Ken Falke, Founder & Chairman
Mr. Falke is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community and retired Master Chief Petty Officer. Ken is highly respected around the world as an innovative and forward thinking leader on the subjects of wounded warrior care, military and veteran transition, counterterrorism, military training, and innovative technology development.
Ken’s passion is taking care of his fellow combat veterans and their family members, and he is chairman and founder of Boulder Crest, an organization focused on the teachings of posttraumatic growth, and the EOD Warrior Foundation. Ken spends the majority of his time educating the public and private sectors on the issues surrounding the long-term care of our returning military personnel and their families from the last 16 years of war. As part of this effort, Ken authored Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma.
Ken is a serial entrepreneur. He was the Founder and CEO of A-T Solutions, which is a recognized international expert and valuable global asset in combating the war on terrorism. At the forefront of providing training and consulting services in the Anti- and Counter-Terrorism industry, A-T Solutions was named four consecutive years to the Annual Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. Also recognized in Entrepreneur Magazines’ Hot 500 List, the Washington Technology “Fast 50”, Smart CEO’s “Future 50”, and the winner of the very prestigious Greater Washington Area Government Contractor Award in the category of companies $75M-$100M. In 2010, Ken was named as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Fredericksburg, Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce and selected as a finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.
Ken also founded Shoulder 2 Shoulder, Inc. a multimedia technology company and prior to selling his share of the company, he served as the CEO for six years.
Ken is married to Julia Falke (for the last 35 years) and has two daughters Gennavieve (29) and Rhian (24). Ken’ daughter Genna is married to Brayden Keller. Ken and Julia are grandparents to Troy, Riley, Cameron, and Gwendolyn.
Prior to Ken’s professional career, he was an avid hockey player and struggling student that barely graduated high school.
Sarah Fehrer, Vice President
Sarah Fehrer serves as Vice President reporting to Boulder Crest’s Founder and Chairman. Sarah joined Boulder Crest in November 2011 to lead the capital campaign to establish Boulder Crest. Under her leadership, the organization has experienced record breaking growth and today is a successful $5 million annual operating budget and nationally known for its programs and services.
To date, Sarah has led the organization in achieving more than $100 million in revenue and managed the grand openings of Boulder Crest Retreat Virginia (2013), Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona (2017), and the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth (2018). She oversees Boulder Crest’s day-to-day external affairs, private sector partnerships, development and fundraising, grants and special events work, social media, donor communications, and volunteer outreach for the organization’s 2,000 volunteer base. Sarah has nearly 30 years of experience spanning the non-profit, association, public, public-private, and political sectors. She brings a unique, and blended approach having served in leadership roles at nationally known organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Manufacturing Institute, and her early work at three of the top five national political party committees. Her background includes noteworthy international work, special events, and government experience for the 1992 World Exposition in Seville, Spain and the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations. Sarah has had the pleasure of serving in the White House during two presidential administrations.Sarah has a special appreciation for Boulder Crest’s mission, having come from a family comprised of many veterans and grown up in a small town in upstate New York. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University and resides in Catharpin, Virginia, with her husband and two children.
Margaret Mulderry, Controller
Margaret comes to us with over 25 years of accounting, financial analysis and management experience. She has worked in a variety of industries for both the public and private sectors, and over the past 10 years focusing on non-profits. Her expertise includes managing the full accounting function, audit, treasury, planning and financial reporting. She has helped organizations enhance and build the accounting function from the ground up, including start-ups. She enjoys implementing processes and controls that align operations and accounting in accordance with GAAP resulting in efficiencies and enhanced reporting; as well as problem- solving, cost cutting measures, leadership and staff mentoring. Margaret has been a valued partner to executive leadership and operational teams throughout her career, providing hands on accounting support as well as high level financial reporting and analysis. She received her Bachelors in Accounting from the Catholic University of America and earned her CPA license from the State of Maryland.
Lynnette Swanson, Senior Office Administrator
Lynnette is a proud Pittsburgh native, who has had the opportunity to live all over America alongside her husband, a Marine for 22 years. She joined the Boulder Crest team in January 2012. Lynnette is strongly committed to our mission, and feels fortunate to have the opportunity to serve a community with which she is so familiar and has so much respect and admiration for. A Marine wife through and through, Lynnette provides the highest performance standards within a diverse range of administrative duties supporting executive staff members in various fields, including contract and grant submission. She is also responsible for accounts payable and receivable functions. Lynnette attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying Criminal Justice.
Lynnette currently resides in Loudoun County, with her husband.
Angela Reamer, Assistant Development Director
Angela serves Boulder Crest as Development Officer. Prior to joining Boulder Crest, Angela served other non-profits within Washington, D.C. in a variety of capacities. Her duties included donor relations, database management, and event planning. Her focus is to continue building relationships with those who share the same passion for various causes, military and veteran wellness remaining at the forefront. Most of her experience comes from time spent with local non-profits, political fundraising, and working on national and state campaigns since her graduation in 2011. Angela is passionate about helping others, making a difference, and leaving this world with a positive impact.
Angela has lived in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia (DC Metropolitan area) for most of her life, and remains a proud West Virginia native. In her free time, she loves to explore new wineries and happenings in the Northern Virginia area, outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.
Anna Slaten, Development Coordinator
Anna joined the Boulder Crest Retreat Foundation team as a Development Coordinator in April 2019. Anna has a background in event planning and the non-profit sector, bringing four years of program management, fundraising, volunteer coordination, and community outreach to the team.
Anna is a graduate of Frostburg State University where she received a BA in Community Development and Urban Agriculture and a minor in Ethnobotany. With her collegiate event experience and her history working in social events for two years Anna will make a great fit to the development team.
