Lynn Thomas, LCSW
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Lynn received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Utah and has over 16 years experience working with adolescents, families, individuals and groups in various settings including youth corrections, wilderness and ranch programs, private practice, and mental health agencies. As Executive Director for Aspen Ranch, a residential boarding school for troubled adolescents, she developed a program integrating horses as the primary treatment component. Lynn additionally served as Executive Director for the Aspen Achievement Academy, a wilderness therapy program. In 1999, recognizing the efficacy of the experiential learning approach, the intense impact of the equine relationship, and a need to professionalize standards for this new modality, Lynn formed EAGALA, a non-profit 501(c)3 association. With the help of an energized and dynamic team, Lynn developed the organization’s training and certification program and ancillary training manuals. Today, she continues to spearhead operations both domestically and abroad as EAGALA augments its global presence. Along with leading EAGALA, she has 3 children, twins age 16 and one age 14.
Mickey has spent her lifetime in the equine industry from 4-H to breaking and showing horses to fifteen years spent as a jockey, riding in ten different states. She retired from riding and moved to the racetracks of the west coast (to be warm!) for three years as an exercise rider. She eventually left the track and created a riding program for a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed boys - Sierra Boys Ranch. She also worked as a residential counselor and house director for the program. She attended her first EAGALA training in September 2000, after which she became Equine Services Director for Sierra Family Services and helped transform the equine component into a true EAGALA Model program. Literally hundreds of hours of EAGALA sessions later, and after contracting as an EAGALA trainer since 2004, Mickey now works full-time as Program Director for EAGALA overseeing the global training schedule, mentoring program and networking groups amongst many other duties.