EILEEN SHANAHAN - President of the Board, Warrior Ranch Foundation, Inc.


As Founder and President for Warrior Ranch Foundation, Inc., Eileen Shanahan is an American who recognizes that freedom is precious, yet, not free.   Studying Natural Horsemanship for over a decade has given Eileen a path of leadership for her horses and in life.  Eileen's love of her country, love of horses and desire to give back has led her to founding Warrior Ranch Foundation.   

For more than 30 years, Eileen has been shooting, editing, and producing television programs and commercials.  Programs include the Cable Ace Award-winning "Long Island Magazine" as well as the Telly Award-winning "Talkin' Horses" and "Neighborhood Journal".  Additionally Eileen has won several editing awards.  Eileen brings these skills sets to Warrior Ranch Foundation, Inc. with the documentary "One Soldier, One Horse".

Eileen and her husband Jim are animal lovers who have rescued several dogs and horses over the years. 

Additionally, Eileen supports our troops by volunteering as Vice President for the New York Leatherneck Ball, a subsidiary of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF).  The MCSF honors Marines by providing educational scholarships for their children.

 

TONY SIMONETTI - Vice President of the Board, Warrior Ranch Foundation, Inc.

Tony Simonetti has resolved more than 500 extremely difficult horse cases for people across the country.  In most situations, the resolution is not strictly an issue of difficult horse behavior but rather the need for an adjustment in both horse and human behavior.

Tony has a Bachelor of Science in Business, has been a Real Estate Investor/Broker for over 30 years, and has 22 years in Law Enforcement.  This experience enables Tony to be extremely effective when its time to communicate and teach the owners, trainers, and handlers how to maintain the respect, mental, emotional, and physical collection of the horses he trains.  Tony's direct, but respectful approach, has proven to ensure the best results for everyone.

Tony is passionate about seeing people and horses succeed in everything.  He is an expert in the science of horse behavior which includes a deep understanding of where horses and humans stand in nature, and how it all connects to both positive and negative behavior during interaction with each other. This deep understanding combined with the experience of over 500 successful cases has given Tony the very unique ability to get the job done in a time frame that seems to be impossible.  

For the past 15 years, Tony Simonetti has been doing clinics, demonstrations, taught classes, been featured on national television with his horses, and has been filmed for numerous training programs.

 

SENTA KELLY - Secretary of the Board, Warrior Ranch Foundation, Inc.

 

Senta Kelly has been a horsewoman for decades. She founded and operated Run Like The Wind, a horse rescue operation, where she successfully re-homed 20 horses and two donkeys.  Senta has served on the board of the New York Natural Equestrians since 2007.  She was Vice-President since 2011 and before that, she was Secretary.

Senta has spent over 15 years furthering her education in Natural Horsemanship techniques, animal behavior, and animal care. Her journey started with a simple at-home course that fueled the fire to learn all she could, which led her to train with some of the top clinicians in the field such as Tony Simonetti and Buck Branaman.  The knowledge gained through this training has inspired Senta to look at the horse as a whole being and consider what is going on both inside and outside the horse.

Senta is highly motivated to be a part of the Warrior Ranch Foundation.  She is the daughter of a veteran who suffered from, but was never formally diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As such, her dad never received the help necessary to cope with day-to-day life after he fought in the Vietnam War. She knows first hand how PTSD affects the whole family.  She knows that an organization such as Warrior Ranch Foundation can literally be a lifesaver.

Senta is a native of Long Island and lives with her husband Billy and their youngest child Lizette on a small urban farm, where you will not only find her equine partners, Manto and Grace but a few other farm animals such as alpacas, chickens and goats.


JOAN NOLAN - Treasurer of the Board, Warrior Ranch Foundation, Inc.

 

As Treasurer for Warrior Ranch Foundation, Joan Nolan furthers a lifetime commitment to the warfighter.  Her father served in the Army and her sister, uncle, and cousin served in the Marine Corps.  Their effort to protect our nation was an inspiration to Joan as she provides support to our troops on the home front.  As an aerospace engineer, Joan's career in the defense industry advanced many programs that enable our warfighters to complete their mission and come home safely.  She also served as Treasurer of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc., and continues to volunteer for the New York Leatherneck Ball Committee, raising scholarship funds for the children of Marines.

Joan has a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech and Cal Poly Pomona respectively, an MS in Technical Management from John Hopkins University, and an MBA from Georgetown University/ESADE Business School.

 

MAUREEN SHANAHAN ANDERSON - Director of Communications, Warrior Ranch Foundation, Inc.

Maureen Shanahan Anderson is the Director of Communications for the Warrior Ranch Foundation.  In her day job, Maureen works as a software architect for the Molina Healthcare Corporation. Although one would think that working in the field of software development would be all about egg-headed computer stuff, the daily practice of having to figure out business processes and systems, as well as having to write instructions and proposals, have enabled Maureen to contribute to the Warrior Ranch Foundation in a unique way.

