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
Andy is ASIST trained and a Stress FIrst Aid Instructor.
He is also a Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT-500/E-RYT 200 and Yoga Nidra/iRest) teaching at Checkpoint One and in the local community
Meet Kristin Fitzgerald.
Kristin is a professional horsewoman, experiential learning practitioner, Certified Life Coach and co-founder of Checkpoint One. She has been around horses most of her life, and has a passion for creating opportunities for people to experience horses for healing and personal development. She is an advocate for all things mental health and believes that there is immense power in applying the 'learning by doing' in personal healing and growth.
She is married to a former United States Marine and her brother is currently on Active Duty with the USMC.
She is diversely trained and certified in several equine assisted models;
- EAGALA Equine Specialist and is additionally trained and qualified in
- E3A (Equine Experiential Education) Experiential Practitioner (specializing in personal development and Team Building)
- HIGH (Horse Inspired Growth & Healing) and HIP (Horse Inspired Psychotherapy) Facilitator
- Masterson Method Equine Specialist
Kristin is also a Life Coach with an ICF (International Coach Federation) Accredited program (Life Coach Institute), ASIST trained, and a Stress First Aid Instructor with FRCE (First Responder Center for Excellence).
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
Meet Mary Margaret Signorelli, LPC.
She 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 and a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health
She is dual certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association as both an Equine Specialist and a Mental Health Professional. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor LN: 0701008939. 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.