WHO WE ARE
MISSION & HISTORY
Zero veteran suicides in Cochise County.
The Warrior Healing Center
The Warrior Healing Center (WHC) is a 501c3 organization started because of the need for coordinated services for Veterans in Sierra Vista, AZ. While there were many veterans and veteran-oriented organizations in the area, much of the leg work was put on veterans to find who did what and how to contact them. The WHC united over 50 partners under one roof so veterans can visit the center and easily find the help they need, such as getting VA disability rating increase, getting prepared meals, help with rent and utility payments, service animal pairing, and a variety of activity-based therapies.
The Warrior Healing Center also coordinates the Warrior Healing Project, which uses a veteran self-assessment of suicide risk and finds solutions for each individual. Suicide is a solution to hopelessness, so we find reasons to hope through programs administered by the WHP and our partners in the WHC.
WHP EIN: 84-4586158
CWHC EIN: 46-1453081
Board of Directors
Leslie Bryant started Hero P.A.W.S. with the vision and drive to assist fellow veteran and law enforcement personnel in training their own service dogs. A military and law enforcement veteran herself, she understands the effects of PTSD on our everyday lives. As a service dog handler and trainer, she is focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.
Stuart S. (Stu) Carter served in the USAF from January 1971 through January 2021. Enlisted for 9 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. In 1990/1991, then Captain Carter volunteered for and served in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He received a personally written commendation from General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Allied Forces Commander, as a result of his Desert Shield/Desert Storm activities. After 9-11, he served our nation again as an Air Force Civil Servant in Cairo, Egypt, for four years, then transferred to Army Civil Service and served at NETCOM, Ft Huachuca, as the Deputy G3 for Current Operations and retired as the Director, Strategic Indicatives and Congressional Affairs. He retired in 2015 and is credited with 45 years of Federal Service. He served as Vice Chairman, then Chairman, of the Greater Sierra Vista United Veterans Council from 2009 thru 2015 and as Co-chairman Ft Huachuca Retiree Council since 2011. He also served as Chairman for Sierra Vista’s Commission on Disability Issues; served as President of the local Air Force Association chapter for three years, then President of AFA Arizona for three years; was president of the Cochise Bicycle Advocates for five years; founded the USAF Cycling Team, founded the Sky Island Tour in 2016 to raise funds for NAMI SEAZ; co-founded the El Tour De ZONA 2022; serves on the Warrior Healing Center BOD; and is the founder, CEO & President of VeloVets Sierra Vista since 2017.
Bio & photo coming soon.
Catherine Goodman, RN
President • Director of the Warrior Healing Center
Catherine Goodman enjoys taking the road less traveled and is currently following that road in tandem with Tim Kirk, which led her to Sierra Vista and the Warrior Healing Center. Cathie studied Communications and Spanish at Michigan State University before working for a non-profit organization in New York City from 2000-2004. She then moved to Phoenix and accepted a job on a cruise ship before returning to school for a nursing degree at Arizona State University. She worked on the hospital floor as an RN until 2011, when she crossed over to the dark side of Information Technology. Cathie worked as a contractor helping healthcare systems configure and implement electronic medical record systems for several years before changing gears to direct the Warrior Healing Center in 2018.
Working closely with veterans has been a learning experience that has opened Cathie's eyes to the realities faced by those who have served. As a civilian who understands how easy it is to take such things for granted, including the care of those who have served our country, Cathie is passionate about honoring those who serve.
Dr. Timothy Kirk
Chairman of the Board • Treasurer
Dr. Tim Kirk, Colonel, US Air Force (Ret), graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. His Air Force service included seven tours of command duties, multiple combat tours of duty, including two continuous years in Afghanistan, where he led over 300 outside-the-wire missions, and a tour at Osan AB, Korea, where he earned 7th Air Force's top officer honors for his A-10 "Warthog" combat generation efforts. He led missions in Africa supporting America's response to the 2012 Benghazi attack, led the air logistics mission for the French counter-insurgency in Mali, and served as the J-4 on a named Presidential AFRICOM Joint Task Force. He also served as the lead speechwriter for two Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and later for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ADM Mike Mullen. He earned his Masters in Logistics Management from The Air Force Institute of Technology and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Military Strategy from Air University's School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. He retired in 2014 and returned to Afghanistan to teach tactics until 2016, when he relocated to Sierra Vista to become a Department of the Army Civilian at Fort Huachuca. He left the civil service in 2018 to found the Warrior Healing Center.
Thomas M. (Tom) Reardon was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and educated in the D.C. public school system. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Tom is a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 (Counterintelligence Technician). His military postings included the Pentagon (two tours); Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE); Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV); Fort Huachuca; and the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized). Following his active-duty service, Tom was employed by a minority-owned local Defense contractor. He later was a Federal employee and served at Fort Huachuca at the Intelligence Center and School and the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). Tom retired from Federal service in 2008 as a GS-14 (Supervisory Intelligence Specialist).
Tom’s activities in the Sierra Vista Community have supported numerous boards, commissions, and committees. He served briefly as the Chair of the City of Sierra Vista Planning and Zoning Commission until he was appointed to the Sierra Vista City Council in 2007 to fill a vacancy. He served on the City Council until 2014. Tom was also active in the National League of Cities (NLC) during this time. He served as the first Chair of the NLC Military Community Committee. Other organizations focusing on Veteran affairs, polio eradication, mental health, prevention of homelessness, assisted reentry of men and women returning from prison, and local economic development have received support from Tom. Tom is married to Barbara, and their son Gregg resides in San Francisco, California.
Bio & photo coming soon.
Phyllis Stroud has been a volunteer in one way or another most of her life, many of those volunteer hours spent to assist active duty military, retirees, and their family members. Volunteering time to help our Veterans and their families is a passion of hers. A proud Army wife, she assisted in the organization and implementation of the 18th Airborne Corp’s Family Support Plan Groups in 1986-87. Phyllis received an Army Accommodation Medal as a Civilian Volunteer in Yongsan, Korea for Initiating an Army Spouse Dental Assistant Training Program at the 121 Evac Hospital.
Locally, Phyllis owned and operated a mortgage broker business in Sierra Vista from 1998 to 2019. She assisted veterans in the restoration of their VA Home Loan Benefits and assisted surviving spouses. Phyllis also volunteers with the Real Wishes Foundation 501 C (3) where she's been since 2008 and currently serves as vice president.
Bio & photo coming soon.
Beth Hill Weathers
Secretary • Chief of Veteran Assistance Operations
Beth Weathers studied Social Work at Harding University. She served as a mental health technician at Clearview Psychiatric Hospital, trained in crisis intervention strategies. She is certified in Kinship Care and has experience in the adoption, nurturing, and mental health recovery of severely abused children in crisis for 14 years. A veteran spouse of 6 Combat Tours, combat wounded twice, Purple Heart, Oak leaf Cluster, Beth is experienced in the daily challenges presented by invisible injuries, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury. She is a trained, paid tier 1 caregiver with the Veterans Administration, an Easter Seals certified veteran caregiver and a caregiver of Wounded Warrior. She has been a strong advocate for the mentally ill since 2010 and has worked closely with children struggling with PTSD.
Beth has two children and four grandsons. She volunteers energetically in Sierra Vista as an associate member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 572, a caregiver coordinator for the non-profit Purple Heart Cruise, and a Hearts of Valor Member. She holds a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) certification with FEMA. Beth jumped aboard enthusiastically to spend her spare time as Outreach Director for Civil Vision International; she is a mighty force as we work tirelessly to stand up the Warrior Healing Center.