The Mighty Oaks Foundation is committed to serving the brokenhearted by providing intensive peer-based discipleship through a series of programs, outpost meetings, and speaking events. Our Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs hosts such Men, Women, and Marriage Advance Programs at multiple locations nationwide. The Warriors who attend are fully sponsored for training, meals, and lodging needs to ensure that upon arrival to the ranch, each Warrior is focused solely on his or her recovery and identifying purpose moving forward.
Our leadership team has the unique ability to connect with the Warriors and their families. Since all instructors are program alumni, they each have experienced tragedy and hardships through their service to America. Having endured deployments, family separations, learning to handle the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress (both in war and at home), the instructors are able to connect to the students on a peer level, opening a forum that is not found in clinical environments.
Chad M. Robichaux, BCPC, MBA
Founder & President
Chad M. Robichaux, BCPC, MBA
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
USMC Force Recon Veteran / Best Selling Author / Pro MMA Champion
Chad M. Robichaux is the President and Founder of the Mighty Oaks Foundation, a leading military non-profit serving the US Military active duty and veteran communities with highly successful peer-to-peer faith based combat trauma programs and combat resiliency conferences. Chad and his team are dedicated to helping America’s military warriors and their families suffering from the “unseen wounds” of combat such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Their effort is on the front line to intercede and end the climbing 22 per day veteran suicide rate and the tragic divorce epidemic in military families. To date the program has over 1,200 alumni and has reached tens of thousands active duty service members through resiliency conferences.
Chad is a former Special Operations Force Recon Marine and DoD Contractor with eight deployments to Afghanistan as part of a Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Task Force. He has earned an MBA and is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor with a focus on PTSD. Chad and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 21 years, and have three children. After years of deployments their family personally faced the challenges of PTSD. They now share a story of a victory in Christ through the struggles our warriors face returning home and have dedicated their lives to sharing that story to mentor others like them. Chad is a widely sought after public speaker and subject matter expert on PTSD, military and veterans’ issues providing advisory to the nation's highest ranking flag officers and advised the current presidential administration on the best and most-effective faith-based solutions for veteran’s care. Chad has testified in Veteran Courts regarding combat trauma and PTSD, wrote a best-selling book on the subject and has been featured on such media outlets as Fox News, Forbes, The O'Reilly Factor, The Blaze with Glenn Beck, USA Today, Christian Post, Focus on The Family, The 700 Club, and a short biography film by I Am Second.
In addition to Chad’s military service he has served our nation as a Special Agent with the US Federal Air Marshal Service and the US State Department as a Surveillance Detection Senior Program Manager. Chad is also a Medal of Valor Recipient for his bravery beyond the call of duty in law enforcement. Outside of his work with veterans Chad and his sons train and teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and a Former Pro MMA World Champion who has used his platform to advocate for civilian support of America’s Warriors returning home while competing in the sports biggest events such as NBC’s World Series of Fighting, Showtime’s StrikeForce, MTV2’s Bellator FC, and Legacy FC on HDNet & AXStv.
Kathy R. Robichaux
Co-Founder & Partner Relations
Kathy R. Robichaux
FOUNDER & SPOKESWOMAN, PARTNER RELATIONS
Director of Women's Programs
Kathy Robichaux brings a powerful testimony of unconditional love and forgiveness that shines through the darkness as a ray of hope. She has a strong connection with women and wives struggling with the pain and heartache in the wake of PTSD. She speaks publicly as a wife and a mother who fought the war with the symptoms in her husband and came out the other side with a restored relationship with Chad, and an even stronger faith. It was Kathy’s love and faith all along that kept the Robichaux family together and subsequently the Mighty Oaks Foundation was born. Kathy has a unique knowledge of PTSD and what it looks like. She speaks to women with a powerful message of God’s grace, forgiveness, and moving forward. She has reached the hearts of many women through her faith, public speaking, and the Mighty Oaks Warriors Programs by effectively healing lives for the glory of God.