Having been raised by parents deeply involved in the non-profit sector, as well as having a father who served as a first responder during the 9/11 attacks in NYC, Anna grew a passion for community and giving back at a young age. Along with that passion she developed a deep respect for the men and women serving our nation’s armed forces. She is happy to be back within the non-profit world. Anna is thrilled to be a part of the Boulder Crest team and to support the mission.
Anna is happily settled in Loudoun County, even though she remains a Marylander at heart. In her free time, she teaches indoor cycling classes, loves any chance to get outdoors, and is enjoying getting to know the Northern Virginia area better.
Josh Goldberg, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Josh was named the Executive Director of the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth in January 2018. In this role, Josh is responsible for leading the development and delivery of training, technology, research and evaluation, and social and policy changes solutions based on the science of Posttraumatic Growth. This includes efforts to scale Boulder Crest's breakthrough Warrior PATHH and Family PATHH programs.
Josh joined Boulder Crest in June 2014 and served as the organization's Director of Strategy until the end of 2017. In this role, Josh was responsible for the development of strategy - ranging from marketing, communications and strategic partnerships to program delivery and follow-on support. Josh led Boulder Crest's efforts to develop the nation's first comprehensive, non-clinical curriculum for Post-Traumatic Growth, based on our breakthrough Warrior PATHH program, and is the author of four books: the Warrior PATHH Instructor Guide, Warrior PATHH Student Guide,Warrior PATHH Journal, and A Warrior's Journey. Josh, along with Boulder Crest's Founder and Chairman, Ken Falke, wrote Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma.
In 2017, Josh was named as one of 60 Presidential Leadership Scholars. Established by the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson, the Presidential Leadership Scholar program is an innovative leadership program designed to ensure that scholars have the opportunity to succeed in creating and executing meaningful and impactful leadership projects in communities across the nation.
Prior to joining Boulder Crest, Josh worked as a communications executive at ExxonMobil's Dallas headquarters from 2006-2011, and was an entrepreneur-in-residence at 2M Companies. During his time at 2M, Josh began advising several non-profit organizations supporting veterans, with a specific focus on PTSD. After volunteering for a number of months, and in recognition of the remarkable strength, capacity and potential of the men and women of the U.S. military and first responder community, Josh decided to dedicate his life to ensuring that service members, veterans, first responders and their families had the opportunity to live the great lives they deserved – full of passion, purpose and service – here at home.
Dr. Richard Tedeschi, Distinguished Chair
Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Professor Emeritus at UNC Charlotte. He was on the core faculty for 42 years, and retired in June 2018. Dr. Tedeschi has published numerous articles and books on the concept of posttraumatic growth that he helped to develop. He serves as media consultant on trauma for the American Psychological Association and is a Fellow of the Division of Trauma Psychology and has provided presentations and training on trauma for the U.S. Army, and many professional organizations, clinics, and educational institutions.
Dr. Bret Moore, Vice Chair
Dr. Bret A. Moore is a prescribing psychologist and board-certified clinical psychologist in San Antonio, Texas. He is a former active duty Army psychologist and two-tour veteran of Iraq. He is the author and editor of 22 books including Transformed by Trauma, Treating PTSD in Military Personnel: A Clinical Handbook, The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook, Wheels Down: Adjusting to Life after Deployment, and Taking Control of Anxiety: Small Steps for Overcoming Worry, Stress, and Fear. He has written over 200 book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, and popular press articles to include features for Scientific American Mind, The New Republic, and Military Times. Dr. Moore is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Psychological Association. He is the recipient of the Charles S. Gersoni and Arthur W. Melton awards in military psychology from Division 19 (Society for Military Psychology), the Peter J. N. Linnerooth National Service and Early Career Achievement awards in Public Service Psychology from Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) and Educator of the Year from Division 55 (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy) of the American Psychological Association. His views on clinical and military psychology have been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, National Geographic, and The Boston Globe, and on CNN and Fox News. He has appeared on NPR, the BBC, and CBC.
Greg Morin (aka Coach), Director of Training
Coach is a championship coach and motivator, focused on unlocking the potential that resides within our nation’s combat veterans and their family members. He joined Boulder Crest as Director of Programs in June 2016, after having participated in the development and delivery of Warrior PATHH for 13 months. Coach was appointed to the Director of Training position at the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth in January 2018.
Prior to joining BCR, Coach spent seven years with NASCAR’s most dominant organization, Hendrick Motorsports, where he coordinated, directed, inspired and taught pit crew preparation, training and choreography for drivers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
During that time, Coach, and the crews he coached, built a staggering resume. He was a part of four Sprint Cup championships with Johnson’s No. 48 team, while winning two Daytona 500s, three Brickyard 400s and is the only coach in the sport’s highest series to win two MVP Pit Crew of the Year awards.
Prior to joining Hendrick, Coach spent three years as Head Coach and Director of Motorsports for the Performance Instruction and Training (PIT) institute, training students to become potential NASCAR pit crewmembers.
While Coach greatly enjoyed his time in Nascar, and was highly successful, he chose to begin serving our nation’s combat veterans and their families because of what this community stands for. He eats, breathes, sleeps and dreams coaching. As a coach the biggest win and reward is to see your players grow, achieve succeed and then serve out of the desire to live a life of significance. A life that educates, inspires and leads others to their own greatness. He coaches because he wants his kids to have a legacy to grow up with and carry on, a legacy built on courage, discipline, sacrifice and service. Everything the men and women he gets to serve with and for stand for.
Anna Kavanaugh, Content Manager
Anna is a hard-core Boston native, who married an Army EOD Technician in 2010 and never looked back. She had the opportunity to live in Germany, Alabama, Florida and now Virginia, all while following her husband’s career. She was fortunate enough to make life-long friends as a military spouse that she's still very close with.
