BRIAN BELL, Executive Director

Brian is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who retired from active duty in 2012.  He was a member of I MEF & II MEF units providing security, aviation ground support and as a member of a Military Transition Team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Like many who have served, Brian has walked the path of trauma, recovery and growth.

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Brian has a passion for teaching and training.  When he was not assigned to deploying units, he served in a variety of instructor billets. After retiring Brian served as a high school teacher and coach; teaching, guiding, and mentoring some of Arizona’s most vulnerable students along the southern border.  He has also served for several years as an adjunct professor, teaching graduate coursework on the Theory & Nature of Warfare, Small Wars, National & International Security Studies, and Operational Planning. 

Brian enjoys spending time with his family, competing in endurance sports, reading and playing the guitar.  He is married to his high school sweetheart of 28 years, Dawn Ford Bell. Together, they have been blessed with seven children: Austin (27), Andrew (25), Samuel (21), Georgia (18), Lilian (17), Joseph (15), Julia (13). 

KIPP AVERETTDirector of Programs

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Kipp joined the Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona team after spending over 20 years in the US Air Force.  During his military career, he served in various aircraft maintenance and operational logistics positions.  He also served in joint duty assignments in Stuttgart Germany, Tampa Florida, and the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.  In addition, Kipp has significant experience deploying to or directly supporting combat, peacekeeping, noncombatant evacuations, and humanitarian operations in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

While he may have hung up his Air Force uniform, his passion for service led him to become a NOLS certified Wilderness First Responder and, ultimately, one of our PATHH Guides.

An avid outdoor enthusiast, when he’s not enjoying our idyllic ranch he can be found in, on, or atop one of the many amazing mountain ranges in southern Arizona. 

Meg Shaver, PATHH Guide

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.

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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 MCINTYRE, PATHH GUIDE

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 OSWALD, PATHH GUIDE

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 Killoran, 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 Post Traumatic Growth.

Jenni Jacob, Guest Relations Specialist

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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!

JESSICA BAUER, CULINARY & HORTICULTURAL SPECIALIST

Jessica was born in Grand Forks AFB, ND in 1981. She enlisted into the Army as a 55B - an ammunition's specialist in 2000. She served three and a half years while stationed at Fort Benning, GA; and deployed as an E-4 in support of the OIF at Camp Anaconda, Iraq. After the stop-loss was lifted, she was than sent home and signed onto a contract with KBR/Halliburton. After completing the contract with KBR, she worked with EOD Technologies and USA Environment. 

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Jessica returning to Tucson, AZ in 2006, and enrolled into Arizona's State Corrections Academy. She graduated as the class leader, and completed three years at one of Tucson's toughest yards. After realizing corrections was not for her, Jessica pursued a career in the culinary arts at The Art Institute of Tucson with dreams of opening up a local farm-to-table cafe. After graduating, she started her career working in one of Tucson's top restaurants as recognized by Tucson's Lifestyle Magazine. Working her way up the ladder to an executive sous chef while running all operations of the kitchen, she decided to branched out to various restaurants to learn other cuisines. Passionate about food and the military, BCR was a natural fit. In her free time, Jessica loves to run with her dog Riley, and kayak on the San Juan River in Utah. Grateful for this amazing group of BCR family, Jessica makes sure that all residents are welcomed in a way that they never leave hungry. 

"The only time to eat diet food is while you are waiting for the steak to cook." Julia Child

JEFF TRUEXPROPERTY MANAGER

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.

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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

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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.