- 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 | Secretary
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, the Denton Elks Lodge, where she serves as Leading Knight and Membership Chairman, 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 Corinth, Texas.
President of the Board
Mike Scarlett has been a part of Spirit of a Hero for several years. He is looking forward to growing the organization as the new incoming president. Mike started by remodeling Jordan Folmer’s home to help with his mobility after losing his legs in battle. He was involved with Big Brothers and helped build homes in Mexico for the poor. He lives in Frisco with his lovely wife Cindy. Mike is a Realtor/Custom Home Builder and has been buying, building and remodeling homes since the 80’s. He loves to fish in Cabo and loves the beach life
Board Member/Veteran Advocate
Cody Cunningham is a United States Marine Corps Veteran who served 4 active years with 3rd Battalion 6th Marines. In service, Cody conducted two combat deployments: Fallajuah Iraq, and Marjah Afghanistan. Cody got out of Service in 2010 as a Sergeant and finished up college at the University of North Texas where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Criminal Justice, and Behavioral Analysis. Cody now works as a Large Group Insurance Sales Representative where he provides various coverages to employer groups in the DFW and Oklahoma Area. Cody has been to every SOAH Gala since the start and has been named a board member in 2019. Along with making important board decisions, Cody will work to expand PTS awareness and grow SOAH involvement to help Veterans in need.
Michael grew up in a military family with his father serving 24 years in the Air Force spanning from the Vietnam war to Desert Storm. Michael’s love for family is always overflowing with his beautiful wife and their 12 children. They have adopted 8 children with 3 children born naturally and one in heaven. Professionally, Michael owns a large HVAC service company, a real estate holding company and a non-profit company helping the DFW homeless. During his free time, Michael enjoys attending church, going to the gun range and traveling the world.
Matt Calloway is a husband to his beautiful wife Brooklyn and father of three amazing kids, Jayden, Lila and Lincoln. He's is a Downtown Frisco Advisory Board member, Commercial Realtor and long time supporter of Spirit of a Hero. He loves traveling, flying and watching his sons play baseball.
Matt and his wife live and work in the historic Rail District and love supporting their community. He is a proud patriot and loves supporting our service men and first responders.
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.