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E3A 2017 Conference Speakers

Lissa Pohl

Teaching people how to ‘embody’ leadership competencies is Lissa’s area of expertise. She has facilitated EAL workshops nationally since 2004 and most recently in Qatar, the Middle East. Lissa holds a Master’s Degree in Transformational Leadership Development and is owner of In Good Spirits, LLC. She works in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Community & Leadership Development where she conducted research on the effectiveness of collaborating with horses in developing, emotional intelligence and leadership competencies in nurses (2012). She holds certifications as a Lights On Leadership ™ Coach (1997), a Leadership Circle 360 Profile Facilitator, and as an E3A Advanced Corporate Trainer and Master Trainer. Lissa has over 50 years of experience with horses and continues to enjoy riding, integrated horsemanship and a great chai latte'.

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Kathy Milbeck

Kathy Milbeck, M.A. is principle partner in Equinemity, and has been a psychotherapist for over 36 years. She is an E3A Master Trainer and served on the E3A Board as Vice President, Program Development Chair and currently, is the Treasurer. She has 18 years experience with horses and understands that they have the ability and sensitivity to awaken heart-based moments of authenticity.

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Jennifer Kaplan

Jennifer S. Kaplan, M.A. partner in Equinemity, is a certified E3A Facilitator. She is an instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College. She teaches EAL success skills classes with a focus on life, career & educational success strategies.  Jennifer has a deep commitment to helping people realize their potential and believes that horses call us to be authentic, whole-hearted, compassionate and true to ourselves.

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Jennifer Boyer

Jennifer Yi Boyer has spent over 20 years working in global business environments focusing on strategy, talent, change management, organizational effectiveness, and executive leadership development.  Her career has spanned many industries ranging from financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, educational non-profit and small entrepreneurial pursuits with partners around the world.  She was E3A certified in 2014 and has conducted numerous customized corporate programs using the open-to-outcomes model and successfully built it into the curriculum where she works.  She maintains a small horse farm in Iowa where she resides with her husband, three daughters, four cats, rescue dog and a small herd of horses.

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Mindy Chernoff

Mindy Tatz Chernoff is the founder of The Resonant Horse, a novel and innovative approach to healing, partnering with horses as teachers and catalysts for change and transformation with a diverse client base, which includes children on the autism spectrum, working mothers, and executives in the corporate sector. She has a Dual Masters, and 55 years deeply steeped in horses and humanity. She is an E3A Practitioner, an Eponaquest Apprentice, with  years of training in mindfulness and contemplation. Mindy recently gave her first TEDX Talk: ( ) and is in the finishing stages of her first book : “From Muck To Magnificence, How Cleaning Horse Stalls Leads To An Astonishing Life.”

When not attending to clients Mindy can be found riding her Two Time Pinto Congress Champion, “Viton”. In her spare time she designs and creates jewelry.

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William Hancy

William is the Operations Director for the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry (AI) at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. He manages the Center’s budget, contracts, AI Badge Program, and AI Commons website. He is an experienced higher education instructor and business consultant and is a retired United States Air Force veteran. He earned a master’s degree in Organizational Development and a graduate certificate as a Hopkins Fellows in Managing Change. His certifications include Equine Experiential Education, Appreciative Inquiry, Future Search, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. He resides in Swanton, Vermont, enjoys hiking and raising farm animals.

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Janis Cooper

Janis is the owner of EQnimity in Waitsfield, Vermont. Before launching her business, Janis’ career spanned more than 20 years in global marketing management and executive positions within Fortune 500 companies. During her corporate career, Janis led customers and employees through a variety of transitions - all of which have led her to assist individuals and groups to traverse change. Janis is a Certified Professional Coach, holds two Equine Experiential Education certifications and supports personal and professional growth with a focus on leadership and team development.  She partners with the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry to offer equine-based Appreciative Inquiry workshops.

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Pam Umberger

Pam Umberger, owner, and operator of Copper Crest Farm has been teaching horseback riding lessons for over thirty years and carriage driving lessons for over two decades. She operates a therapeutic riding and driving program for mentally and physically challenged children and adults and has trained in the area of equine assisted growth & learning.  Pam has taught courses in equine studies at Wytheville Community College and Virginia Tech.   She has authored two books, Principle-ly Horses ~ A Training Manual and Life After Hitching - A Guide to Training Your Horse to Drive.  Pam is a co-founder of Mirror Horse Interactions, LLC.

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Cheryl Bess

Cheryl Payton Bess has received her certification as a Level I Practitioner through E3A.  Also, she is a Certified Equine Specialist with EAGALA and has trained in EAPD with International Equestrian Coach, Chris Irwin.  Cheryl has also been certified at Level I of the Carriage Association of America’s Driver Proficiency Program. Her professional history includes a background in nursing with both clinical and management experience.  She is a co-founder of Mirror Horse Interactions, LLC.

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Gina Yarrish

Gina has 25 years of experience nurturing individuals, businesses, and entrepreneurs through their own business transformation in buying, selling, investing and in management. As an entrepreneur she has gone through personal pain, faced her limitations and explored ways to fulfill the desire to give her own life meaning. Knowing first hand the challenges of owning a business she was inspired to develop products and programs to help others go further, faster with less effort and more results. As a certified Practitioner of Equine Experiential Education, EAGALA, and as a life coaching, she assists people to maximize their potential. Gina’s most recent success was a #1 Bestseller, Harness Your Purpose, Power, & Peace: Discover the Leader Within You.

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Ginny Telego

Ginny Telego has a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and is a Certified Advanced Practitioner and Master Trainer with the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A).  She was certified as an EAGALA Level 1 Certified Equine Specialist and a Certified Riding Instructor with the American Riding Instructor Association.  She has management experience in many diverse environments and is committed to creating programs that maximize the experience for the horses and participants. In addition to her work at Wager's Way, Ginny serves part-time as the Executive Director of Leadership Ashland, a premier community leadership development program. She recently completed two terms as the President of the Board of Directors for the Equine Experiential Education Association and is a former board member for the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Ashland class of 2013.

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Carrie Brady

Carrie Brady is the creator of Possibilities Farm, an equine-facilitated learning center for personal and professional development in Connecticut.  As a healthcare consultant and lifelong horse lover, Carrie became intrigued by medical schools that were using horses to teach students non-verbal communication, and she dreamed of someday offering EAL programs.  E3A was the key to achieving that goal.  Approximately one year after attending training, she had acquired two extraordinary horses, built a farm, and saw her first clients.  Carrie also enjoys serving as a creative arts teacher for special needs students.  She is a frequent public speaker, having given keynotes and workshops in more than 26 states.  All of her work is designed to help people rediscover their strengths and possibilities.

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Jennifer Goddard

Jennifer Goddard is the CEO of Integrity Marketing Solutions, a national marketing agency serving lawyers and law firms. She is an internationally recognized expert and thought leader in digital marketing. Over the past few years, she has spoken by invitation on digital marketing at global conferences set in London and  Amsterdam and to legal conferences in Orlando, Boston, and Washington, DC.

Goddard holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master's degree in Business Strategy & Leadership from Michigan State University. She is a member of the Forbes Agency Council and an E3A certified practitioner. She introduced equine assisted learning activities to her attorney clients in 2013 as an experiential component to strategic planning and leadership development.

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