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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.

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.

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.

Carrie Brady

Phone: 775-376-2530

PO Box 33912 
Reno, Nevada 89533

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