The Board of Directors for the Strategic Recovery Institute (SRI) draws from a wide range of occupational backgrounds, and is rich with philosophical and theological diversity. SRI”s board members are a mix of youthful, talented and wise, “life tested” energetic men and women who desire to bring broad social changes to the endemic problem of homelessness.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Active Supporters

Chris Thorsen              Organizational Development
Rich Walters                Energy Applications
Steven Marlowe            Electrical Engineering
Joseph Varley              Networking
Dr. Steven Rudolph       Medical Consultation
Garrett Smith               Assistant Director of Applied Energy Applications
Marica Smith               Media Productions
Tony Williams              Electrical Vehicle Consultant

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Director of Medical Research

Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz has over 20 years of progressive laboratory experience, mostly focusing on high complexity esoteric cancer diagnostics.
Michael participated in a number of clinical and industry related projects and has a proven record of success in management, regulatory compliance, customer service and process development and improvement.  More recently, Michael has established a consulting company and is currently working with clients to assist them establish and operate clinical laboratory operations.Michael is an avid motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys movies, good books, and music.  He lives in Oceanside, CA with his wife of over 30 years.  Michael and his wife, Jean, have two daughters living in Orange County.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Director of Administration - Logistics

 Wilson Ismael J√°quez

Currently serving his country as an educational expert for the Department of Defense, he is a veteran Sergeant of United States Marines.  During said time in uniform he managed to become the very best logistician in his field, almost completely by accident.  

He is a devoted father to his three beloved children, an avid historian, and student of human nature. 

He joined the board of the Strategic Recovery Institute because he believes in its vision - a world free from both psychological and material bondage – and he serves in every way that he can. 

When not glued to his desk or discussing the principles of Adult Learning Theory with one of his instructors, he can be found in the gym lifting weights, on a run just for fun, or engrossed in a Tom Clancy novel.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Director of Business Development

Alex Plewniak

  • BS, Physical Science, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 1983
  • MS Management, Unites States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 1992, (Gov't Procurement, Total Quality Management, Socio Technical Systems Design)
  • Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM)
  • Qualified Surface Warfare Officer
  • Qualified Helicopter Control Officer/Flight Deck Control Officer

Director of Contracts-Cameron Advanced Mobility www.cameronadvancedmobility.com
Powersports Channel Manager – Ride-On Tire Protection Systems www.ride-on.com
Co-Host Ride-On Racing Roundup – A weekly AM radio offroad racing program with Dave Stall Sundays at 7-8 PM, KCBQ AM 1170 “*Intelligent Talk Radio” in San Diego
Operations/Logistics Director NORRA (National OffRoad Racing Association)  www.norra.com

Past Professional History

Director of Contracts General Scientific Corporation 1995-2011– Responsible for all 
corporate contract actions, corporate signatory, responsible for FAR (Federal Acquisition 
Regulation), DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) and other 
Federal, State and Local contracting regulations compliance.  Responsible for incurred cost audit submissions, responsible for compliance and reporting under ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations). Responsible for the development of pricing strategies, contract pricing and management for all corporate contracts.  Business Development.

Contracting Directorate, Naval Sea Systems Command - Selected by Admiral Harshbarger to work in Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Worked the Japanese Aegis Destroyer Program, negotiated and managed over $347M of contract actions and modifications- Awarded AEGIS EXCELLENCE AWARD for business innovations
Responsible for negotiating and awarding the $145M TB29 Thin Line Towed Body Program (submarine thin line towed array sonar system)
NAVSEA 02 Briefing Officer for the Vendor Motivation Program
Responsible for negotiating and completing requirements necessary to successfully implement Chemical Weapons Site Challenges in support of the “Open Skies” International Arms Control Agreement

Supply Officer USS Moosbrugger, Department Head 44 employees, Responsible for all logistics, ships spares, foodstuffs, hotel services, payroll and administration for a crew of 350+
Hand picked to brief local news media on Hazardous Material Reclamation during the 1989 Navy Wide 48 Hour Safety Standown
Personally responsible for the successful expediting, receipt and onload of more 8000 requisition line items and 33,000lbs of provisions in less than 96 hours on short notice deployment for operation Desert Shield/Storm (1st Gulf War)
Recognized for running the best Flight Deck Crew in the Red Sea, received more than 260,000lbs of ship’s stores over a 3 month period, WITH NO MISHAPS.
Maritime interdiction Boarding Officer, conducted the FIRST joint operational boarding w/SEALS upon the commencement of hostilities in Operation Desert Storm (1st Gulf War).  Went on to lead 67 boardings, - NO CASUALTIES – Awarded Navy Commendation Medal

Supply Officer/Comptroller – Submarine Training Facility, Charleston, SC Responsible for $10M annual budget including a $6.6M inventory consisting of more than 15,000 line items, maintained inventory validity in excess of 99%.
In two weeks time developed and implemented the plan that established the Nuclear Propulsion Training Unit (NPTU) as part of the Submarine Training Facility, Charleston – Awarded NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL

Supply Division Officer USS Aylwin – Awarded Navy Achievement Medal for maintaining full compliment of support for all ship requirements even though departmental manning was cut by 50%

Friday, March 1, 2013

Director or Finances - Treasurer

George E. Stratmann Jr.  

