Our Founders' Vision
Waypoint Ranch was founded as a nonprofit organization to provide a place where veteran families can find effective, evidence based treatments combined with holistic alternative therapies on a working ranch.
Having experienced first hand the toll military service takes on a family, Ray and Stephanie Cirasa are dedicated to supporting service members through the challenges associated with recovery from service related injuries.
Ray graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and retired after 20 years of service and ten assignments as a Logistics Readiness Officer. He has served in Afghanistan and Iraq to include commanding the Air Force’s only convoy squadron.
Stephanie was born into a Navy family and married into the Air Force. Having experienced the challenges military life presents as a child, spouse and parent, she is passionate about helping other families navigate service-related obstacles. Stephanie, our Program Director, is certified in EAGALA model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and trained in Trauma Focused EAP (TF-EAP), Rhythmic Riding (RR) Sensory Integration Riding (SIR), has training in Military Family Support Services and extensive experience in support of trauma recovery therapies.
"First hand experience with PTSD and suicide has given us an understanding of what families are going through, and we're going to do something about it"
- Stephanie Cirasa