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Board of Directors

Marie-Claude Stockl- E3A President

Marie-Claude combined her two passions, horses and corporate life, by creating The Horse Institute in 2005 in the Hudson Valley in NY.  She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A) and is a board member of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA).  She is a charter member of E3A.

Marie-Claude has 40 years of experience in communication strategy and coaching. A native of France, she began her career in New York, where she held positions of increasing responsibility at Nestlé, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Revlon. Reporting to Presidents and CEOs for twenty years prepared her well for her consulting work with Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Merck, Novartis, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi, Shionogi, and others.

She has also coached world-class athletes and Olympic medalists, and has worked with newsmakers including a former United States president, James Earl Jones, Michael Jackson, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Angela Lansbury and others.

Marie-Claude graduated summa cum laude from the University of Paris, France with a Master’s Degree in Communication. She is a certified facilitator and certified executive coach (ACTP).

Lissa Pohl- E3A  Vice-President

Lissa Pohl is Assistant Director of the Center for Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She holds a Master's Degree in Transformational Leadership Development and has worked as an independent organizational consultant with non-profit and small businesses. Lissa has over 48 years of experience with horses and puts it to good use teaching people how to 'embody' leadership competencies. At the University of Kentucky she has conducted pioneering research on the effectiveness of Equine Guided Leadership Education for developing emotional intelligence and leadership competencies in nurses. She is certified as a Lights On LeadershipTM Coach, a Leadership Circle (360) Profile Facilitator, a Plexus Team Spirit Facilitator, an E3A Advanced Corporate Trainer and E3A Master Trainer. She hails from Boulder, Colorado and Seattle, Washington.

Todd Shook

Todd is cofounder of Bella Terra Equine Adventure located outside of Kalamazoo, MI. Todd began his professional career in Information Technology with a BS in Computer Science. After 10 years in business, his desire for working with others led to a career change. He returned to college, earning his BSN from Southern Illinois University.

For over 10 years, Todd was a Registered Nurse with experience in Home Health, Emergency Room Psychiatric Nursing, and Case Management. In 2010, Todd received his Master’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University.

Todd received his EAGALA Level I certification in April 2003 and has been providing equine assisted learning and psychotherapy services ever since. In 2010 Todd was certified by the Equine Experiential Education Association and is currently a Master Trainer for E3A. This work has been extremely rewarding to Todd because of the immediate growth and insight of the participants' experience when they are working with horses.

Linda Pucci

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a personal/business coach at the Inner Resource Center, LLC in Maryville, TN.  She has worked for over 35 years helping people find the resources necessary to change their lives, including working with horses in experiential education since 2003.  As one of the founders of E3A, Linda has been actively involved since the organization's inception.  She is an E3A Certified Advanced Practitioner with a specialty in Corporate Training, and serves as a Master Trainer for E3A.  Linda was past president of the E3A Board of Directors and currently serves on the board.  She has helped write E3A's curriculum, including Personal Development and Wellbeing courses.  Linda also provides consultation for practitioners in the EAL/EAP field.

Kathy Milbeck - E3A Treasurer

Kathy Milbeck, MA comes to world of EAL with 35 years of experience as a psychotherapist.  She received her Masters in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1980.  She has worked as a Psychologist for the State of Nevada and as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She has also had a successful private practice since 1982 and began her EAL work in 2006 with 18 years of experience with her horses.  She is certified by E3A in equine experiential education, corporate coaching and as a master trainer.  She has been on the board of directors for E3A for 6 years and currently serves more technical roles as the treasurer and the program development chair. She co-foundered her own EAL business, Equinemity in 2006.

Susan Urban

Susan D. Urban received a Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is currently a professor at Texas Tech University and an emeritus professor at Arizona State University. She has been teaching and leading computing research projects for over 28 years, with experience in active and collaborative learning techniques in the classroom. She is a Level 2 E3A Certified Advanced Practitioner (Corporate) and is a member of the E3A Board of Directors. She is currently establishing an EAL business with her husband, Joseph E. Urban, and is also a co-owner of Darling Farms, LLC, a quarter horse breeding business for race horses in Louisiana.

