Meet the Team
Meet the Team

Our team is dedicated and passionate about the work we do to enhance lives. We come from many backgrounds – personally and professionally – but we share a deep love for our horses and making a difference in the world. Our horses were born for this role. It takes a special animal to do this work and we know how to identify the right horse for our programs – each and every time.

Leadership Team

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Lisa Laughlin

Interim Chief Executive Officer
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Amy Causey

Director of Program Quality & Development
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Malcolm Hodge

Senior Director of Advancement
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Courtney Utter

Director of Counseling, LPC, ESMHL, LCDC- I



Angela Escamilla, Registrar and Communications Manager
Bobby Valdez, Facilities Manager


Ellie Grant, Director of Volunteer Services
Susan Liepins, Volunteer Coordinator

Alyssa Rasmussen, Development Associate
Christine Volkmer, Director of Advancement                                  Rose Donohue, Development Officer


Katelyn Jones, Counselor
Debbie Utterback, Counselor


Kim Burris, Equine-Assisted Learning Coordinator
Kristen Cozart, Education Coordinator
Laura Decou, Program Manager
Michaela McKinney, Equipment Coordinator

Boaz Or, Head Instructor
Liz Pemberton, Horse Show Coordinator
Ruth Shim, Veterans Program Coordinator


VACANT, Stable Manager
Carol Chamberlin, Assistant Stable Manager
Christina Baroody, Stable Hand
Danielle Colen, Stable Hand
Lindsay Loe, Stable Hand
Canaan Massie, Stable Hand
Stephanie Singleton, Stable Hand
Ryan Wolf, Stable Hand

Board of Directors


Tim Gavin - Chairman

Amy Green - Vice Chairman

Pia Ackerman -Treasurer

Brooke Bailey - Secretary

Carolyn Anderson

Harley Cozewith

Elizabeth Dacus

Marianne Fazen

Teresa Fishman

Prisma Garcia

Clint Haggerty

Lindsay Kirton

Elissa McClure

Megan Martin

Nancy Natinsky

Julie Sherman

Steve Swenson

Daniel Valentine

Bill Woodall

Ex Officio

Lisa Laughlin

Interim CEO/ Women's Auxiliary

Kinsley Bushonville

Junior League of Dallas

Advisory Board

Kenton Arnold


Stephen Barnett

Clint Bruce

Navy Seal

Chastity Carrigan

Nancy Carter

Patricia Clements

Calvert Collins

Robyn Conlon

Lisa Cooley

Katie Cox

Leslie Golden

Louise Griffeth

Bert Headden

Carol Huckin

Reverend Ramsey Jay

Lili Kellogg

Lynn and Allan McBee

Ron Natinsky

Timmy Newsome

Elsa Norwood

Pamela Petty

James Sackett


Susan Schwartz

Bo Slaughter

Andrew Steingasser

Cynthia Thomas

Patrick Walsh

PhD & Navy Admiral

Phillip Whitcomb

Margaret Wolf

Join Our Mission to Help Others

There’s always an opportunity to volunteer at Equest and learn more about our equine therapy programs and our state-of-the-art facility. That’s a great way to see what our organization is all about and the opportunities our program provides. Or, if you would like to join our team full time, we invite you to send us your resume here and we’ll be in touch if we have any openings that match your skills.