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About Mighty Oaks Foundation

Who We Are

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.

Leadership Team

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.

Our Team

Chad M. Robichaux, BCPC, MBA
Founder & President
USMC Force Recon Veteran
Best Selling Author
Pro MMA Champion

Chad is a former Force Recon Marine and DoD Contractor with eight deployments to Afghanistan as part of a Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Task Force. After overcoming his personal battles with PTSd and nearly becoming a veteran suicide statistic, Chad founded the Mighty Oaks Foundation, a leading non-profit, serving the active duty and military veteran communities with highly successful faith-based combat trauma and resiliency programs. Having spoken to over 150,000 active-duty troops and led life-saving programs for over 3,300 active military and veterans at four Mighty Oaks Ranches around the Nation, Chad has become a go-to resource and is considered a subject matter expert on faith-based solutions to PTSd, having advised the current Presidential Administration, Congress and highest levels of the United States Military. Currently, Chad serves as the Chairman for the Faith Based Veterans Service Alliance (FBVSA) collaborating with the White House on behalf of a coalition of faith based Veteran Service Organizations.  Chad is a bestselling author and has written five books related to veteran care donating over 100,000 copies to the troops during his resiliency speaking tours. He is regularly featured on national media, such as Fox News, CNN, OANN, The O'Reilly Factor, The Blaze, TBN, The 700 Club, USA Today and has appeared in a short film by I Am Second. Currently, a life-story motion picture movie is being produced based on Chad’s book, An Unfair Advantage – Victory in the Midst of Battle. In addition to Chad’s military service, he is a former federal agent and law enforcement officer who was awarded the Medal of Valor for bravery. Chad is married to his wife Kathy of 25 years, and they have a daughter and two sons. Hunter is the 3rd generation Marine Combat veteran in the Robichaux family. Chad and his two sons are lifelong martial artists. Chad is a 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Carlson Gracie Jr and is a former Professional Mixed Martial Arts Champion having competed at the highest levels of the sport.

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Kathy R. Robichaux
Founder & Partner Relations

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.

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Jeremy M. Stalnecker
Executive Director & Co-Founder
USMC Infantry Officer

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.

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Susanne Stalnecker
Women's Program Director & Co-Founder
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.

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Branden D. Kunath
National Programs Director
USMC Infantry (Retired)

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.

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Michael Cameron
Marketing Director
USAF Family

Michael Cameron serves as the Marketing & Communications Director for Mighty Oaks Foundation, working to expand the profile of this incredible organization nationally. With an extensive background in digital marketing and strategy, he has worked with many of the largest movie studios, including Warner Brothers, Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate. Some of his most high profile projects include having managed and created strategy for digital campaigns including Hangover 3, The Hunger Games, We’re The Millers and many more. His work was nominated for a Shorty Award, the highest honor in social media, for his contributions to the Hangover 3 digital campaign. During his time at Stone Brewing Company as their Digital Media & Technology Strategist, he achieved the rare distinction of setting a record for the most funded Indiegogo campaign of all time, to launch their Stone Groundbreaking Collaborations project, raising over $2,500,000 in less than 30 days. His skill set encompasses a wide range of disciplines within marketing, from managing multi-million dollar PPC campaigns to building out departmental infrastructure to optimize resources and maximize returns. Michael is passionate about spreading the Lord’s message through his work with Mighty Oaks Foundation, and promoting ideas that are the foundational to our Country, patriotism and a moral faith-based life. It is through faith that all things are possible, and Michael believes that God’s plan is what brought him to Mighty Oaks Foundation, to do his work and honor the Most High. Mark 9:23 "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."

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Luis Rivera
Operations Manager
US Navy SEAL (Retired)

Luis Rivera is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL Senior Chief with 24 years of active duty service. Luis enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1990 at 17 years old. The first ten years of service were spent on two Fast Attack Submarines from 1992-2000 with USS Baton Rouge (SSN-689) and USS La Jolla (SSN 701). Then he attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) School in 2000. Luis graduated as Class Honorman with Class 234. Then he served as a Special Operator at SEAL Team Three from 2001-2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then served as Tactical Ground Mobility Chief at Training Detachment One for two years. Luis’ final deployment was with SEAL Team Three in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2009 to 2010. Luis completed his Naval career as a SEAL instructor at SEAL Qualification Training Land Warfare and Senior Enlisted Advisor at Naval Special Warfare Orientation.

