Staff - EAGALA

Misty Baker

Misty Baker has 16-years working with victims of violent crime.  Since June 1992, she has been speaking in the field of Drug/Alcohol Prevention and has worked with court mandated treatment, churches, high school, and women’s groups.  Misty has been Eagala certified as an Equine Specialist since 2007.  She has been providing Eagala Model services to clients since 2008 and is pursuing Eagala Advanced Certification.  Misty is the owner/operator of The Bridges Program in Kentucky since… Read Full Post



Marian Heyink

Marian is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation in the State of Ohio. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and a Juris Doctor from Cleveland Marshall of Law. She has worked as a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor at a PATH facility. She has over 25 years of experience working in health care with trauma survivors, and currently is contracted with three facilities in Ohio to… Read Full Post


Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall became President and CEO of Hendrick Home for Children in Abilene, Texas in December 2021. From 1999 – 2021, Robert Marshall was with Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and Girlstown, USA. His last position was Vice President of Operations. Robert graduated from McMurry University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1992. He attained his Masters in Counseling and Human Development from Hardin-Simmons University in 1994. He has licenses from the state of Texas as… Read Full Post


Katherine Owen

Katherine Owen joins our board with over 30 years of leadership and HR Management experience. She currently leads employee training and development for a digital transformation company.  With training as a passion that threads her entire career and a love of horses, Katherine brings a perspective that can be leveraged at Eagala.  She has been riding, training and competing horses where she has gained respect in her witnessing them transform people’s lives.  Katherine holds a… Read Full Post


Halina Kowalski

Halina Kowalski has served as the Eagala Military Services Director since 2018 and was the former Eagala Military Task Force Chair from 2015-2018. Halina is a clinician-researcher at the VA Portland Health Care System where she has worked for since 2009, specializing in PTSD and TBI treatment outcome research and clinical practice. She is a marriage and family therapist by training and a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and… Read Full Post


Dora Lupo

Ms. Lupo Is Chair of the Eagala Ethics Committee, Eagala Certified Mental Health Professional and holds the Individual Military Designation Certification from the Eagala Military Committee. Dora is the Clinical Coordinator at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Inc. and Coordinates all services offered to Veterans and Active Service members. Prior to joining Pal-O-Mine, Ms. Lupo worked for Nassau County, Department of Behavioral Health, in a variety of areas covering both of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency. She is… Read Full Post


Ray Anschel

Ray was a teacher of writing and literature for 40 years and served in numerous educational leadership roles. He holds a Master’s Degree and was the recipient of Normandale College’s Teacher of the Year Award and the University of Texas’s National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award for Excellence (NISOD). Ray is Advanced Certified and has facilitated Eagala sessions for 13 years in Minnesota (Acres for Life, Park Avenue, HOPE Ranch). He has been… Read Full Post


Amy Blossom

Amy Blossom Bio Amy Blossom, MA, LPC, NCC, Eagala Advanced Certified, Eagala Trainer has been certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala), since 1999.  Her lifetime of horse ownership, training, and barn management experience, combined with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, corporate development and human resources experience, as well as her extensive volunteer roles through her lifetime, have given her the necessary tools to be recognized as an effective… Read Full Post


Mary Ann Brewer

Certified in ‘06; Advanced Certified in ‘10 and a mentor in 2012. Co-founder of In the Company of Horses Inc, Mary Ann co-facilitates alongside many mental health professionals and her own six horses as well as many horses belonging to others. She assists many different ages and populations of clients both private and with institutions. Although a graduate of horsemanship school, Mary Ann helps people all over the world in person and online through Relationship… Read Full Post


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