Jeremy M. Stalnecker
Jeremy M. Stalnecker
USMC Infantry Officer and Iraq Veteran
Jeremy Stalnecker is the Executive Director of the Mighty Oaks Foundation. The Mighty Oaks Foundation is dedicated to helping America’s military warriors and their families suffering from the “unseen wounds” of combat such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While growing up in San Jacinto, CA, Jeremy’s only goal in life was to leave home and join the Marine Corps. Even though his father was the pastor of a local church, Jeremy did not have a desire to enter ministry and hoped that he could instead live out his life serving his country. The dream of being a United States Marine was finally realized with an active duty commission in 1999. Following Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, VA, Jeremy was assigned to First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division as an infantry platoon commander. Serving first as a rifle platoon commander in a helicopter company and then as the platoon commander of the counter-mechanized platoon, Jeremy learned valuable leadership and communication skills that he continues to use today. In January 2003, Fifth Marines, as a part of the First Marine Division, deployed to Kuwait in support of what would become Operation Iraqi Freedom. As the war began, First Battalion, Fifth Marines would be the infantry battalion used to breech the berm separating Kuwait and Iraq and would secure the first major objective of the war. This led to a road march that would see the battalion occupying Baghdad and seizing the presidential palace in northern Baghdad on the Tigris River. Throughout this movement, Jeremy and the counter-mechanized platoon would provide navigation and lead security for the battalion. While in the Marine Corps, God was working in Jeremy’s life to turn his heart toward full-time ministry. Just one month after returning from Iraq, Jeremy became a staff member of his home church at Coastline Baptist in Oceanside, CA. Here he gained ministry experience that would equip him for the further leading of God. In his role as an Assistant Pastor, he counseled and mentored many couples and individuals while also maintaining other church responsibilities. It was a great privilege for him to be able to serve in this capacity so close to Camp Pendleton since most of those that he worked with were either Marines or the family members of Marines. In 2008, Jeremy and his family took on a new responsibility when he became the Senior Pastor, just east of San Francisco Bay at Bay Area Baptist Church in Fremont, CA. In this capacity, he continued to minister to families and individuals in a wide range of areas. After serving in the role of senior pastor for nearly seven years, the door was opened to accept a full-time position with the Mighty Oaks Foundation. This move brought together both his ministry experience and military background in a way that allows him to serve and minister to many hurting veterans, service members and their families. Along with his wife Susanne and their four children, Jeremy is thankful for the opportunity to reach the hurting and providing the healing found in Christ.
Branden D. Kunath
National Programs Director
Branden D. Kunath
NATIONAL PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
Military Liaison to USMC Camp Pendleton / Combat Meritoriously Promoted SNCO
USMC Infantry Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran
Branden Kunath serves as the National Programs Director for Mighty Oaks Foundations, Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs. Mighty Oaks Foundation is dedicated to helping America’s military warriors and their families suffering from the “unseen wounds” of combat such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Branden is responsible for the majority of the operational and logistical requirements pertaining to Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs. Branden is a medically retired United States Marine Staff Sergeant who served as an Infantry Machine Gunner and as an Infantry Unit Leader during his 15 years of active duty service. He served with Marine Corps Security Forces Europe (Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team) stationed in Rota Spain 1st Battalion 1st Marine Regiment Company C, 2nd Battalion 1st Marine Regiment Company E, and Weapons Company based out of Camp Pendleton. He also served as a Marine Combat Instructor at the School of Infantry West, instructing basic trained Marines to achieve a Military Occupation Specialty of 0331 Infantry Machine Gunner. During this time, he also instructed at Advanced Infantry Battalion West - Infantry Machine Gun Leaders Course. Branden has had the opportunity to gain a large amount of experience conducting missions all over the world while being stationed in Rota, Spain. Soon after transitioning to Camp Pendleton, he quickly found himself deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times. Branden conducted combat missions in Iraq at Umm Qasr, Fallujah, Sahl Sinjar, Haditha and many others. He also conducted combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a Heavy Weapons Platoon Sergeant and as Operations Chief Embedded Training Advisory Team to the 25th Kandak (Battalion) Afghanistan Army. Branden was combat meritoriously promoted to the rank for Staff Sergeant for actions while being deployed to Iraq. After being assigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Branden found himself arriving to a Fight Club session in December 2013. After graduating and dedicating his life to Christ, he had noticed he was not alone in his fight, he quickly realized where his newfound purpose was. He now lives to share his passion of what Christ has done not only in him but also in his wife Jeanette and children’s lives in order to reach others battling the effects of combat trauma, so that they might find hope and a new purpose in life.
US Navy SEAL (Retired)
Luis Rivera, the Operations Manager, reports to Jeremy Stalnecker, the Executive Director, and serves as an integral member of the senior management team. He is responsible for the continued development of Mighty Oaks Foundation’s organizational strategy and contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals.
