Meet the Speakers

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Christie Kappert

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Christie serves as program manager for WaterShed Animal Fund’s equine initiative, The Right Horse Initiative which seeks to make lasting, transformative improvements to equine welfare in the United States. While earning dual degrees in Equine Science and Business Administration from Colorado State University, Christie volunteered at a local horse rescue. This initial volunteer work lit a spark and fueled a passion for equine welfare and rescue. Soon after, Christie graduated magna cum laude and went on to receive certificates in Strategic Planning and Meeting Facilitation Strategies from the University of Texas Governor’s Center for Management Development. Christie is a skilled program and marketing manager with experience assembling equine industry partners to collaborate on complex industry-wide issues. Prior to joining Arnall Family Foundation, she led marketing and partner development for the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride Initiative. Christie is the proud adopter of two Mustangs and one burro. She competes in stock horse events and has been a top-ten finalist at two Extreme Mustang Makeovers. She and her husband raise a small herd of cattle and live outside Austin, TX.

Malaika Albrecht and Sherri Moore

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Sherri Moore is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Interactive Vaulting Instructor. She currently teaches at and is the barn manager at Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program in Greenville, NC. She has been involved in the EAAT field for close to 20 years. Sherri lives in Greenville with her husband, four dogs, a bunny and a chinchilla. Malaika Albrecht, a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor, is the Executor Director at Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program in Greenville, NC. She also holds her Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification, as well as being a Reiki Master Level Practitioner, holistic equine body-worker, and yoga instructor. In her spare time, Malaika works around her personal farm, where she lives with her daughters, horses, mini, mini donkey, chickens, cats and dog.

Julie Goodnight

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Julie Goodnight established a connection with horses at a young age and after a successful run as a youth rider on jumping horses, she galloped her way through college riding race horses. For nearly four decades, she’s been at home in the Colorado Rockies, pursuing wilderness sports and riding cow-horses. Founding her training business in 1985, Julie’s reputation as a horse trainer grew far and wide. In 2008, she began producing Horse Master with Julie Goodnight, a popular how-to horse training series that has aired weekly on RFD-TV for more than a decade, with 260 episodes. She now travels the world to produce compelling horse TV and educates horse owners everywhere through her online training programs at JulieGoodnight.com.

Christy Landwehr

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Christy Landwehr has been active in the horse industry for over 30 years. Hunter/jumper, dressage, side saddle, western pleasure, hunter pleasure, barrel racing, endurance riding and saddle seat equitation are just some of the disciplines Christy has competed in at the local, regional and national levels in multiple breeds. She has been teaching children and adults how to ride for over 25 years. Christy is a Master Level Riding Instructor and Equine Facility Manager through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) www.CHA.horse and has taught students in 4-H and Pony Club. She is a Past President of the American Youth Horse Council (AYHC). She also founded, competed on and coached the University of Colorado at Boulder Intercollegiate Horse Show Association equestrian team. Christy is an AQHA and APHA Professional Horseman and on the AQHA National Marketing Committee. Christy is also on the Colorado State University Equine Sciences Advisory Council. She teaches Effective Presentations for the Community College of Aurora and she is a strategic business consultant. With an undergraduate degree in public relations and speech communication from California State University Fullerton and a graduate degree in mass communication and journalism from University of Colorado at Boulder, Christy has vast experience in marketing and business. She was the Sponsorship and Youth Programs Manager for the Arabian Horse Association, a trainer for Skill Path Seminars, and the Development Director for The Urban Farm that works with at-risk youth in Denver. Currently, she is the Chief Executive Officer for the Certified Horsemanship Association, a non-profit 501(c)3 association whose purpose is to promote excellence in safety throughout the equine industry. She is also a clinic instructor and site accreditor for the organization. Christy has spoken at numerous equine events throughout her career including: Arabian Horse Association Convention in Tulsa, Back Country Horsemen National Convention in SD, Taking the Reins in WI, Equine Affaire in CA, OH and MA, Horse Expo in Pomona and Sacramento, CA, American Hippotherapy Association in TX, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship in CO and VA, Mane Event in Alberta, AQHA Convention in TX and Las Vegas, American Camp Association in San Diego, Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville and Orlando and many others. You can reach Christy at Clandwehr@CHAinstructors.com. Screen reader support enabled.

Aviva Vincent & Lauren Simak

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Lauren Simak joined the Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center team as a volunteer in 1992. In 2002, she became a Therapeutic riding instructor and joined the Center full-time. In 2007, Lauren became a therapeutic driving instructor and currently leads the driving program. She teaches about 20 students per week. Lauren is also the special programs coordinator and manages the hippotherapy and driving program. Lauren has been an avid horseperson for over 30 years and enjoys hunter-jumper and cross country eventing. 





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Aviva Vincent the director of program quality and a therapeutic riding instructor at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center. She is a veterinary social worker and doctoral candidate in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University where she researches the biological impact that animals have on children, specifically with children and dogs, and the ability of dogs to reduce fear and anxiety in stressful situations. In 2016, Aviva co-founded the human-animal interactions workgroup with National Association of Social Workers, Ohio chapter.

