Sarah Fehrer joined Boulder Crest's Founder and Chairman in November 2011 to successfully lead the capital campaign to build Boulder Crest Retreat Virginia. As Director of Development for Boulder Crest, Sarah oversees development and the fundraising team, grants and event work, private sector partnerships, donor communications, social media, and volunteer outreach for the organization's work nationally.
Boulder Crest's current development priorities are focused on support for our two locations, signature suite of PATHH programs, resourcing our expansion work, and building the endowment.
Sarah has more than 25 years of development and fundraising experience spanning the non-profit, association and political arenas. Sarah’s previous non-profit experience includes having served as Director of Corporate Relations for the Smithsonian Institution where she provided oversight for all corporate development activities for the Institution’s 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo. Within the association community, Sarah worked for the Manufacturing Institute and served as an Officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in the position of Vice President for Corporate Development. Also an accomplished political fundraiser, Sarah held senior director-level fundraising positions at three national political party committees. Noteworthy special events, international and government experience early in her career include work for the 1992 World Exposition in Seville, Spain and the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations. Sarah served in the White House, during the first Bush Administration.
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.
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, Josh decided to dedicate his life to ensuring that service members, veterans and their families had the opportunity to live the great lives they deserved – full of passion, purpose and service – here at home.
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 for Technology blogs.
You can find Anna on the weekends hanging out with her family, while meeting new people and exploring everything Virginia has to offer.
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 and two daughters.
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.
Carly Stoliker joined Boulder Crest after her recent graduation from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she studied Sociology and Political Science. Prior to St. Mary’s, Carly studied at Montgomery College and obtained her Associate’s degree in Communication. This coalescence of social sciences has given her a well-rounded approach to non-profit administration.
Carly has been involved in non-profits since her senior of high school - roughly five years ago. She started at a local emergency financial non-profit in her hometown of Poolesville, Maryland where she was one of two employees. There Carly found she had a knack for research, data-entry, and customer service. Since then, she has been involved in a number of non-profits, from Best Buddies International in community college to the Community Development Corporation in St. Mary’s County.
Carly’s most recent career experience involved organizing vendors, sponsors, and performers as Community Impact and Events Manager for the Second Annual Lexington Park Cherry Blossom Festival this past April. Carly specializes in event planning, fundraising, volunteer coordinating, and community outreach. She is extremely passionate about serving underrepresented communities, including veterans and first responders.
Both of Carly’s great grandfathers served in the Navy in World War II, her uncle is retired from the Air Force, and her cousin served as a Marine in Desert Storm. She is hopeful that her contributions to Boulder Crest will make resources and assistance more accessible to veterans and first responders. Carly is excited to bring her energy to Boulder Crest and make an impact by doing what she loves most.
Susan Meredyth Smith has worked as a grant writer for non-profit organizations for the past seven years. She has been the Grant Writer for Boulder Crest since the fall of 2011. Previously Susan worked as a Systems Design Analyst for a company that produces software for hospitals and physicians.
Susan received her BA from Brandeis University. During her time in the Boston area she worked on a three year longitudinal study for an NIMH study at Mass General Hospital and conducted research for emergency room protocol used by Beth Israel Hospital.
Susan's family has a long history in the state of Virginia and she has lived here most of her life. Her father was a World War II veteran who served as an aviator with the Marines in the South Pacific. She is honored to be working for Boulder Crest and contributing to the invaluable work they are doing to help our veterans.