Anna is extremely passionate about writing and veterans, which makes her a great fit as Boulder Crest Institute’s Content Manager. A 2009 Emerson Journalism graduate, Anna has always immersed herself in the written word and social media channels. She is extremely passionate about our mission and wants to make sure veterans know about this program and can get the help they need.
Prior to joining BCR in July 2018, Anna spent her time freelancing from home while raising her two daughters, Emily and Elena. She recently moved to the Winchester area from her hometown of Boston and has previously worked as a reporter/editorial assistant for the Bay Beacon in Niceville, FL, and freelanced.
You can find Anna on the weekends hanging out with her family, while meeting new people and exploring everything Virginia has to offer.
Jeff Kinman, Program & Research Analyst
Jeff is an Air Force veteran with 9 years of enlisted experience as a Signals Intelligence Analyst. After departing the military, Jeff moved to the Northern Virginia area with his wife and two children where he worked as a federal contractor supporting a national intelligence agency as a targeting analyst focused on counterterrorism operations. When not working, Jeff is likely busy fulfilling his responsibilities as a member of the Board of Directors for the Loudoun County Disc Golf Club, a Virginia 501(c)(3) dedicated to growing the sport of disc golf in Loudoun County.
Jeff have a life-long obsession with analytics, specifically understanding the relationships between disparate pieces of information, both from a purely statistical point of reference and from a qualitative “why?” perspective. Jeff is beyond excited to be a member of the Boulder Crest Institute Team where he has the opportunity to put his passion for analytics to work in a manner that provides initiatives such as PATHH the scrutiny of evidence they deserve via a combination of a data-science applications to produce rich data-driven reporting for both BCI internal and external consumers. As a combat veteran, Jeff is so grateful for this opportunity to serve the community.
Carl Haskins, Director of Programs - Mobile Training Team
Carl Haskins joined the Boulder Crest Retreat Team on April 1, 2020. Carl Retired from the Army in June 2018 while serving as the Senior Military Science Instructor for the University of Arizona. He was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY and in 1990 enlisted in the Army Reserve as an Operating Room Specialist. He then transitioned to active duty in January 1994 as an 11B Infantryman for Alpha
Company, 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, GA where he deployed in support of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti aboard the U.S.S. America. Carl then served as a
Special Forces Senior Communications Sergeant for Bravo Company, 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne, Ft. Bragg, NC conducting Foreign Internal Defense missions in Africa. His next assignment was in B 2/3 SFG(A) as an Assault Force Cell leader for six years and a Troop Sergeant Major for two years. Carl deployed to numerous countries, to include multiple combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He taught at the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAEATC) as the Primary instructor for Combatives, building climbing, and external breaching. Carl helped develop the Special Operations Combatives Program (SOCP) and has been integral in the revamping of multiple Special Forces Programs of Instruction (POI). Carl served as the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course NCOIC for 3rd Special Forces Group, overseeing and revamping all Close Quarters Battle (CQB), Low Visible Tactics (LVT) and Combatives training. Carl graduated the Boulder Crest Retreat’s Warrior PATHH Program in March 2020. He is married to the former Ms. Ivonne Martin from Schwäbisch Hall, Germany and they have five children, Andrew, Nathan, Alyssa, Brandon and Brianna.
Tara Mathis, Operations Coordinator - Mobile Training Team
Tara was born in Martinsburg, WV and grew up living in parts of southern Virginia as well as Charles Town, WV, where she graduated high school. A year after graduating she enlisted in the United States Army as a Human Resource Specialist. Tara remained in the Army as a Human Resource Specialist for 7 years until she transitioned out of the Army in November of 2016. While in the service, she was stationed in South Korea at Camp Humphreys for a year and was a part of the 2nd ID Combat Aviation Brigade. When her time in South Korea was finished, she PCS’d to Fort Bragg where she would spend 4 years in the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, 18th HR Company. During her stay at Fort Bragg she completed one tour in Kuwait. Her tour consisted of supporting inbound and outbound operations as well as assisting in processing the last convoy out of Iraq home. After reenlisting for a second contract, she then PCS’d to Fort Lee, VA and fell under the 59th Ordnance Brigade where she worked in the Brigade S1. This would be her final stop in the Army.
After leaving the Army, Tara started her transition and like most veterans, she experienced her own struggles but worked her way through them. She took time during her transition to focus on herself and completing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While doing this, she moved to Bend, Oregon for 2 years. While in Oregon, Tara worked in marketing and community relations for a small in-home health care business. Tara completed her bachelors and is now pursuing her master’s in business administration. She recently moved back to Charles Town, WV in April where she is looking to plant her roots.
In her free time, Tara enjoys spending time with her dog Riley who is her best friend and her incredibly supportive family. She is a big movie fan. She also enjoys traveling, BBQing, fitness, camping, hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities.
Bryan Hood, PATHH Guide - Mobile Training Team
Bryan Hood was raised in Springfield, Missouri where he joined the Army reserves at the age of 17. In his teen years he struggled with many of the typical challenges and issues; poor grades, getting into fights, drinking, issues with his parents, etc. Having grown up in a Christian home and attending church regularly, he knew what was right but chose "the hard way".
After enlisting for active duty at the age of 19, he quickly married his 17 year old high school sweetheart, and began life at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. Having been assigned to duty stations in Georgia, Virginia and Germany, he decided to leave active duty in 2000 with his wife and kids. He enlisted in the Army Reserves upon leaving active duty to continue his service. In 2003, Bryan's unit was called to active duty in support of Iraqi Freedom where he served 12 months in various locations in Iraq. After returning home, he spent a month at home trying to figure out what the next step in life was. A year later, he and his wife would divorce after many years of marital struggle.
