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.
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.
2019 represents a privilege for Barbara Selldin to become a board of director member for Boots for Troops. Barbara is passionate about this cause as her son served in the military during Desert Storm with the 1st. Cavalry Division and the 1st Mountaineer Division serving 13 years. During this time Barbara founded “Operation We Care” and sent 1500 care packages to troops deployed in Iraq. Her son returned home but suffered from severe PTSD and passed away in 2011.
Barbara views serving as a gift and has been given the gift of not only serving Boots for Troops but also in past leadership roles such as Board of Directors for Hearthstone Country Club for 3 years. She was secretary for 2 years and president for 3 years for Hearthstone Women’s Golf Association.
Barbara is a native Houstonian and has been married to Glenn Selldin for 35 years. They share 5 grandchildren and 41/2 great grandchildren.
Nikki Hart-Lacey has dedicated her 26-year career to Advertising & Marketing, Sales Training & Development and Special Event Production primarily focused in the Healthcare & Automotive Industry. As a business owner for over 10 years before joining Reed Family Enterprises as Special Project Manager to Randall Reed, she developed strong relationships in the Houston, Dallas & Tennessee markets. Through a can-do approach, she built a talented team of professionals with a proven record of effectively promoting a variety of brands across several states. By creating awareness through branding and action campaigns, her advertising agency delivered the clients’ message in a creative manner that was noticed, remembered and drove results.
In addition to media, her agency also successfully facilitated the production of on-site multi-faceted events to showcase client’s products & services and bring like-minded enthusiasts together. Through relationships and creativity, she and her team were known to bring simplistic synergy to the table and incorporate area businesses to cross promote and support similar initiatives for local charities.
Mrs. Hart- Lacey has been privileged to work with some of the top philanthropists, athletes and local celebrities in Houston to raise awareness and benefit a multitude of charities. She was acknowledged for her passion to give back to others and in 2014, humbly accepted recognition as an award recipient of the Top 30 Influential Women in Houston. Operation Salute Our Troops named her the Sponsor of the Year in 2011 for her hard work and dedication to their organization.
Hart-Lacey’s vast knowledge and experience buying and placing advertising in Radio, TV, Print, Billboard and Social Media have proven to be a success for the past decade however, her true passion is to assist others to see their unique value and help them achieve more than they ever dreamed or imagined.
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.