Angela Messerlie: Director of Veteran Programs
Angela MAngela Messerlie is a co-founder and a 10-year Army veteran. She served, as a medic in the Army, were she was assigned in multi-levels of care from Emergency Room to Family practice care. While in the Army she began her pursuit of a college education to aid with advancement in her career. Upon leaving the military, she began the challenges of college and all those issues that come with it. She developed an understanding of the enrollment process, how to gain access to and use the G.I. Bill and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill from her own personal experience. She used these skills to go on to graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Anthropology, giving her a greater understanding of sociology, people and their behaviors. These skills have helped her build and develop stronger interpersonal communication skills. She has a working understanding of the hard work that goes into starting and finishing a degree program. Ms. Messerlie has a goal for education among veterans to be a commonplace occurrence; she believes that all Veterans should be able to achieve their educational goals without a struggle.
She has earned 4 Army Commendation Medals, 3 Army Achievement Medals, 2 Good Conduct Medals, 2 Overseas Service medals, as well as the Korean Service Medal.
James Lopez: Director of Housing Assistance
JameJames Lopez is a co-founder and a 31-year Veteran with the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves. He went in as an E-3 (Seaman) and advanced to the rank of E-5 (Petty Officer 2nd Class). While serving he was a Seabee with the Amphibious Battalion Construction One and also as an Illustrator Draftsman with the VP-31 Patrol Squadron. Later he would go on to serve with the JAG and with the NLSO in Corpus Christi and various other NLSO’s. He completed his 20 years in the Naval Reserves.
He would go on to serve with the Texas Army National Guard, serving 11 years with the Guard as an E-6 (Staff Sergeant). During his time in the Guard he was a Legal Specialist (27D) and also a Nuclear Chemical Specialist (54D). He served one tour in Iraq 2005 with Trial Defense Service. While in the military, he was also a certified Navy Instructor. After retiring from the Military and joining the civilian world, he became a paralegal for over the last 15 years with the Shell Oil Company. He is a certified Realtor currently working with Walzel Properties and is bringing his vast knowledge of the housing market to help our veterans to find housing and within their needs. He enjoys working with people, and brings many skills from his military and civilian career to the Veterans we work with.
He has earned Navy/Marine Corps Medal/Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Service Medal, W/M Device, Global War on Terrorism, and Iraq Campaign.
David Jordan: Executive Director,
David Jordan is a co-founder of the organization and a 12-year Veteran with the National Guard. He went in as a PFC (Private First Class) and ranked up to SGT (Sergeant). He served as a communications Soldier and Communications Signal Maintenance Chief for a Signal Brigade while with the 138th Signal Company and served as a combat medic with a medical company during one combat tour to Iraq. While in the military, he became a certified Army instructor and helped train hundreds of Soldiers the survival skills needed during their upcoming combat tours.
He has over 20 years of combined management experience, including his time in the military and as a civilian. He has developed a very versatile skill set over his 25 years of customer service in a variety of industries. During his career he has successfully run the housekeeping and laundry staff at a multi-bed nursing home facility. In this position he was responsible for functioning under strict budget guidelines and to manage every aspect of the business from scheduling down to inventory. Mr. Jordan brings one more special attribute to the table; he himself has also experienced homelessness. He knows firsthand what it feels like to be homeless and the issues or challenges that our Veterans face. He knows that every veteran’s situation is different, but with his unique experience it will help him to better reach out to him or her on a personal level that not many people would be able to do.
He has earned 2 Army Commendation Medals for services, 1 Army Achievement Medal, 1 Army Good Conduct Ribbon, and the Iraq Campaign Ribbon.