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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).

Joe McAlexander E3A Vice-President

Mr. McAlexander is the CEO/Director of Spirit Song Youth Equestrian Academy, located in Anna, Texas, an organization he co-founded that designs and implements equine-assisted programs to enhance life skills development coaching of at-risk youth and families.  He is E3A Certified as an Advanced Personal Development Trainer.

Mr. McAlexander started his professional career with a BS in Electrical Engineering from NC State University and then served on active duty as a Captain with the US Army Air Defense Command and Air Defense Signal Battalion.  He is President and Founder of McAlexander Sound, Inc., Richardson, TX, and the Managing Director and Founder of McAlexander Sound Pte Ltd, Singapore, both engineering technology consulting companies focused on innovation and monetization.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a recognized technical expert in patents, trade secrets, and other intellectual property matters.

In addition to serving as a partner and director of several other companies, he serves as a technical advisor in secure communications platforms to Vertical Computer Systems, Inc., and its subsidiary Ploinks, Inc., for which he is a member of the Technical Advisory Board.

Janis Cooper- E3A Secretary

Janis is an Equine Experiential Education (E3A) 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 for individuals and groups.  Janis is owner/operator of EQnimity based in Waitsfield, VT and also works for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary based in Kanab, UT where she develops and delivers learning and development programs for leaders and managers.

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.

Carrie Brady

Carrie Brady is an experienced executive and consultant who is passionate about helping individuals and teams to realize their strengths and to bring their personal and professional dreams to life.  She has served as a Vice President in two healthcare associations and has led national and international efforts to improve healthcare, including co-facilitating the Patient and Family Engagement Forum of the World Innovation Summit for Health, a global collaboration hosted by the Qatar Foundation and Imperial College London.  She is well-known for her engaging and experiential keynotes, workshops, and webinars.

Carrie integrates innovative approaches that rapidly cut through barriers and produce powerful results, including experiential learning and creative arts-based programs.  After learning that medical schools were partnering with horses to teach doctors bedside manner and teamwork skills, she created Possibilities Farm, LLC in Metropolitan New York.  Carrie offers services beyond the farm through telephone coaching sessions, a national "Heart Herd" personal development program, and traveling to healthcare facilities, schools, and community organizations with her miniature horse Paddington.

Carrie is an E3A Certified Practitioner and a PATH certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.  She earned a JD from Northwestern University where she was an editor of the Law Review, an MA in Sociology, and a Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship.  She is the author of the book HCAHPS Basics and several other widely used healthcare resources, and currently writes a weekly guide to using horse wisdom to thrive in personal and professional life. 

Ginny Telego

Ginny Telego is the President and Founder of The Collaboration Partners (formerly Wager’s Way), a leadership consulting business based in Ashland, Ohio.  Ginny 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 has management experience in several diverse environments and is dedicated to coaching clients to find their "Way" to being better leaders and team members both in their organizations and communities. Ginny is passionate about helping people achieve their potential in whatever they are doing and is committed to creating programs that maximize the experience with the horses for participants.

As an expert facilitator, Ginny travels in the U.S. and Internationally to facilitate leadership and team development with organizations and trains other facilitators in the equine assisted learning field.  She has served two terms as the President of the Board of Directors for the international membership organization, 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 and in 2018 became one of the first women to be installed as a member of the Ashland Noon Lions Club.

Susan Urban

Susan D. Urban received a Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is currently professor emerita at Arizona State University. She has 28 years of academic teaching and research experience, with expertise in active and collaborative learning techniques for teamwork in the classroom. Susan was introduced to horses at a young age through her father’s quarter-horse breeding business. She is currently the co-founder/co-director, together with her husband Joseph Urban, of Dashing W Farm, LLC in Louisiana, where she combines her academic experience and love of horses in their EAL business. She is a Level 2 E3A Certified Advanced Practitioner (Corporate) and has also completed E3A training for conducting Personal Development and Wellbeing workshops.

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.

Phone: 775-376-2530

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Reno, Nevada 89533

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