Teddy Lanier

Teddy Lanier

Executive Director,
US Army Master Sergeant (Ret)

Retired Master Sergeant Lanier enlisted in the Army as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout in 1989.
Over the course of the next ten years MSG Lanier spent his Military career assigned to
several Cavalry Squadrons stationed all over the world with deployments to Operation
Desert Shield/Storm as well Operation Joint Endeavor in the war-torn country of Bosnia.
In 1999, MSG Lanier volunteered for the US Army’s Special Forces. After completing the
Special Forces Assessment and Selection process he was assigned to attend the Special
Forces Qualification Course. Upon completion, he became a Green Beret, and was
assigned to 3 rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Over the next 8 years, MSG Lanier, was deployed to Afghanistan 3 times, Iraq twice and
many other smaller and specialized missions, spanning the globe.
In 2007 MSG Lanier was assigned to the 1 st Special Warfare Training Group at Ft Bragg
North Carolina. During his time in 1 st Special Warfare Training Group he was assigned to
our Military’s premier Special Operations Gun fighting and Urban warfare school which
is billed as Range 37, The Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Targeting and
Exploitations Techniques Course. After his time as one of four primary Close Quarters
Battle Instructors and running the courses Close Quarters Battle Program he was later
chosen to become the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Course and its
facilities.

In May of 2011, MSG Lanier retired from the Military with 22 years of service. Along
with being awarded The Legion of Merit he was also awarded the Bronze Star, 13 Army
Commendation Medals one with Valor and numerous other awards, decorations and
medals.
Upon retirement, MSG Lanier continued to teach and train the next generation of
warfighters as an Independent Contractor for several DOD contracting companies as
well as Training/Consulting for both state and local Law Enforcement Agencies. After 4
years as an Independent Contractor, MSG Lanier went back to Range 37 as one of five
GS11 Civilian Instructors. There he continues to train Green Berets in all aspects of
Combat Marksmanship and Urban Warfare to prepare them for their future career and
deployments.

Over the past year and a half Ted has developed a passion for helping his fellow
brothers and sisters in arms to find their footing after separation from the Military, to
rebuild their home life and to aid in volunteer work. Ted accomplishes this by working
his own program of recovery, serving on the Board of Directors for Warriors Heart
Foundation, serving as an Ambassador for All Secure Foundation and staying connected
to other non-profit groups and treatment centers.

He currently resides with his wife and children in Raeford, NC.

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Patrick Meffert

MBA, Command Sergeant Major (Retired)

R. Patrick Meffert hails from Whiteford, MD. He enlisted in the United States Army on August 1986 as an infantryman at Fort Benning, GA. In 1992, Patrick attended the Special Forces Qualification Course and upon graduation was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). During his 30 years of service, he participated in numerous operations to include Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR, Operation FOCUS RELIEF I, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007-2008, and 2010-2012) and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2006.

In 2011 CSM (Ret) Meffert was selected to serve as the Command Sergeant Major for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (Afghanistan) while simultaneously serving as the Command Sergeant Major for 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Patrick holds a BAS Degree from Campbell University (2013) and a MBA from Methodist University (2015). After his Military service he began teaching Active Shooter Response to 1st Responders throughout the nation as an adjunct instructor with the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program at Texas State University.

Patrick is married to the former Mary B. Ritchie of Fayetteville, NC. They have four beautiful children, Alyssa, Patrick Jr., Samantha, and Sophia. They currently reside in San Antonio, Texas.

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William Black

US Navy Combat Veteran

William “Doc” Black served as a Line Corpsman in Iraq 2004-2006. He served with 2nd Marine Division, and most notably served as a combat replacement for 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines. As a survivor of these deployments, he became intimate with death and trauma and has dedicated his life to helping others that struggle with grief, trauma, and addiction.

Will graduated from the Warriors Heart program in 2016 and since that time he has run their service dog program, volunteered with Sartech (search and rescue), volunteered with animals and Veterans in many forms. In September 2020, Will joined the Governing Board of the Warriors Heart Foundation. Will loves to be outdoors, volunteering in the community, and the gym. On one hiking endeavor Will met his soul mate Stephanie and married her in 2021. Will and Stephanie have 6 children together and his service dog Dozer who has been with him 10 years now.

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Jordyn Jureczki

US Navy Veteran / LEO

Jordyn was born and raised in Golden, Colorado. After graduating high school, she enlisted in the United States Navy. She served for four years onboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in Sasebo, Japan as an Operations Specialist.

Upon moving back to the United States, she attended the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from AACOG in December of 2018 and became a patrol officer at a local law enforcement agency. Along with her basic patrol duties, she was also selected to be a part of the department’s SWAT team. Jordyn has also certified as a Mental Health Peace Officer and a peer to peer counselor.

In March of 2020, she attended a local Jiu Jitsu tournament in San Antonio. Jordyn considers this date to be a pivotal point in her life, being that this was the day she was introduced to Warrior’s Heart. Since that day, she has taken every opportunity to be a part of the mission. She continues to train as a part of the Warrior’s Heart Jiu Jitsu team.