About that time, he and some friends sought out new careers in the private military sector, and began contract work in war zones. Bryan took a job contracting with the CIA's GRS for 7 years. During those years he never realized how much was going on back home. His older children were growing up without him and his new wife was "holding down the fort" with their infant son. In 2012, Bryan was injured in Kandahar prohibiting him from ever returning to the "rock star", adrenaline junkie lifestyle. After his injury, and several subsequent surgeries, and trying to manage the CrossFit gym he opened in 2011 , he began to sink into depression. During this time he struggled with anxiety, depression, survivor guilt from the loss of many friends, prior marital issues, isolating himself, feeling he had no purpose, trouble sleeping and an opiate addiction. He closed his CrossFit gym in November 2016 and told his wife, he was "ready to go to heaven". About the same time, an old contracting buddy reached out to him about Boulder Crest Retreat and encouraged him to commit to attend. In February 2017, he did and it changed his life.
Since being medically retired from the Army in 2018, Bryan has grown deeper than ever in his Christian faith. He mentors other combat veterans who struggle with PTSD. The path of Posttraumatic Growth has been amazing for Bryan, and has not always been easy. Like most people, he still has his struggles and maintains his wellness thru regulation skills learned at Boulder Crest Retreat for those "times in the valley". Bryan has a passion for impacting lives.
Ian Ricci, PATHH Guide - Mobile Training Team
Ian was born in Sioux City, IA in 1981. In 1988 he moved with his mother (Anita), and two brothers (Josh and Kiel) to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Upon graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1999, Ian attended Upper Iowa University on a soccer scholarship in 2000. However, after the events of 9/11 he chose to leave college and enlist in the US Army as an 11b (infantryman). During his first deployment in early 2004, while serving with 1st BN/16th Infantry he was wounded by an IED in Fallujah, Iraq. Ian served another 3 years and deployment to Iraq and exited the service shortly after his final deployment in 2007.
Ian returned to Sioux Falls, SD. Where he served as a Veterans Service Officer for the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs from 2008-2014. There he helped veterans navigate and attain veterans benefits with the VA. Ian had the privilege and opportunity to represent veterans in the appeals process, advocating for them at the court of veteran’s appeals level.
In 2007 Ian took up Muay Thai kickboxing as a way to stay active and competitive and fell in love with the sport. After competing at the national level in 2014, he let his love of the sport guide him to coaching boxers, Muay Thai kickboxers and MMA fighters in 2015. Today he coaches fighters and enthusiasts from amateur to professional at Next Edge Academy in Sioux Falls, SD.
In April of 2018 Ian became involved with Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona when he attended the Warrior PATHH program. Ian completed the 18-month Warrior PATHH program with his team in October of 2019. Shortly after Ian finished his 18-month program he began serving with the MTT.
Ian lives in Sioux Falls, SD with his spouse (Tracy), 3 daughters (Mya, Reese and Riley) and German Shepherd (Murphy) where he is a registered EMT and USA Boxing coach. He enjoys coaching and working with fighters, running, cooking and spending time with his family.
Jesse McQueen, PATHH Guide - Mobile Training Team
Jesse’s journey of service started three days before September 11, 2001 when he joined the U.S. Army to become an Airborne Infantryman. As a young 19-year-old recent high school graduate from rural Pennsylvania, he could not have imagined how joining the military would not only allow the opportunity to serve the country, but ultimately ignite a desire to continuously work on bettering himself and seek opportunities to serve the community.
In total, Jesse spent nearly nine years in the Army. After five and a half years, a new wife, and a combat deployment to Baghdad, Jesse changed his military occupation to Military Intelligence. Jesse spent the next three years as an intelligence section leader for an Infantry Battalion. After deploying with this battalion to Afghanistan, Jesse and his wife Kelly—she too is a U.S. Army combat veteran—made the decision to transition to civilian life to focus on their marriage and starting a family. Although Jesse no longer wished to serve in the military, he wasn’t yet done serving the country. Since the Army, Jesse has spent over a decade as a federal contractor in the Intelligence Community, primarily serving as an expert in counterterrorism operations.
Like many combat veterans, Jesse has struggled with combat stress, and like many combat veterans Jesse was too afraid to seek help in fear of losing his way of life, family, and professional career. Jesse’s internal struggle changed in February 2016 with a terrifying yet simple act of reaching out to Boulder Crest. Jesse was immediately embraced by the staff, who “helped save me from myself and brought me home”. Jesse’s journey of post traumatic growth and gratitude for life has had a profound impact on his way of life and direction. With new understanding and acceptance of himself, allowed him and his then estranged wife to open wounds with compassion and heal together as a family. With true appreciation for one another, they rekindled a tempered marriage. Through openness, connection, and love they raise their son and daughter in Purcellville, Virginia. Jesse’s experience at Boulder Crest taught him to accept and appreciate his experiences for what they are—an opportunity to grow, learn, and listen to the heart. Jesse remains grateful for experiences in the military and the Intelligence Community, but has grown to listen to his heart and knows that it is time for a change in career. Jesse continues to serve the community as a MTT PATHH Guide. Jesse has also set a new goal of learning to farm and the agriculture business in hopes to start an agriculture business in western Loudoun County where he may continue his service to the local communities.
Jesse Grund, Guide
Movement is a skill every man and women needs to have. Its a skill we should continue to master for the entirety of our lives. Our brain and body thrive from complex movements and the human body should move without limits well into our twilight years. Since 2011, I have dedicated myself to those ideals as a coach and fitness professional. My passion is simple: coach men and women to their optimum physical potential and to places they never expected they could take their body. I am the proud owner of Unconventional Strength, an elite personal training studio in Orlando, FL where we coach everyone from post rehabilitation clients to World Champion Athletes. I’m married to my beautiful wife, Aubrey and father to my son, Jason.
Chance Taureau, Guide
Chance Taureau's private practice as well as the other organizations he serves have the mission to assist individuals find deeper, clearer understandings of themselves and their choices. This lays the foundation needed to make small, sustainable changes that last a lifetime to improve quality of life, health, and relationships. He has worked with thousands of individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds toward results driven change.
