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Our Service Team

Triangle Cross Ranch uses a network of mental health professionals, educational consultants, recovery coaches, social workers, spiritual directors, youth mentors, and vocational/technical instructors in order to provide dynamic and effective service plans for the struggling teens who enter our program. By having a service team that is composed of both direct program employees and contract professionals, Triangle Cross Ranch is able to draw upon the many external resources available in our local community to create a collaborative system of care that will benefit your son.

Owner/Founder: Jerry Schneider

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  • B.S. Engineering, Devry University in Chicago, IL
  • Administrating and assisting at-risk youth for 25+ years
  • Founder of 3 programs for at-risk young men.
  • Awarded Wyoming’s Parent of the Year 2002
  • Instructed Catechism at RCIA for 10+ years
  • USA Boxing Coach Certification
  • Owner/Operator of Schneider Ranch for 48 years
  • Rodeo Cowboy, Bareback Bronc and Bull Rider for 10+ years
  • Outfitting Elk Hunts for 5+ years

The Founders of Triangle Cross Ranch were honored by the state of Wyoming as “Parents of the Year” award in 2002. They were recently awarded the “Fidelity Award” from Catholic Central in Michigan for the unwavering dedication to the Catholic principles of education of this distinguished private school.

Perhaps the first ideas for some of the Triangle Cross Ranch philosophies came from Jerry’s childhood where he was taught by the Brother’s of the Holy Cross in the all boys’ school that he attended. Or maybe it was the all men’s college where he earned his engineering degree. Wherever the ideas came from, only a man with the determination, perseverance, and humble nature of Jerry Schneider could have realized the vision.

After two years working as an engineer, Jerry decided that he was called to something different. He traded in the office chair for the saddle, and in 1967, started ranching in Wyoming. It took a few years before he found his home, but that happened in 1973 when he purchased the land that would one day be Triangle Cross Ranch. It was on this piece of land that he and his wife Mickey decided they would raise their family of six children.

Jerry’s long resume shows the tenacity and hard work of a Wyoming cowboy. Jerry has worn many hats over the years, from a college instructor to a boxing coach. He has owned and operated five different businesses and has been a Wyoming rancher for fifty years.

He learned about raising children by being a father to his own six children; Angie, Susie, Danny, twins: Matt and Mark, and Luke. Each of the Schneider children have grown to desire giving to God in their own way; from working with troubled youth, living the missionary life, becoming a priest and Carmelite monk, to obtaining an MBA, each lives to give back.

Mickey and Jerry have always felt that their calling was to be parents. Since 1967, when the first troubled youth came to live with them, they have extended this parenting beyond their own family. Over the years, more troubled youth who were in need of some help would come and stay with the Schneider’s. Then in November of 1991, while working cattle on the mountain, Jerry’s horse somersaulted over the top of him. He awoke in the hospital to find that he had lost movement on one side of his body. Knowing how unforgivable Wyoming can be to a cowboy, and how even the strongest, sometimes can’t make it, Jerry wondered how he could continue to run his ranch with a disability such as this.

The origin of Triangle Cross: After thinking and praying about it, a couple young men offered their assistance, to help the ranch stay afloat. After those original two troubled youth, they just kept coming. Through his accident, Jerry learned that his true calling was in helping troubled youth find themselves, the way that God created them. He found the rewards of this greater than those found raising cattle, “so now we do both”.

Micky was born August 2, 1945 and is the oldest of 12 children. Mickey and Jerry married in 1963 and had 6 children of their own. Mickey was a CNA for two years before deciding to become a stay at home mother. Mickey and Jerry started taking troubled youth into their home in 1992 and Triangle Cross Ranch Youth Ranch was formed in 1996. Mickey says that “my own children were troubled youth so I really understand how helpless other parents feel; the guilt, the “what did I do wrong?” question and all the whys.” Mickey’s experience with her own children as well as the troubled youth she has helped guide through the years has made Mickey an invaluable member of the Triangle Cross family.

Life Coach: Dustin Brink

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  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Black Hills State University 2009
  • Master of Science, Counseling & Human Resources, SDSU 2012
  • Licensed Practicing Counselor Wyoming
  • Coaching Experience
  • Motivational Interviewing with Goal Setting as an Emphasis
  • Love and Logic Facilitator
  • Years of experience with youth, troubled teens, and young adults

I have worked with countless individuals who have been indoctrinated into the mental health model; relying heavily on standardized methods and pharmaceuticals. Finding that even our professional methodologies in Post-Modern psychology and counseling are somewhat conflicting with previous theories and assumptions which rely heavily on diagnoses and/or medication. I have personally experienced firsthand the body and mind’s ability to learn and form new neural connections and influence or change our chemical neurotransmission. The mind and body’s ability to change has made me believe in and pursue motivational, experiential, and postmodern theories of behavior change.

