Jacob Cuellar, CEO
Bexar County Sheriff Department Honor Guard
Angie Chavez, LCSW, Military Spouse
Captain Jeffery Smith, USAF
Jacob Cuellar, M.D.
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Dr. Jacob Cuellar began his tenure with Universal Health Services eleven years ago and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Laurel Ridge Treatment Center in San Antonio, Texas. Laurel Ridge Treatment Center is a 330-bed free standing behavioral health hospital and a subsidiary of UHS, one of the nation’s largest and most respected hospital management companies. Dr. Cuellar has previously served as the Group Director of UHS’ New Mexico facilities, managing multiple behavioral health hospitals and residential treatment facilities serving children, adolescents, and adults with specialty programs for military service members, gero-psychiatry, addiction, serious mental illness and trauma recovery.
Laurel Ridge has been in operation for over 30 years and during his time there, Dr. Cuellar has taken the facility to new heights. Laurel Ridge is routinely recognized as a national leader in the provision of mental health services. Under the leadership of Dr. Cuellar, Laurel Ridge has developed specialty programs for adult acute care, detoxification and rehabilitation, child & adolescent acute care and residential programs, and serves as the largest civilian provider for the treatment of military related PTSD in the country. His aspiration was to “do his part” as a civilian. He made a leadership commitment to support the highest quality treatment program for Active Duty Service Members; thus, the Mission Resiliency Program was born. During his tenure, the hospital has been a Joint Commission Top Performer and a two time recipient of the coveted UHS Behavioral Division Service Excellence Award for its achievement of industry high patient outcomes. Dr. Cuellar attributes this success to the unwavering commitment to positively impact the lives of the patients we are privileged to serve.
In these roles, Dr. Cuellar has been active in building collaborative relationships between private and public behavioral health providers in the region. Recognizing the current community needs, he is overseeing the expansion of a new 61,000 sqft Inpatient Behavioral Health Hospital across from the existing Laurel Ridge campus. Dr. Cuellar remains focused on excelling in quality care and service excellence as well as community involvement. He is active on several Executive Boards including the Governing Council for the AHA’s Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services and the Executive Board for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Cuellar also serves as Chairman for the Texas Hospital Association (THA) Behavioral Health Council. In these roles, he has advocated for meaningful mental healthcare reform including Mental Health Parity and improved access to care.
Dr. Cuellar earned his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his Doctor of Medicine from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He graduated with Distinction and was a former Howard Hughes Fellow and Albert Schweitzer Fellow. Jacob has spent the last 19 years in healthcare in acute, behavioral health and academic hospitals. He currently resides in San Antonio with his wife Edith and their three amazing daughters.
Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny was born on December 2, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in December 2004. He attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. After graduating recruit training he attended the School of Infantry, Infantry Training Battalion, at Camp Pendleton, California. Following completion of ITB he earned the MOS of Infantry Machine gunner (0331). From 2005 through 2011, Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny served with Kilo Company 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California where he served in several billets throughout the battalion. In October 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. In December 2005, he was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for a tour of 8 months returning in August 2006. Upon returning from deployment, Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny was promoted to the billet of Machinegun Squad leader. In October 2007, Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny was promoted to the rank of Corporal and served as the Machinegun Section leader for Kilo Company. Again in October 2007, Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny deployed to Fallujah Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom serving in the billet of both Machinegun Section leader and Rifle Squad leader. Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny returned from his deployment in April 2008 and served as the Platoon Sergeant for Weapons Platoon, Kilo Company. In October 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as Machinegun Section leader and Platoon Sergeant for Weapons Platoon, Kilo Company. In January 2009, Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny was deployed on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Okinawa, Japan. In February 2010, Kilo Company was ordered to deploy to South Korea for Joint Operations with the Korean Marines conducting Operation Freedom Banner. In September 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny was deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he held the billet of Rifle Squad leader. In July 2012, Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny reported to Drill Instructor school class 4-12 and upon graduation reported to 3d Battalion, Company K as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor and Chief Drill Instructor. Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny has also been the recipient of several awards while he was on Drill Instructor duty such as Drill Instructor of the Quarter, Senior Drill Instructor of the Quarter, Moral Leadership Award and 3 Honor Platoons. On July 2, 2014, Gunnery Krochmolny was meritoriously promoted to his current rank. Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny currently serves as the Scout Sniper Platoon Sergeant in 1st Battalion 6th Marines and has done 1 deployment with them on the 22nd MEU participating in several operations in the Mediterranean.
Gunnery Sergeant Krochmolny’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one Gold Star in lieu of second award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 Gold Stars in lieu of third award, and the Combat Action Ribbon with one Gold Star in lieu of second award.
Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Krochmolny
Scout Sniper Platoon Sergeant, Weapons Co, 1st Battalion 6th Marines
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