John D. Foldberg
John D. Foldberg
USMC Infantry Officer / Desert Storm Veteran- Bronze Star with Valor
DoD Contractor in Iraq / DoD Employee Afghanistan
John is a counselor and desires to help the graduates from Mighty Oaks programs to grow in their knowledge of, faith in, and obedience to Jesus Christ. Once someone graduates from one of our programs, John is responsible for all aftercare and follow up. This includes connecting them to a mentor, a Mighty Oaks outposts, a local church, and if necessary to a Biblical Counselor. John is currently working toward his certification from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. John’s military career began in 1974 when he enlisted in the Army. Following service in the Army, John graduated from Western State College in Colorado and accepted a commission in the Marine Corps. John retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Marine Corps after 23 years of service. He served in all three active duty Marine Divisions, and had multiple overseas deployments. As an infantry officer he served in a variety of positions in infantry battalions. During Desert Storm he commanded Co. I 3d, Bn 7th Marines and upon selection to Major he became the operations officer for the battalion. Other assignments include being, a military observer for the United Nations in Lebanon and Egypt, Marine Barracks Washington DC, 8th & I. He has also served as the unconventional warfare officer working with the Greek Special Forces. After retiring from the Marine Corps, John also served in Afghanistan leading a Human Terrain Team in Afghanistan in support of Marine operations in the Helmand Province. He also served in Iraq as a Strategic Team Director in support of Operation New Dawn. John’s personal awards include the Navy-Marine Corps Medal, the Bronze Star (with “V”), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, A Navy-Marine Achievement Medal, and a Combat Action Ribbon. He has also been awarded two civilian public service awards. He is a graduate from the Army’s Ranger School and Airborne School. John and his bride, Carrie, have been married 31 years, they have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
West Coast Regional Facilitator
WEST COAST REGIONAL FACILITATOR
USMC Naval Aviator
Growing up in Southern California in close proximity to several military air stations offered no shortage of military aircraft crisscrossing his childhood skyline. That, coupled with his dad’s service as a Marine helicopter, C-130, and civilian airline pilot, infused in Jamie a passion for aviation and service. After college, Jamie served as a Marine CH-53E helicopter pilot with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466, “The Wolfpack”, from 1990-1997. After leaving the Marine Corps, Jamie worked as a public school English teacher for the next 16 years. He had been feeling a burden for the veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and was praying over how to serve them when through a series of events too coincidental to be anything but God’s direction and plan, Jamie heard about Mighty Oaks and then met Chad in a “chance” encounter two days later. Chad invited Jamie to attend a Legacy Program graduation to see what the program was all about. That’s all it took. Jamie began volunteering and helping where and how he could over the next couple of years. During this time, Jamie used his skills as an English teacher to help the Mighty Oaks team with editing of the various book projects they were working on. Then, in 2016, with three books in the works, Jamie took a two-year leave of absence from teaching to focus on the book projects and some personal growth. God, and Chad, had something else in mind. The West Coast Regional Facilitator position was created and a one-year contract was offered to Jamie. The trap was set. That one-year contract evolved into a staff position. As the Facilitator, Jamie is responsible for all the administration and logistics for programs conducted at SkyRose Ranch in San Miguel, CA. Jamie also oversees social media related to all programs, continues to help with the editing process on book projects, and speaks for and represents the Mighty Oaks Foundation on the West Coast and is the “local representative” in the Central California region. Jamie and his wife, Kathy, leverage their 27+ years of marriage by serving as instructors for the Marriage Advance Program. They have three grown children and one daughter-in-law.
West Coast Session Facilitator
West Coast Session Facilitator
USMC Intelligence Officer Colonel (Retired) Author
John V. Davis
John V. Davis
US Army Iraq and Panama Veteran / Police Officer (Retired)
John Davis is the Application Coordinator for Mighty Oaks and handles every application that comes into our system. John's passion for our mission make him the right man for the job as he personally makes first contact with each Warrior or family member, assesses their situation and places applicants into upcoming scheduled programs nationwide. John also serves as a Team Leader at many of our programs. As a former Sergeant in the US Army 82nd Airborne he was a forward observer in the 319th Artillery Battalion. John was attached 3/504th Infantry Battalion for Operation Just Cause in Panama 1989 and 1/17th Calvary Division Scouts in Iraq as a Ground Laser Team Leader for Desert Shield / Desert Storm in 1991. After honorably discharging from the US Army in 1993 he joined the Orange County CA Sheriff's Department where he worked in the county jail. In 1994 he transferred to Whittier Police Department where he worked as a Patrol Officer and as a member of the Special Occurrence Response Team and Entry Team. After being in 3 justified officer involved shootings John was medically retired in 2004. After retiring from law enforcement John became a high school football, track and strength coach. John and his wife Quennie have 7 children and outside of Mighty Oaks John enjoys training athletes strength and conditioning coach and training as a competitive Jiu-Jitsu athlete.