He initially volunteered and has since become involved with The Mankind Project International in other capacities for over fifteen years now.
His other passions include teaching intercultural literacy, peace building, and developing programs and serving organizations for Armed Service Veterans with the great hope of helping them integrate back into society and share their gifts, beauty, and brilliance with their communities.
In his free time his loves to travel and pursue greater levels of fitness. He's an avid indoorsman and could probably bench press you.
Joe Wood, Executive Director
Joe is a US Army Veteran from the Military Intelligence Corps. During his 9 years on active duty, he served in multiple assignments overseas including a deployment to Iraq in 2004-2005 and a tour on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV63) in the Pacific. During his Army career, he continuously felt the pull back to where it all began – the US Army Intelligence Center of Excellence at Fort Huachuca; where he knew he could make important improvements to the development of his intelligence discipline and future Soldiers in his military occupational specialty. Joe separated, honorably, from military service after declining promotion to Sergeant First Class, having achieved all goals that he set for himself (Master Instructor, selection to the Senior Noncommission Officer ranks, and developing modernized training for the next generation of Soldiers). It was time for a new adventure.
Just as in the Army, Joe was promoted quite rapidly. While this was a great honor, something was missing. He had not yet committed to a life-long learning model and was focused more on getting to the top quickly than learning and growing. Having begun reading books on leadership and adding value, surrounding himself with great mentors and coaches, and building a strong support network, Joe set on a new path – one of learning, taking steps back in order to move forward, and giving himself permission to focus inward; which enabled him to increase his value to others. This became Joe’s new life mission – adding value to others’ lives.
Joe is currently a Director on the Board for the Sierra Vista Veterans Memorial Improvement Foundation and has served as a Commissioner for the City of Sierra Vista, Sergeant at Arms for the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 32-4, and volunteered / consulted for many Veteran-oriented and nonprofit organizations. He continues to stay involved in the Veteran community, while shifting his philanthropic focus to transitioning service members with training, development, and coaching in entrepreneurship and post-traumatic growth.
Joe became Executive Director at Boulder Crest Arizona in late July 2018.
Eric Fowler, Director of Programs
Eric Fowler joined the Boulder Crest Arizona team in September of 2018. He was born in New York and raised there, in Michigan, and Wyoming. Eric enlisted in the Wyoming Army National Guard in 1987 and enlisted in the Regular Army in 1991. He retired from the Army in 2016 as a Command Sergeant Major with 29 years of service. Eric spent much of his career in mechanized infantry and armored units and also served as an instructor and Drill Sergeant at the Army's Intelligence School. With more than 10 years of overseas service including two tours in Germany and one in South Korea, he also went on operational deployments to Kuwait and Kosovo as well as three year-long combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Eric comes to us from Fort Huachuca, Arizona where he has spent his time since retirement serving as a contract Operations Officer in the G3 section of the US Army's Intelligence Center of Excellence.
TJ Killoran, PATHH Guide & Equine-Facilitated Coach
TJ leads the Equine-Facilitated coaching component of the PATHH program in Arizona. She is Master Equus Coach and a certified Martha Beck Life Coach. She is also a massage therapist and certified yoga instructor.
TJ remains a co-owner of Apache Springs Ranch, where she resides with her husband of 25 years, Frank, and their herd of horses.
TJ received a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Alberta and is a licensed CPA- she spent 9 years with Pricewaterhouse- Coopers as an International Tax manager. She left PWC to raise her three awesome children, Kaleigh, Colton and Shane.
TJ loves animals of all kinds, the outdoors, music and dance, and is extremely passionate about using her life experience and qualifications in the emerging field of Posttraumatic Growth.
Kevin Larsen, Senior PATHH Guide
Kevin is originally from Southern California, growing up as an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a Stinger Missile Gunner, with 3rd LAAD Bn. Kevin has spent years volunteering and working with non-profits that support and guide the veteran and active duty military communities. Kevin comes to Boulder Crest from working as a Foundry and Art Instructor in Southern California where he partnered with the VA Health Care System, the Aspire Center San Diego, Homeless Veterans Outreaches, and many other community programs.
As a Warrior PATHH Alumni and Coach for Boulder Crest Arizona, it is Kevin’s greatest wish to help other service members and first responders struggle well and to truly understand that they are warriors. All men and women who have served have a deeper understanding of life and are in turn natural leaders in their communities — Kevin and BCR seek to remind them how special they truly are.
Dana De La Rosa, PATHH Guide
Dana grew up in rural Wisconsin in a family of 9, graduated from Seymour Community High School and attended UW-Madison as an animal science major. Life's curveballs led her to enlist in the Army as a Musician in 1999. She has just retired after serving 20 years as an Army Vocalist. Her career spanned 5 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan traveling and leading small teams of musicians providing morale and support to combat troops and civilians.
Dana has been married to Julio De La Rosa for 17 years, and they have two sons, Andres (18) and Gustavo (11). She is a proclaimed soccer mom, crazy dog lady, foodie, gardener, and fitness bum. You can find her jamming out to heavy metal, Spanish pop, and classic rock while playing with her dogs and experimenting in the kitchen on her time off.
Sean Trickett, PATHH Guide
Sean was born and raised in Kansas before enlisting in the Marines in 2001. As an Intelligence analyst, Sean deployed twice to Iraq for combat operations with 2nd Battalion 11th Marines. Upon completion of his first enlistment, Sean re-enlisted to work at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC). While there, Sean conducted investigations in Southeast Asia to recover remains of service members who were lost during the Vietnam war.
