Crystal Laramore, Executive Director
CEO, Laramore Group, LLC
Crystal owns a PR Firm that caters to a large portfolio of clients. She also owns several online newspapers including a patriotic newspaper (that is 12 years-old and boasts subscribers in 31 states), a military newspaper, a local area newspaper, as well as many other companies. Crystal’s love for the military, and those who wear a uniform to protect and serve, comes from a family history steeped in the American tradition of serving our country; a passion that runs deep in her family roots. With this burning desire in her heart to serve, Crystal herself worked for the Department of State in Baghdad, Iraq from 2004-2006. She served as a liaison officer to the Ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, and received a letter of accommodation from the DOS. It was this experience that sparked the fire in her to one day be part of an organization that serves veterans.
Heidi Hansing, Director of Partnership Development
Heidi comes from a long family tradition of patriotic values and military service. She enlisted in the US Army as a 17-year old freshman in college and served simultaneously in the US Reserves and ROTC until her graduation and commissioning. She graduated with a BA degree in International Affairs, a Specialty in Soviet Politics, and a Minor in Military Science. As an officer, she earned her jump wings at Airborne School before serving the remainder of her active duty service overseas.
Since her separation from military service, Heidi has been a small business owner and investor. She has served as a humanitarian aid director in the south Yucatan, Mexico. Heidi is fiercely politically independent and served on the executive board of a renowned grassroots organization. She is extremely adept in the legislative process and trained many citizen lobbyists. She owned and operated a firearms dealership, specializing in self and home defense for women. For several years, she was a popular hard-hitting radio personality in Texas politics. She was honored to be elected to serve her community on the City Council of League City, Texas.
Now politically retired, Heidi remains active in veteran's advocacy and volunteerism, serving those who have served us. She is, above all, a proud Blue Star Mom.
Paul Morgan, Complex Rehab Seating Specialist
In February 2007, Paul lived in South Carolina and was VP of a large tech company. His diabetic father, veteran of the Army, helicopter pilot during the Korean War, owned an outdoor store and was an avid outdoors-man. One day he trimmed one of his toenails back too far and infection ensued. Due to improper diagnosis and treatment, by May 2007 his father had gangrene in both feet which led to a double amputee at the age of 70.
Six months later, after much therapy, Mr. Morgan could walk using a walker, but needed independent mobility to attend church, go to the grocery or visit computer shows (his hobby), so they turned to the regional VA Hospital for help.in providing a proper-fitting power wheelchair.
THREE YEARS LATER, January 2011, Mr. Morgan finally got the power chair HE WAS FITTED FOR IN 2008!
Through the pain they found laughter. Though Mr. Morgan had no feet, his feet would itch. Paul bought him foot cream for Christmas as a joke, which brought them many laughs.
But the laughter didn’t last long. February 14, 2011 he was taken to the doctor assuming a kidney stone. Instead, they discovered the nerve medication the VA prescribed destroyed his kidneys and he was in complete renal failure. He made the painful decision to not take dialysis. The family took him home and he passed away four days later.
Paul called the VA to request pickup of his father's new wheelchair that took 3 years to receive, to which they said, “We don’t pick up used equipment.” Through a local charity, Paul found a woman who needed a chair and delivered it to her. This woman was beyond surprised and grateful.
This experience guided Paul's career path, directing him to use his engineering expertise to help those not getting what they need, when they need it.
Today Paul's life has come full circle. He gets to help veterans and first responders. This is truly his calling and he is forever grateful to give back to men and women like his father who unselfishly served their country.
Paul's expertise designing huge network infrastructures and high-end complex rehab equipment is being used to fulfill his calling in engineering wheelchairs for warriors.
WHEELCHAIRS FOR WARRIORS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Susan Giacona - President
Whether she's performing live at Texas congressional events, or working alongside some of the most prolific songwriters in today’s music industry, country artist and multi-genre songwriter, Susan Giacona, a former marketing communications manager for HP, is proving to be a multi-talented force in the music business.
Harnessing a voice often compared to that of country music superstar, LeAnn Rimes, infused with the sound of Martina McBride, the stories told through Susan’s music focus on deeply personal and real-life themes. She is currently working on her debut EP, entitled Take Me Back, which is scheduled to drop in 2017. The EP is being produced in Nashville by Joe Carrell, who produced for artists such as Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire, Trace Adkins, and Maddie and Tae.
Susan also works closely with other writers to create songs for artists of multiple genres as well as music appearing on television and in movies. She recently teamed up with hit songwriter, Marty Dodson (Songs Like This by Carrie Underwood, Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven by Kenny Chesney) to write Kindness Matters, a song set to appear in the upcoming movie, The Silent Warrior, to releases in 2017. Other songwriters she has co-written with include Clay Mills (Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It by Darius Rucker) and Ryan Griffin (Dibs by Kelsea Ballerini), Grammy nominee Shelly Peiken, hit Songwriters Jason Duke, Chuck Jones, Marti Dodson (lead singer of Saving Jane), and Jennifer Hanson.
