Joe McAlexander, President
Mr. McAlexander is E3A Certified as an Advanced Level II Practitioner with a specialty in Personal Development. He 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 and coaches life skills development of at-risk youth, families, and organizations.
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 technology consulting companies focused on innovation and monetization. Mr. McAlexander has served as a consultant for many of the top tech and communications companies in the United States. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a recognized technical expert in patents, trade secrets, contracts, 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.
Carrie Brady, Vice President
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.
Janis Cooper, SecretaryJanis 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, 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.www.Equinemity.net
JoAnne is the founder and director of Equissential Growth Strategies, a Delaware firm dedicated and specializing in personal and professional development. She is a lively and engaging speaker, with a sincere interest in empowering people to embrace their gifts and to achieve their goals. She does this with the combination of traditional methods, as well as equine assisted development and strengthening. Her diverse business and teaching background enables her to accurately assess what will work to achieve positive structural change within various cultures. Her executive and group retreats also include faith-based programs.
The Backyard Barn Project welcomes youth and families, veterans for programs like “Kids Care n’Share”, “Equine-O-Mine”, and “Rebuilding the Nest”, “Veterans Victory”. It also involves Mentoring and Guidance for youth, foster children, and those in recovery, “Discovery in Recovery”. Veterans can achieve re-focus for positive and successful outcomes.
With more than 45 years of experience with horses, her unique combination of skills greatly impacts participation. Her education is in education, psychology, business and the arts. She is a Certified EAL Practitioner and Corporate Trainer, Certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through EAGALA, and is a Member of the Non-Ridden Equine Association UK. JoAnne is a native Delawarean, and resides with her husband, her horses, hens, Emma her dog, and cats.. “We Promote Measurable Results and Lasting Change” ©
Jena Sawyer, M.Ed.
Jena Sawyer, M.Ed., partners with leaders, teams, and individual employees to expand their knowledge and effectiveness, resulting in a better bottom line. She is a strategic HR, Learning and Development professional, certified E3A Level 1 facilitator, certified practitioner of The Leadership Circle assessment and framework, personal/executive coach, lifelong horse person, and yoga/meditation teacher.
Jena has extensive corporate experience, combining coaching, development and engagement expertise with a deep understanding of key profitability drivers. She has a passion for creating an environment where both the organization and its employees thrive. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree in Education and Human Resources from Colorado State University.
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 on the board for the Equine Experiential Education Association
(E3A) and 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.
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).
Kathleen Terry-Sharp is President and Founder of Equ-Insights, a Memphis-based consulting group. Utilizing her experience, training, and coaching skills, she helps executives, students, and individuals lead more effectively. She integrates what horses teach us to illuminate how good leaders can become great and to transform groups into high‐performing teams by developing positive relationships that result in better communication, increased productivity, and improved organizational health.
She is an E3A Certified Practitioner and holds a BA from Millsaps College and an MPA (Organizational Behavior, Policy and Program Evaluation) from the University of Tennessee. Her doctoral work is in Educational Leadership. She has been a senior leader in higher education, nonprofit, and association management organizations. She has taught graduate courses in Public and Nonprofit Administration and American Government and currently serves on the Public Policy and Administration Advisory Board at the University of Tennessee.
In the past six years, Kathleen has raised over $36.5M for higher education programs, scholarships, and capital projects. As a professional fundraiser, she provides advice and insight on campaigns, grants, and business plans. She offers guidance to organizations seeking the most productive ways to engage donors, volunteers, and board members.
Ginny Telego is the President and Chief Facilitator of The Collaboration Partners, an organizational consulting business she founded 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 passionate about helping people achieve their potential in whatever position or career they are in. Ginny has a vision to transform the way leaders lead and to help reduce conflict by understanding the strengths in diversity among groups.
As a professional facilitator, Ginny travels in the U.S. and Internationally to facilitate leadership and team development with organizations and trains other facilitators in the field of equine assisted learning. As part of her consulting work, Ginny directs the Leadership Ashland program, IMPACT Youth Council program and is a Workforce Development Instructor for North Central State College. Ginny is Past President of the E3A Board of Directors and has recently returned to the E3A Board to serve the organization. She was one of a group of 6 women to be the first female inductees to the Ashland Noon Lions Club in 2018.
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 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.