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ORIGINS

After their son’s death on June 4, 2010, the parents of 1LT Joseph J. Theinert, Dr. Francis “Doc” Kestler and Chrystyna Kestler knew they wanted to continue Joe’s legacy of caring for his platoon.  During his deployment in March of 2010, Joe’s primary goal was to bring everyone home safe. While none of Joe’s men were physically injured during their year-long deployment, they lost their leader when Joe was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED).

 

For the remainder of the deployment the Theinert-Kestler family worried intensely about the men of 2nd Platoon, 1-71 Cavalry, and upon their return to U.S. soil the family insisted to Army Leadership that the entire platoon come to Joe’s hometown, Shelter Island, New York, so that the family could communicate their love and concern for these men.

 

It was this visit with Joe's platoon that shaped a lot of our ideas about how important it is for veterans to have time to spend with each other in a relaxed environment, where they can decompress over events they have experienced together or have in common, and heal.  Doc and Chrys, having already used the New Mexico property as their own personal retreat, knew that the space would be perfect for veterans, their families, and other Gold Star Families.

Origins

1LT JOSEPH J. THEINERT

The Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund was founded by 1LT Joe Theinert’s family after he was killed in action during combat operations in Afghanistan on June 4, 2010.

In life, Joe’s primary concern was always others. This started as a commitment to his family and friends and extended, after he was commissioned as a Lieutenant, to his soldiers and their families. 

 

Our foundation continues Joe’s mission of being ever supportive of soldiers and their loved ones.

We Remember Joey.

WHERE

Strongpoint Theinert Ranch operates on a 1,100+ acres of former cattle ranch amongst the scenic mountains and open prairies of remote Magdalena, New Mexico.

 

A 95-minute drive from Albuquerque, with no internet and limited cell reception, STR is a complete escape for guests. The property abuts the Cibola National Forest — 1.6 million acres of public land with elevations from 2,700 to 11,300 feet.

 

Here, guests rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

Where
Team

MEET THE TEAM

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Jimbo Theinert

President/Facilitator

Civilian/Gold Star Family

Vice President/Facilitator

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Maggie Reilly

Secretary

Civilian

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Dan Kelly

Treasurer/Facilitator

USMC

Dr. Francis Kestler "Doc"

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Casey Monroe

Director of Mental Health, LCSW

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John Baker

Mental Health Counselor

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James Christensen

Mental Health Counselor

USAF

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Clinician, LMHC

Civilian

Kathleen Lynch

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John Paganini

Board Member/Facilitator

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Brandon

Brandon Kuehn

Facilitator

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Facilitator

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Tia Beck

Facilitator

USAF

Brian Burwell

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Diana O'Donnell

Equine Therapist

Civilian

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Facilitator

Civilian/Gold Star Family

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Tim Malloy

Facilitator

USAF

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Tyler Hamilton

Facilitator

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Mary Theinert

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Facilitator

USAF

Lily

Support

Service Animal

Casey Calvert

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Joe McCleod

Logistics Support

USMC/USAF

Sunset on top of Chow Mountain
Mountain Biking on Ranch Property
Legacy Hike up South Baldy

HOW

STR retreats are made possible through donations and grant funding. We are able to underwrite all guest travel and retreat expenses – averaging $750 per person – covering round-trip travel, meals, and equipment.  With the aim of maximizing programs for our participants, STR is entirely volunteer run; there are no salaries paid by the organization.

You can support the ongoing mission of STR and help us reach even more vets and families by making a fully tax-deductible donation or volunteering today! 

How

CONTACT US

If you'd like to learn how to get involved with Strongpoint Theinert Ranch, please go to the Get Involved page and fill out our profile form. 
For other questions or general inquiries, please fill out the form to the right.
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