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.
Dateste grew up in the Sunshine state of Florida surrounded by water. An avid swimmer, she graduated an All-American from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1991. During her 27 plus year career in the Army she was deployed 5 times to the Middle East including Iraq and Afghanistan and worked with both conventional and unconventional Forces in a variety of command and staff positions around the globe. Most notably during her career she served as the first female Battalion Commander of a Patriot Battalion stationed in Okinawa, Japan then as a joint targeting expert, first as the Deputy Area Air Defense Commander (Forward) for Central Command at in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and then as the Fires Chief in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Upon completion of her last 24 month deployment and in recognition of her leadership abilities and expertise, Dateste was selected to be the first female to command all of the Army’s air defense forces in Europe and serve as the senior US Air Defense Officer to NATO. Dateste joined the Boulder Crest team from Fort Sill, Oklahoma where she retired after a distinguished career as a Colonel.
Dateste loves animals and her interest include scuba diving, shooting, and woodworking. Because of her many years as a commander and expertise with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard it is her greatest wish to help other service members, first responders, and their families turn struggle into strength and inspire them to live the lives they deserve -- full of passion, purpose, growth, and service.
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.
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 Retreat, 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.
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!
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.
Jon is an Arizona native. He is a Veteran of the US Marines and served as a 5811, Law Enforcement Specialist. He also served on the Sierra Vista Police in civilian law enforcement. Jon left his law enforcement career after a life threatening car crash to attend The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York to begin his cooking career. Since then, Jon has worked as a chef in New York, Idaho and finally, back to Arizona. Jon has built and operated many successful restaurants but shortly after September 11, 2001, Jon went back to serve in the capacity of US Government contractor, specifically for the US Army on Ft. Huachuca Arizona as a HUMINT instructor. Jon has a Master Instructor Badge issued by USAICS & Ft.Huachuca. Jon continued to excel in the MI field and served with the Defense Intelligence Agency in Afghanistan and other middle eastern countries in 2012. After a short stint back at Ft. Huachuca at the 35M10 School, Jon and his wife decided to establish a vineyard and small cafe in Elgin/Sonoita. Now a going venture, Jon and his wife Jennifer continue to grow high quality wine grapes in their thriving vineyard. In his spare time, Jon enjoys training horses and growing their heard of American Quarter Horses. Jon and his wife are avid followers of the form of horsemanship founded by Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt and now being continued by Buck Brannaman and Paul Dietz. They attend horsemanship clinics whenever timing allows. Growing food, hunting and fly fishing are some of the things Jon does to round things out. As a long time native of the Sonoran area of Southern Arizona, Jon favors the area’s rich culinary traditions and influences.
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.