Board of Trustees and Staff


JUDY WEAVER

Founder, Director of Education

JUDY WEAVER

It is Judy's vision that created Connected Warriors, Inc.. Judy is widely recognized for her expertise and knowledge of yoga and other mind/body disciplines, regularly conducting 200 and 500 hour certified yoga teacher training classes, facilitating workshops and lecturing on the college and university level. As Director of Education, she is responsible for the content of the yoga classes taught by Connected Warriors, Inc.; establishing a program functional, safe and enjoyable for all levels of ability and physicality, and focused on addressing the issues that military personnel face. Additionally, Judy directs the training of new yoga teachers joining the program; having developed a curriculum based on the latest scientific and psychological research available for yoga as a healing modality for traumatic stress. Judy was appointed to Yoga Alliance's Schools and Studios Advisory Board in 2012.

DAVID FRANKEL, JD.

Co-Founder, Past Executive Director. ERYT

DAVID FRANKEL JD.

David is an attorney and spent 22 years as a prosecutor with the Florida States Attorney's Office. As a senior trial attorney he was responsible for many high profile and complex cases. Currently he is in private practice in South Florida specializing in the areas of criminal law and civil rights. David was instrumental in the founding of Connected Warriors, Inc., and in addition to his role as a member of the Board of Directors, acts as legal counsel. His first yoga teacher was his grandmother and he has been a certified yoga teacher since 2003. David's passion and intention to help the men and women of our military comes from a very simple belief in the power of selfless service.

ODETTE ARTIME

RYT HHC

ODETTE ARTIME

Odette has 20 years of experience in non-profit development and administration, as well as publishing, the arts and historic redevelopment. She has served on the Board of Directors of Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut and founded the non-profit Yaxche Learning Center in Taos, New Mexico, as well as the Milagro Center, in Delray Beach, Florida to serve at-risk minorities and youth. Her passion is supporting and empowering individuals to gain their physical health, improve their quality of life and reach their personal goals as a yoga teacher, holistic health counselor, reiki master and certified living foods chef. She is a partner in Illuminated Star Productions which hosts nationally recognized health and wellness educators in local communities, and created Organic Soul, an online presence offering health tips, individual health counseling, lectures and group programs.

LT. COMMANDER KENNETH BINGHAM

MBA., U.S.N. (Ret)

LT. COMMANDER KENNETH BINGHAM

Ken is currently the Director of the ROTCJ Program at Boca Raton Community High School. Founding the program in 1994 with 39 Cadets and with his efforts, the enrollment has grown to over 320 Cadets. The unit has won the top award as the Naval Service Training Command Distinguished Unit for the past 19 years. He has served several distinguished tours with the Navy such as Operations Test Director for the F-14 Tomcat. He provides Connected Warriors, Inc. with invaluable experience and knowledge of the military.

NICK SADOWSKY CMP

Board Member

NICK SADOWSKY CMP

Nick is a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for Constellation Private Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services. He has extensive knowledge of restricted securities, liability planning and estate planning for private and public companies. He has guided numerous entrepreneurs in both debt and equity financing over the past decade. He has been awarded the Certified Portfolio Manager Designation by The Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers at Columbia University, which designates an expertise in technical and quantitative analysis. He has authored a range of papers on the topics of behavioral finance and relative strength investing. A graduate from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics. He also serves on the Board of Economics Development in Delray Beach, Florida and is a Trustee for The Department of Neurology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

JEFFREY WEAVER

U.S. Air Force

JEFFREY WEAVER

Jeffrey is an Air Force Veteran who is actively involved with today's Armed Forces and NASA Robotics Program. He is a well known wireless engineering consultant for tactical and strategic communications networks, currently working for Aruba Networks. He recently spent time in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, supporting a Marine deployment. He provides timely Armed Forces perspectives and contacts resulting from his commercial endeavors. Jeffrey is instrumental in advising the Board of Directors on growth with Connected Warriors, Inc., and assisting the organization achieve its mission.

GENERAL WILLIAM MERCURIO

US ARMY (RETIRED)

GENERAL WILLIAM MERCURIO

Bill resides in Fort Lauderdale with his best friends Evelyn and Jake (black lab). He is father to Nicole, a veterinarian surgeon in New York and Marcus, the COO of Eastland Electronics in New York. Bill’s favorite charities include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Make-A-Wish Fund, USO, Disabled American Veterans, VFW and now Connected Warriors, Inc.. Bill was President, Eastland Electronics Co., Inc, Ronkonkoma, NY. An electronics contract manufacturer with offices in New York and Hong Kong and manufacturing facilities in Dongguan, China. CEO, Security Optics, LLC, NJ. Designer/developer, manufacturer and marketer of technologically advanced Wearable Body Cameras for Law Enforcement and other market areas. US Army Major General (Retired). Service in Thailand, Europe, Viet Nam in staff and command positions in a Combat Engineer Battalion, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait & Iraq in Desert Storm as commander of a Logistics headquarters, the Pentagon in the Deputy Chief of staff – Logistics office and US Atlantic Command, Norfolk, VA as Deputy Commander-in-Chief.

Dr. PATRICIA LILLIS, Colonel, US Army (Ret.)

Board Member

Dr. PATRICIA LILLIS, Colonel, US Army (Ret.)