Since I am trained to recognize and classify mental health disorders, this environment ensures each participant is able to receive, interpret, and be influenced by our current methodologies for growth and change. If however, a participant needs a higher level of care, Mental Health Counseling, psychological testing, or possibly psychiatric assistance, I am trained to recognize and source out such needs.

Program Manager:  Yolanda Smith

  • Trinity Western University, BA in Leadership 
  • Skagit Valley College, ATA Human Services: 
  • Chemical Dependency Emphasis; Mt Vernon, WA; 
  • President’s Award Recipient
  • Life Coach Certification 3644566
  • State of WY Substitute Teaching Permit
  • Current CPR/First Aid and AED 
  • Class A Driver’s License, motorcycle endorsement
  • United States Army Specialist 4 (E4); Honorably discharged 1984 – 1988
  • As the manager of Triangle Cross Ranch my focus is on empowering staff and the young men in our care to be the best versions of themselves on a daily basis. My leadership training focus is on the spiritual principles of Servant Leadership utilizing Christian leadership styles depicted in the Bible along with proven Best Practices leadership techniques.  These principles include unconditional positive regards, self-efficacy and optimism along with intentional focus on the individual’s strengths.

My husband and I moved to Wyoming in 2019 to be closer to our children and grandchildren.  We actively hunt, fish, snow shoe and cross country/downhill ski.  Our family loves to ride 4 wheelers and ride horses.  My husband and I are avid motorcycle riders and have traveled all over the United States.  We also enjoy scuba diving; we are both dry suite and deep water certified.  We are active members in our community and spend our free time with family and friends doing what you do when you live in Wyoming – enjoy the great outdoors!

Program Director: Matthew Schneider

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  • B.A. Psychology, University of Wyoming, 2007.
  • CPR/First Aid Certificate
  • MANDT Instructor Certificate
  • Jason Flatt Suicide Prevention Certificate
  • 35 years of farming/ranching
  • USA Boxing Coach 15+ years
  • Administering and assisting at-risk youth for 15+ years

Ranch Manager: Mark Schneider

MarkMark Schneider has been married for over 25 years and has two children who have both graduated from college. Mark has spent the majority of his life working as a mountain cowboy. He has tremendous horsemanship and mechanizing skills. He is a professional rancher and farmer and has earned a Welding degree from Northwest College in Powell, WY. Mark is a professional mechanic and heavy equipment operator. 

Business Manager: Julie Ley

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  • College – Graduated Northwest College with a Degree in Administration.
  • Over 10 years of experience working with and facilitating the needs of parents with at-risk youth.

Julie has been married for over 25 years and has two children and a granddaughter. Her hobbies include reading, playing with her grandbaby and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Mentors/Houseparents: Rex & Annamarie Peterson

Rex and Annamarie are a married couple who came to Triangle Cross by a call from the Lord. They carry strong family and faith values that they strive to incorporate into everyday life. They relocated here from their shared home in central Minnesota; Annamarie grew up on a small family farm, cultivating her love for nature and farm life, while Rex was raised on a hobby farm, learning a strong work ethic from a young age.

He was hired as a farmhand by Annamarie’s father, and fell in love. Rex and Annamarie were married in February 2016. They share a vision and heart for mentoring youth and serving the Lord through family values, which has led them to become Catechists and youth ministry leaders in their community.

Rex enjoys cruising the countryside on his motorcycle, hunting, fishing, shooting guns, horseback riding, carpentry, card games, hard work, and sleeping in on Saturdays. He loves to share his knowledge and experience with anyone who is interested, and loves being a big brother to 7 siblings (including 3 little sisters who adore him).

Annamarie enjoys making good food, singing and live music, horseback riding, tagging along on adventures with her husband, and has a newfound joy for picnics in the mountains. She is passionate about holistic healing and midwifery, and shares a close relationship with her 7 younger siblings.

Mentor: Bethany McClain

BethanyBethany grew up on a farm in Minnesota with 7 siblings. She was home-schooled and graduated in 2017 with 2 years of college education. As the second oldest of the family Bethany learned how to cook, clean and take care of others. Bethany says that she “loves to work hard and show others how to work and love the Lord.” She has worked with youth at camps, churches, daycare and 4-H retreats. Bethany is passionate about sharing with youth how to love life and live it abundantly. 

Mentor: Stephen McKay

  • Magna Cum Laude with a 3.84 GPA
  • Dean’s List four semesters
  • Christopher Dawson Award for Humanities & Catholic Culture (Senior Departmental Award) for outstanding performance in the HCC program, Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH
  • Alpha Chi (National College Honor Scholarship Society) for achieving at least a 3.8 cumulative GPA and finishing in the top 10% of my class.
  • Heart for Ministry Award 2012-2013 (This person has embraced servant-hood…consistently put others before themselves…gone above and beyond…) Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH

 

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