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Executive Staff Bios
Patrick J. Bricker, Equest CEO
Patrick Bricker graduated from SMU in 1988 with a B.A. in Advertising. Patrick spent much of his childhood working on the family ranches in Montana and has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years, with successful ventures in livestock syndication, television, video, and multimedia/web development.
In 1991, Patrick's creativity was acknowledged on an international level with awards for a series of documentaries titled, "Lives Under Siege: The Palestinian Refugee Camps" and again in 1999 with a documentary called, "Scionti: Maestro" which was taped primarily in Italy.
In 2001, television personality, Jocelyn White, called on Patrick to help her launch a new television series called, "Designing Texas." The innovative use of TV, multimedia and the internet created an immediate "Buzz" about the series, which quickly became syndicated nationally. Patrick's production company, Primeworld Productions had an impressive client list that included Dallas-based Neiman Marcus and Pat Summerall Productions. According to Neiman Marcus CEO Burt Tansky, "The Art of Selling" and "Beauty of Selling" training series were the most successful training programs in the history of The Neiman Marcus Group.
In 2004, Patrick founded "Living Without Limits", a company that is dedicated to helping all people improve the quality of their lives by achieving balance in their personal, professional and healthy lives.
In 2009, Patrick was asked to become the CEO of the Citizens Development Center, a multi-million dollar United Way Agency located in Dallas, TX. Citizens Development Center exists to empower men and women with disabilities to achieve their highest level of employability.
Patrick joined Equest in 2011 as Chief Executive Officer. His background in marketing and business management and his experience working with non-profit groups that benefit individuals with disabilities make him a perfect fit to lead Equest forward into new and exciting adventures in the future.
Joan Cutler, Equest Program Director and Advanced Instructor
Equest welcomes Joan Cutler as our Program Director. Joan Cutler is a PATH Intl Advanced level Instructor and a Level 1 Driving Instructor. She was a Region 8 representative for PATH Intl and is now on the Equine Services for Heroes Committee for PATH. Joan realized her love for therapeutic horses here at Equest as a volunteer over 22 years ago. She left Equest in 2001 to become certified as a PATH Intl Registered Instructor in Indianapolis, Indiana and began working at TherAPlay. She then came back to Texas to work for R.O.C.K. (Ride On Center for Kids) and later for Runnin’ WJ Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center. She is married to Greg Cutler and has 2 stepdaughters who live in Waco. She lives and breathes horses and admits that this is all she knows and does. She will tell you that she began volunteering at Equest to relax after 60 hour work weeks in her past career. Now that she has a career in what “relaxes” her, there is nothing else worth doing.
Ellie Wellford Grant, Director of Volunteer & Intern Services
Ellie has been Equest’s Volunteer Director since 2004. Ellie grew up in the hunt country of Virginia and began riding at the age of 8 with the Vicmead Hunt Club. At the University of Virginia, she received her degrees as an Echols Scholar in English, French, and the Law. Ellie moved to Dallas to pursue a law practice. Shortly after, she joined the Junior League of Dallas, which brought Ellie to Equest as a volunteer in the Spring of 1988. Since then, Ellie has served as a Volunteer Captain, a Tack and Groom Trainer, and the Junior League Project Chair. She attended NARHA’s Instructor Training Short Course in 2001. She served on the Equest Board of Directors from 2001-2004, and helped found the Horsepitality Committee, a committee that she chaired for two years.
Martha Johnson, Office & Accounting Manager
Martha came to Equest as the accounting manager in July 2005, but had been a part of Equest as a parent of a rider, volunteer and board member for many years prior. She served as the Chairman for the Equest Family Committee for two years and co-chaired Ridefest in 2006. She has been a part of Equest for the past 15 years.
Martha has worked in accounting since 1987 and has owned and operated her own business. She also was a customer support manager, responsible for the company’s largest customer (120 million) insuring complete customer satisfaction by managing and developing a high performing team.
At Equest, she is responsible for all accounting functions including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, audit, employee and facilities insurance and human resources.
Brad Causey, Facilities & Stable Manager and Registered Instructor
Brad became involved with therapeutic riding after his father had a life-changing accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Brad completed his registered level certification at Equest in 2004 and worked as an intern with Equest’s summer camp program.
Brad has a degree in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University. While completing his course work, Brad facilitated the Roy E. Dye hippotherapy program in conjunction with the Bryan Independent School District. He also helped coach the Bryan Special Olympics Equestrian Team.
Brad expanded his Equine Facilitated Mental Health knowledge while working at the Griffith Center for Children, a residential treatment center for at-risk boys, in Colorado. He directed the Equine Program, taught vocational equestrian skills classes, and led individual and group therapy sessions. Brad also helped teach the Griffith Center’s Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy workshops training professionals in equine-related mental health techniques.