Since 2003, Maureen has volunteered for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation where she serves as a committee member which organizes its premier event, the New York Leatherneck Scholarship Celebratory Ball. She is writer and editor of the event's program journal.

Ever since her sister, Eileen, conceived the idea for the Warrior Ranch, Maureen has assisted by serving as an advisor, writer, editor, and all-around champion of the project. Like the other Warrior Ranch principals, Maureen loves her country, people, and animals. She is pleased to serve all three by helping veterans, first responders, and retired racehorses through the gift of writing for the Warrior Ranch Foundation.

 

STEVEN A. CASTLETON - Board of Directors, Member, Warrior Ranch Foundation, Inc.

 

Steven A. Castleton is a Philanthropist and tactician who has consulted on numerous outreach, fundraising, GOTV, consumer awareness, and crisis management campaigns for many political, Fortune 500 and not-for profit organizations. Over the years, he has helped raise over $100 million for many organizations and individuals.

 In 2016, Steve was honored at West Point’s Annual Gold Star Luncheon as the recipient of the United States Army’s Commander’s Award for Public Service for which he received a commendation, medal and ribbon from the Unites States Army.

 Steve was also presented with the Meritorious Public Service Medal from the Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Army, for his “outstanding commitment to excellence, dedication to duty and selfless service”. This is the third highest honor within the public service awards scheme of the Department of the Army that can be awarded to a private citizen

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 Terrorist attacks, Steve was the coordinator for New York Blood Services in the collection of relief supplies on Long Island. Castleton supervised the collection of donations which resulted in 40 truckloads of supplies being brought to “Ground Zero.” In the days immediately after the attacks, Steve went with the supplies and personally distributed some of them to the relief workers on the grounds of the World Trade Center.

Steve was also the Event Organizer and On-site Director for the Houston Texans/NFL 1st Annual Military Appreciation Day which will was held on October 25, 2009. His duties on that day included coordination of activities for Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush along with the “live satellite feeds” from Basra, Iraq and numerous other logistics including a “live” satellite salute to President George H.W. Bush from the deck of CVN 77. In 2010 Steve performed the same duties for the Houston Texan’s 2nd Annual Military Appreciation Day.

On September 11, 2011, Steve was the civilian member of the official team that flew American flags over Ground Zero. One of those very flags is now proudly displayed in the George W. Bush Presidential Archives at Southern Methodist University.

Since 2008 Steve has been the Military Liaison for the New York Mets. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 Steve was again the director of all on-field and satellite activities for the New York Mets 7th, 8th and 9th Annual Military Appreciation Days that benefited the USO. His duties on that day included coordination of activities for Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. He also preformed these duties in 2016, which was his 17th Military Appreciation Day as event director. In previous years Steve has arranged the first pitch to be thrown “live” from locations including; Iraq, Afghanistan, the deck of an Aircraft Carrier and the International Space Station. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 Steve personally financed the attendance of over 250 Gold Star family members at the New York Mets annual military appreciation day.

Likewise, Steve coordinated the pre-game ceremonies and worldwide “live” satellite feeds for the Armed Forces at the 2013 Major League Baseball All Star Game and 2015 World Series Game 3 at Citi Field.

Previously, Steve was awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Army Recruiting Command for his work in support of the troops and their families.

In 2010, Castleton was the recipient of The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Campaign Excellence Award for Internet Fundraiser of the Year. The AAPC is a nonpartisan organization of political professionals founded in 1969. AAPC has been hailed as the “Oscars of Political Advertising”. The Pollies represent those engaged in the business of politics.

 In 2013, Inc. Magazine rated Dionysus Consulting, LLC as the 70th fastest growing company in the State of New York. In 2013, 2014 and again in 2017, Inc. Magazine rated Dionysus Consulting, LLC as one of the top 5,000 fastest growing companies in the United States.

In 2013, Steve arranged and coordinated a hockey game for the NHL between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Slovakian Military at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Before the game, both the U.S. national anthem and Slovakian national anthem played during colors ceremony.

Since 2013 Steve has been the event director for both the New York Jets Military and First Responders Appreciation Day’s where he has coordinated the on-field and Satellite activities in Kandahar, Afghanistan, for our armed forces. He again performed these duties in November 2014 along with again coordinating all movements for the SECNAV. For the opening kickoff, the football was “launched” off the catapult of CVN 75, The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier.

In 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Steve coordinated all the pre-game and half-time activities for the New York Jets at both their Military and First Responder appreciation days.

 Recently, Steve was honored when Major General Peter M. Aylward, U.S. Army (Retired) and Colonel Jose M. Ramos, U.S. Army (Retired) came to New York on behalf of the Department of Defense to present him with an award for being chosen as a Commemorative Partner for the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. This Congressionally-mandated initiative was established to thank and honor Vietnam Veterans and their families.