Dr. (COL, ret USA) Patricia Lillis is an oncologist and clinician researcher at Marshfield Clinic Cancer Center in Stevens Point Wisconsin. Prior to that she served 32 years on Active Duty with the US Army were she also practiced medicine and clinical research. She authored numerous peer reviewed papers, textbook chapters and had multiple assignments at teaching programs in Major Medical Centers as she holds three medical Board Certifications as well as two Master’s degrees. Operationally, Dr. Lillis had extensive command experience eventually deploying to Iraq as a medical commander in active combat operations. For many military awards include among others the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. After returning home from overseas Dr. (Col.) Lillis was assigned to Walter Reed Military Medical Center and the Army Surgeon General’s office in Washington DC. There she played a major role in the Army Surgeon General’s Pain Task Force that introduced yoga, meditation, acupuncture and other integrative modalities into DoD hospitals and the VA system. Dr. Lillis has also published and participated in research studies in various modalities Integrative Medicine. A strong proponent of “walking the walk” Dr. Lillis uses these modalities in her own medical practice as well as personally. She is a yoga teacher and an “E-RYT” with the Yoga alliance and has been certified at the 500 hour level. Her main training has been with the Kripalu lineage although her many teachers and many more hours of formal and informal study have been from numerous yoga schools. Dr. Lillis is also a Co-founder of Warriors at Ease and was their first president.

BOB TRUCKENMILLER, Treasurer/ CFO, US Army (Ret.)

Board Member

BOB TRUCKENMILLER, Treasurer/ CFO, US Army (Ret.)

Robert Austin Truckenmiller was born the youngest of eight children in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in the shadow of Ft. Mc Henry.
Bob was drafted but then enlisted in the U.S. Army to attend Officer Candidate School in Lawton, Oklahoma. While serving as a Forward Observer in Viet Nam he received a gunshot wound that resulted in permanent nerve damage. He earned a Purple Heart and permanent retirement on a medical discharge.

Bob graduated from the University of Baltimore, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.S. in Accounting and then a MBA in Business Administration.

He was first employed as an auditor with Arthur Young, then Ernst and Ernst, CPA’s. He then accepted a position as Director of Budgeting and Cost Accounting with the University of Maryland. Ten years later, He accepted a Controller position in Richmond, Va. And then was recruited as Chief Financial Officer for Jupiter Medical Center. He held this position for almost ten years and then was hired by Royale Healthcare, a small hospital management company. For the next ten years, I worked as CFO for Royale at several hospitals (in Jasper Indiana, Orlando Florida, Houston Texas and Los Angeles). His specialty was to help financially distressed hospitals to remain solvent. He semi-retired in 2002 because of health reasons but soon accepted a position as CFO/COO of the Council on Aging in Stuart, Florida. He retired in 2010. Since then, he has volunteered at several agencies including the United Way, AARP, Florida State Park System and the VFW.

Over the years, Bob has served on several Boards of small not for profits and I have been a member of the Kiwanis, the Rotary, and the Knights of Columbus, serving as Financial Secretary for each of these organizations. He is a life member of The Disabled Veterans, The Society for Purple Heart and the VFW.
He has been practicing Yoga with the Connected Warrior program for almost five years and is willing to give testimony to anyone that will listen that this program works.

KIP SPEYER

Board Member

KIP SPEYER

Bio coming soon...

KEITH O'DONNELL

Board Member

KEITH O'DONNELL

During the past 35 years, Keith O’Donnell has established himself as one of the top commercial real estate specialists in the southeast United States. In October 2012, Mr. O’Donnell joined Avison Young, as a Principal, along with 30 former Codina/Flagler Real Estate Services executives and employees. Avison Young has now grown to almost 80 offices in North America and Europe. Prior to Avison Young, Mr. O’Donnell served as an Executive Development and Marketing Officer for Arvida Development and was Senior Managing Director of Codina/Flagler Real Estate Services for 20 years, where he managed a team of commercial asset specialists whose mission was to design and execute value enhancing real estate activities for national and international clients. Mr. O’Donnell has been responsible for over $6 billion of transactions during the past 20 years including several notable regional transactions. These transactions include the new 635,000-square-foot Build-to-Suit for Office Depot’s Global Headquarters and subsequent sale; a 310,000-square-foot headquarters for NCCI; repositioning and sale of Mizner Park, an 825,000-square-foot mixed-use complex on behalf of TIAA-CREF; redevelopment of Palmetto Park Place, a 9-acre mixed-use project in Downtown Boca Raton; transaction and advisory services for the Research Park at FAU and over 3.5 million square feet of business park transactions for IBM and Siemens throughout the Southeast United States. Other notable projects and clients include Lynn University and Lynn Financial Center. Current projects include the 1.5 billion dollar 72-acre Metropica project in Sunrise and repositioning the 43-acre former Office Depot Campus in Delray Beach. Mr. O’Donnell currently serves on the Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Board of Trustees and Foundation as a Board Member.

Board of Administrators

Judy Weaver, Founder,  Director of Education and Operations
David Frankel, Legal Counsel
Linda Citron, Corporate Secretary

Contact us at: info@www.connectedwarriors.org

Military Advisory Board

Lt. Commander Kenneth Bingham,  US Navy
Command Sergeant Major Tom Sheridan, US Army
Kathy O. Rogers, US Army (Ret)

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Don Stewart