These instructors for each group implement curriculum, track progress and set goals for each student. They elevate program efficacy by implementing pre and post testing with kids and their parents/guardians. They are actively involved with the students’ progress through the duration of the program.
Sara has her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy through Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry from Mississippi College. She has over 6 year experience working with trauma, attachment disorders, abuse, neglect, adoption and foster care, and family systems. She carries a post graduate certificate in Equine Assisted Mental Health through the University of Denver's Institute for the Human Animal Connection which is currently the only program specifically designed to meet all criteria for animal assisted competency requirements with the ACA (AATC), 2016). She utilizes a person centered approach and pulls from a variety of models to tailor her services to her clients’ needs. She puts the utmost focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety and acceptance of program participants. Sara cares deeply about helping children and youth heal and gain insight to themselves in order to grow their relationships.
Sara resides in Monument, CO with her young energetic son.
Jeanie loves working with students and horses together since it combines her passion for learning, healing and growing with the help of these amazing animals. Jeannie grew up on a cattle ranch in the Colorado mountains and spent her childhood on horseback. Then she stepped away for a season to pursue her education, raise her three children and work as a middle school guest teacher in D20 for ten years. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to use her love of horses to help kids discover their potential and truly THRIVE. Jeanie has her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business and her Masters of Science degree in Wildlife Biology Education.
Robyn is a native of New Orleans, LA. She moved to Colorado Springs twelve years ago after graduating with a Masters in Social Work from LSU. She has worked in child welfare and as a medical care manager before starting her private practice. Robin was a actively involved volunteer at the Ranch for two years before joining the facilitator team.
Jean Larson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has also owned and leased horses in the hunter jumper world for many years. Jean has had many social work experiences including private practice, medical social work and hospice. She can now combine her love of both social work and helping children heal through their experiences of being with horses.
Katie is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a certificate in animal-assisted social work from the Institute of Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. Katie has been working in the field of equine-assisted activities and interventions since 2011. She has worked with populations diagnosed with trauma, ASD, anxiety, addiction, depression, and IDD, as well as with children and families involved in the foster care system. Katie has worked with the University of Denver to research the impact of animal-assisted interventions on children in residential settings who have experienced trauma and is the program assistant for the Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate, a post-masters program for mental health professional seeking to incorporate equines into their practice. Katie grew up with horses and looks forward to providing equine-assisted experiences in a setting that allows children and adolescents to be in nature.
Ellie is currently in her third year of college at UCCS studying Psychology and planning on pursuing a masters degree in clinical counseling. She has been around horses her whole life and riding for 12 years. Ellie has been a volunteer at the ranch and with this program for over two years and has enjoyed learning about the combination of horses and therapy. She appreciates the opportunity to learn hands-on how to do what God has called for her to be involved.
Colleen relocated to Colorado two years ago upon completion of a successful career in business. Seeking a new direction, she decided to channel her deeply rooted love of horses into helping change lives. As first a volunteer in equine programs, Colleen realized her desire to integrate a love of teaching with her passion and kinship with horses, so she began the credentialing process in various disciplines of equine assisted activities. Receiving certification as a PATH INTL (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning in 2018, she now specializes in equine advocacy and the facilitation of equine related activities. Holding a BA in Business Administration and Music, Colleen continues to seek further education and self- development by ongoing attendance in additional credentialing programs. Currently pursuing certification in The Masterson Method Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork for Equine Specialists as well as The Masterson Method for Practitioners, Colleen is a strong believer in the power of imparting knowledge and insight to others and, most importantly, the power of horses to impact healing and improve quality of life. Colleen is committed to serving the needs of the community through equine partnership and is very happy to join The Flying Horse Foundation as a Facilitator.