 In 2016, Steve coordinated the ceremonies for the Northport Veterans Hospital Vietnam War Commemoration Medal Ceremony where over 2,000 Vietnam Veterans received their Medals. This event was attended by over 4,500. He is also organized the same event in August which was held at the Nassau County, New York Armored Museum at which over 1,000 medals were presented to Vietnam veterans. This event was attended by over 3,000. Steve has presented already over 7,500 medals to Vietnam Veterans.

In November 2016 and 2017, Steve coordinated the “Turkey Bowl” flag football game which was held at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. The inaugural game featured a high scoring battle featured the 1st Calvary against the USFOR-A. In November 2017 Steve has also organized another football event overseas for the armed forces, this time in Yokosuka Japan with the FDNF (Forward Deployed Naval Forces). He personally funded the USO tailgate party.

 As a previous member of The Board of Directors of The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Castleton was instrumental in setting up the online fundraising component for donating. 

Steve has also done numerous interviews for organizations including Fox News, Fox and Friends, The New York Times, AP, MSNBC, Washington Post, Washington Times, Congressional Quarterly, Money Magazine, ESPN, News 12, Cablevision Neighborhood Journal, Campaign and Elections Magazine, Major League Baseball Network, The NFL Network, The Des Moines Register, Newsday, The New York Post, The New York Daily News and FiOS1 News.

Previously, Castleton has been designated a National COI (Center Of Influence) by the United States Army.

Steve was also recognized by the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command for his work with the US Army and for being a “Proud Father, and True American Patriot”. 

 From 2013 through 2016 Steve was a member of a Congressional Cyber Security Consortium.

In 2014, Steve was recognized by the United States Congress for his lifetime work in support of our Armed Forces. He also received a proclamation from Suffolk County, New York thanking him for his ongoing work in support of Veterans and current members of our Armed Forces.

In 2014 Steve was also recognized by the Suffolk County New York Police Department for his work in support for our Veterans and active duty service members. Steve’s “Pop” was “Joe the Cop” who was on the job for 29 years and was a veteran of the United States Marines. In 2016 he became an honorary member of the Suffolk County Police Department 3rd Precient Brotherhood.

 In 2016 Steve was honored by the U.S. Army New York City Recruiting Battalion at their annual awards banquet for his “years of support, dedication and selfless service to the soldiers”.

Most recently, Steve was made an Honorary Civilian Commander of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. At 42,000 acres this is the Department of Defense's first joint base and only joint base that consolidated Air Force, Army, and Navy installations along with Marines and Coast Guard components.

At the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival the documentary Hondros made its world premiere, and was the recipient of Audience Award for best Documentary. Steve is an Executive Producer on the film along with Jake Gyllenhaal and Gary Michael Walters. Chris Hondros was one of the best conflict photographers of his generation, having covered practically every major world event of his adult life. Beginning with the war in Kosovo in 1999, award-winning photographer Chris Hondros served as witness to over a decade of conflict before being killed in Libya in 2011. Hondros recently won prestigious awards at the Stockholm, Vancouver, Denver, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Hamptons International Film Festivals amongst others.

 Hondros premiered in London, New York City and Los Angeles on March 2, 2018 and is now available online via; iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu and Fandango Now. It will then be opening on Netflix Sunday, July 1, 2018.

His next film project is The Raining Season. Told through the experiences of an American mother who operates an orphanage in postwar Sierra Leone, this documentary film sheds light on how a government rife with corruption allows its most vulnerable citizens — orphaned children — to be used as pawns by crooked officials, illegal adoption agencies and human traffickers. Since 2004, Erica Stone-Rust has adopted five children from Sierra Leone, and the process opened her eyes to how orphans are routinely neglected, abused and, in some extreme cases, allowed to die by a system that has utterly failed to protect them. Steve is an Executive Producer on this film. His goal is to help enlighten the world about child abduction and trafficking much in the same way as George Clooney’s documentary film Darfur Now did in helping bring the genocide in Darfur to an end and how Leo Hurwitz’ 1961 film about the trial of Adolf Eichmann, made people the world over realize that the atrocities of the Holocaust was not a “fake news story”. Shown in about three dozen countries the 'Eichmann Show' became the first ever global television documentary.

 Well-known as a “family man”, Steve has 2 sons, Brian and Rich and a daughter-in-law, Nicole in the U.S. Army. Sal, his youngest son, graduated from Automotive Technical School at the top of his class and hopes to open his own high performance shop in the future.

 Steve’s next project includes working with Long Island Cares, which was founded by Harry Chapin who died tragically in a car accident in 1981 just one year after founding Long Island’s first food bank. His legacy lives on in Long Island Cares, which has evolved into one of the region’s most comprehensive hunger assistance organizations serving thousands of individuals and families in need. Steve will be working with Long Island cares to stamp out hunger amongst the veteran population.

Sal has continued to carry on the family tradition of “paying it forward” by assisting him at most of these events.