US Army Master Sergeant (Ret)
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.