National Advisory Board

Glenn R. Schiraldi,Ph.D, Lt. Col. (USAR, Ret.) Vietnam veteran. Resiliency Advisor

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 

Jim Papineau,  Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) Officer ​(Ret.), Warrior Mentor Advisor

SFC Dana Bowman, US Army Special Forces, Abilities Advisor

Myles 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, Path certified therapeutic riding instructor since 1999. Instrumental in our initial instructor development program. 

Jeffrey A. Lowdermilk, Military Historian, Photographer, Author

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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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 / Adjunct Team:

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.

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 Volunteer 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 wholistic 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, Bereavement,

Restoring the Soul from War,  Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindfulness, Neuroscience and is a Certified Trauma Professional and  a Neurosculpting® Ambassador. 

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

in Pastoral Crisis Intervention through the University of Maryland BC and icisf. She is an EGCM® Associate Instructor teaching EGCM Graduates on how to work with veterans and people who have experienced trauma.

In 2014 Nancy received the New Mexico Humanitarian Award.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

                                                                    *Photo by Romona Robbins

P.L. Dillon

US Air Force Veteran

Horses For Heroes Ambassador &

..."Other Duties as Assigned".

*Pictured with horse-healer 'Jack'

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

in building our Warrior Bunkhouse


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

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.

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


Eric Yorty
US Army
101st Airborne Div. wounded in Iraq
Cowboy Up! Graduate & Instructor
and has a 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

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 living in FL Chris still instructs when visiting and recruits incoming Cowboy Up! participants.

*Chris and Aztec
Photo by Romona Robbins

James Ragland Jr.
US Army
8 years US Army Infantryman, Retired 2014

2 Afghanistan Tours

North Carolina Native

Cowboy Up! Graduate and Assistant Instructor
Currently working towards Certification in Equine & Cattle Management

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) and the Santa Fe Police Department and is part of the Critical Incident Debriefing team.  

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, 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 holds Degrees and Post Graduate Certificates from  Neumann University (Franciscan), Baylor University~Truett Theological Seminary,  Yale Divinity School ( Trauma Informed Pastoral Care) and the University of Maryland BC /ICSF (Pastoral Crisis Intervention)  

  He is a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association and a Life Member of the Special Forces Association (D-7014 L).


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