Throughout her time in the military, law enforcement, and her in involvement in Warriors Heart; helping her fellow warriors has become a major part of Jordyn’s life. Jordyn married her best friend and the love of her life, Josh Jureczki. Together they relentlessly pursue any opportunity to give back and support the community that has given them so much.

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Josh Jureczki

US Navy Veteran / LEO

Joshua was born in Kerrville, Texas where he attended grade school and the beginning of middle school in the public school. In 1992 my family moved to Evansville, Indiana where Joshua would graduate from high school. After graduation he went straight to work for the family construction business building residential homes. He spent a couple years working for the family business before moving back to Texas.

Joshua attended the Alamo Area Council of Government (AACOG) law enforcement academy in 2005. Upon completion of the academy Joshua worked for a local police department. During his time at the Police Department he worked in the patrol division, investigations and then promoted to the Patrol Lieutenant position. He was active and involved in every extra duty the police department offered. He served as a member on the Special Operation Unit (SWAT) team; holding positions on the team as urban marksman, assistant team leader and then team commander. He was also member of the department firearms team which included all firearms training, defensive tactics and scenario based training.

In August 2020 he left the Police Department and was hired by the Office of Inspector General (State Police) and was dual commissioned with the United States Marshal Service. Joshua is assigned to the USMS Lone Star Fugitive Task Force-San Antonio as a Task Force Officer.

Joshua has three children. One who is employed at Warriors Heart, one who is serving in the United States Navy and one who is a high school student.

Joshua was introduced to Warriors Heart in 2017. Over the last few years he has been an active member of the Jiu Jitsu team, attended leadership courses and currently on the cadre for the Warriors Heart Academy.

Joshua’s wife, Jordyn, is a veteran of the United States Navy and is currently serving as a Deputy with a local County Sheriff’s Office.

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Angela Landon

Angela Landon, a proud mother of three boys, resides in Northern California. Angela received her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Queensland in Australia and her master’s degree in economics from the University of California Santa Barbara. She also received a CPA Exam Track Certificate from the University of California Davis Extension. She currently works as an analyst for an economic consulting firm.

Angela is a law enforcement and Marine veteran widow, tragically losing her husband in 2019 due to complications with mental health and addiction. Since the passing of her husband Angela has become an advocate for mental health and addiction awareness for both our law enforcement and veteran communities.

She volunteers her time with local law enforcement and veteran nonprofit organizations. It remains a priority that she stays connected with her late husband’s law enforcement agency, surrounding law enforcement agencies and the local veteran community. Annually she organizes a memorial golf tournament in honor of her late husband with all proceeds benefiting nonprofit organizations focused on mental health and addiction for both veterans and law enforcement.

Angela adores watching her boys play sports. When weather and time allows, she loves being outdoors fishing, hiking and paddle boarding.

Former Board Members

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John Lovett

Retired Business Owner

John Lovett has resigned from the Warriors Heart Foundation Board, after successfully attaining the goals he set out for the Foundation over the last 3 years. John remains an active advocate for our warriors and Foundation.

After receiving a degree in Political Science from the University of Texas in 1974, John went to work for he Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce where he served as Military Affairs Manager and later as the Membership Fundraising Manager and on the National Board of Membership Managers for Chambers of Commerce.

In 1982 John Founded River City Builders, Inc in New Braunfels and successfully operated that enterprise along with a Millwork company until it was sold in 2013.
Some highlights of volunteer work during a successful business career would be Founding and helping Fund The 24 Hour Club in New Braunfels, a Building for the express use of Alcoholics Anonymous Groups. Founding and helping Fund the New Braunfels Economic Development Foundation. Serving as Chairman of the New Braunfels Long range Planning Committee, Planning and Zoning Commission, Chamber of Commerce, and Economic Development Foundation and Charter Review Committee and on the Executive Committee of the Edwards Aquifer Authority.

Today, his time is spent with family and friends , golfing, flying and helping others achieve sobriety.

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Carlos “Coddy” Pena

Executive Vice President
Allen & Allen Co.

Carlos “Coddy” Pena was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. A graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Coddy followed his Dad’s footsteps and graduated from Texas A&M in 1974 with a degree in Finance. He started working at Allen & Allen Co. while in high school. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, he began his professional career there too. What began as a summer job evolved into a lasting passion for construction, design and architectural style. Now part-owner, he helps to carry on the legacy of this unique, 87 year-old, family business.

Coddy is a past member of the Downtown Rotary Club and is currently a member of the Texas A&M Former Students Association as well as the 12th Man Foundation. His professional affiliations include Associate memberships with the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Interior Design organizations.

Coddy was fortunate to have met the love of his life, Dara, while in high school and they have been married for 43 years. They are blessed with two married children and two grandchildren. Coddy’s hobbies include hunting, fishing and golf – and most of all enjoying time with his incredible family.