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Brian Ray
Retired "mustang" Lt. Col. with 29 years of US Army service.
He deployed to Iraq in 2007 and 2010 as a military advisor to the Iraqi army.
Born and raised in New Mexico he was able to get his last duty
assignment in Santa Fe to be close to family. He keeps the ranch and facilities in working order, you can also catch him cooking lunch for the crew, is an assistant instructor
and all around top hand.

*Brian with SSG. Joel Tavera and Junior

Saddle Up!... We've Got Your Six                Proverbs 27:17


Rick Iannucci
Retired U.S. Marshal and former Green Beret.  Horses For Heroes - NM, Inc. Executive Director and Instructor.  A rancher and Ordained Minister,  he currently serves as the Chaplain and Chaplaincy Section Chair for the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA). He also serves on the NM State University Indian Livestock Planning Board and is a Contributing Editor to Working Ranch Magazine.

He commanded a Special Missions Unit in Colombia, has served as an instructor at the US Military Academy at West Point, and was a member of the elite US Marshals Special Operations Group (SOG).

 
He is the recipient of the Attorney Generals Distinguished Service Award and the US Marshals Service Directors Award  and the National Tactical Officers Association Award of Merit for his work in Colombia. In 2010 he received the American Red Cross Real Heroes Award for his current work with military veterans. In 2014 he received the New Mexico Humanitarian Award.

He combines a lifetime of horsemanship training with his military and police special operations training experience into this one of a kind program. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from  Neumann University ( Franciscan) a graduate of  Baylor University~ Truett Theological Seminary and is certified in Pastoral Crisis Intervention through the University of Maryland BC and the International Crisis Intervention Stress Foundation. He is a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association and a decade member of the Special Forces Association (D-7014).

                                                       

 *Photo by Lane DeWitt  - Dragging calves - At San Cristobal

Eric Yorty
US Army
101st Airborne Div. wounded in Iraq
Cowboy Up! Graduate & Instructor
Currently working on Bachelors degree in criminology.

Joe Streaker 
Cowboy Up! Instructor.
Raised on a Virginia Thoroughbred farm,
Joe has started colts for the track, worked on several ranches,
and has done everything from foxhunting to ranch roping and cutting.
Currently serving with the NM National Guard, Joe is also a Santa Fe County Firefighter /EMT

SFC Neal Riley
 US Army Special Forces - Senior 18 D SF MEDIC, OIF/OEF Advisor .Our first program medic, friend and brother who designed our "Cowboy Care Program" for medical emergencies on the ranch and on the range.

National Advisory Board

Master Sergeant Leroy Petry, US Army Ranger (Ret.), Medal of Honor Recipient (Afghanistan), Senior Advisor

Hon. Arthur Gajarsa,  Judge (Ret.) US Circuit Court of Appeals, Sr. Legal Advisor

Col. Tim Hale,  USAF Special Ops (Ret.), Fmr. Cabinet Secretary NM Dept. of Veterans' Services 

Col.Quentin D. Collins,  US Army Chaplin NM National Guard, Active Military, Reserve & National Guard Advisor

SFC Dana Bowman, US Army Special Forces, Abilities Advisor

MIles Culbertson,  Executive Director NM Livestock Board (Ret.) President, Culbertson Associates Ranch Consultants


Ximena Morales, MD Currently serving as a Neurologist in High Point, NC.

Wayne Winters, Horse Health Advisor and Farrier


Alexandra Eckhoff, DVM Program Veterinarian


Christina Savitsky NARHA certified therapeutic riding instructor since 1999. Instrumental in our initial instructor development program. 


Lt. Col. Darrell "Moe" Elmore, US Army Special Forces (Ret.), Special Projects Advisor


Capt. Ralph W. Galati, US Airforce, ret., Decorated POW, Veterans Issue Advisor

 
CSM Alfred "Greg" Birch, SFOD-D Ret., Warrior Mentor Advisor

Judy Schneider, LISW, has been a clinical social worker for over 25 years.

