- The Team -
Veteran-Founder | Executive Director
At age 18, Rick Turner decided he wanted to follow his grandfather’s footsteps and joining the United States Army and become part of the elite 82nd Airborne Division. Rick graduated jump school in Fort Benning, Georgia in July 1989. Five months after graduation, Rick was deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division to Panama. Within two weeks o being in Panama, Rick was shot in the back of the head by a sniper. He recieved a Purple Heart for his injuries and after three months at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, Rick returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Rick was only back at Fort Bragg a few weeks before being deployed again in Iraq, where he spent the next 18 months.
After returning to the United States, Rick chose to be discharged from the Army and return to Texas. Rick spent the next several years working as an electrician, trying to put the memories of war behind him. In march of 2012, while on an electrical job, Rick had stopped to have lunch in the building’s deli. There was a Dallas Morning News open to an article about a 24-year old 82nd Airborne paratrooper who had stepped on an IED and lost all four limbs. The memories of war came flooding back and Rick knew he had to take action to help this young man, his wife and their infant daughter.
Rick and his wife, Tancy, began planning a motorcycle ride and benefit for Travis and his family. Over $32,000 was raised for Travis and his family. An outpouring of support and requests to continue on with fundraising efforts let the Turner’s to creating the Spirit of a Hero Foundation. Rick is not only the Founder of Spirit of a Hero, he also is very active in Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, a member of the Elk’s Lodge and a Master Blue Lodge Mason. Rick is dedicated to supporting our Veterans in any way he can.
Co-Founder | Gala Chairperson
Tancy Turner is Co-Founder of Spirit of a Hero and currently serves as a trusted advisor to the Board of Directors and plays an active role in Spirit of a Hero’s visions. In 2012, Tancy and her husband Rick Turner, read a story of a young solider who stepped on an IED and lost all four limbs. This young soldier’s story in the local newspaper inspired Rick and Tancy to do something for our wounded service members.
Aside from founding Spirit of a Hero, Tancy and her husband are active members of Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, where Tancy serves as Commander of the Auxiliary, The Elks Lodge and active members of their church, helping start a motorcycle ministry called, Holy Hoodlums. Tancy has a servant’s heart and is dedicated to our Veterans.
Tancy and Rick have a blended family of eight. Tancy and Rick currently own a trophy shop in Denton, Texas and reside in Little Elm.
Chrissy was a volunteer firefighter and EMT in her small community of Bahama, NC starting at age 16. Chrissy is married to a former US Marine, Michael Hood and has two children, Olivia - 7 and Brandon - 5. Chrissy joined the Spirit of a Hero board in November 2015, but has been involved behind the scenes for several years.
Initially, Chrissy’s involvement was as a supporter and through her company, has donated a frameless shower enclosure to each year’s recipient that reflects the specific needs of each Hero. Chrissy continues her support by being on the Spirit of a Hero Gala committee and helped to create a successful fundraising event in the past.
Omar was our 2015 Spirit of a Hero Recipient and now a valued member of our Board. Check out Omar's full Bio under "Our Recipients".
Veteran’s services and benefits has always been a priority for Susan Chapman and her continued efforts to truly benefit those that Spirit of a Hero choose, shows through with her passion. Susan met Rick and Tancy through her work with he patriot rock band, Madison Rising and has been active with the foundation ever since. In 2016, Susan became the Secretary of Spirit of a Hero.
Michael “Squid” Mooney
Michael was born and raised in Texas and currently live in Denton with his three daughters. He served 5 years in the Untied States Navy as a Corpsman (Medic). Michael served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and on various other military bases and hospitals including, San Diego, Bethesda and Camp Pendleton.
After retiring from the Navy, Michael returned home and has been involved in various non-profit organizations and Veterans groups. He has saved on the boards and created several non-profit organizations. After Rick and Tancy joined the Veterans motorcycle group that he is part of and after getting to know both os them and learning about the organization they started, Michael became part of Spirit of a Hero in 2012. Michael has a great amount of love and respect for our country and especially for the Veterans who have sacrificed and served it and he stays excited about new opportunities to support them.
Joe is a native Dallasite who has lived and built his career in the Dallas area. After attending Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, Joe earned a BBA from SMU in 1981. He began his career as a staff accountant in the audit division with Ernst & Whinney shortly after graduating. After 4 promotions in 5 years at E&W, Joe worked as Chief Financial Officer for a regional commercial real estate company and was the Director of Central Accounting and later, CFO for Trammell Crow Corporate Services, the real estate outsourcing arm of Trammell Crow Company.
Joe then joined a technology company as CFO and helped to grow sales from $3.1MM to over $48MM. In 1994, he earned his MBA from SMU. All along the way, he prepared tax returns for business associate, friends and family. Following a brief foray into the manufacturing industry, Joe decided to implement a business plan he had developed back at SMU and open a CPA firm. After preparing 125 returns in the inaugural year of 2003, Joe has seen his practice grow to the perpetration of over 1,600 returns. Joe joined the Spirit of a Hero board in 2014.