WHO WE ARE
Wheelchairs for Warriors provides custom-fit, complex-rehab mobility solutions to injured veterans, law enforcement, and first responders. Each chair is specially tailored to each recipient's individual needs.
W4W can accommodate any limitations in detail (i.e. sip and puff, chin, head, finger, foot, shoulder, etc.) We have built chairs operated by finger(s), eye(s), mouth, chin, head, or breath.
Crystal Lee Laramore is the Founder and Executive Director of Wheelchairs for Warriors. WFW was founded on 6 December 2016 and has been recognized by the State of Texas as well as Galveston County, where their HQ is located. Wheelchairs for Warriors serves veterans and first responders who cannot get assistance from normal sources.
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 worked for the Department of State (DOS) in Baghdad, Iraq from 2004-2006. She served as a liaison officer to the Ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, and received a letter of commendation from the DOS. It was this experience that sparked the fire in her to found an organization that serves warriors.
Noticing the gap between what our wounded warriors NEED and what they are afforded, Crystal and co-founder Heidi Hansing, set out on a mission to provide better wheelchair solutions that would allow wounded veterans and first responders to regain some of their independence and give them the ability to ROLL STRONG! Crystal, along with Wheelchairs for Warriors, received the Four Chaplains Bronze Medal Humanitarian Award in 2023.
Director of Community Outreach
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 is a cross-country adventure motorcyclist and freelance book narrator. She remains active in veteran's advocacy and volunteerism, serving those who have served us. She is, above all, a proud Blue Star Mom.
Complex Rehab Seating Specialist
Comp Mobility | CEO
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. In 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!
After his father passed away, Paul called the VA to request pickup of his father's new wheelchair that took three 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 serve those like his father, 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.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JAY E. MINCKS
Chairman of the Board
Founder/CEO of JESAM, LLC.
Jay’s highly acclaimed Insperity marketing group received numerous awards for innovation and initiatives that grew sales and built the Insperity brand. Most notable was orchestrating arguably one of the most challenging accomplishments of any company: a full rebranding, from its founding name, Administaff, to Insperity. This Herculean effort was executed flawlessly with Jay’s leadership and his high-functioning team.
Jay’s early years in business were highlighted with his successes in sales, sales training, and sales management with multiple Fortune 500 companies.
In addition to his successful business career, Jay is an award-winning author. His book, Embrace the Price of Success contains the principals he found essential for both personal and professional success. He is also an accomplished public speaker, having addressed audiences at hundreds of events from small groups to thousands.
Founding Board Member
Business Development Specialist
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 into the great outdoors, believes backyard grillin' is a 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 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.
HP Christus Health/Us Family Plan | Community Outreach
Myrna Trevino wears many hats. She currently works with HP Christus Health/US Family Plan in community outreach in Houston, Texas. She is also a member of USAREC (US Army Recruiting) Community Relations Team, she's a committee member for the Mayors’ Challenge on Suicide Prevention and Awareness, a nominee of CASA (Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army) and she connects Veterans to appropriate resources. With her vast experience in marketing, networking, event coordinating and overall team leadership skills, she is a valuable asset and provides an amazing opportunity for Wheelchairs for Warriors to expand our reach.
JOSEPH “Jay” SWEENEY
CSM, US Army (Retired) | Former Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army
Joseph “Jay” Sweeney brings a wide-ranging set of experiences, skills and invaluable local, regional and national connections which contributes to the growth and prominence of any organization with whom he associates.
Having served nearly 35 years in the Army and Army Reserve, Jay retired as a command sergeant major. His Army Reserve service include key leadership positions such as, first sergeant, operations’ sergeant major and he served for more than 19 years as the command sergeant major in nine general officer commands. His active duty tours included Japan, Hawaii, Korea, Vietnam, Fort Lewis, the Berlin Brigade and Fort Ord, California. He was the last command sergeant major at Oakland Army Base and the Military Traffic Management Command, Western Area. Additionally, Jay served as an advocate within the US Army’s Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) and recently, having competed more than ten years, with five terms in office, was appointed Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA - Emeritus).
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal for valor, the Vietnam Service Medal with five campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm (individual award), and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He is an active life member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley, the American Legion, the Exchange Club and the Marine Memorial Association. As a Life Member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), he has served as a chapter president, region president and a member of the national AUSA Counsel of Trustees.