After being medically separated from the Marines, Sean went to teach the All-source Intelligence Analyst Course at Ft. Huachuca for the next nine years as a contractor. After teaching for so long he wanted to get some current experience. In November 2018 Sean accepted a position in Afghanistan as the Intelligence advisor for Special Operations Brigade West until returning in May 2019. He joined Boulder Crest Arizona as a PATHH Guide in November 2019.
Daniel Blevins, PATHH Guide
Daniel was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. From a young age, Daniel knew he wanted to serve and joined the Army in his junior year of high school. After a few years as a Human Research Volunteer, Daniel served as a Cavalry Scout in the 7th and 10th Cavalry and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan; and a 14-month tour in South Korea.
After leaving the Army, Daniel enrolled at Robert Morris University and began volunteering with multiple Veteran Service Organizations. While in school, Daniel and his wife Erin had 3 children, twin boys and a daughter who was born the following year. After graduating RMU, Daniel gained employment with Veterans Leadership Program as a case manager for homeless veterans. For the next four years, Daniel held various positions and was promoted to Director of Community Engagement. In this role he organized multiple events, outreach programs, a cross country bicycle ride to raise awareness of the needs of homeless veterans, and created and case managed the wellness program for VLP. While creating the wellness program, Daniel went back to school for a degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition and received his Crossfit Level 1.
After a family trip to Boulder Crest Arizona for Rest and Reconnection, Daniel, his wife, and three children knew Arizona was where they needed to be and believed deeply in the Boulder Crest Mission.
Codi McCaw, Operations Manager & Outreach Coordinator
Codi was born and raised in Arizona and has been a resident of Sierra Vista for over 30 years. Growing up in the military community around Fort Huachuca, Codi has spent the last 15 years working with Soldiers at locations across the United States. Her experiences have included Small Business growth in the areas of Business Operations, Human Resources, Contract Management and Industrial Security. She has always enjoyed being able to contribute her experiences to the growth of Federal Contracting Companies. Helping to shape the culture, people, and practices of those organizations has always brought her great pride and appreciation.
Codi’s family is also a huge source of pride. Numerous close relatives are currently proudly serving in the US Armed Forces. She and her family have graciously supported these soldiers and their families throughout their travels across the world. Codi and her Husband, Shawn, have been married for 13 years and have two incredible children, Lily (12) and Jace (6). Her family is passionate about the outdoors and strives to stay active in the Arizona sunshine, as much as possible.
Codi has always had a strong desire to give back and pay her successes forward. She has always looked for ways to use her selfless kindness and giving nature in a more influential way. She has volunteered with many Non-Profit Organizations with events and outreach opportunities and enjoys learning about and being a part of her local community. Her respect and admiration for our country and our Armed Services make Boulder Crest an ideal fit for her.
Jenni Jacob, Guest Relations Specialist
Jenni was born and raised in central Ohio. After graduating high school, she married her high school sweetheart, who was an airman in the Air Force. Jenni has spent her entire adult life in the military community. She spent 12 of those years living overseas, working both on and off base as a preschool teacher, conversational English teacher and to include starting her own business.
She and her husband, Cole, have been married for 23 years and have two sons, Nicholas (17) and Dylan (14). In 2010, she and her family returned to the states and settled in Tucson, Arizona, when she began homeschooling her son. Jenni’s husband is a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and upon retirement in 2016, they moved to Sonoita and built a house. With both boys now in high school, it was time for Jenni to return to the workforce. With her knowledge and experience of the military life, Boulder Crest Arizona was a perfect fit!
Denise Purvis, Chef
Denise is a 5th generation Southern Arizonan. She is the decedent of 2 pioneering families who trace their covered wagon entry into Arizona in the 1870s. Her father's side settled in the Sonoita/Elgin valley, loving the grassland for their cattle. Her mother's side settled in the mountains about 60 miles west of Sonoita, mostly because the wheel fell of their wagon but they fell in love with Arizona and decided to stay. Denise graduated from Patagoina High School and went on to the University of Arizona and graduated in 1991 with a degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Illustration. Art has always been a part of her world, to date she has painted over 125 wall murals all over Southern Arizona. Going back to her roots, Denise was brought up with the farm-to-fork mentality. She started a U-Pick organic garden with her sisters at her farm in Sonoita in 2011. She raises poultry, dairy cows, and organic seasonal vegetables. Also, having food as a big part of her upbringing, she started a catering business featuring farm-to-fork favorites. A lot of her recipes are from her two grandmothers who were both wonderful cooks. Denise and her husband Gordon have been married for 35 years and raised four sons. She also has a lot of patriots in her family, her father was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army, her husband Gordon is a Navy Veteran, her oldest son was in the Army National Guard and did a tour through Afghanistan in 2013. Her youngest son is currently active duty in the Army. In her spare time you will usually find Denise making all varieties of cheese from the milk she gets from her dairy cows, she also loves running and competing in 5Ks, and riding her horses. Denise is very involved with the local 4H club as a project leader and was nominated as 4H volunteer of the year in 2019. Denise loves helping others and staying busy.
Alan Cardwell, Groundskeeper
Originally born in Tucson, Alan has lived in Arizona for most of his life. Having lived in Sonoita for over 15 years, Alan is a local through and through. Living with his aging father, Alan spends most of his time working with his dad on a variety of odd jobs and chores around the house. After pursuing his studies at Cochise College, Alan found himself working in the resuraunt business. Working his way up as a dishwasher, Alan eventually made his way to becoming a main chef at The Steak Out reasuraunt in Sonoita.
Truth be told, Alan was never really into cooking. His real love was landscaping. After months of struggling to set up a business of his own and to find work in this small, rural community, Alan was introduced to Boulder Crest Arizona and Apache Springs Ranch. His drive and passion for the work landed him the role and he has done a stellar job with maintaining and improving the grounds.
