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Mighty Oaks Speakers

Chad M. Robichaux, BCPC, MBA

Chad M. Robichaux, BCPC, MBA

Former Force Recon Marine/Afghanistan Veteran
Pro MMA Champion
Best Selling Author
Founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation

Jeremy M. Stalnecker

Jeremy M. Stalnecker

USMC Infantry Officer/Iraq Veteran
Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for Combat Valor
Executive Director & Co-Founder
of Mighty Oaks Foundation

Kathy R. Robichaux

Founder & Spokeswoman of Mighty Oaks Foundation
Author

Kathy is the proud wife of an American Hero. Out of her and her husband Chad’s story of triumph in the face of devastating adversity, they founded the Mighty Oaks Foundation. Kathy 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 of separation and divorce. She speaks publicly as a wife and a mother who fought the war at home for her husband. On the other side of that war Kathy found a restored relationship with Chad, and an even stronger faith.

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Susanne Stalnecker

Women's Program Director & Co-Founder

Susanne is the Director of Women’s programs at The Mighty Oaks Foundation, leading the ministry to female Veterans, Service Members and spouses. Through her experience as the wife of a Marine Combat veteran she understands the difficulties of raising a family while dealing with the struggles and uncertainty of military life.  This experience along with more than fifteen years of church and women’s ministry give her a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by women seeking to be all that God has created and called them to be. Her heart is to challenge women through speaking, writing and mentoring through words and a life that are uplifting and encouraging. Susanne has four children from ages nine to nineteen and has been married for twenty-one years.

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Branden D. Kunath

USMC Infantry Staff Sergeant (Retired)/Iraq & Afghanistan Veteran
National Programs Director for Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs

Branden is a medically retired U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant who served as an Infantry Machine Gunner and Infantry Unit Leader during his active duty service. After multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan Branden found himself being assigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California. As a recovering service member at Wounded Warrior Battalion Branden found himself arriving to a Mighty Oaks Men's Program in December 2013. After graduating and dedicating his life to Christ, he noticed he was not alone in his fight and quickly realized where his new found purpose was needed. In addition to Branden’s role as the National Facilitation Manager with Mighty Oaks, he also serves as an instructor with the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs. He and his wife have dedicated their lives to reaching back into the dark places to rescue their fellow brothers and sisters in need so that they may experience the same healing in Christ that they and their family experienced.

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Matthew Heidt

Navy SEAL – Sr Chief (Retired)/Iraq Veteran
Bronze Star with "V" for Combat Valor
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

Matt served 23 years of combined active and reserve service as a Navy SEAL and retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in December 2013. Matt's walk with Christ began in 1994 when a member of his SEAL platoon was shot and paralyzed in a training accident. As one of the platoon Hospital Corpsmen, Matt was able to save this man's life, but not his mobility. Matt’s realization of the hazards of the SEAL Team mission, along with the inspiring optimism of his first trauma patient led him to seek a relationship with Christ. Over the years, Matt has been greatly blessed with a wonderful family, and a child whose life is a miracle. Witnessing the way that God has protected his family emboldened Matt to deploy to Iraq with confidence that God would be by his side. He ended up at the center of a far-reaching intelligence operation in Iraq where God once again came through in dramatic fashion to save hundreds of lives and to continue to protect Matt. These experiences have been demonstrative of God’s faithfulness in Matt’s life, and they have enabled him to continue to move forward and share their value with the men he encounters through the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs.

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Robert W. (Bill) Coate

SMC- Intelligence Officer (Colonel, Retired)/Iraq Veteran
Legion of Merit & Bronze Star Recipient
Author
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Instructor

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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Luis Rivera

US Navy SEAL, Sr. Chief (Retired)/Iraq Veteran
Purple Heart Recipient
2 Bronze Stars with “V” for Combat Valor
Operations Manager for Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs

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.

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John V. Davis

US Army Veteran/Iraq & Panama Veteran
Police Officer (Retired)
Applications Coordinator for Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs

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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Cm Sgt. Ericka E. Kelly

USAF (30 yrs. Retired)
Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Reserve Command
Recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal
Criminal Investigator for the D.O.J.

Chief Master Sergeant Ericka E. Kelly is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and also serves as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Chief Kelly represents the highest enlisted executive level of leadership in Air Force Reserve Command and advises the Commander on all issues regarding the readiness, training, welfare, morale, proper utilization and progress of more than 55,000 enlisted active duty and Reserve Citizen Airmen serving at more than 60 military bases worldwide. She also provides direction to the Reserve force and represents their interests at all levels of government to other military branches and in joint strategic and operational war-fighting environments.

