Dusty was appointed Boulder Crest Retreat's Executive Director in July 2015, following considerable involvement as a mentor, teacher and guide in a number of our combat stress recovery (PATHH) retreats. Dusty is a retired US Army Airborne Ranger MP/S3/G3/Operations Specialist. He served as part of the 82nd Airborne’s Combat Parachute Assault in Panama during Operation Just Cause and with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment for Desert Shield / Storm. Since retiring Dusty has dedicated his life, passion and abilities to bringing relief, healing and hope to our active duty, veteran and transitioning military personnel experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress common in service members. His personal journey of healing combined with his exceptional leadership and teaching abilities, credibility in the Military community, and pure passion for helping Veterans, coupled with Transcendental Meditation, an effective technique for reducing PTS symptoms, delivers a powerful message and results.
Dusty previously served as the National Director of Operation Warrior Wellness for the David Lynch Foundation. He concurrently served as the Executive Director of Transcendental Meditation (TM) for Veterans with the Maharishi Foundation USA and is a Certified Transcendental Meditation(c) Teacher. Dusty has developed and managed numerous TM/Veterans based projects teaching TM to hundreds of Veterans to date. Recent projects have included DDEAMC FT Gordon, GA at the Neurological Research Center (NRC)/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic, Nellis AFB, FT Benning, GA, Boulder Crest Retreat, VA, Annapolis Vets Center, and Project Jericho in Bronx, NY.
Amelia is a native of Bluemont, Virginia, returning after her graduation from James Madison University in 2011. She has been with the Boulder Crest Retreat team since groundbreaking during the spring of 2012, supporting the facility while working as the Social Media and Special Events Coordinator for Shoulder 2 Shoulder, Inc. She has also worked with the EOD Warrior Foundation, handling events and fundraising, as well as their web and social media presence through a rebrand of the organization. Amelia is passionate about giving back to others, and feels honored to serve this nation's veterans with the help of a committed team of staff members, volunteers and community leaders. Outside of the Retreat, Amelia can be found experimenting in the kitchen and spending time outdoors, all the while being tailed by her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Teagan.
Rachel Erwin joined BCR in January 2015 as our Lead PATHH Therapist. In this role, she is instrumental in developing and delivering programs for combat veterans and their families, focused on challenges ranging from combat stress to military sexual trauma (MST). Rachel was introduced to BCR in October 2013 through her work with the Artemis Rising Invisible War Recovery Program, an intensive 15-day retreat style program specifically designed for MST survivors.
Rachel has 20+ years of experience working with at-risk populations struggling with the impact of war and violence. She possesses in-depth and specialized knowledge in cross-cultural therapy, drug and alcohol abuse, family systems theory, attachment theory, EMDR psychotherapy, dance, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Acutonics, the Feldenkrais Method, yoga, and mindfulness practices. Rachel is committed to traditional and alternative therapeutic interventions and modalities and is excited to bring them to veterans and their families in a full-time capacity.
For the past two years, Suzi has regularly traveled to BCR to provide Horse Inspired Growth and Healing (HIGH) and other therapeutic activities for our PATHH Programs. In January 2016, Suzi made the move from Malibu to Bluemont to be a full time BCR staff member and Lead PATHH Guide. Before coming to Virginia, Suzi was the Clinical Director of a residential, dual diagnosis treatment center and founder of BIG Heart Ranch and Farm, where veterans, families and clients participate in animal-assisted therapy and organic gardening. Suzi has also worked with several national VSO’s and other healing organizations for veterans and their families. Many years ago, Suzi started her own healing journey by participating in a wild horse gentling program, which she continues to provide as a post traumatic growth activity for veterans and organizations such as the EOD Warrior Foundation.
Before becoming a therapist, Suzi received a BA in Theater from Middlebury College and worked as a video and film producer/director. Later, her unique therapeutic work with trauma lead her to being featured on many TV talk shows, including Oprah, and having two books published by Putnam.
Carrie is a native of Virginia, born and raised in Loudoun County. She graduated from Loudoun Valley High School in 1997 and attended her freshman year of college at High Point University. She transferred to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services Counseling. She has two children, Dante, 14, and Ryder, 9. They currently live in Winchester, VA with their family dog, Batman!
