Reverend Richard “Rick” Iannucci
A 30 plus year resident of Santa Fe, NM and US Marshall, he retired in 2005 after 21 years of service. He is also a former Green Beret with a decade of service on worldwide deployments including serving as an Instructor at the US Military Academy at West Point.
During his service with the US Department of Justice- US Marshals he commanded a Joint US – Colombian Anti–Kidnapping /Protective Operations Special Missions Unit in Colombia, South America and is the recipient of the US Attorney Generals Distinguished Service Award, the US Marshals Service Director’s Award and the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Award of Merit for his work there (2003).
This program was hailed as being instrumental in moving the FARC guerillas towards the peaceful resolution of a conflict that had lasted over 40 years.
After retiring from the US Department of Justice he was contracted to serve as the State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT) Law Enforcement Coordinator for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), specializing in operations with Native American Law Enforcement.
He holds Degrees and Post Graduate Certificates from Neumann University (Franciscan), Baylor University~Truett Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School (Trauma Informed Pastoral Care) the University of Maryland (BC/ICISF~ (Pastoral Crisis Intervention) and Trinity College- Dublin (Systematic Theology)
An Ordained Priest (Celtic Catholic Rite) he currently serves as the State of New Mexico Senate Chaplain as well as the Chaplaincy Section Chair for the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA.org) and locally serves with the Santa Fe Police Department where he started and coordinates the Santa Fe Police Department Inter-Faith Community Safety Outreach Program.
In 2008 he and his wife Nancy founded Horses For Heroes- NM Inc. a non-profit 501(c) 3, specializing in non-clinical Post Traumatic Growth, Resiliency and Skill Set Restructuring for Post 911 veterans and active military (The first and longest running program of its kind in the nation).
In 2010, he received the American Red Cross Real Heroes Award and in 2014 the New Mexico Humanitarian Award for his work with veterans, active military, National Guard and reserves (www.horsesforheroes.org).
He is a life member of the Special Forces Association(LD7014 ), the Santa Fe Inter-Faith Leadership Alliance (ILA) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Northern New Mexico Radio Foundation (KSFR).
Married with three adult children and four grandchildren, he resides in Santa Fe County.