Ken Taylor, Facilities Maintenance Technician
Ken was born and raised in rural Washington State working many construction trades until he ran his own landscape and construction company for 10 years. Having grown up with Joint Base Lewis-McChord in his backyard, a long history of family service in nearly all branches of military, and being a member of the National Guard; he felt the call to serve his country and joined the US Army to serve in the Bosnian War and in Korea. Upon his honorable discharge in 2004, Ken relocated to Fort Huachuca so he could continue serving as an instructor and course developer for Intelligence Analysis, involvement in local government service, and a fulfilling contract to support US Border Patrol surveillance and detection operations.
Ken’s true hobbies and passions have always been rooted in helping others, building, creating, and fixing things with an artistic flare. He is best described as a jack of all trades and has a true passion to preserve and improve upon the historical significance of Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona so that each visitor will be free to truly enjoy the beauty and all that the retreat has to offer.
Ken joined the BCR team in January 2020 and resides on site with his wife Rena now that their four children have started their own lives. They operate well as a team, supporting each other to maintain facilities so your visit at Boulder Crest Arizona is as relaxing and peaceful as possible!
Dusty Baxley, Executive Director
Dusty was appointed Boulder Crest Virginia's Executive Director in July 2015, following considerable involvement as a mentor, teacher and guide in a number of our combat stress recovery (PATHH) retreats. Dusty is a retired US Army Airborne Ranger MP/S3/G3/Operations Specialist. He served as part of the 82nd Airborne’s Combat Parachute Assault in Panama during Operation Just Cause and with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment for Desert Shield / Storm. Since retiring Dusty has dedicated his life, passion and abilities to bringing relief, healing and hope to our active duty, veteran and transitioning military personnel experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress common in service members. His personal journey of healing combined with his exceptional leadership and teaching abilities, credibility in the Military community, and pure passion for helping Veterans, coupled with Transcendental Meditation, an effective technique for reducing PTS symptoms, delivers a powerful message and results.
Dusty previously served as the National Director of Operation Warrior Wellness for the David Lynch Foundation. He concurrently served as the Executive Director of Transcendental Meditation (TM) for Veterans with the Maharishi Foundation USA and is a Certified Transcendental Meditation(c) Teacher. Dusty has developed and managed numerous TM/Veterans based projects teaching TM to hundreds of Veterans to date. Recent projects have included DDEAMC FT Gordon, GA at the Neurological Research Center (NRC)/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic, Nellis AFB, FT Benning, GA, Annapolis Vets Center, and Project Jericho in Bronx, NY.
Paul Downs, Director of Programs
Paul Downs joined the Boulder Crest Virginia team in July 2016. Born in Dallas and raised in Virginia, Paul enlisted into the Marine Corps on December 3, 2003. He served in three different units over a ten-year career, and deployed twice with 2/2, Fox Company. After leaving Fox Co., Paul reported to Officer Candidates School permanent personnel in Tactics Platoon as a platform instructor. After three years in that role, he served at the Marine Corps Information Operations Center (MCIOC) as Psychological Operations, where he finished his career. Paul joins us from Whitney, Bradley & Brown, where he worked as the Manager, Military Information Support Operations Program of Instruction. Paul is a graduate of Boulder Crest's Warrior PATHH program, and is currently studying for his B.S. in psychology.
Kyle Amsberry, PATHH Guide
Kyle was born in Phoenix in 1985 and raised in Mesa, Arizona with his older sister Sara (1981) and brother Nicholas (1983-2018). Upon graduating from Dobson High School in 2003, Kyle and his brother joined the US Army together, both as 11B Airborne Infantryman. Kyle’s first and only duty station was Ft. Bragg, NC from 2004-2008 where he and his brother were assigned to Scout Platoon, HHC 1-505 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division. Kyle deployed twice, first to Afghanistan in 2004 and then to Iraq from 2006-2007. In between deployments, Kyle attended US Army Ranger School class 06-05 earning the coveted Ranger Tab, soon after he was promoted to Sergeant (E-5). He exited the military in 2008 after 5 years of service.
Kyle returned to Arizona where he attended Mesa Community College and began working with his mother and step-father at their painting company. During that time, Kyle’s sister introduced him to the hospitality industry seeing that she felt it would be a great place to share his fun, friendly and outgoing personality. Kyle had the opportunity to work in restaurants and bars throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. He also spent time working at Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub in Las Vegas, NV where he was exposed to high class clientele and service. Kyle has always had a passion for serving others in his community and country.
Shortly after moving back to Arizona to start his own painting company with his best friend from high school, Kyle learned Transcendental Meditation which shifted the trajectory of his life. He decided he wanted to devote more of his life to his meditation practice and also complete his Bachelor's degree. Kyle packed up whatever he could fit in his van and moved to Fairfield, Iowa to attend Maharishi University of Management. While enrolled at MUM he studied sustainable living, agriculture and received a Permaculture Design Certificate with a BA in Regenerative Organic Agriculture in December of 2018. TM had such a huge impact and beneficial effects on Kyle’s personal life, he felt compelled to help others struggling, more specifically the veteran community. Kyle took a brief position as the Sustainable Living Department Administrator at MUM before making the move to Boulder Crest Virginia in May of 2019.
Kyle lives with his best friend and companion Wilbur, who is an energetic and goofy pit-mix that he rescued when he was living in Las Vegas. Kyle loves the outdoors and being with nature and enjoys running, hiking and playing golf. Now that he is living in Virginia where the climate, terrain and soil is ideal for farming and gardening he hopes to really put some of the skills he acquired while getting his degree to use.
Christine Conley, PATHH Guide
A native of the Cleveland, Ohio area, Christine worked in concert and event production as a lighting technician and designer, traveling throughout North America. After almost a decade, she was ready to leave the ‘rock and roll lifestyle’ and enlisted in the Navy as military police.
