Connie Baldwin, LPC Equine Team Behavioral Consultant
Mrs. Baldwin earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University in 2005. She holds a License as a Professional Counselor in Texas and is credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science from Fort Valley State University.
Mrs. Baldwin has earned her certification to use horses in the therapeutic process with clients through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) in 2009. She has owned and worked with horses for more than twenty-five years. The EAGALA model has afforded her the opportunity to use her love of horses in the healing process of others.
Mrs. Baldwin is a devoted military spouse. She fully understands the military lifestyle and has dedicated her career to helping people who suffer with traumatic symptoms heal and move forward with their lives.
She is designated as a Child Trauma Informed Care Specialist. She also has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) to treat trauma specifically.
Mrs. Baldwin has worked with the Lone Survivor Foundation providing Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). EAL is a proven model and an interactive way to address the issues related with PTSD, TBI & Military Sexual Trauma. Due to her extensive experience working with children, she also facilitates the psycho-educational groups with the kids during the retreats.Back to top
Jennifer Street, Retreat Team Lead
Jennifer Street, our Houston Based Team Leader, has been in the social service field since 2001 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A graduate of both East Tennessee State University and Florida State University, Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work. Jennifer began her career working with families in crisis and later worked in the areas of at-risk adolescent treatment and domestic violence before beginning Life Renewal Counseling, a private outpatient counseling practice, in 2009.
In that same year, Jennifer completed certification as a trauma professional and began serving on a research team studying the effectiveness of Accelerated Resolution Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress in military members. As an educator, Jennifer has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of several universities including the University of South Florida and Saint Leo University. Jennifer is a certified trauma professional and is also certified to provide Accelerated Resolution Therapy, an eye movement treatment for faster resolution of psychological distress resulting from trauma.
Jennifer and her husband stay busy raising the son and their two therapy dogs, Chaz and Obie. They enjoy playing and writing music together as well as performing. Jennifer is an avid hiker with a life goal of section-hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. She loves her work with Lone Survivor Foundation and believes it is a great honor and privilege to serve our current and former service members and their families.Back to top
Paula Bonebrake, Retreat Team Lead
Paula Bonebrake is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a wide range of experience in the mental health field. She has specialized in providing behavioral health support to military members and their families since 2004. As a Military Family Life Consultant from 2004-2010 she worked with multiple branches of service nationwide through all phases of the deployment cycle. From 2010-2016 she developed and managed a psychological health program for the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing, providing and managing care for members and their families as their Director of Psychological Health. Working with the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program she developed and provided psycho-educational classes to prepare service members and their families for deployment and reintegration, provided behavioral health consultations, crisis and risk management and coordination of care. She has collaborated with the Chaplain Corps for the National Guard at Strong Bonds marriage retreats facilitating psycho-educational classes and couple’s consultations. She is also trained in Psychological First Aid and has experience with traumatic event management.
Prior to working with for the military Paula worked for 4 years on a sexual trauma and eating disorders residential treatment facility specializing in treatment of Post- Traumatic Stress and addictions. Her knowledge and experience in this area was utilized in developing and facilitating annual Air National Guard trainings for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. She worked closely with the SAPR in responding to and coordinating care for survivors of military sexual trauma.Back to top