Jay is a retired sergeant from the Oakland Police Department with more than 22 years of service. He has served on the board of directors (five years) for the Oakland Military Institute, eight years as a member of the Association of the US Army Council of Trustees, is a member of the California Police Officers Research Association, the International Police Association, Retired Homicide Investigators Association of California and the Retired Oakland Police Officers’ Association.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Hayward and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from John F. Kennedy University. He is a graduate of the US Army’s Sergeants’ Major Academy and the Naval War College.
U.S. Marine & Owner of Horizontal Solutions
Lonnie was born in Santa Ana, CA and raised in Victoria, TX. He joined the USMC out of high school in May 1989 and served four years (MOS-0311), his first duty station was Marine Barracks 8th and I, Washington, DC. He was selected as a member of the silent drill team in ‘90 and served as a White House cleated Marine.
He then deployed to Desert Storm with 2nd Marines from December 1990 to April 1991. After Desert Storm, he was selected to remain at 8th and I as a ceremonial drill school instructor.
When his military service ended, Lonnie began a successful career in the oil and gas industry. Today he is the owner of Horizontal Solutions, an equipment rental and service company based in Midland, TX.
Founding Board Member
Dir. of Business Development
Ranger Scientific LLC
Mark Ryan is a cofounder of Ranger Scientific LLC, a small arms ammunition manufacturer located outside Charleston, West Virginia and since 2014, has been the EVP and Director of Business Development. Ryan is also presently a partner with Aegis Defense Research and Aegis Defense International, focused on defense technologies research and development, focused on both the U.S. military and consumer markets.
Mr. Ryan has a diversified and extensive executive management background including 20 years of business development, entrepreneurship, management consulting, finance and public relations experience. He’s also consulted multiple companies focusing on capitalization, operations efficiency, and accountability; and served as the Co-chair the final fundraiser for the 2004 George W. Bush Presidential Campaign. Mr. Ryan is a strategist for Project Bluelight, a counter terrorism and anti-human trafficking private organization operating within the United States. He is extensively traveled and experienced with the intricacies of international business development. He received his B.A. with Japanese and Political Science in 1995 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
In 2016 Mr. Ryan was honored as a Kentucky Colonel and had the distinct honor of joining the National Desert Storm War Memorial executives to escort Kentucky Gold Star family members having brought forth the Garland of Roses into the winners circle of the Kentucky Derby.
Founding 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 issues facing America and the state of Texas.
Doc was raised on a cattle ranch in Wyoming. He worked on cattle drives every year, has been known to break a few politicians during his broadcast career, and his goal is to give power back to “We the people.”
Today Doc is a Veteran USAF 1971-1975, entrepreneur, amateur pilot, expert sound professional, and professional musician. He has been 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.
Galveston County Commissioner, Precinct 2
Joe Giusti is a lifelong Galveston county resident and retired Galveston Police Department Officer where he served in almost every division of the department. Joe spent 12 years as a motorcycle officer and dedicated 12 years to the Galveston S.W.A.T. team as a point man and team leader. As a former Chief Deputy Constable Joe helped lead a successful Constable Office to becoming one of the best in Texas. Joe has been active in the community for years, Joe has both public and private service experience. As the Former Director of Security for Landry’s Inc. in the Galveston area, he had the responsibility for thousands of employees and guests. Joe is a recognized leader in the community and active in many local organizations. In recognition of his service to the community, Joe was voted by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce in 2009 as the Man of the Year, as well as the 2012 Deputy Constable of the Year by the 50 Club of Galveston County, and 1993 Officer of the Year by the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas. Joe was also chosen by the Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce as the 2013 Man of the Year. Joe has been married to the love of his life, Donna, for 34 years and they have two children, Amanda a Registered Nurse, Kyle an assistant baseball coach at Galveston Community College and two grandsons Logan and Declan.
OEM ACCOUNT MANAGER
Consolidated Electrical Distributors
Brett was born and raised in Nederland, TX by his very patriotic parents who instilled in him a love of God and Country and his parents are still married today! He graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. He is proud to be a Texan and a conservative Republican!
