Jennifer “Jen” Donahue currently serves as the Specialty Programs and Outreach Coordinator for Equest in Wylie/Dallas Texas and has served Equest in the past as Head Instructor and Education Coordinator. She has also worked with SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Center in Lubbock, TX, Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center in LA and founded Pointe Celeste Therapeutic Riding Center in Port Sulfur, LA. Jen holds her Masters of Science Teaching plus thirty hours of graduate work in education from Loyola University New Orleans.
Jen’s evolvement with PATH International includes: Advanced Instructor, Level III Driving Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Lead Evaluator Faculty Member, Site visitor, Driving Faculty, Registered
Mentor and serves as the State Chair for Texas. Jen currently serves on the PATH Intl. Accreditation Sub-Committee and Driving Sub-Committee. She loves life, people, horses, photography, painting, and being in nature.
Mrs. Rebecca Mercer is the founder of the Spirit of St. Louis Therapeutic Riding Center in Tyler, TX and also serves as a PATH Intl registered level therapeutic riding instructor. She has earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and master's in special education both from the Texas Christian University. Mrs. Mercer is a Certified Equestrian Special Olympics Coach and Area 7 Games Director, a role she held from 2000 to 2006, and again from 2009 to the present. Additionally, she is a Level 2 English and Level 2 Western Certified Horse Professional through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA).
Kim works full time for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Business Analyst and still takes time to volunteer as an Instructor at Sunrise Riders almost every Saturday for the past 17 years. She was also a riding instructor at a Girl Scout Camp Noark. She is a professional member of PATH, Intl. She is the PATH Intl. State Chair for Arkansas and a board member of the Lone Star Therapeutic Equestrian Network (LSTEN). She is a 2001 CHA Certified Riding Instructor and a PATH Registered Riding Instructor. She has been riding and showing since she was a teen and she has competed in barrels, dressage, jumping and enjoys trail riding. She volunteers with 4-H groups, Horse Tales Literacy Project and also the Houston Dressage Club twice a year as a acting steward. She hopes to get certified as a steward and technical delegate in the future. She also enjoys training horses and dogs.
Cathryn is a PATH Registered Instructor, ESMHL and a mentor of both instructors and new centers in Oklahoma. She is currently a licensed Insurance Adjustor and works hard to help others in the Theapeutic Riding Industry in Oklahoma. She has served as an advisor to the OSU Rodeo Team and a consultant to the movie Cowgirls and Angels, filmed in Oklahoma in 2011. She is the Oklahoma Representative for Path Region 8 and is a member of the LSTEN Board. In her spare time, she is also the owner of Kujente Enterprises, a consulting firm and she is also the Morrison United Methodist Church's Financial Secretary and Advisory Council Board Member.
Natalea Watkins is a registered instructor, ESMHL and Mentor at a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Oklahoma. She is the Board Treasurer and Center Rep for Turning Point Ranch TRC, serves on the LSTEN Board and is the former PATH Intl. State Chair for Oklahoma. Paralyzed from the chest down in a 2000 car accident, she has served on a number of ADA-related councils and committees and writes for New Mobility Magazine. She also serves on the Meridian Transition Council in Oklahoma. She is a former Television News Director in Baltimore and Charlotte and was the first female news anchor in Oklahoma in the 1970's. She retired as an Assistant Vice President for Communications from Oklahoma State University in 2003 receiving both the President's Award and Loyal and True trophy. A longtime proponent of public service, Natalea has served on over 20 non-profit boards. Prior to her accident and his cancer, she and her husband owned a large foundation quarter horse ranch west of Stillwater
Deacon Larry McCaleb operates 3M Acres from his farm in Zachary, Louisiana, about five miles north of Mount Pilgrim. McCaleb's program offers riding for recreation and leisure, sporting and competitive opportunities, as an educational tool, and for therapy. McCaleb's goal is to provide individuals with skills they can use throughout life. His students participate in horse shows and parades, including Southern University's annual Homecoming Parade. Larry serves as the PATH Intl. State Chair for Louisiana.
Shannon has an undergraduate degree in Education with a specialty in Speech Therapy from Baylor University and a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. First introduced to Therapeutic Riding in 1995, she became a PATH Intl Registered Instructor in 2006 after volunteering at ROCK Ride On Center for Kids for 2 years. She has over 20 years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist and lives in Round Rock, Texas with her husband and 2 teenage children. Shannon joined the LSTEN Board after cohosting the 2015 PATH Intl Region 8 Conference with Nancy Krenek and serves as the current PATH Intl. Region 8 Represenative.
Malinda is the Founder and Executive Director of Sunrise Riders. She has been a member of the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Intl. (PATH Intl) for 23 years and is also a PATH Registered Instructor and 1986 CHA Certified Riding Instructor. She has served as the Region 8 Representative for PATH Intl. In this capacity she also serves on the Lone Star Therapeutic Equestrian Network (LSTEN) board. She is also a co-leader of the Faulkner County 4-H Dream Team Dressage Club and a coach for the Jr. and Sr. 4-H Hippology and Quiz Bowl Teams. She is on the advisory board for the Horse Tales Literacy Project and the Reading Barn manager. She has over 30 years of experience teaching riding at both private facilities and Girl Scout Camps in AR and Steven's Ranch in TX. She has trained and shown as well. She was also a teacher in the public schools.
Calle Hayes is the former Executive Director of The Riding Therapy Center (RTC) of Victoria, TX and a PATH Intl Member and Registered Riding Instructor since 2010. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, her Master of Public Administration from Sam Houston State University and was a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie National Champion Equestrian Team from 2004-2006. In addition to her dedicated work at The RTC, she also serves her community as a volunteer for Crown Hospice, is the Chair for the Women Leaders of Tomorrow Conference with the Junior League and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Nave Museum and the Lone Star Therapeutic Equestrian Network (LSTEN).
Stacey McMinn is one of the founding board members for Beyond Boundaries of Ward, Arkansas and is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors, Board Member and Secretary for the non-profit, Leaping Beyond, an Early Intervention Developmental Therapist and the Administrator for Allied Therapy & Consulting Services, P.A. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for a B.A. in Communications. Growing up in Arkansas on a dairy farm, Stacey rode horses for leisure, work and occasionally competitively barrel racing. Once she began with Allied Therapy & Consulting Services, P.A., where she has worked for the past 18 years, Stacey first became involved in Hippotherapy as a volunteer, then as a parent of a child that received services. Beyond Boundaries relies on her for grant writing, coordination of therapy services, program development, fund raising and anything in between.
Stacey has acted as the coordinator of education for volunteers, potential therapists, current therapists and riding instructors for Beyond Boundaries, ensuring opportunities for students of the University of Central Arkansas, Harding University, Arkansas State University and University of Arkansas of Little Rock for the past 12 years. Stacey was the site co-host for the Region 8 conference, shortly after Beyond Boundaries relocated to Ward MANY years ago and is excited to have the opportunity again.