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Our team is intentionally comprised of church and ministry leaders, war time veterans with combat duty, peace time veterans, civilians from military families, and Christians from the secular business community...all with a heart to care for the hurting, who willingly bring their skills, talents, gifts and abilities to the table.


OUR OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

     
Chaplain/Rev. Michael E. Smith, CPLC, Founder and President

Chaplain/Rev. Susan E. Smith, BCMCLC, BCMMHC, Founder, Secretary/Treasurer, US Army Veteran (Retired)

Michael and Susan Smith are the Founders of Transforming Glory Ministries. The Smiths are graduates of the Institute of the Holy Spirit, a three year ministry academy, and are Licensed and Ordained Reverends. In addition, they are Credentialed Chaplains, earning their Chaplains Certification from the Chaplains College, Chaplains Training Institute. Mike is a military brat and was born in a quonset hut on an Air Force base in Amarillo, Texas. His father was first Navy, and then transferred to the US Air Force where he was an aerial photographer, who remembers being at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands among other assignments. His fathers Aviators Flight Log Book is a special keepsake. His late brother was an Army veteran, his beloved Uncle served in the US Army as a Black Ops Veteran in Vietnam and his soul mate is retired Army. Susan also has many veterans in her blood line. Her late brother was an Air Force veteran, her younger brother is a US Navy veteran, her younger sister and her husband are both Air Force veterans, her Uncle is a US Navy veteran, and her grandfather was an Army veteran who served in the Korean war as a cook.   

Chaplain Mike is the President of Transforming Glory Ministries. He has a passion and a skillset for comforting others. He is deeply honored to have been called to work with veterans and serve the military community. Mike is a Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, and a Certified Professional Exhortation Coach. A mentor and encourager, Mike is a very patient man with a shepherds heart and a low key, easy going personality. His special gift is that people who generally never talk to anyone about anything, will talk to him right away, and he is a skillful listener. A true " heart guy" , Chaplain Mike never tires of offering encouragement, Godly counsel, prayer and support. His calling is to be a " life giver." He has faithfully persevered through many unexpected difficulties in the health arena, including a longer than expected recovery following spinal surgery due to a re-injury. During this trial, the Lord allowed Chaplain Mike to gain first hand experience and understanding about severe pain.  He also endured the unwanted side affects and temporary complications caused by prescription medications that are intended to help heal but often lead to more problems, complications and frustration. Out of that night season, his heart and compassion for wounded veterans in hospitals and rehab centers, and those recovering at home multiplied expotentially. " All things work together for good" .. and through these hardships, I am so much more aware and empathetic of human suffering, specifically some of the same issues that our veterans deal with day in and day out." Mike's heart is to comfort and encourage others dealing with crisis of health, or who have had life changes, adjustments, or limitations caused by physical injuries. His heart is also to stand beside those who are experiencing a crisis of faith. Mike walks the walk and is a worshipper, and freely shares the truth's of the bible to help others find freedom, hope, healing, and the blessings God has for them. He calmly leads the ministry step by step with wisdom, humility, and respect for the Lord. He values opportunities to bring hope with the weary, bring light into the darkness, and share courage with the discouraged. He is " The Grill-Sergeant" !   

Chaplain Susan  has a passion and a skillset for strengthening, stabilizing and supporting others. While she is a retired Non Comissioned Officer and proud of soldiering, she clarifies that " we don't do this because of my military career, but because it is part of the work the Lord called us to, and annointed us to do.We are called to help those who are mentally and emotionally weary, stressed, struggling, overwhelmed or overloaded, and need someone in their corner. We are here to be present, to listen, to assist, to help sort it out, and help build a secure relationship with the God of all hope, who has the power to heal and restore." Born again at the age of 31 while stationed in the ROK, (Republic of Korea). she never looked back. Susan is a Board Certified Master Christian Life Coach as well as a Certified Christian Mentor. Delving deeper, Susan earned her Board Certifcation as a Master Christian Mental Health Coach in the area of Grief and Loss. " There is no suffering on earth like sorrow - regardless of the source. Many times, Post Traumatic Stress has debilitating grief at the core that must be recognized and resolved before relief and recovery can begin." Susan is known for being down to earth, kind, caring and approachable. Susan understands the issues military families deal with. She honors her daughters for their many frequent childhood moves, change of schools, and temporary seperations for being born to dual military parents." They made sacrifices for this nation too."      