For over 20 years Brett has lived in the Houston, Texas area. He has been in the industrial electrical industry for more than 20 years and is currently the OEM Account Manager at CED (Commercial Electrical Distribution)
Industrial. He consistently ranks as one of the top salesmen for the company and is well respected in the industry. His business is built on honesty, which has gained him the respect and trust of his customers.
He is an outdoor enthusiast and has hunted all over the United States; including elk and bear hunting in New Mexico, deer in Kansas and Illinois, as well as many game animals in Texas.
IPS - VP of Business Dev.
Marine Corps Forces Pacific Command - Major
As a partner in IPS Pump Services, I wear many hats. Most of my efforts are focused around business development, project management, and maintaining relationships with our petrochemical and maritime transport customers.
As the vice president of business development for Industrial Packing and Seals, my center of focus is on maintaining customer relationships.
As a major in the Marine Corps working for Marine Corps Forces Pacific Command, I am tasked with advising the commanding general on various matters concerning the nation’s military presence and priorities within the greater Indo-Pacific Combatant Command as they pertain to the United States Marine Corps as prescribed by the President’s National Defense Strategy, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Defense Planning Guidance, and the Commandant’s Planning Guidance from the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Honorary Board Members
Former Houston Oiler Quarterback
DP Quality Foods, Inc. | CEO
Dante "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.
While most folks are most familiar with Dan’s accomplishments on the football field and in the race car arena, most do not know of his passion for helping children in need.
Dan Pastorini Charity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to raise funds for and awareness of several charities close to Dan’s heart. Dan Pastorini Charity has benefited several organizations, but focused most of their attention on Be An Angel.
Having grown up in California, Pastorini says, “I’m very proud to have become a true, naturalized Texan after spending all my adult life in Houston and learning it is a ‘Texas Thing’ to give back and help people.”
Pastorini is a big supporter of the Be An Angel network, a non-profit that enhances the quality of life for profoundly deaf and multi-handicapped kids, and has been the main recipient of the annual Dan Pastorini Celebrity Chairty Golf Invitational. Pastorini also loves and volunteers his time to veteran causes..
“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’.” www.danpastorinicharity.org
Purple Heart Recipient
Charlie Mike Precision (CMP) FOUNDER & INSTRUCTOR
Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, Charlie joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 19. He completed the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL course Class 176 and checked into his very first SEAL Team, (SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team-2) where he underwent 3 deployments, and eventually served as a SEAL Delivery Vehicle Instructor.
Eventually, he became the Leading Chief Petty Officer of Sniper School. He went on two deployments as part of SEAL Team-5, and ultimately received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Sailor of the Quarter, Sailor of the Year for all SEAL Teams, and Runner-Up for PACIFIC-FLEET SOY.
Charlie served as the Operations Leading Chief Petty Officer of the Naval Special Warfare Unit-1 and was in charge of 14 Southeast Asian Countries. Later, he served as SEAL Team-1 Troop Chief and retired as Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2015.
Since his retirement, he opened CharlieMikePrecision (CMP), a Tactical Force Company specializing in Long Range Rifle, Pistol, and Carbine Courses. Engineering the most accurate rifles available on the market. Find out more about CMP: www.charliemikeprecision.com.
*Charlie trained the now infamous Navy Seals Chris Kyle and also Marcus Lutrell.
