Janis Roznowski is the Founder and Executive Director of Operation Comfort. Janis was a flight attendant for American Airlines and on March 18, 2003, when she began flying Soldiers and Marines in and out of Kuwait City. Seeing Soldiers and Marines going into combat had a profound effect on her. Little did she realize that like them, she too had joined up, just in a different capacity. In August 2003, feeling a deep responsibility towards the incredibly brave men and women who serve our great nation, Janis began visiting the wounded at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Several months later she realized they were being transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas, only two hours from her home in Austin and so she began visiting them at BAMC. In 2004 Janis founded Operation Comfort to support wounded, ill and injured Service Members and their families recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center and Audie Murphy VA Hospital. Since 2004 programs offered have included emergency family financial assistance, adaptive sports such as cycling, sled hockey, equine therapy, skiing, swimming, surfing, softball, fishing, rafting, woodworking and a program called Automotivation where the wounded can learn automotive repair and restoration as well as welding. Realizing she had no time to fly, Janis retired from American Airlines in 2007.
My name is Jennifer Cooper Weatherford and I have been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) for 6 years. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science, minor in Psychology and my Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Services: Therapeutic Recreation. I have had the honor of providing adapted sport and recreation programs to the wounded, ill and injured service members and their families since I began my career. I worked with the United States Paralympic Military Program as the San Antonio Adapted Sports Coordinator from 2010-2013 then Armed Forces Services Corporation as the San Antonio Military Adapted Sports Program Coordinator from August of 2013-December of 2015. I am very blessed to have a job that I love so much as well as amazing family and friends. I live in Spring Branch with my wonderful husband and am a proud mom to a baby boy.
I joined the Operation Comfort team in January of 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. Previous to that, I worked for several years for the Straus Frank Company in the Credit Department as an Administrative Assistant. In 2003 Straus Frank was bought out by General Parts Incorporated, and at that time I was promoted to Assistant Credit Manager until December of 2011. I am married to my wonderful husband Bruce and have a beautiful daughter, they are both the light of my life. I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy the outdoors and would rather be outside than in. I love to hike and to work in my yard with planting flowers, etc.