T. BAXTER STEPHENSON
Baxter Stephenson is a 25-year veteran of manufacturing in the Greater Minneapolis area of Minnesota. His tenure includes, most recently, 21 years at Fraser Steel Company, specializing in tube fabrication. Stephenson is a committed and hard-working executive leader who has risen through the ranks to President & CEO of the company. Stephenson’s education includes a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. in International Business, both from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Stephenson’s charitable interests include supporting our veterans, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, feeding starving children around the globe, and his local church. Stephenson is the father to three children, and he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time at the lake with his family.
MICAH FINK - FOUNDER/CEO
Micah Fink has spent 10 years in the Navy SEAL Teams, both active duty and reserves. He conducted operations involving land and undersea mobility platforms in USPACOM, USCENTCOM, and a National Tasking deployment, which earned him numerous awards—including the Bronze Star. Micah spent 4 years as a private military contractor where he conducted paramilitary security operations in some of the world’s most dangerous areas. Micah is an avid outdoorsman, hunter and skier, a sponsored free diver, tactical athlete, and Ironman. His experience, expertise, and passion for helping people is reflected in his devotion to the Heroes and Horses program.
SAMUEL J. FREDERICK
Samuel J. Frederick is the newest member of the Heroes and Horses Board of Directors. As a business attorney with Crowley Fleck PLLP in Bozeman, MT, Sam helps clients protect and commercialize their valuable intellectual property assets and minimize risk. As part of his practice he negotiates, drafts and enforces complex commercial contracts.
Sam represents enterprise and emerging growth company clients in commercialization and technology transactions, including web, mobile and gaming development, e-commerce, ERP, Cloud, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, fiber, wireless, social media and digital marketing. Additionally, Sam advises businesses in the field of tech, IP and licensing across industries and borders.
After fifteen years in Michigan and working as a partner in a large law firm, Sam and his wife returned West to raise their family. When he is not commercializing new technology, protecting brands or enforcing contracts, Sam enjoys spending time with his 5 kids in the great outdoors and imagining life through the eyes of Captain Clark and Hemmingway.
Sam strongly believes in HH’s unique and transformative process. Pressure and time combined with the timeless wisdom that “the clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness” yields life changing results. Sam seeks to support HH’s mission and veteran community as an HH Board Member.
Dan Brochu is the newest member of the Heroes and Horses board of Directors. Dan’s journey started with a degree in Architectural Engineering back in 1983 that led him to start Dan Brochu Construction and Qualitas Land Development. After fulfilling his childhood dream of building and construction, Dan moved on and in 1993 became a Regional Vice President with Primerica Financial Services. Today he currently holds the position of Senior Vice President and has developed and acquired 24 independent offices within Primerica.
He currently resides in Portsmouth, NH and has two adult children. His son currently serves on active duty as a captain in the US Army while his daughter is pursuing her graduate degree in the environment and human health field.
Dan has loved adventure and the outdoors his entire life. Today he enjoys mountaineering, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, and triathlons.
Dan fell in love with Heroes and Horses after meeting Micah at a fundraiser and hearing about his vision and philosophy of helping combat veterans. Dan considers it a great honor to serve on the board. “It is my prayer and intention to make a difference in the lives of these veterans who have served our country with honor through the good works of Heroes and Horses.”
Waller, Texas, cowboy Clint Cannon, 35, took his athletic talents, which he first cultivated as a fullback playing NCAA Division I and II football, to the arena when he followed in his rodeo athlete father's footsteps.
Cannon has earned his living in rodeo for the past 11 years. He won the $100,000 Calgary Stampede Bareback Riding title in 2011 and has earned the title of Rodeo Houston Bareback Riding Champion twice. Among the records, Cannon says the one he is most proud of is one he achieved in 2009, when he earned the most regular-season money won in any event with $233,504.
Cannon's family consists of his wife, Lindsey, and daughter, Kaitlyn. When he is not rodeoing, he operates his business, Cannon Companies, and enjoys traveling and working out in preparation for rodeo competition.
Interestingly, Cannon has been the subject of two different French documentaries about the sport of rodeo.
He is sponsored by Reliant Energy, Snake River Stampede and Canadian Whiskey, Barstow Pro Rodeo and Cannon Companies.
RICK VAN ARNAM
Rick brings nearly twenty years of consulting experience to his partnership with The Table Group. His client work focuses on the connection between effective relationships, cohesive teams and producing results. Recognized for his ability to connect with others and break down complex issues, Rick has a unique way of helping clients improve their organizations by creating healthy environments where desired results are realized.
Currently, Rick works with CEOs and executive teams to quickly and effectively apply the concepts related to organizational health. His clients span a broad spectrum of industries ranging from technology, consumer brands, health care and the government.
Rick has a diverse leadership background in the military, corporate, and higher education segments. A veteran of deployments to Panama (1989) and Afghanistan (2003 & 2010), he has used Patrick’s concepts in senior leadership roles spanning data network sales to full-spectrum Military Intelligence Operations in Afghanistan.
Clint, formally an active duty Navy SEAL from 2001-2016, is the Special Projects Manager to the CEO & President at Lewis Energy Group. Clint has been the recipient of several prestigious medals including the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device (x6), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.
Jesse Garner spent 10 years as a Navy SEAL, during which time he earned prestigious awards such as the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit from overseas operations. After separation, Jesse was accepted into Columbia University. He is pursuing higher education in the field of Computer Technology. Jesse became involved in Heroes and Horses early in its conception because of his desire to give back to the veteran community. Jesse is married with one young son. He is a member of the Heroes and Horses Advisory Board.
DR. DAVID ALTER
David Alter, PhD is a psychologist with 30 years of experience in the corporate and private practice worlds. His experience with trauma recovery has been brought to the Heroes and Horses program to help design and evaluate the program so it can achieve the greatest benefit for the vets involved. He is a member of the Heroes and Horses Advisory Board.
Lila is a longtime Bozeman resident and a native South Carolinian. She has spent over 35 years in the healthcare industry and now focuses on compassionate and contemplative care. Her lifetime love of horses and Micah’s compassion drew her to Heroes and Horses. She feels deeply privileged and excited to serve on the advisory board and advance this important work.