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Meet our team of experienced developers, leaders, program managers and designers who make this effort possible.

Paul H. Wang, Ph.D., USNR Retired
Program Director
Dr. Wang is a board-certified psychologist with a specialty in traumatic stress disorders. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University School of Medicine and serves an extensive private practice. 
Biography
Dr. Wang has been a principal developer of service member reintegration programs, including Unit Cohesion Training, Sailor Reintegration Workshop, and the Heroes Care Program, designed to assist service members returning from the war. The compilation of his work in preventing, mitigating, and alleviating psychological, moral, and spiritual injury was presented to the senior advisers at the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and at the Navy Chief of Chaplains Office. He earned his Ph.D from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and M. Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Wang retired as a Captain in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy Reserve.
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Linda Ranson Jacobs
Assistant Program Director
Ms. Jacobs is a nationally known expert in ministering to the child of divorce. She created the DivorceCare for Kids(TM) curriculum and currently serves as the DC4K Ambassador.
Biography
Ms. Jacobs appears as a subject-matter expert on the Single & Parenting DVD video series as well as the new DivorceCare video series. Linda has facilitated countless DivorceCare and GriefShare groups in various churches. As a consultant, author, speaker, trainer, program developer, and children’s ministry director, Linda has assisted countless families and church workers by modeling and acting on the healing love that she has found in Jesus Christ. Linda is also a mother to an Air Force daughter and works tirelessly with divorcing military families in her local church.
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The Rev. Michael P. Moreno
Assistant Program Director
Rev. Moreno has been called by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod to serve as facilitator for Operation Barnabas, a direct response to a resolution from the LCMS in convention to address the needs of military chaplains and other military members.
Biography
Rev. Moreno’s responsibilities include: creating a support program for reserve chaplains and their families; serving as liason with their congregations and districts; and educating non-military partners in mission of the issues and pressures faced by reserve chaplains and their families. Chaplain Moreno earmed his BA in Biblical Languages and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary. Rev. Moreno is a Commander in the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve.
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Stephen Wall Smith, Ph.D.
Operations Director
Dr. Wall-Smith is a former college administrator and retired Navy Reservist.
Biography
Dr. Wall-Smith worked with returning Marines and Sailors in the services’ Warrior Transition Programs and served as a research consultant for several pilot projects addressing PTSD and other stress disorders. Dr. Wall-Smith is a former Christian education curriculum writer, a frequent conference speaker, and a facilitator of college and continuing education courses, both on-campus and online. He received advanced training in institutional research and program evaluation at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Missouri-Columbia and post-graduate certificates from Naval War College, Joint Forces Staff College, and Naval Postgraduate School. He is a Certified Personal Finance Counselor (CFPC) as well as certified in the Kirkpatrick Four-Level Evaluation System.
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Barton D. Buechner, CAPT USN (Ret) MS, MA, PhD
Program Consultant
Dr. Buechner is a professor of Military Psychology at Adler University in Chicago, teaching courses in research methods, morality, ethics and social justice, and operational psychology as part of their MA in Military Psychology degree program. He retired from the US Navy at the rank of Captain, and is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and US Naval War College.
Biography
Dr. Buechner serves with several national and international organizations as an advocate for veterans’ transition through personal mentoring in spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and cultural domains; the subject of his doctoral dissertation in Human Development at Fielding Graduate University. He is the Knowledge Community representative for the National Association of Student Program Administrators (NASPA) Region IV-East; the Michigan State Vice-Chair, National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and a member of the Board of Directors of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution. He is also a Knight of Honor of the Order of St. John, Commandery of St. Francis.
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Joanne Kraenzle Schneider, Ph.D., RN
Curriculum Consultant
Dr. Schneider has been on the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Nursing for the past 15. She currently holds the rank of professor.
Biography
Dr. Schneider teaches theory development and research methods to masters and doctoral level students. She has research experience in health behavior, in particular exercise behavior. She has done funded research for the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health to study the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy on exercise behavior.
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Joseph Schneider
Programmer
Biography

Mr. Schneider started his professional career serving in the United States Air Force as a KC-135 Instructor Navigator and then moved into a staff position as a Plans Officer managing building flight plans for aircrew members and maintaining operational support. As a civilian he has spent most of his time working as an interface programmer in the health care environment with a main focus on data integration between hospital systems, provider systems, and billing systems.

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Al DuPree, Ph.D.
Curriculum Writer
Dr. DuPree is a psychologist in the Behavioral Health Clinic at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
Biography
Dr. DuPree was raised in Dallas and went to the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a BBA in statistics. He later earned a master’s in educational psychology and his doctorate in psychology from the same institution. He worked at the Brazos Valley MHMR in College Station. He taught at UT, Texas A&M, and Houston Baptist University. Before taking his current position, Dr. DuPree had designed and directed inpatient, partial hospital, and intensive outpatient programs as well as had a private practice in the St. Louis area.
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Brandon Griffin
Curriculum Writer
Mr. Griffin is a doctoral candidate in the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Biography
Brandon J. Griffin, M.S., is a doctoral candidate in the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He specializes in developing and evaluating positive psychological interventions intended to promote health and resilience among individuals, groups, and communities. He has conducted basic and applied studies aimed at understanding and facilitating the processes by which people forgive themselves in the aftermath of violating their socio-moral values. He speaks regularly to service members and their families, military staff, and health providers about the importance of recognizing and treating psychological and behavioural consequences of service-related moral injury. Also, he has expertise adapting interventions from traditional methods of delivering psychological services to disseminate interventions using technology-based platforms.
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SSgt Robert (Jason) Dean
Webmaster
SSgt Dean served in the Marine Corps during OEF/OIF on Presidential Recall Orders, and after a short tour in Iraq, served as the acting Communications Officer for the Deployment Processing Command, Camp Lejeune.
Biography
SSgt Dean joined the Marine Corps as Security Forces in 1997. After spending his first tour guarding Strategic Weapons at Naval Submarine Base Bangor, SSgt Dean was recalled back to active duty for another 3 year tour under Presidential Recall Orders. SSgt Dean went on to become a North Carolina loan officer, provided IT support for accounting firms such as McGladrey and Moss Adams, and assisted with his family’s computer business until it closed in 2016.  SSgt Dean is currently a Technical Support Analyst at Hyland Software, has started his own video animation business, earned his Ohio Life Insurance license, and is currently pursuing his Series 6 securities license.  In January 2017, SSgt Dean earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University.
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