Tim O'Byrne, Editor, Working Ranch Magazine


Deb Austin, Office Alternatives, Albuquerque, NM


Nicole Woody, Esq. Legal Advisor


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For Our Four-Legged Staff Instructors please see our
HORSES AS HEALERS page.

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Bianca Shannon
Wrangler/Cowboy Up! Instructor
Bianca was born and raised as an Army kid in Italy.
She first started riding when she was 9 years old - as a 4-H member she competed in
hunter jumper and dressage. Studying physical anthropology at Hunter
College she had the opportunity to research wild mountain gorillas in Uganda.
Bianca has now found her way back to her true passion of working with horses.

Honorary Team:

Chaplain José Villegas
Former Marine and Our Cowboy Up! Chaplain.
Jose is also the Chaplain for the NM State Police.

P.L. Dillon
US Air Force
Horses For Heroes Roving Ambassador and Cowboy Up! Horse Handler
Works extensively with all of our programs.

* Dillon with horse healer Jack

Carl "Gunny" Hawkins
USMC RECON Veteran. 
Life long working ranch cowboy worked with Tom Goodnight, 6666 Ranches,
and Singleton Ranches just to name a few.
Owner of the world class Hawkins Chuckwagon.

John Shannon
Cowboy Up! Assistant Instructor
US Army Infantry Officer with over 25 years of service.  He served two tours in Afghanistan - the first in 2005 with 3rd Special Forces Group and again in 2008 with the New York Army National Guard.


* Working on Laguna Pueblo with
Sedillo Cattle Association

Gerald Valentine, MD
Cowboy Up! Program Psychiatrist
& VA Staff Research Psychiatrist

Alroy Billiman
US Army
Combat wounded in Iraq.
First Native American graduate of our Cowboy Up! Program.  Native American Peer Mentor Support Specialist.  Manages his family ranch on the Navajo reservation. 
Member of the NM Cattle Growers Association.

* Sorting at Bonanza Creek Ranch

The Cowboy Up! Crew

Wes Studi
US Army Combat Veteran, horseman extraordinaire & Cowboy Up! Instructor.  Also the star of such notable films as Geronimo, Last of the Mohicans, Comanche Moon, Avatar & Heat.

Nancy De Santis
Nancy oversees the program administration and development for Cowboy Up! and Wisdom Way For Warriors. She is a certified Equine Gestalt Coach and the Founder of Wisdom Way For Warriors, a Life Coaching program available here at Crossed Arrows Ranch through Horses For Heroes - NM, Inc.

Nancy is a CCHI certified riding instructor and certified Reiki Master.
  Nancy's specialized training is in Integrative Wellness for Veterans, Pastoral Care with Veterans and Families, Military Culture,  Veteran Suicide, Invisible Wounds of War

Restoring the Soul from War, Trauma Training and Care,
 Mindfulness and Neuroscience. 

She is a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (icisf) and certified

in Pastoral Crisis Intervention through the University of Maryland BC and icisf.

In 2014 Nancy received the New Mexico Humanitarian Award.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7


                                                                    *Photo by Romona Robbins

Chuck Franco 
A lifelong law enforcement officer and former magistrate judge. 
A dedicated horseman, Blue Star Dad, and 'First Gentleman". He is a hard working and dedicated addition to our Cowboy Up! Staff.

Brian "Hammer" Johnson
US Army
Combat wounded Iraq
Cowboy Up! Bunkhouse Specialist instrumental

in building our Warrior Bunkhouse

Chris Chaisson
US Army
101st Airborne Div. wounded in Iraq
Cowboy Up! Graduate & Instructor. Chris has worked for US Congress in their Wounded Warrior program in veterans outreach. Though going to school in FL Chris still instructs when visiting and recruits incoming Cowboy Up! participants.

*Chris and Aztec
Photo by Romona Robbins

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