He is known to most as Chip.Chip is a Financial Advisor in private practice for the past 16 years.  He has a financial planning practice that serves a select community of clients who delegate their financial affairs to a Trusted Advisor in order to achieve a higher quality of life by making smart choices about their money.  He is the recipient of numerous industry awards in recognition of achievements within his practice.He is a retired Marine Officer serving as an Infantry and a Logistics Officer.  He wore the uniform in our Nation’s service for more than 20 years in peace and in war until his retirement in 1996.Chip is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a proud member of the Class of 1975.He is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the Marine Executive Association.Chip is a senior volunteer and coordinator with the California German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue.  He also hunts upland birds with Rocket, the GSP; pursues deer, elk, wild pig, and tuna; hikes and swims.He has been married to Leslie for over 34 years.  They have two adult children and reside in Oceanside, California, with their two German Shorthaired pointers and two Dachshunds.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Director of Media Development & Technology Consultant

Henry C. Kiefer

Henry owns his small company ComputerTECHSperts that he founded early 2004 in Newport Beach, Orange County, and now lives in Oceanside, CA.
The company offers general computer services including both platforms Apple Mac and Windows. The over-all range of services includes among others: computer, network and software consulting, cross-platform network design and installation, emergency data recovery, troubleshooting and maintenance. The clientele ranges from individuals to small businesses in Orange County, San Diego County, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Henry, a Hungarian, born in 1960 and raised in Switzerland, arrived in California on July 9, 2001. First, he joined an old friend’s firm all4DVD, Inc. that specialized in DVD authoring, offered training classes, and took on general post-production projects in the film industry. He helped to shape the company and its services. Early 2004, after discussing the plan to have his own company, Henry and his partner parted ways and remained friends. 

Henry’s professional career in computer technology started in 1984 when the first personal PCs and home computers emerged in the market. He ran a computer store from 1984 to 1989. In those years he acquired a variety of skills that built the foundation for his expanded pool of experience and expertise. From 1989 to 2001, he had worked for AGFA, an international corporation located in Switzerland. He now entered a new world, the world of prepress and print. During this time, he gained and expanded his knowledge of digital prepress technology.

Henry lived in Switzerland for 40 years, and was married to his wife until 2003. He has a son who is in the movie and TV industries, lives in Burbank with his family. Together they have 3 beautiful children, 2 girls and a boy. As one would imagine, Henry is a very proud grandfather, and truly enjoys his grandparenthood with an outspoken passion.

Henry’s personal interests include playing the guitar, which he has enjoyed since the age of 12. He’s an avid reader and prefers non-fiction books, but wouldn’t shy away from a good story as well. He had learned a lot about the history of Christianity but considers himself an agnostic. He was always fascinated with the human experience and what it entails. At the early age of 17, he started to learn about personal growth, spirituality, human behavior and never stopped nourishing his curiosity.

At the age of 24, he changed his lifestyle, and started to improve his fitness with exercise, adapting healthy eating habits, and intensely engaged in weight lifting, martial arts, and mountain biking. Today, and because of time restrictions, he mostly works out at the gym. To this day, he is continuously learning about nutrition and physical activities. Together with his son, who is an outstanding athlete, he welcomes and embraces knowledge, ideas and findings that he can incorporate in his life and daily routines. He constantly is researching and learning about green lifestyles, sustainable and renewable technologies, sustainability, and public health, and finds great interest in the developments in the food industry.

Helping others in need always seemed to attract him throughout his life. In 1989, Henry’s wife decided to take on children who needed help and a home, mostly during the day. They offered a day care center for 8-12 children. Patrick (now in his early twenties), who was taken in at the tender age of one, had become their godson. Henry and his former wife still have a great relationship and remain close friends.


Founder, President, & Executive Steering Committee Member

Jeffrey W. Smith, MFT, AC

Jeffrey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) and has been practicing psychotherapy for over 17 years.   His provides therapeutic services to Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups.  He has offices in Sorrento Valley, Encinitas and Vista, California.  Jeffrey has developed a Strategic approach toward counseling that entails a thorough patient history, clinical observation, diagnostic brain imaging, the use of psychological technologies, such as the emWave Personal Stress Reliever, the MRS2000 Magnetic Resonance Stimulation system and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) to assist patients in achieving their life goals.

Jeffrey also conducts training sessions and seminars for various groups, pastors and other’s interested in healthy life-long learning.  Concurrently, Jeffrey leads the Strategic Recovery Institute www.strategicrecoveryinstitute.com  which is a non-profit organization working to resolve the pandemic problem of chronic homelessness. 

He specializes in the area of Performance Enhancement strategies for athletes, business professionals, members of the U.S. Military and other performers.  Additionally he specialized in using Brain imaging technology in the treatment of Substance Abuse, High-Risk Behaviors, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Eating Disorders, Sexual Addiction, Men's Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Incest, Co-Dependency and Treating ADHD.  Additionally, Jeffrey enjoys working with couples by helping them build or rebuild connection, trust and intimacy. 

Jeffrey served his country with 21 years of honorable and dedicated service in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He received extensive training in hand-to-hand combat, survival skills and small arms tactics as an infantryman and scout sniper.  Following the completion of his undergraduate work and receiving a regular commission, he trained as a bombardier / navigator in the A-6 Intruder attack jet and later transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet – a modern day, fourth generation jet fighter.  Following his military service, he worked for the L-3 Communications Corporation as a senior consultant, working with senior military leaders from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.  In that capacity, he provided consultation to facilitators and modeling & simulation experts who created synthetic wargames for the major military commands in the South West region of the U.S.

Jeff holds an Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science, and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University, in San Diego, California.  He has completed his doctoral course work in Clinical Psychology and is in the process of defending his dissertation with Ryokan College in Los Angles, California.  He has previously taught psychology courses at Park College, St. Louis, Missouri.
He is a member of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Marriage & Family Therapist), California Association of Marriage & Family Therapist, California Board of Psychology, California, Psychological Association, and the Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA).

Jeff is an avid fitness and nutrition expert and regularly engages in extreme sports activities for healthy recreation.  He has been married to his high-school sweet heart, Marie for 30 years.  They reside in Oceanside, California raising the youngest of their four children and spending quality time with their adult children.