BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jimmy Wayne Rogers Jr
Jimmy Wayne Rogers Jr was born on December, 17th ,1987 in Houston, TX. However, Jimmy spent most of his childhood growing up in a small town suburb of Houston called Tomball, TX. There Jimmy graduated from Tomball High School in 2006. After high school he went on to serve 4 years in the United States Navy with what he calls some of the finest sons and daughters you will ever meet.
In 2015 he spent 5 ½ months deployed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. While Jimmy was deployed, he saw, and experienced first-hand the loneliness, and the sadness that comes with being in a foreign land so far away from the ones you love. “It is not always so commonly known the day-to-day struggles men and women go through on deployments abroad”. He found that the one thing that took those feelings away for an ever so brief time was mail call. Anything from home, from a package to a letter, or something from someone else’s family, brought joy to everyone who received something.
On that deployment Jimmy wanted to do more, he wanted to give back and help others. On that ship he worked vigorously, through e-mail and using the minimal resources available to him, to form his own non-profit organization called Boots For Troops. His vision for Boots For Troops was to uplift and empower the overall morale and mental well-being of our deployed service men and women. With a bit of help stateside, he secured his Certificate of Formation by the state of Texas on June 3rd 2015, and soon after received its 501c(3) status from the IRS as a tax-exempt organization. In the first year of operations Mr. Rogers lead the fundraising and operating efforts at Boots For Troops. The organization raised over $100,000 in its first year, as a start-up. You may be asking why did he name the organization Boots For Troops? Here is the coolest part; each package includes a new pair of personal boots selected by the service member receiving the package. Jimmy wanted to put his own twist on the care package program, by sharing his love for cowboy boots with those who pay the costs for our freedom. Today Boots For Troops, with the help of staff, board members, volunteers, supporters and others is striving.
Life was not always easy for Jimmy. Prior to joining the Navy, Jimmy was not doing the best in a down economy. He felt like success would be hard to find. Mr. Rogers gives a lot of credit to his decision to join the United States Navy. “The Navy helped me grow as a man, become independent and believe in my abilities to do something great, and that’s what Boots For Troops is”.
Chris George and her husband, Shane own and operate Show Sports a 30 acre horse and bucking bull farm in Magnolia, TX. After a 35 year career showing and training hunters and jumpers all over the United States she is now a full time realtor. By owning and operating a horse farm Chris understands the upkeep and management of equine property and brings that expertise to the real estate world.
Chris founded along with Deitra Robertson, Texas Land Brokers Association in 2013. TLBN is a non-profit organization that is for land and ranch professionals to gather, network, exchange ideas, nurture marketing opportunities and educate like-minded real estate professionals in the Houston area. Currently Chris runs and is the secretary/treasurer for TLBN.
Chris’s area of expertise is equestrian properties, farm and ranch management, and staging farms/homes for resale. She has a strong work ethic, loyalty and attention to detail. She also is a Home Certified Marketing Specialist. REAL ESTATE -Member National Association of Realtors -Member Texas Association of Realtors -Member Houston Association of Realtors -Member Realtors Land Institute -Member Texas Land Brokers Network AFFILIATIONS -United States Equestrian Association (50 years) -United States Hunter Jumper Association
Tammie Reynolds is a native Texan; married 20 years, a proud mother of three grown children, and one amazing grandson. She loves to be involved in her community, enjoys volunteering, helping others and giving back. She has always tried to instill in her children the value of selfless giving, compassion, empathy, and how a simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. In early 2011, Tammie was diagnosed with early onset, stage one breast cancer. During that difficult time, her desire to help others and raise awareness of different causes grew even stronger. As of May 2012, she is a proud breast cancer survivor. Having two brothers that served in the United States Army, Tammie has always wholeheartedly supported the military, and wanted to find a way to give back to those who give it all.
Reid Cox is a former Soldier, Marine and Private Investigator with strong leadership skills. He has a degree in Business from Louisiana State University as well as a degree in Criminal Justice from Lamar University. Reid is now a Ranch Manger and family man who strongly believes in God, our country, and our freedom.
Taylor Polaniec has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston and is currently a Property Administrator for Trans western. Taylor started as a volunteer for Boots For Troops when the organization first formed. After helping raise over $20,000 for Boots For Troops in 2016, Taylor was approached by the Boots For Troops Board of Directors about joining the Board. Without hesitation Taylor seized the opportunity. Today Taylor is the youngest person to ever to join the board at the young age of 24.
Cara Johnson was born and raised in Texas. She currently lives in Montgomery with her husband and two step-sons who mean the world to her. One of the proudest days in Cara’s life was the day her oldest step-son graduated from boot camp and became a U.S. Marine. For over the last 27 years she has worked in the insurance industry in which she is currently a Vice President for an agency.
Cara was looking for an organization supporting the military that was different from all of the rest and that she believed in. She attended the first packing party held by Boots For Troops in 2016 and it was there she knew she had found the right organization for her to get involved with. Boots For Troops honored her Marine, Hunter, at the first annual Concert in the Country and Cara eagerly joined the Concert in the Country committee for it’s second year.
When asked to join the board in early 2018 Cara accepted without any hesitation. Cara’s experience in the insurance industry has provided her with training and knowledge in many areas that she is able to utilize while volunteering.
DANIEL J. KLINGER
Daniel Klinger has been involved with Boots for Troops since 2016. His introduction to the organization was being honored at the 1st annual Miss Boots for Troops event just prior to his most recent tour of duty in the Middle East. After returning from the tour Daniel was driven to becoome more involved in the organization by sitting on the committee for the 2nd annual Concert in the Country Event. He was extremely honored to be asked to sit on the Board.
Daniel Klinger enlisted in the United States Air Force out of Denver, CO in March 2006. Following Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB he attended Fuels Apprentice Course, Sheppard AFB and graduated in June 2006. TSgt Klinger’s first assignment was to Barksdale AFB, LA as a Fuels Operator, followed by an overseas tour to Eielson AFB, AK where he served as both a Fuels Operator and Fuels Laboratory Technician. During his 7 years of service in the active duty component TSgt Klinger participated in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, OPERATION NEW DAWN and JOINT TASK FORCE HORN OF AFRICA. TSgt Klinger transitioned to the Texas Air National Guard in 2013 where he was assigned to Ellington Field JRB and has participated in OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE and OPERATION FREEDOM SENTINEL.
Daniel Klinger’s civilian occupation is Network Products Manager for Rotork Controls. He has been married to his wife Elise for 10 and a half years, and has 3 children.
Boots For Troops is a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization dedicated to to uplift and empower the over-all morale and mental well-being of deployed service members defending our freedom.