Artists/Bands most recently cutting Susan’s songs are The Darrin Morris Band (country), Billy Lord (country rock), Ella Knox (pop), and Canadian artist, Chris Ising (country). In 2017 Susan’s music will also be used in a kids TV show, The Grimps, and a Houston-based talk show, “A Different Point of View”. Susan is also working with a writing team on music for a new reality TV show, "Play It Forward,"as well projects for Universal Music. Susan recently began writing music for a western, in which she has a small speaking role, and will be performing the "opening credits" song.
When she isn’t creating new music, or doing voice-over projects, Susan can be found spending time with her husband and three sons. She donates her time serving on the Board of Directors of Wheelchairs for Warriors. She is an avid traveler, having spent time in Italy, France, and many other European countries.
Jay E. Mincks, Board Member
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Insperity
Jay E. Mincks is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Insperity. As head of the Company's growth division, Mr. Mincks is charged with executing ambitious sales goals nationwide each year through developing innovative selling strategies, launching effective lead generation and cross-selling programs and promoting a solid corporate brand. He also oversees the production of special events, such as the Insperity ChampionshipTM presented by UnitedHealthcare®, an award-winning Champions Tour event, as well as community involvement initiatives across the country. Mr. Mincks joined Insperity in 1990 as a district sales manager. His early success led to numerous promotions, including regional sales manager in 1993 and vice president of sales and marketing in 1997. Mr. Mincks was elected to his current position in early 1999. As a result of his leadership, Insperity has experienced tremendous growth, with company revenues increasing dramatically from $300 million to more than $2 billion. In 1993, Mr. Mincks led the opening of the first office outside of Houston and the expansion to 56 offices in 25 major markets throughout the United States. In addition, Mr. Mincks serves as chairman of the Greater Houston Golf Charities and vice president of Somebody Cares America. He holds a business degree from the University of Houston.
Nate Olsen, Board Member
Managing Director, Business Development, Insperity
Nate Olsen was born in California but got to Texas as quick as he could! He is a political news junkie, voracious reader and family man. He enjoys dragging his two young daughters away from their electronics and into the great outdoors, believes backyard grillin' is true art-form (ask him for a bite of his Texas style BBQ!) and questions the intelligence of his wife for sticking with him for more than 25 years.
During the day, Nate is Managing Director of Business Development at Insperity (NYSE: NSP). With over twenty years of experience in the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry, Nate provides leadership, guidance and alignment of Insperity’s business development functions across America.
Nate earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in California.
Doc Greene, Board Member
Doc Greene has been a fixture for years on Houston radio on KSEV 700 AM, KPRC 950 AM and 92.1 News FM and multiple appearances on TV including Fox 26 in Houston. Doc Greene is the quintessential music man, conservative activist, and a thought-leader on the issues facing America and the state of Texas.
As a child/teen, Doc was raised on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, where he lived the cowboy life. As a young man He has worked on cattle drives every year, broken and has been known to break a few politicians during his broadcast career and whose goal is to give power back to “We the people.”
Today Doc is a Veteran USAF 1971-1975,sought an entrepreneur, amateur pilot, expert sound professional, and professional musician. He is married to his high school sweetheart, JoAnne, for 46 years and has 4 children and 10 grandchildren. He is on the air today fighting for liberty that affects our families on a national platform via American Voice Radio Network, Raging Elephants Radio, his own YouTube Channel and various social medias.
Dan Pastorini, Honorary Board Member
CEO DP Quality Foods, Inc.
Dante Anthony "Dan" Pastorini is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He is also a winning NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driver.
And, while most folks are most familiar with Dan’s accomplishments on the football field and in the race car arena, what some may not know about Dan is his passion for helping children in need.
Dan Pastorini Charity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to assist in raising funds for and awareness of several charities close to Dan’s heart. During its short-lived existence, Dan Pastorini Charity has benefited several organizations but has focused their attention on Be An Angel.
“Growing up in California, my family instilled a sense of responsibility in me,” Pastorini says. “But, I’m very proud to have become a true, naturalized Texan after spending all of my adult life in Houston and learning it is a ‘Texas Thing’ to give back and help people.”
After being introduced to Be An Angel, a non-profit organization that enhances the quality of life for profoundly deaf and multi-handicapped kids, Pastorini named the foundation as the beneficiary of their annual Dan Pastorini Celebrity Charity Golf Invitational.
“Without the support from our friends, we would not be able to support the causes we do today,” Pastorini notes. “It’s heartwarming to see how everyone steps up to support such wonderful organizations and we are excited to continue that ‘Texas Thing’.”
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