Dr. Liz Coan

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Dr. Liz Coan is a faculty member at University of Colorado where she works as a Clinical Psychologist in the department of Developmental Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She also has a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Coan specializes in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, with specialty focus in developmental delays, Autism spectrum disorder and Fragile X Syndrome. Dr. Coan’s areas of special interest include assessment of developmental disabilities and comorbid mental health concerns, creating innovative approaches to therapeutic intervention for children with developmental differences and their families, program development, teaching and community outreach. Dr. Coan is heavily involved in the Psychology training program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and is co-director of intervention services within Developmental Pediatrics. She has prior experience as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist and has worked with children with developmental differences for over ten years.

Maj. George Paffendorf

Bio Coming soon.

Dana Barton

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Dana Barton is the Director for The Rocky Mountain ADA Center (RMADAC). Her role within the organization is to lead the staff’s daily efforts to provide the Rocky Mountain Region with technical support, training, guidance and the most updated information pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is also the organization’s spokesperson for public media and community relations initiatives within the region. Prior to joining RMADAC, Barton served as the Business Relations and Employment Development Director at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. In this role, she planned and implemented business services, and youth and adult programming under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In this role, Dana worked closely with community partners to provide training and development opportunities to individuals with disabilities to increase their employment opportunities. She brings to RMADAC over 10 years of extensive work within the ADA’s Title I and Title III with the experience she gained as Director of Recruitment for the world-famous Broadmoor Hotel. Among her many accomplishments at The Broadmoor; she led a program that recruited students with disabilities from local school districts to work for the hotel as paid interns. Throughout her life, Dana has worked tirelessly in support of people with disabilities. Her work has included supporting initiatives for families with deaf children so that their loved ones are empowered to fulfill their life dreams. She is also an active volunteer in her children’s elementary school, and serves on the School District 11 Mill Levy Override Financial Oversight Committee. Dana is also heavily involved with efforts in Colorado to educate employers on hiring combat-wounded veterans. In 2014, she was recognized as a Rising Star through the Colorado Springs Business Journal and received the Young Professional of the Year award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. When she is not working, Dana enjoys spending time hiking in the mountains, raising backyard chickens, and cheering on her Alma Mater's Michigan State Spartans!

Dr. Hallie Sheade

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Dr. Hallie Sheade is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of North Texas. Located near Fort Worth, TX, Dr. Sheade is the founder of a private equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) practice, Equine Connection Counseling, and co-founder of the nonprofit, S.T.E.P.S. with Horses, designed to provide a continuum of care for clients working to address mental health concerns. Dr. Sheade specializes in working with military service members and their families and at-risk youth. Dr. Sheade is active in working to further the field of EFP by presenting on topics related to mental health and EFP, authoring manuscripts, and training others in EFP best practices. Dr. Sheade also serves on the PATH Intl. Health and Education Committee and is a Faculty Candidate for Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshops.

Jochen Schleese

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Certified Master Saddler - Jochen graduated from Passier in 1985 as the youngest Certified Master Saddler in Germany at the time. He came to Canada as the Official Saddler for the 1986 World Dressage Championships. Jochen registered the trade of saddlery in North America in 1990, and operated the only authorized training facility for this trade in Ontario. He discovered that many female riders struggle with pain and health issues from riding in saddles designed for male riders (due to pelvic and anatomical differences). Schleese Saddlery Service (1986) is the world leader in gender correct saddles, which can be fit and adjusted according to the biomechanics of movement and the development of the horse, through personal on-site saddle fit evaluations. Educator - Jochen Schleese established Saddlefit 4 Life® (2006) as an independent organization to teach saddle fit evaluation and analyses, and certify professionals in equine and saddle ergonomics. Jochen lectures at the German Professional Trainers Association in Warendorf Germany, at veterinary conferences in Brazil and is a frequent clinician at trade shows and equine forums worldwide. Saddlefit 4 Life® courses are accredited by the United States Dressage Federation, the Certified Horsemanship Association and Ontario Equestrian Federation. Jochen Schleese is on the advisory board of the Equine Sciences Academy and an education partner with the American Riding Instructor Association and Ontario Equestrian Federation. Published Author - Jochen is author of “The Silent Killer” – the Painful Truth of Saddle Fitting and Why it Doesn’t Work” (Wu Wei Germany 2012) and “Suffering in Silence – the Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses” (Trafalgar 2013). Selected as the Official Saddler to the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas (2005, 2007, and 2009), Jochen Schleese has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and Discovery Channel (“How it’s Made”) and has written articles for over 28 equine publications. Awards - In 2010 Jochen was part of the educational roster at WEG (World Equestrian Games), and is the recipient of numerous business and trade achievement awards. In 2014 he was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year (Chamber of Commerce) for ongoing innovation, research and development, growth, products and services, creative business initiatives, and community service.