Women Program Director, Office Manager
Women Program Director
Mighty Oaks Office Manager
In addition to directing our Women's program, Susanne oversees the daily organization of the Mighty Oaks office as well as manages the merchandise and programs inventory. She also brings fifteen years of ministry experience to the Mighty Oaks team which she uses to minister in both our women's and couples programs. Having supported her husband as he served as a Marine and then working alongside him in full-time pastoral ministry, she brings a unique perspective that allows her to use both her testimony and faith in God to help others become who they were uniquely created to be.
Ann currently serves as the staff Bookkeeper for Mighty Oaks. She is responsible to maintain sound financial processes as it relates to the recording of income and expenses for both programs and organizational administration. Additionally, Ann also works with our outside accountants who provide oversight and adherence to established financial policies. Ann is married to Luke, an active duty Marine and veteran of OIF and OEF. Together they have 3 children.
When Chad Robichaux realized that countless other combat veterans face the same psychological, emotional, and spiritual challenges he did after his service in Afghanistan (challenges causing some twenty-plus suicides a day and staggering divorce rates among military families), Chad wondered to himself, Why doesn’t someone do something about this? He eventually realized that the answer was Why not me? and so began Mighty Oaks.
It is a story of God’s transformational power to turn tragedy into triumph. It is a journey starting with one man’s brokenness from war, one woman’s willingness to fight for her family, and their faith in God’s promise from Isaiah 61:3 that we can rise from the ashes and become mighty oaks of righteousness.
Many great men stepped in to mentor Chad and Kathy past their struggles, but none more than Steve Toth and Pastor Jeff Wells of WoodsEdge Community Church. It was through this church that Chad and Kathy were later ordained and commissioned as ministers and sent to begin the Mighty Oaks ministry to America’s military warriors and families.
The first programs for men were launched in Westcliffe, Colorado, with non-active duty veterans. Chad and Kathy served alongside the Dave Roever Foundation for more than a year while developing the methodology that would become Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs (MOWP).
MOWP uses a grassroots approach, empowering veterans to begin their healing and then be a positive impact on those around them. Those warriors, challenged by this peer-to-peer model, rose to meet the challenge and found hope and purpose beyond their military service, grabbing hold of a future worth living again. As they left the programs, they sent their brothers, which made the program grow rapidly, especially with warriors coming from US Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion West, which housed a large population of Marine Corps combat veterans.
During this time of growth and increasing demand, Dave Roever introduced Chad to Wayne Hughes Jr. to explore the possibility of taking Mighty Oaks to El Paso de Robles, Calif. (Interestingly, El Paso de Robles translates to “The Path of the Oaks.” We at Mighty Oaks say this was definitely a God wink!) Wayne, a very successful businessman, had previously launched Serving California, a nonprofit philanthropy arm for his many companies.
It was in Wayne’s heart to see the Lord’s hand over our returning American warriors, and he wanted to run a veterans’ program at his ranch. He allowed MOWP to do so on the condition that if he liked the program, he’d build a lodge there to host it. He did like it, especially its results.
A partnership between Mighty Oaks and Serving California took root, and SkyRose Lodge was built. This became the primary home of Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs. However, the rapidly increasing influx of warriors and military families has resulted (so far) in three other regional locations: Blaylock Ranch in Junction, Tex.; Warrior Retreat at Bull Run in Haymarket, Va.; and The Wilds in Columbus, Ohio.
As our work continues with veterans and spouses, we receive active-duty warriors on official orders from the various branches. We also have become a top resource for the US military, having trained and equipped more than one hundred thousand warriors in combat readiness through Resiliency Conferences at bases across the country. This included Chad and Jeremy authoring The Path to Resiliency, a spiritual-resiliency book used as a resource for the US military.
Even though Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs has expanded in both numbers and geographic locations, our vision remains the same: to assist our nation’s warriors and families by challenging, equipping, and empowering them to take the help they receive and spread it to those in their own circles of influence. We now have more than fifteen hundred Mighty Oaks alumni, and we take great pride in not having lost one to suicide to date. Beyond each warrior’s healing he is challenged, equipped, and empowered to care for his brothers, bringing both a solution to the problem and a purpose for those willing to share that solution with others.
Together, we can all strive toward the common goal of ending the war at home by finding a hope and a future, and aligning with the purpose for which God created us. We will continue to lead others to fulfill the promise of Isaiah 61:3: to rise from the ashes and become mighty oaks!
Fully paid scholarships are available for all MOWP for active-duty or veteran military personnel, as well as their spouses, by applying online.