She spent the majority of her military career as a criminal investigator and as a weapons, security, and anti-terrorism instructor. After combat deployments with joint-force units in support of OIF/OND/OEF, Christine retired in 2015 and began working with a non- profit organization serving the military community. In 2019, she graduated from Old Dominion University, where she worked with several labs researching military-related topics such as traumatic brain injury, physiological psychology, and alternative treatments for various issues often faced by those returning from combat.
Christine was working as a substitute teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and was active with the Medical Reserve Corps when she had the opportunity to join the Boulder Crest team. She and her teenaged daughter moved from Virginia Beach to Loudoun County with their two Labrador retrievers, and enjoy travel, hiking, backpacking, and exploring the region.
Chris Albright, PATHH Guide
Chris was born in San Diego and was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Upon graduating from high school in 1993 Chris joined the Marine Corps as a machine gunner and was stationed in Camp Pendleton, California from 1994-1997 with Weapons Company 3/1 and deployed in support of the UN withdrawal from Somalia in 1995 and again in 1996. He also served a year in the 1st Marine Division Headquarters. Chris was then assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and deployed twice to Okinawa. Upon returning from the second deployment, Chris volunteered for Marine Security Guard duty and was assigned as Detachment Commander at the US Consulates in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 2003-2004 and Shanghai, China 2004-2005. After completing two successful tours, Chris returned to Camp Pendleton and served with Golf Company 2/1 as a Platoon Sergeant and Company Gunny and deployed again in 2007 and then to Iraq in 2009. Chris was then assigned to Marine Barracks Washington, in Washington DC in 2010 and served as the H&S Company Gunny for two years and then his final year on active duty was spent serving as the Marine Corps Funeral Director in Arlington National Cemetery. He retired from active duty in 2013.
While on active duty, Chris earned a B.S. in IT Management, an M.S. in Cybersecurity and an MBA. After retiring he owned and operated an IT franchise for seven years. Chris currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Kim, their two sons and have rescued several dogs from local shelters over the years. Chris started his Warrior PATHH in September of 2020.
Carrie Nelson, Operations Manager
Carrie is a native of Virginia, born and raised in Loudoun County. She graduated from Loudoun Valley High School in 1997 and attended her freshman year of college at High Point University. She transferred to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services Counseling. Carrie, and her husband, Jeremiah currently live in Warrenton, VA. Carrie has a strong background working in non-profit and counseling. Her experience has ranged from working in homeless shelters, domestic and sexual violence centers, to helping children with Axis 1 diagnoses in the school system. In 2017, Carrie completed Yoga Teacher Training at Shine Yoga in Winchester, VA and is a RYT 200 hour yoga teacher. She teaches yoga to the families at Boulder Crest Virginia during Family PATHH, Couples programs, and Family Rest and Reconnection Stays. Carrie has always been passionate about making a difference in people's lives and helping them improve their lives in any capacity possible! She is excited to be a part of the mission and to interact, engage, and positively impact the veterans and the families that visit Boulder Crest Virginia.
Jamie Mizerak, Equine and Recreation Coordinator
Jamie Mizerak has worked with Boulder Crest Virginia since the summer of 2014, caring for our two horses, Clayton and Gabriel. Jamie has now taken on a full-time role, helping to design and implement a five-star recreational schedule for our R&R guests. From 2012-2016, Jamie worked as the Social Media Coordinator for the EOD Warrior Foundation. Jamie has always had a heart for the men and women of the armed forces who dedicate their lives to serving and protecting our country. From a personal perspective, Jamie loves everything the active, country life has to offer; riding horses, hiking and shooting. Jamie was born and raised in western Loudoun County, Virginia. With a heart to serve those in need, she has gone on several mission trips with various local groups, traveling to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Zambia, Africa. Jamie is a true patriot and we are thrilled to have her as part of our team here at Boulder Crest.
Lisa Cederle, Culinary Specialist and Horticultural Assistant
Lisa is an experienced Office Manager and Business Owner. She has always had a passion for cooking, and has pursued her passion through research and practice. Eventually she followed her heart and went to Culinary School to become a classically trained Chef.
Lisa received her Associates in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Washington DC. She then spent six years working at Falcon’s Landing, a private community for retired military officers, in Potomac Falls, VA. She trained at all the stations in the main kitchen to include the hot line, garde manger, hot and cold foods. Most recently, she served as the Falcon’s Landing Assistant Bakery Chef. Lisa is also a Certified Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a Professional Culinarian with the American Culinary Federation (ACF).
Lisa comes from a family of military Service. She is married to Andy, a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. She also has two sons, Travis, a Ranger in the Army, stationed at Ft. Benning, GA, and Tyler, in the Army National Guard.
Patrick Frye, Property Manager and Horticultural Specialist
Patrick is a Loudoun County local, born and raised in Leesburg, VA. After graduating from Loudoun County High School, he began working on farms and developing his passion for the local food movement. Patrick later interned at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm, a 416-acre agricultural learning and research center, where he began to cultivate his expertise in gardening and farming. As a self-starter, Patrick founded and began operating a small organic farm along with his wife, Kelsey, upon his return to Leesburg. Together they served as vendors at the Brambleton Farmer’s Market in the Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Cooperative.
Recently their farm received a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services High Tunnel System Initiative Grant, contributing to the preservation of farmland through Loudoun County. Additionally, Patrick has become a devoted beekeeper and volunteers his time with other beekeepers in the Loudoun Beekeeping Association. Patrick was a private property caretaker in Bluemont when he began working with the Boulder Crest team in the Wallace Annenberg Heroes Garden in the Fall of 2015. He officially joined the Boulder Crest Virginia staff in August 2017 as the Property Manager. With a passion for giving back and serving others, Patrick is dedicated to maintaining a beautiful and healing atmosphere for Boulder Crest Virginia's program participants and visitors.