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, is writing Struggle Well, which will be available for purchase on May 1, 2018.

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. 

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 and two daughters.

sarah fehrer, director of development

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.

Robert Vera, Development Manager


Robert earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College. After college, he accepted an appointment as a Staff Assistant to a United States Senator where he managed military and veteran constituent services. Robert transitioned from government into a financial service career where he worked in various leadership positions.

In 2007 he became an entrepreneur and established the first of its kind online lifestyle transformation system. In 2012 this system was incorporated into the President’s Challenge, an initiative of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Robert’s transformation system delivered life-changing results to thousands of individuals and was deployed in corporate wellness programs nationwide.

Robert is the author of the #1 Amazon Best Seller of A Warrior’s Faith (Harper Collins; March 2015). The book earned the publishing industry's 2016 Illumination Silver Medal Award for Best Memoir. Robert is a reformed Ironman Triathlete (Ironman Arizona and Idaho Finisher). He now leads small groups of military veterans on expeditions across the Grand Canyon and other locations. Robert is married with children and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. 

ANgela Reamer, Development Officer


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. 


Jessica Hall, Fundraising & Outreach Coordinator

Jessica joined Boulder Crest as a Community Outreach and Fundraising Coordinator in December 2017 with great experience in events management, fundraising, social media, and volunteer coordination.

Prior to joining Boulder Crest, Jessica worked for the American Junior Golf Association based in Atlanta, GA, planning and directing junior golf tournaments throughout the United States. In her Tournament Coordinator role at the AJGA, her duties consisted of recruiting and managing volunteers and connecting with sponsors and potential donors for tournament expansion. 

After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2014, Jessica worked at the United States Olympic Committee where her primary focus was the promotion and engagement of special events, including the U.S. Department of Defense’s Warrior Games. Following her stint with the Olympics, she worked at Southern Methodist University in the Public Relations Department, gaining heavy social media and marketing experience. 

Jessica has multiple family members and friends that served in the military and she is passionate about giving back to the men and women who serve this beautiful country. She is a Tucson, Arizona native. Jessica’s hobbies include hiking, Orange Theory Fitness, trying new recipes and playing with her three-year-old Chocolate Lab, Oakley.



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.