Luis and his wife Cristina have been married for 17 years and he has three children ages 24, 23, and 20. Luis attended Mighty Oaks Warrior Program in 2016 and is now the organization’s Operations Manager, where he has found a new purpose by serving others through his passion for Jesus Christ as a witness to those who have struggled with similar challenges such as PTSD and life trauma. His passion is connecting with veterans that are losing hope and need a brother to come alongside.

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Kevin Schroeder
Programs Training Manager
USMC - Desert Storm Veteran
Police Officer - Patrol Lieutenant (Ret)

Kevin Schroeder is a United States Marine that served on active duty from 1990-1994 with one deployment to Desert Storm. After active duty Kevin became a police officer in a suburb of Houston, Texas. Throughout Kevin’s police career Kevin served as a patrolman, detective, undercover investigator targeting the drug trade and other violent crimes, spanish interpreter, police sergeant, and SWAT sniper. Kevin retired as a Patrol Lieutenant in 2018 after 21 years of police service. Kevin has a passion for missions and has served on several missions teams in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. Kevin also served as a spanish church planting pastor in Texas. After retiring from law enforcement Kevin became the Training Manager for Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs where he also serves as a Program Manager for the Men’s Legacy Sessions. Kevin has been married to his high school sweetheart Rachel for 29 years. They have 3 kids, a daughter-in-law, a grandson, and a granddaughter. 

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Robert Cale
Aftercare Manager
Military Unit Liasion
USMC (Ret) Combat Engineer
Iraq & Afghanistan Veteran

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Travis Gordon
Donor Relations Manager
USN Family

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Hunter Robichaux
Community Outreach Coordinator
USMC (Active)

Hunter Robichaux is a 3rd generation US Marine and currently in the Marine Corps Reserves assigned to 3D ANGLICO as a Forward Observer. In 2019 he deployed to Parwan Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and Operation Resolute Support. Prior to his deployment Hunter attended Calvary Chapel Bible College to pursue his education in Biblical Studies, while interning at Mighty Oaks in the Programs Division. As the Community Outreach Coordinator for Mighty Oaks, Hunter stays involved in all aspects of operations attending Legacy Programs and traveling to Military Resiliency events in order to communicate with partners and supporters on the current state of programs, operation and the continued vision to bring hope and healing to our warriors.

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Jamie Warner
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.

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Bill Coate
West Coast Session Facilitator
USMC Intelligence Officer Colonel (Retired)
Author

Bill Coate’s career in the military has spanned three decades, and included duty stations all over the world, from Australia to the Middle East, with combat deployments to East Timor and Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bill was the Iraq All Source Team Chief before deploying to Iraq and establishing the National Intelligence Center in Baghdad. Later he returned to Iraq as a Battalion Commander. Bill retired in 2011 as a Colonel, with his final duty station being in Dam Neck, VA, where he was the commanding officer of the Marine Corps Intelligence Schools. Bill has been married to his wife, Julie, for over 30 years, and they have three grown children. Bill’s service to our great nation lives on through his work with the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs. His mission now is to reach our nation’s Warriors who are struggling with the challenges of post-combat trauma. He continues to lead men, challenging them to rise up and be the leaders they were created to be, to live purposeful lives, and to positively impact America.

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John V. Davis
Applications Coordinator
US Army Forward Observer

California 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.

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Ann Dodd
Bookkeeper
USMC Spouse

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.

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Joel Worst
Digital Media Specialist
USN Family

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Our Journey

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…

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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 USA (formerly 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 three-thousand Mighty Oaks alumni, and we take great pride in having one of the highest success rates of any recovery program in preventing. 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.

 

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