Meet The Team
Founded by those with like minds. Steering WarriorWOD towards an impactful future.
Executive Director, WarriorWOD
Phil Palmer is a Marine Corps Veteran who deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom numerous times where he received a Purple Heart and 2 Commendation Medals with Valor.
Phil was Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps in 2013 and was diagnosed with PTSD along with a TBI.
Following in multiple family members’ footsteps, Matt joined the US Army Reserve in 2013 and is still an active member of the Army Reserve, as well as a defense contractor.
He found a passion for exercise and fitness early on in his career and has since made it an integral part of his life. He has always wanted to motivate people to be better than they were yesterday and wants to continue to inspire and contribute in a bigger way.
Commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1977, Joseph Shusko has dedicated his life to taking care of Marines.
In August of 2003 he assumed command of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence (MACE) overseeing the Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). In 2016, he was selected by the Commandant to start the Force Fitness Instructor Program. He retired in July of 2019 after 44 years of faithful service.
Tessa is extremely proud of her family’s history and service in the United States Military. Her father served in Vietnam, two grandfathers served in WW2, as well as having multiple family members currently serving under the Air Force. Her husband, Phil, is another source of pride for her through his past service, as well as his continued dedication to helping fellow veterans.
Tessa currently works in the fitness industry. She sees daily how fitness impacts people’s lives. This is especially true to those who suffer from mental and physical wounds.
Justin Riccio is an Outreach Pastor at a Local Church plant called Awaken Church. Justin and his Church helps out Local non profits and many more people with in the community.
In 2013 Justin became sober from drugs and alcohol after 12 years of addiction and used fitness to help cope with his addiction.
Blake Woolwine is the Director of Marketing at How 2 Media, an award winning digital marketing and video production agency based out of Boynton Beach, Florida.
Moving was a part of life while growing up. My father served as a Lieutenant Colonel for 35 years in the United States Airforce. New towns, accents, and people came with the territory of being a military kid. And while I was not always fond of bouncing around, it afforded me with perspective.
In each town I met brave service members who inspired me. Men and women who dedicated their lives and gave sacrificially for our country and the freedoms we enjoy. Yet these sacrifices often came with a price that was not always a visible exchange. Wounds that penetrated deeper than the skin and into the minds of our service members and veterans who have endured great trauma. It is for these men and women who have not stopped fighting—this time with mental health—that I am inspired to make a difference with mental health.
Believing in the mental and physical benefits of fitness- as well as the community connections - Courtney jumped at the chance to contribute to the mission of WarriorWOD. She is passionate about access to mental health care and substance abuse treatment. Her past grant writing and community relations experience will help guide our programs.
Military support and respect was instilled in her at a young age. Courtney's husband, father, uncle, cousins and father-in-law are all veterans - so she has seen first hand how veterans need outlets, care, and the support of other veterans to thrive. She currently works in content strategy and marketing in Charleston, SC, with her husband and two dogs.