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MEET THE
TEAM

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Board of Directors

Board Chair - Sierra James
Board Members - Joni Hensley 
Paul James 
Sally Majkut
Nancy Orlowski
Karabo Breeding
Niko Branek
 

SONJA WINGARD

Executive Director & Program Facilitator

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I facilitate connection…connection with oneself, animals, Spirit, and other humans. 

As a nurse I have had the privilege to walk beside thousands of struggling human beings. I am constantly amazed by the resiliency of the human spirit.

I have been struck by the honesty and willingness with which horses and other animals call forth a human’s best self, invite us to remove masks and challenge us to live up to our divine self. We can be unbridled by our past, any current belief systems or any diagnoses. I have witnessed rapid transformations of long-held blocks in a person's view of themselves and their emotional, physical and spiritual health when their energy is unblocked and flowing.  

I am honored that a teen appreciates that I am not here to fix him, but rather I am here working also on my own stuff.

With the support of amazing people we have founded a new nonprofit, Unbridled Spirit 7, helping people break free from what binds them, opening them to new possibilities.

I previously co-founded Animals as Natural Therapy, which I shepherded for 21 years until we received the nonprofit of the year award in 2019.  

I humbly welcome your heart to this journey.

MOLLY MCKENNA

Program Facilitator and Executive Administrator

Program Facilitator & Animal Care 

I love supporting my community, I am lucky enough to have worked in the non profit world for the last 10 years! I have served on a Board of Directors and held various administrative roles that taught me what it takes help a non profit flourish.

I graduated from WSU with a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis on Communication, Psychology and Business. I have worked with horses for the last 20 years and understand the connection that can be built between a person and a horse. Owning my own horse and working at many farms growing up, I am not afraid to get my hands dirty. I am always learning new aspects of how take care of the farm and its amazing animals. 

Equine assisted Therapy has been a passion of mine since I first volunteered in this field 15 years ago. Just this last year, I was given the opportunity to follow my dreams of working at a therapeutic farm and I am so excited to be here, learning from an amazing leader and farm owner. I see the need for this work in our community, I am excited to continue to support individuals and families who seek connection, self discovery and empowerment.    

Currently I am pursuing certification with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH International), as an ESMHL (Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning).

RACHEL GORDON BALL

Working with horses has always been a huge part of my life, I love sharing this love with others and learning through our sessions at the farm. 

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SUE SWANK

Finance & Operations Manager and Program Facilitator  

I saw a little thing in the newspaper and put it on my frig for three or four years. Finally I signed up for a farm tour at CSL's Mind Body Spirit fair in 2015 and have been in love with these horses ever since and the miracles I witness.

Joni Hensley

Mentor and Board Member

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Joni retired as a nurse working in public health for 31 years. She enjoys her horse companions, organic gardening and just being outside (in the sunshine). 

Volunteers & Mentors

Our mentor team is comprised of a diverse group of persons from various socio-economic backgrounds and life stories.
We have enthusiastic community-minded volunteers: retired teachers and nurses who spent their careers guiding youth and families, business people, and people who have had their own life journey impacted in profound ways by the horses here. 

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Meet the Herd