Meet Our Staff

There are a considerable amount of people needed for our programs to function. On average, three people are directly required to put on just one session for one child. Considering how many participants we serve a week that means a lot of people are involved. Depending on the program, two of the three people involved any given session are either a certified riding instructor and/or a licensed therapist.

All of our therapists are board certified in their specialty (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy) and have received training in hippotherapy treatment principles by the American Hippotherapy Association. Our riding instructors, working with those with special needs, are certified with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

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Leadership & Administration

Milinda Kirkpatrick

Milinda Kirkpatrick

Executive Director, PATH Registered Instructor

Jessamyn Farrell

Jessamyn Farrell

Assistant Director

Rex "Rocky" Culbertson

Rex "Rocky" Culbertson

Operations Manager - All Facilities

Kimberly Deal

Kimberly Deal

Program Director - Conover, PATH, Intl. Equine Specialist

Patrice Gibson

Patrice Gibson

Development Director

Elisabeth Larson

Elisabeth Larson

Program Director – Charlotte location, PATH Intl. Registered Instructor

Leslie Lytton

Leslie Lytton

Office Manager

Dr. Kelly Coney Pacious

Dr. Kelly Coney Pacious

Therapy Supervisor, Physical Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist, HPCS Certified Therapist, PATH Intl. Registered Instructor

Rose Ann Putnam

Rose Ann Putnam

Billing Specialist

Therapists

Sherri Beckman

Sherri Beckman

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 1

Delane Clark

Delane Clark

Physical Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Dr. Amber Costello

Dr. Amber Costello

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 1 Therapist

Donna Dell

Donna Dell

Psychologist, Natural Lifemanship Certified

Dawn Hancock

Dawn Hancock

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist, HPCS Certified Therapist

Holly Heller

Holly Heller

Occupational Therapy Assistant, PATH Intl. Registered Instructor

Claudia Hunter

Claudia Hunter

OTR/L

Lynne Knox

Lynne Knox

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Carolyn Lindsay

Carolyn Lindsay

Physical Therapy Assistant, AHA Level 2 Therapist, Specialization Certification/Developmental Disabilities

Alicia Newell

Alicia Newell

Mental Health Counselor

Stephanie Piatt

Stephanie Piatt

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Kassi Rose

Kassi Rose

Physical Therapist, AHA Level 1

Ashley Seal

Ashley Seal

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Wendy Seykowski

Wendy Seykowski

Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC

Rachel Walker

Rachel Walker

Occupational Therapist Assistant, AHA Level 2, PATH, Intl CTRI

Riding Instructors

Katy Bretz

Katy Bretz

Instructor

Carmen Costa

Carmen Costa

PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor

Debbie Cloy

Debbie Cloy

PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor

Morgan Helms

Morgan Helms

PATH Intl. Registered Instructor

Madison Hood-Bowker

Madison Hood-Bowker

PATH Intl. Registered Instructor, and CHA Level III Certified Instructor

Jill Schwab

Jill Schwab

CHA Cognitive/Physical Level 2 Instructor

Kristen VanHoose

Kristen VanHoose

Physical Therapist Assistant, AHA Level 1, PATH Intl. Equine Specialist, PATH,Intl. CTR

Facilities & Equine Staff

Christine Haas

Christine Haas

Horse Handler, RN, BSN, CEN

Bernadette Clemens

Bernadette Clemens

Horse Handler

Jessi Culbertson

Jessi Culbertson

Equine Professional

Cindy Demers

Cindy Demers

Barn Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Barbara DiNicola

Barbara DiNicola

Horse Handler

Bill Killichner

Bill Killichner

Maintenance Supervisor - Conover

Ronda Mize

Ronda Mize

Horse Handler

Hannah Mullis

Hannah Mullis

Horse Handler

Karen Niess

Karen Niess

Horse Handler

Destynee Sanders

Destynee Sanders

Horse Handler

Heather Todd

Heather Todd

Horse Handler

Julie Wilkins

Julie Wilkins

Horse Handler