Checkpoint One is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization

EIN 81-4192700

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Andy Kaufmann

Meet Andy Kaufmann.


Andy is a Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel who served for more than 20 years all around the country and the world. Andy was an OH58D Kiowa Warrior Pilot and retired in 2009.

Andy moved through various phases post-retirement to find what his next mission was and after a life changing experience found his love of horses and how they help heal.

Andy is a Certified Equine Specialist and on the EAGALA Military Task Force

He is also a Registered Yoga Instructor teaching at Checkpoint One and in the local community

Kristin Fitzgerald

Meet Kristin Fitzgerald.


Kristin is a professional horsewoman, experiential learning practitioner, and co-founder of Checkpoint One. She has been around horses most of her life. She is married to a former United States Marine. Her brother is currently on Active Duty with the USMC.

She is trained as an Certified EAGALA Equine Specialist and is additionally trained and qualified in E3A (Equine Experiential Education).


Her professional qualifications allow Checkpoint One to not only provide our services to the hero community of military and first responders, but provide Corporate and other organizational learning and growth opportunities.

Mary Margaret Signorelli

Mary Margaret Signorelli is an Equine Assisted Mental Health Professional. She was raised around horses and began formal riding at 6 years old. She attended Randolph Macon college where she was one of the founding members of the equestrian team. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Minor in Political Science.


She completed her senior thesis on Equine Assisted Mental Health. She then attended Prescott College which offers a degree in EAMH. She graduated from Prescott College in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology  with a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health. In December of 2016 Mary Margaret began her clinical residency with the aim of achieving licensure.


She is dual certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association as both an Equine Specialist and a Mental Health Professional. She is currently a resident in counseling under supervision until her clinical hours are complete. As a former Sexual and Domestic Violence Counselor, she has focused her training on Post Traumatic Growth and uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Mindfulness, and Trauma Informed Theories in order to incorporate mind and body in her practice.