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Our Service Team
Triangle Cross Ranch & Trade School 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
- 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
- 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.
Ranch Manager: Mark Schneider
Mark 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.
General Manager and Admissions: Julie Ley
- College – Graduated Northwest College with a Degree in Administration.
- Over 15 years of experience working with and facilitating the needs of parents with at-risk youth.
- Certified Instructor in Infant/Child/Adult 1st Aid/CPR/AED/BBP and Emergency Oxygen
Julie has been married for over 26 years and has two children, a granddaughter and a grandson on the way. Julie grew up in Wyoming and her hobbies include reading, playing with her granddaughter and spending time with her friends and family.
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, OMentor: Dustin JohnsoChef d’ Equipe for the United States Equestrian Federation