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 are certified with the American Hippotherapy Association. Our riding instructors, working with those with special needs, are certified with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

Leadership & Administration

Milinda Kirkpatrick

Milinda Kirkpatrick

Executive Director, PATH Registered Instructor

Jean Penner

Jean Penner

Development Director

Jessamyn Farrell

Jessamyn Farrell

Assistant Director

Debbie Cloy

Debbie Cloy

Program Director, Gaston Farm Point of Contact/Schedule Coordinator, PATH Intl. Registered Instructor

Katie Kirkpatrick

Katie Kirkpatrick

Administrative Assistant

Leslie Lytton

Leslie Lytton

Office Manager, PATH Intl. Registered Instructor

Dr. Kelly Coney Pacious

Dr. Kelly Coney Pacious

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

Susan Pearce

Susan Pearce

Program Director - Conover, Physical Therapist, AHCB Certified Therapist

Therapists

Delane Clark

Delane Clark

Physical Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Dawn Hancock

Dawn Hancock

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist, HPCS Certified Therapist

Lynne Knox

Lynne Knox

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 1 Therapist

Carolyn Lindsay

Carolyn Lindsay

Physical Therapy Assistant, PATH Registered Therapist, Specialization Certification/Developmental Disabilities

Colleen Nolan

Colleen Nolan

Speech Therapist, AHA Level 1 Therapist

Stephanie Piatt

Stephanie Piatt

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Ashley Seal

Ashley Seal

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Leslie Weatherhead

Leslie Weatherhead

Physical Therapist, AHA Level 1 Therapist

Riding Instructors

Carmen Costa

Carmen Costa

PATH Intl. Instructor in Training

Madison Hood-Bowker

Madison Hood-Bowker

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

Emily Jones

Emily Jones

Barn Manager and Riding Instructor

Sarah Lafone

Sarah Lafone

PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor

Elisabeth Larson

Elisabeth Larson

PATH Intl. Registered Instructor, Mecklenburg Farm Point of Contact/Schedule Coordinator

Verena Stock

Verena Stock

PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor

Facilities & Equine Staff

Jessi Culbertson

Jessi Culbertson

Equine Specialist, PATH Intl. Registered Instructor

Rex Culbertson

Rex Culbertson

Facility Manager - Mecklenburg Farm

MacKenzie Huffman

MacKenzie Huffman

Horse Handler

Cindy Demers

Cindy Demers

Barn Manager

Tim Tarleton

Tim Tarleton

Maintenance Supervisor - Conover

Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson

Horse Handler

Make your impact today

Your contribution of time or funds to Shining Hope Farms will make a direct difference in the life of a child or adult with disabilities.