                                                                                                                                                   

Ms. Linda Olson, Director, Development Officer

Linda comes from a family full of combat veterans. She is passionate about veterans and their spouses receiving the highest quality care in every way possible, and receiving the respect they deserve. Linda 's late husband Bill was a US Army Vietnam Veteran. Her father served in the Army in the Korean War, her uncle served in the Air Force in WW2, her grandfather served in the Navy in World War 1, and her son was a United States Marine with two combat tours in Iraq and a third tour in Afghanistan. As a military spouse, Linda is very familiar with the veteran and military community. She actively participates in veteran fairs in the greater Denver area and has many friends who have served our nation. 

Linda has decades of experience and currently serves as the Senior Development Officer in the healthcare arena. She is eager to use her skills, talents, and abilties to strengthen and support veterans. She is also pursuing her dream to become a Chaplain. TGM Warrior Care is beyond grateful for the divine connection that brought us together. Her love for the veteran community is unmistakable. We welcome Linda to the team and many will be blessed by her top-notch professional skillset.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


                                                                                     

Mr. Britain (Brit) Clements, Director, USMC Combat Veteran, US Army Combat Veteran

Brit is a combat veteran, non-commissioned officer, who served eight years in the US  Marine Corps, and another four years in the US Army. He completed his infantry training at the USMC School of Infantry, Camp Pendelton, California. Brit was selected to serve as a Combat Instructor at TBS (The Basic School), Training Command (MCB) Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia, where he trained newly commissioned USMC Officers and Warrant Officers in their basic infantry skills. Each year, over 1,700 officers and warrant officers attend TBS. Then, as a non-commissioned officer in the US Army, still serving in the Infantry, Brit was assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at Ft. Carson, Colorado. He served two tours in Iraq: Balad in 2005, and Mosul and the Ninevah Province in 2007.  The Marine Corps loss was the Army's gain. Brit is physically, mentally and spiriutally strong, and is a very responsible person and reliable worker.

After transitioning out of war and back into civilian life, Brit first worked on an eighty-five acre ranch in the Colorado Springs area caring for horses. He also worked at a rodeo event center. From there, his next step in reintegrating back into civilian life was to follow his passions for cars. Brit put himself through Automotive School, School for Diesel with Hydraulics and Welding, and then Auto Body school. In addition to his full time day job, Brit is the founder of a veteran owned small business:  Clements Complete Auto Care. (clements8025@gmail.com)  He provides mobile services in the Denver / Front Range area. When he is not working, Brit enjoys car shows, speedways, raceways, and outdoor events. This car guy is also a pretty high class foodie. He enjoys grilling and using his smoker, and putting together amazing meals. Brit's future goal is to develop his own line of barbeque sauce and get it on the market. 

Brit is a Godly and disciplined man who serves the Lord and who cares about and relates to fellow combat veterans and what they have been through. He is intelligent and humble, but tells it like it is, and can be counted on to speak the truth. TGM Warrior Care is truly honored to have Brit on the team.   


 

Mr. Edward (Ed) Trujillo, Director, US Army Combat Veteran

Ed is an US Army Combat Veteran who served in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield as a Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of a motor vehicle platoon. During his time in the sandbox, he has experienced the destruction and devastation of war first hand, up close and personal. He is familiar with Post Traumatic Stress, Combat Trauma, Traumatic Soul Wounds, Crisis of Faith, and how it impacts and complicates lives. He has walked through the anquish of war and seeing what people are capable of doing, and personally knows the hope and healing found in Jesus Christ.

His example of duty, sacrifce and leadership helped inspire his two oldest sons to become US  Air Force and US Army warriors. Ed is solid! He is a man of faith, and a tower of virtue and integrity. Ed is known for his honesty, candor, strong work ethic, his love, devotion, provision and protection of his family, for speaking up for what is right, for having moral courage in all instances. Ed is a great listener, a quick thinker, and a skilled problem solver. While both humble and strong, he is old school. He knows how to motivate people, care for them, and encourage them to make good choices. He is a family man, and is happiest being with his wife Toni, and his ever growing family. TGM is blessed to have Ed on the team. He is one of America's finest. We need more just like him!


Mr. Rinaldo Suel, Director

Rinaldo is a successful Christian small business owner, and entrepreneur. A highly skilled, professional French baker, his French bread, pastries, pies, croissants, and delicacies sell out as soon as they hit the Denver and Mountain markets. Born in France, he and his siblings overcame many childhood traumas before arriving in the United States and proudly becoming American citizens. He is an extremely hard worker, beginning his day in the wee hours of the morning, and has a heart to help anyone and everyone going through difficult and turbulent times. He and his wife Eva have completed leadership training in Christian 12 Step Recovery and have experience working with individuals in need of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Trauma Recovery. 

