our leadership team

Two locations 

3536 W. Wallen Rd. Fort Wayne, Indiana



413 Rutherford Ln. Columbia, Tennessee 

John Thayer


John grew up in Florida and now lives in North Carolina. He has four children and one more on the way. John's family has a long history of military service as well as many friends who have served, and he wants to be a part of helping those who have given so much.


Phil Mooney


Phil is an 18 year veteran E6 retired Staff Sergeant with 3 years active duty Navy and 15 years with the Indiana National Guard accumulating over 12 years total active service time. He was medically retired from active duty in June of 2012 where he served 2 years as a Warrior Transition Unit Cadre assisting wounded soldiers returning from battle. Phil is currently seeking a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Indiana Tech through the Vocational Rehab program. 

Malachias Gaskin

Noah Jimenez


Noah is a 3.5 year Army veteran and was medically retired. He now serves as the Middle TN Outreach Resource Manager for Warfighter Gardens. Noah lead the Nashville chapter of Guitars for Vets and teaches guitar lessons to Veterans who want to learn. 

mission & vision

To provide no cost raised bed gardens for Veterans, Law enforcement, Fire, First Responders and their families to use as self-therapy for PTSD.  And provide them with  help to transition to different mediums. 

volunteering

All members of Warfigher Gardens are volunteer non-paid positions. It is an opportunity to give back to those who have given so much for us.

Mike Nelson


A 17 Year Army veteran having served in the 82nd Airborne Division and the Indiana Army National Guard. Mike deployed in support of OIF I. Mike heads up the Fort Wayne Chapter of Warfigher Gardens and has been a huge inspiration to Malachias through the years. 

Our founders

Tony Tracey


Tony is a devout Christian and believes in helping others. He has worked for Lincoln Financial Group for the past 25 years and has 35 years of customer service.

In 2011 I went to my therapist and was discussing everything that had happened over the previous few weeks. I posed this question:
“Every few weeks I come and talk and talk and you listen. But it never feels like I accomplish anything other than talking. Aren’t you supposed to recommend things for me to try in between visits?" " I don't know,Get a dog” or “start a garden” was her response. This was the beginning of my book A Warrior's Garden and ultimately the start of  Warfighter Gardens.

Walter Crews


​Walter Crews was an SSG in the Army from 1991-2008 when he was medically retired. Walter was a Psychiatric Specialist and became a Mental Health Specialist. He deployed to Bosnia in 1996 as part of Operation Joint Endeavor and to Nairobi, Kenya for critical incident stress debriefing after the Embassy bombing.  He has worked alongside Horticulture Therapists in the Department of Psychiatry at WRAMC.


Edward Vento


Edward is a Marine and veteran of the war in Somalia. Edward has been a mentor to Malachias and a great friend.