Chief Kelly joined the Air Force in October 1987 and served in numerous assignments and leadership positions in the medical career field and took part in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In May 1993, Chief Kelly transferred to the Air Force Reserve and deployed twice in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. She led two Air Force Reserve wings as the top enlisted advisor for the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, California, and then the 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, California, before assuming her current position.

In addition to her military service, Chief Kelly has more than 20 years of government, management and law enforcement experience. She has served as a criminal investigator for the Department of Justice in the Office of Professional Responsibility. She is also a John Maxwell certified speaker, coach and trainer.

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Maj. General Robert Dees

US Army (31 yrs. Retired)
Founder, Inst. for Military Resilience Liberty University
Author of the Resilience Trilogy
National Security Advisor for Dr. Ben Carson
Mighty Oaks Board of Advisors

From a Major General in the US Army, to the Campaign Chairman for Dr Ben Carson, there isn't much Robert "Bob" Dees hasn't done. Throughout his career, he has maintained focus and integrity while moving and motivating the men and women that surround him.  A natural leader, Bob Dees will speak to your audience on a number of topics that will leave them motivated and wanting more for their lives. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for Mighty Oaks Foundation.

Great For:
Men's Events, Conferences, Church Outreach Weekends, Fundraising, Benefits, Veterans and Military Services

Author Of:
Resilient Nations, Resilient Leaders, Resilient Warriors, Resilience God Style, Resilience God Style Video Series, Resilience God Style Training Game

As Seen On:
Fox News, Newsmax, Liberty University, New Canaan Society, FOX Business

Topics:
Military Appreciation, Resilient Nations (National Renewal), Resilience God Style (Personal Resilience, including applications to family), Resilient Leadership, Christian Patriotism and Citizenship

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Our Speakers

The Mighty Oaks team covers a wide range of topics through our programs to Veterans and Active Duty Service Members that we also bring to retreats, conferences, churches and civic events around the country. We are also a frequent guest on national media outlets (Fox News, American Family Radio, Forbes, Christian Post) speaking on Veteran issues including Combat Trauma, PTSd and Resiliency. All of our speakers are combat Veterans or spouses of combat Veterans and have a passion to share the transformational experience that changed their world and unveiled their purpose.

Our talks on the following topics are both inspiring and challenging and can be scaled from single sessions to multi-day/multi-session retreats and conferences.

For speaker’s information, to request a quote and to submit a speaker request for your event please click here.

LEADERSHIP ∙ LIVING A PURPOSEFUL LIFE ∙ FORGIVENESS ∙ CHARACTER ∙ LEGACY ∙ MANHOOD ∙ MARRIAGE

Military Events

We come alongside individual commands and chaplaincies to offer peer to peer talks that can include pre-deployment resiliency training, shoring up your home life while you are gone, how to have more effective communications, during a deployment and how to better be equipped for post deployment family reintegration.

Men’s Events

What does True Manhood defined by God look like? We answer this question utilizing curriculum from our core classes in our military Men’s Programs. This includes defining an authentic man, being a purposeful husband, father and leader and walking in integrity through real brotherhood and community.

Women’s Events

These talks are designed with guiding women toward a Biblical blueprint of womanhood; to inspire them, and help to flourish in all of the key areas of their life (faith, marriage, mothering, health, service and finances) in order to challenge and help them grow into who they were designed to be.

Marriage Events

Our marriage talks aim to help couples gain a better understanding of the struggles that they each face. We speaks on needs, expectations, communications, goal and forgivenness. A healthy couple can successfully weather any storm if they walk in understanding of one another and center their marriage on Godly principles.

Testimonials

"You are able to trust everyone around you without the fear of being judged. I was able to share something with this group that I've never shared with anyone my entire life. That in itself shows just how trusting and comfortable this environment is."

“The Mighty Oaks Team pulled together to help lift me up through dark times; I have chosen to dedicate my life to helping other veterans struggling with some of the same challenges I have had to face….”

"I witnessed warriors, hardened by their combat experiences, come to terms with their own brokenness and find healing in the redemptive powers of Jesus Christ. Their curriculum wastes no time beating around the bush and gets to the heart of the matter exploring the meaning of authentic manhood."

"There's good and evil fighting inside of everybody and if you can see the positive, you can live an awesome life."

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