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 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 organizations and other 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 Retreat in Arizona in late July 2018.
Eric Fowler joined the Boulder Crest Retreat 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.
Meg is a Clinical Social Worker who has predominantly focused her 20 year career on child maltreatment (specifically sexual abuse/assault and family aggression/violence), as well as first responder resilience.
Meg began her career in Charleston, South Carolina as a Child Protective Services’ caseworker. After obtaining her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh she worked as the Trauma/Bereavement Social Worker as well as Forensic Interviewer at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. During her time at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s, Meg provided behavioral therapeutic treatment to families with identified physical abuse, high parent/caregiver/child conflict, and/or where a child within the family had identified fire setting behaviors. Meg’s plethora of experience provided her the opportunity to collaborate as one of the treatment developers and disseminators of the popular Evidence-Based Treatment model Alternatives for Families: a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), which addressed family aggression and violence. Meg is a national/international senior trainer and consultant, for this AF-CBT model and was appointed faculty with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) where she disseminated AF-CBT via a 2 year Learning Collaborative with the NCTSN appointed sites around the United States.
As Meg’s career continued to blossom, she consulted with the State of West Virginia as a Resilience Alliance Coordinator, focusing on the identification and treatment of Secondary Stress, Vicarious Trauma, and Burn-Out as it pertains to job responsibilities of Child Protective Service workers/supervisors with the Department of Health and Human Resources.
Meg enjoys being outdoors hiking and kayaking, as well as practicing yoga and Transcendental Meditation. Meg’s experiences with her own yoga and Transcendental Meditation practice, provided her with a deep appreciation of the mind/body connection to achieve a sense of overall wellness and recovery.
Shaun is originally from Colorado, and spent much of his youth in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. He enlisted in the Army as an Infantrymen and served for eight years, during which he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan for a total of three combat deployments. After leaving the military he has remained closely connected to the community through his wife who has remained on active duty. He comes to Boulder Crest with a strong desire to continue serving the veteran community, bringing with him his experience gained from involvement with Military Family Readiness, Army Community Service, and the national Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship programs. Shaun is also continuing to pursue his education and is working toward completing degrees in both History and Psychology.
Josh was born and raised a Kansas native and enlisted in the Navy shortly after graduating Iola High School in 1996. Having recently retired as a Chief Petty Officer from his 21-year career as an Intelligence Analyst, he completed eight deployments in support of Operations Desert Fox and Southern Watch, Operation Unified Assistance, Operation Enduring Freedom, and most recently, Operation Inherent Resolve while assigned to Naval Special Warfare Special Reconnaissance Team One. Josh is also a fellow of The Honor Foundation. He has been married to Cindee for 20 years and they have two girls, Mia (10) and Zoelana (3). His hobbies include hiking, archery, riding his motorcycle, wilderness survival, gardening, and creating wood pallet projects.
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 Post Traumatic Growth.
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 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, BCR was a perfect fit!
Pendleton grew up a Tucson native, hiking, biking, and backpacking the surrounding deserts mountains and valleys, including Gardner Canyon, location of BCR AZ. After graduating from Sabino High in '97 he got the travel bug and set out to explore the West in all its glory with his sights set on National Parks, mountain recreation towns, new experiences, and overall perspective on life.
After several stints working for great Chefs in the Pacific Northwest he eventually settled in the small town of Whitefish, Montana near Glacier National Park. It was there he honed his skills in a small scratch kitchen with a great team and inviting community that kept him for 7 years. The original restaurant exists today and has expanded into one of the most renound restaurant groups in NW Montana.
As time would tell the desert called him home. As he says "an easy place to leave but the best place to come home to." It was then he met his Wife and had a son who is now 5. After 12 years and opening three different restaurant concepts, which are still operating today, he held the titles of Executive Chef, Culinary advisor, and Partner, he decided to move to California with his family.
During this time he realized his true passion for food and wanted more depth and meaning behind his creativity. Two years later he was back in Tucson and heard about BCR and what they were doing and a light bulb went off. To be able to give back to our Veterans and Families through food and contribute this aspect to the program gave his cuisine "food with purpose" and it all made sense.
Originally from California, Jeff comes to Arizona by way of North Carolina. After a 23-year Army Career, Jeff retired near Ft Bragg in 2014. For more than 6 years of his career, Jeff served as the noncommissioned officer in charge of 2 Explosive Ordnance Disposal ranges, first at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama and again at Fort AP Hill Virginia, giving him, the experience needed to become one of our plank holders and property manager of Boulder Crest Arizona.
Jeff has a passion for helping service members and veterans. He has been a supporter of The EODWF for as long as he can remember, he is a lifetime member of the VFW, and he helps manage a hotline for veteran suicide prevention.
Jeff is an avid motorcycle rider. He enjoys target sports of all kinds. He is an amateur drone pilot and a big fan of wide open spaces. Jeff is looking forward to sharing with you some of the rich history of Boulder Crest Arizona.
Stella, The Retreat Dog
Stella is a 2-year-old Husky/Coyote mix from the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Los Angeles, California. Stella lived her life on the streets of LA, where she sadly sustained an injury to her right front leg. Upon arrival to the local shelter, Stella’s leg required amputation. Stella was adopted in January 2018 by Meg Shaver, PATHH Guide, as a mascot and valued team member for Boulder Crest Retreat AZ. Stella is now a tripod dog who doesn’t let her limitation hold her back. Stella enjoys food, meeting new people/animals, sticking her head out of car windows, and running crazy.