A peaceful but powerful man of unshakable faith and conviction, Rinaldo's joy and laughter are infectious. He is a grounding force to this organization. His faith runs deep into his core. Rinaldo brings the love of God whereever he goes. His easy going demeaner, kind spirit, inherit humor, French sayings, and limitless wisdom are a lifeline to many who are going through storms of life. An overcomer with a determined, positive can-do, never quit attitude, Rinaldo is an anchor, and one of the most unique people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. He enjoys very strong coffee, playing his guitar, and taking road trips with his wife and dogs in their RV.  His life is a testimony to God's love, power, grace, mercy and goodness.     


OUR WEB MASTER 

  Mr. Jack Poe, Web Master

Jack serves with the US Air Force Institute of Technology, and has been in the web industry for over 25 years. In addition to being employed in his field, Jack has taught classes in graphic design, web design, and web programming to hundreds of college students. At last count, TGM Warrior Care reports viewers from 60 world nations, and here at home in the US, viewers from 41 states. This would not have happened without the favor and blessing of God, coupled with a caring and talented web master in our corner. We honor and respect Jack for his gifts and talents in creating the website infrastructure which allows us to reach hurting people with a message of hope. He is our MVP!   


ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD

Dr. Bruce Heany, Pastor, LPC, Accountability Board Member

Dr. Heany is a licensed professional pastoral counselor with well over twenty years of ministry experience in the areas of relationship counseling, depression, anxiety, anger, extreme trauma, abuse, stress, grief and loss. Pastor Heany has a Doctorate degree in counseling, a Masters degree in pastoral care, a BA in psychology, and a BS in recreation. His education experience also included chaplaincy work at Eastern Maine Medical Center, and intensive practical training in counseling at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy in Chicago. Dr. Heany began his career in the 1980's as a parish pastor in Chicago, Illinois. After completing his doctorate degree, he opened his practice in Denver, Colorado. His practice is currently located in Northglenn, Colorado. He is delightfully happy with his bride Brooklyn, and thoroughly enjoys sharing his life with her, and thier progeny of four - the oldest two now grown and out of the home. Dr. Heany's youngest son is overcoming the limitations of cerebral palsy, and serves as an exemplary model of how love and joy triumph over adversity. 


Pastor Chuck Lewis, Accountability Board Member

Pastor Chuck is a longstanding evangelist and minister of the gospel with prophetic giftings, and has led revival services in the United States, Canada, and abroad. He has extensive experience in the area of healing ministry where he has seen ears and eyes opened, and seen healings of every kind. He has prayed for two people who had died (one being his very mother) and the power of God raised them from the dead. Pastor Chuck serves as President of Chuck Lewis Ministries, www.chucklewisministries.com, based in Aurora, Colorado.  He holds certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor with decades of experience, and is trained in all areas of life recovery including addictions, boundaries, marriage, divorce, co-dependency, conflict management, stress, domestic violence, and more. He has served as Chaplain to the Aurora, Colorado Police Department ministering to law enforcement officers and staff. He has extensive experience as a Crisis Response Team Member in his role as Victims Advocate, where he was called upon to assist those who endured traumatic experiences. Pastor Chuck and his wife Barb also serve as volunteer Chaplains at Craig Hospital in Denver, ministering to those with severe spine and brain injuries. A dearly loved, encouraging preacher and speaker, Pastor Chuck freely shares testimonies of encouragement. A published author, Chuck shared his life experiences of overcoming a debilitating physical injury from birth while following God's plan for his life. Pastor Chuck is a wealth of knowledge and has served the Lord faithfully for over fifty years.


Minister Lavinia Lavato, Accountability Board Member

Lavinia is an ordained minister, and was the Co-Founder of " Be Healed Ministries" based in Thornton, Colorado. She moves in the power, authority, annointing, and discernment of the Holy Spirit. Lavinia has extensive training and experience in the areas of soul care, inner healing, generational issues, breaking curses, identifying soul ties, deeply rooted memories, trapped emotions, and spiritual warfare. Lavinia holds Certification in the field of inner healing and deliverance. With a tremendous hunger to see people permanently healed and made whole, Lavinia has ministered to hundreds of people. She is talented, keen, intelligent, caring and compassionate. Lavinia has been a key speaker at healing conferences with life changing results, and has been sought out to train others internationally. Lavinia is a secret weapon, and a gifted spiritual warrior in the kingdom of God.