Joseph Urban

Joseph E. Urban recently retired as professor of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University. He conducted research and education in software engineering and cybersecurity. Joe served as a program director and deputy division director in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering of the U.S. National Science Foundation. He is a professor emeritus of computer science at Arizona State University. He served on active duty at the US Army Signal Center.  He is a Level 2 E3A Certified Advanced Practitioner (Corporate) and is a member of the E3A Board of Directors. He is currently establishing an EAL business with his wife, Susan D. Urban in Louisiana.

Janis Cooper- E3A Secretary

Janis is an Equine Experiential Education Certified Practitioner and also certified with Kathy Pike's Coaching with Horses along with the Mind Body Method. Prior to her equine coaching business, Janis' career spanned more than 20 years in Fortune 500 global marketing leadership positions. During that time she led individuals and organizations through a number of transitions including two company mergers, downsizing, along with many organizational changes.  She brings this experience together with her enthusiasm for people and horses to deliver transformative learning experiences at EQnimity based in Waitsfield, VT.

Kathy Moore

Kathy Moore is an accomplished natural horsemanship instructor and owner of Sugarfoot Jog Ranch in Waller, Texas near Houston. While working with horses and their owners, Kathy found that achieving behavioral change in the horse required transformation in their owners. This became a natural segue into doing Equine Assisted Learning. Along with being certified in Parelli Natural Horsemanship and as a certified riding instructor with Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), she is also an Equine Specialist through EAGALA, and is an Advanced Corporate Practitioner and Master Trainer with E3A. Kathy offers organizations innovative approaches to improving teamwork, communication, leadership skills and overall performance. Recently she has been working with girls that are victims of human trafficking and who battle drug and alcohol issues, and with young adolescents that have aged out of the Foster Care System.

Kathy is a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Interior Design.

Cheryl Payton Bess 

Cheryl Payton Bess, RN, MSN, has a diverse background in the clinical and administrative arenas of healthcare including being a Legal Nurse Consultant.  She received her Master's Degree as an Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner from West Virginia University. Cheryl also draws a wealth of clinical experience from her service in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, where she served as a Lieutenant Naval Officer.

Most recently, Cheryl has found a niche in equine assisted learning. Pulling from her previous professional and educational experiences, Cheryl sought continuing training through internationally and nationally renowned equestrian coaches. Her vision is to utilize equine assisted learning to assist people in the healthcare industry in developing self awareness around body language, communication and leadership skills which are critically important in healthcare settings. Cheryl is co-owner of Mirror Horse Interactions serving individuals and corporations in Southwest Virginia. Additionally, she is certified as an Equine Specialist in the EAGALA Model, earned the designation of Level 1 Certified Trainer by the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A), and serves on the Board of Directors for Copper Crest Riding Therapy Program in Wytheville, VA, Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A), and the Pulaski County Humane Society in Somerset, KY.

Cheryl is currently building her facility in Pulaski County, Kentucky and hopes to offer programs in the Spring of 2016.


Jill Rivoli

Jill Rivoli is an experienced leader in the field of Equine Assisted Learning having facilitated over 7000 participants in professional and personal growth experiences with horses. She is certified through the Equine Experiential Education Association and the Equine Guided Education Association. She is the former Manager of Miraval Resort’s Equine Experience, helmed her own EAL business for six years, and is currently the Director of Activities and the Corporate Leadership Development Specialist for the prestigious Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, CA specializing in Equine Assisted Learning. Jill’s client list includes many Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to Jill’s EAL career she has certification in Leadership and Management in the Hospitality Industry, Graduate work in Conservation Social Sciences, Graduate Teaching Certificate in Environmental Education, B.S. in Anthropology, and is a founding Board Member for Terra de Belos Cavalos, an Equine Assisted Learning Center dedicated to healing trauma through interactions with horses.

Jill’s passion is mindfulness and helping people learn better ways of living, thriving, and connecting. Horses have proven the most effective, fun, and fulfilling way to achieve this.

Phone: 775-376-2530

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Reno, Nevada 89533

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