Carrie has a strong background working in non-profit and counseling. Her experience has ranged from working in homeless shelters to domestic and sexual violence women's center to helping children with Axis 1 diagnoses in the school system. Carrie has always been passionate about making a difference in people's lives and helping them improve their lives in any capacity possible! She is excited for this new opportunity to interact, engage, and positively impact the veterans and the families that visit BCR.
Sarah Fehrer serves as Director of Development for Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, overseeing all aspects of the organization’s fundraising and development activities. Sarah joined the Retreat’s Founder and Chairman in November 2011, to lead the capital campaign to build the Retreat. She is now spearheading the Retreat’s second fundraising campaign (Phase II) to enhance and expand the Retreat’s signature PATHH programming and long-term sustainment.
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.
Angela serves Boulder Crest Retreat as Development Officer. Prior to joining BCR, she has served other non-profits within Washington, D.C. in a variety of capacities. Her career thus far has consisted of working with investors and building relationships with those who share the same passion for various causes. Most of her experience comes from time spent with local non-profits, political fundraising and working on campaigns since her graduation from Liberty University in 2011. Angela is passionate about helping others, making a difference and leaving this world with a positive impact.
Angela is a proud West Virginia native, and in her free time loves to explore new wineries and happenings in the Northern Virginia area, any outdoor activity, and spending time with her husband and their English bulldog.
Alex is the daughter and granddaughter of Naval officers and the proud sister of a West Point cadet. As a member of a military family, Alex is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the military community for their service. She started at Boulder Crest Retreat in May 2015, after completing an Anthropology degree at The College of William and Mary and Masters degree in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. As a member of the Boulder Crest Team, she coordinates the events and fundraising activities to support the mission of and operations at the retreat.
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 Retreat 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 Isreal 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 Retreat and contributing to the invaluable work they are doing to help our veterans.
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 Retreat 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, two daughters and a menagerie of animals, including one future service animal.
Josh joined Boulder Crest Retreat in June 2014 and is responsible for the development of strategy - ranging from marketing, communications and strategic partnerships to program delivery and follow-on support. Josh leads the Retreat's efforts to build the nation's first comprehensive, non-clinical curriculum for Post-Traumatic Growth, based on our breakthrough Warrior PATHH program.
In addition, he is responsible for strategic partnerships and supporting efforts to scale and expand the Retreat's efforts.
Prior to joining Boulder Crest Retreat, 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 combat-related stress and Post-Traumatic Stress. 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.
Lauri, a United States Air Force Veteran, first became involved with Boulder Crest Retreat as a volunteer. Through her volunteer efforts she organized and helped to prepare meals for veterans staying at the retreat in addition to working with other artists to establish an art therapy program for specialized retreats. Lauri has lived in the Bluemont/Purcellville area for the last 20 years. She is honored to be a part of the Boulder Crest Family and to use her unique skills and talents to care for veterans and their families. When not performing her duties as "Kitchen Mom" she is busy playing with her grand children, weaving or walking.
Scott is one of the true “Jack of all trades, master of none” guys who grew up in Northern Ohio. After graduating high school, Scott obtained his auctioneers license to to work in the family business while simultaneously gaining experience in the construction field before joining the USMC, where he spent four years and obtained the rank of Sergeant. After his time in the service, Scott spent the next twenty-five years back in the construction field, serving five of these years as the Chaplain for American Legion post 364 in Woodbridge, Virginia. Recently, Scott felt led to sell his company and join the BCR team with his wife, Mary Beth, in order to serve his brothers and sisters in arms by fostering a setting for healing. Scott has two children, two stepchildren and two grandchildren, and enjoys motorcycling, photography and anything outdoors.
Mary Beth grew up in Staten Island, New York. Upon graduating high school, Mary Beth attended State University of New York at Plattsburg where she received her BA in human services, and her MS in counseling. She has spent the last thirty years working in non-profit ministry, primarily in the adoption arena, working for Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services. Mary Beth and her family moved to Virginia in 2001. Mary Beth has two children, two step children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking and motorcycling. Mary Beth is passionate about serving others and feels very blessed to be able to serve our country's heroes through her work at BCR.