USMC | Council on Foreign Relations and Fellow of the British–American Project
Orlando Sanchez was elected Harris County Treasurer in November of 2006, the first immigrant to be chosen county-wide by the voters for a non-judicial office. He served in that office until December 2016, overseeing Harris County’s multiple bank accounts, paying the county’s expenses and serving as an independent set of eyes in overseeing spending of county taxpayer dollars.Sanchez came to Houston in 1962 when his father was hired by former Harris County Judge Roy Hofheinz to be one of two Spanish announcers for the Colt 45s Baseball Club and then the Houston Astros. Sanchez grew up in southwest Houston and graduated from Bellaire High School before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1976. After his tour he enlisted in the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group of the Texas Air National Guard at the then-named Ellington Field. He graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a degree in political science and embarked on a career as a public servant, first as a three-term Houston City Council member and then as Harris County Treasurer. Orlando was named the University of Houston’s College of Social Sciences Distinguished Alumnus. Orlando also sat on the Harris County Bail Bonds Board, is a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Bank, a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the 100 Club of Houston and is a current advisory member of Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers-Southwest (VIC-SW), an organization that provides free one-on-one assistance to the frail and elderly in southwest Houston through a network of volunteers who provide services. He is a member of the University of Houston Foundation Board of Directors and is a former advisory member of the University of Houston Law School Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Fellow of the British–American Project. In 1995 Orlando was elected to serve as a member of the Houston City Council. He was the first Latino immigrant elected to a city-wide position in Houston. He served three terms and helped his colleagues pass the first property tax cut in decades. Orlando also chaired the city’s International Trade Committee, the Legislative Affairs Committee and chaired the Cellular Tower Working Committee.He has served on the Texas Attorney General’s Municipal Advisory Committee and was appointed to the U.S. Senate Task Force on Hispanic Affairs.Orlando is married to Julye Vanessa Croix-Sanchez a television reporter/anchor for a CBS affiliate in Texas. His daughter Aubrie M. Sanchez is a 2010 graduate with an IB from the Awty International School in Houston. She earned a BA in Anthropology from Boston University in 2014, a Master of Public Health from Northeastern University in 2017, a Master of Science in Forensic Anthropology from Boston University School Of Medicine in 2019, and is currently a candidate for a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences through the Bio Mechanics Research Center at the Wexner Medical Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Former Black Hawk Aviator
Country Music Artist
Ryan’s personal story is like no other artist in country music today. Growing up with a family of 11 in a small town in Floral City, Florida, he joined the Army right after high school. After several years of working as a Military Intelligence Analyst, Ryan followed in the footsteps of his two older brothers, Steve and Aaron, by attending Warrant Officer Candidate School and flight school. He graduated top of his class in flight school, becoming a Black Hawk Aviator. In April 2003, he deployed to Baghdad in Iraq. Shortly after, one of his brothers, Aaron, was deployed just west of him in Fallujah. On January 8, 2004, Aaron was killed in action when the Medivac helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down by enemy fire. Ryan certainly understood mortality and the risks of combat… After all, Aaron had survived the bloody 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia – the same battle that became the basis for the movie, Black Hawk Down.
On December 17, 2013 Ryan’s brother-in-law, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, was killed in action in Afghanistan when the Black Hawk helicopter he was piloting was shot down by an enemy ground-detonated explosive device. This second heartbreaking loss made the Weaver family a two-time Gold Star family. Both of his brothers’ ultimate sacrifices continue to fuel Ryan’s fire to accomplish his dreams in music.
In late 2016, Ryan released the music video for his single “Burn,” featuring Kris “Tanto” Paranto and John “Tig” Tiegen from the movie 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. “Burn” aired nationwide on The Country Network and Heartland, and internationally at over 5,000 retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues throughout the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. For more info: www.weavercountry.com.
GOODWILL AMBASSADOR & FUTURE ENTREPENUER
We are honored to have such a sweet Goodwill Ambassador fundraising on our behalf. She's an amazing young lady with a very bright future.
US Federal Air Marshall & Shadow Warriors Riders MC Founder
Chance “Hollywood” Showell is a current US Federal Air Marshal that was drawn back into service after witnessing the September 11, 2001 attacks. He is a veteran of the US Army Medical Corps and US Army Military Police Corps.
Chance began his nonprofit work in 1995, raising funds for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital with an Easter event called The Bunny Run. An event in which the community
joins together to ride their motorcycles to the hospital with the Easter Bunny.
Relocating to the Orlando area in 2005, Chance again went to work as a fundraiser for Nemours Children’s Hospital, bringing the motorcycling community together to
generate much needed awareness to children’s oncology.
Founder of the Shadow Warrior Riders Motorcycle Club which has become the soldiers for many veterans and first responder nonprofits, this motorcycle club comprised of
veterans, contractors and first responders has raised over $200k for our warriors.
Founder of the 501(c)(3), Warrior Shield Foundation, this group will be a “one stop shop” for veterans, first responders and gold star family members, enabling them to find the help they need.
For more info: www.ShawdowWarriorMC.com
Maya is a wonderful young lady who is always cheering us on and inspiring us to do great things.