple of strategies for finding affordable therapy with the right therapist. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find the right therapist at your first appointment. It can take a few attempts to find the right fit.
#1. Check with Your Insurance Company
Before you pay out-of-pocket for therapy, always check with your insurance provider for local therapists that may take your insurance. You may have a very small co-pay and not know it, so it never hurts to confirm with your provider.
If you have out-of-network benefits, many therapists can also provide you with paperwork that you can submit to your provider for reimbursement. Just make sure that the reimbursement rate is worth paying out of pocket.
#2. Find Out if Your Employer Has An Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
As employee burnout has increased, many employers are taking note. Some companies provide a little-known benefit called an employee assistance program or EAP. If you aren’t sure if your company has this benefit, it makes sense to investigate.
If your employer has an EAP, you may qualify for a limited number of free counseling sessions. Many employees are hesitant to ask about counseling at work, but your therapist will keep your information confidential.
Employers want their employees to take advantage of the services they offer and to practice good self-care, so talk with your human resources (HR) representative about EAP services. These services might also include additional wellness classes or other resources in addition to therapy.
If you’re concerned that your counseling appointments might be recorded in your personnel file, ask your HR representative about confidentiality policies regarding EAP programs.
#3. Call Your Local University
If you live in a city or a college town, universities are often the best place to get low-cost (or even free) therapy. If you’re a student, you’re usually entitled to at least a few sessions with a campus psychologist or counselor. But almost any university will have a graduate training clinic where students are learning to be therapists or psychologists. These clinics are usually open to the public, and they offer sliding scales fees that can be as low as $1.
Don’t feel nervous about meeting with a graduate student who’s learning the ropes. They’re working under the supervision of experienced professionals, and they’re likely to dedicate more time to thinking about how to help you than a seasoned professional with a full caseload. If you feel more comfortable working with a counselor of a specific gender or race, most university clinics will make an effort to match you with your preference.
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#4. Ask Potential Therapists if They Offer Pro-Bono Services
You have nothing to lose by emailing a few expensive therapists and asking them if they offer a sliding scale fee based on income or do pro-bono work. The ethical codes of most mental health professionals strongly suggest that they take on at least one or two pro bono clients to serve the public. And even if they say no, they’re likely to have good referral information about community clinics and other low-cost options in your community.
#5. Look Into Community Resources
Even if you live in a small community, you might be surprised by the mental health resources that may be available to you. Community centers, hospitals, schools, and places of worship sometimes offer free or low-cost counseling. Many community organizations also host peer-support groups (groups run by people facing the same issues) and recovery groups which can provide additional care.
If you’re unsure where to get started, you can call 211 (a government-established hotline that connects people to community or government agencies) or a local clinic.
Chances are someone will be able to connect you to the right resources. Also, if you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness, you may qualify for psychiatric and behavioral health services from your state. Contact your state’s department of health to see if you qualify for these services.
Affordable Therapy Resources
If there aren’t a lot of resources in your community, don’t hesitate to try out an online telehealth service. These services can help you flesh out thoughts and concerns you might have before seeking therapy, and many sites will match you with counselors who are a good fit for you.
Here, some online options to investigate:
- OpenPath Psychotherapy Collective, a non-profit nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office and online mental health care—at a steeply reduced rate—to individuals, couples, children, and families in need. OpenPath works through a one-time membership fee of $59.00.
- Better Help’s mission, according to the company’s website, is to “make professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient—so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere.” The service connects individuals, couples, and the parents of struggling teenagers with therapists all over the country. offers counseling by text, phone, or video through a network of 6,000 licensed therapists who “help teens thrive”. The website has content for both teens and parents including FAQs, questionnaires, and consent forms (for teens), and reviews of therapists.
If you’re experiencing a crisis, never hesitate to call a hotline and share what’s going on with you. If you aren’t sure what hotline to call, you can always call 211.
When it comes to searching for a therapist, don’t be discouraged on day one. Having conversations with local resources, your employer, your insurance company, and online resources can help direct you towards the right therapist for you. You don’t have to jeopardize your bank account to prioritize your mental health and your future.
Affordable Therapy FAQs
It’s important to make your mental health a priority, but looking for a therapist you can actually afford can feel discouraging. Don’t give up. There are a variety of resources out there where you can get help.
*Answers provided by Ryan Howes, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Pasadena, California, and Nancy Ruddy, PhD, a clinical psychologist who practices in San Jose, California.
What is a reasonable cost for therapy?
The cost of therapy will vary from person to person based on their means and the necessity of the treatment, says Howes. “Wealthy people with plenty of savings and disposable income will find that therapy for hundreds of dollars per session is reasonable,” she says. “Someone who is out of work and in debt may find any fee to be excessive.”
You could say that a reasonable cost for therapy is an amount that represents a fair fee for the service the therapist provides. Howes says. And the cost is reasonable when it is an amount that the clients can pay without negative consequences to their lives. How much you may need therapy also comes into play. If someone is experiencing such debilitating symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) that they cannot hold a job, they may place a high value on therapy that could potentially help them regain the ability to function, Howes says. “On the other hand, a student coming to therapy to decide whether or not to take a semester abroad may find therapy expendable,” she explains.
How much does therapy cost out of pocket?
Fees can range from free to hundreds of dollars per session, Howes says. High-end private practice therapists with doctoral degrees in urban areas often charge more, she says. Community clinics, rural area therapists, and therapists with a master’s degree tend to charge less. “The rate depends on the level of training, the areas of expertise, and the setting in which therapy is provided,” says Howes.
A Los Angeles private practice therapist with a doctoral degree may see clients for $200 or more per session, while local community clinics may see clients for around $50 per session. And, Howes adds, clinics staffed by supervised graduate students may see their clients for a smaller fee.
How do I get completely free therapy?
Check to see if there are any mental health clinics in your area that offer a “sliding fee” scale, Ruddy advises.
A “sliding fee” scale is a pay scale based on your ability to pay. “Typically, these clinics are publicly funded,” Ruddy says. Many counties have a county mental health service, she explains, so consider asking your local public health authority about this. If there is a college or university in your area that trains mental health professionals, they may have a training clinic that offers reduced-fee services. “While you would most likely work with a student therapist, they would be receiving supervision from a licensed clinician,” Ruddy explains.
What do I do if I can't afford therapy?
Look for clinics that offer a sliding fee scale, Ruddy says. Some people find peer support groups helpful, and some healthcare systems offer peer support programs that are free or nearly free. “Some people find mental health apps helpful, too,” Ruddy says. “Some of these apps have a specific target issue, like depression, or anxiety. Others are more akin to a psychotherapy chat box.”
Some individuals find free groups run through churches and community centers, Howes explains. Or you can reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to find additional resources in your community, Howes says. 1,2
Are therapists worth it?
This is a very individual decision, Ruddy explains. Bear in mind that it can take some time to see the benefits of therapy. “The real question is how much mental health is worth to you,” Howes says. “If achieving a deeper understanding of yourself, gaining control of thoughts and behaviors, and learning to navigate relationships is of value to you, then therapy may be a worthwhile investment to make in yourself.”
Howes says that not every therapist will be a good fit for every client. “Shop around when you’re getting started to make sure you feel a good connection to the therapist,” she says. “If you are invested in making changes in your life, and you feel like your therapist will be a helpful part of that journey, then therapy is one of the best investments you will ever make.”
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP. Available at: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline. Last page update September 21, 2021. Accessed October 29, 2021.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline. Available at: https://nami.org/help. Accessed October 29, 2021.
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