Instructors, Therapists and Coordinators

LAUREN GIBLER
PATH CERTIFIED – ADVISORY INSTRUCTOR

Lauren Gibler has been teaching for over twelve years for all ages and riding styles. She will be providing traditional riding lessons weekly here at TROT with the equipment and horse provided. She is certified by  PATH as a Registered Instructor.

TONI HOOVER
RIDING INSTRUCTOR

Toni Hoover grew up with horses, learning on her own, in a small town north of Seattle.  She took a 15-year break from horses while I enjoyed USAF funded “travel” with husband and four boys, except for those two short trail rides through the German countryside.  When they settled in the Tri-Cities five years ago, she jumped back in as soon as she could.  That included volunteering at TROT.  She started as a TROT instructor in 2016.  She spends happy times on local trails with her horse Cosmo.  Her miniature horse Blue pulls a cart in many of the area’s parades.

She relishes learning and growing in knowledge and horsemanship. Sharing her love of horses and riding brings her great enjoyment.

JEAN LEWIS
RIDING INSTRUCTOR

Jean Lewis was raised on a farm in rural Michigan. She has always loved horses. For the last 16 years she has had the pleasure of being actively involved in the horse community in the Tri-Cities.  She has been a volunteer for one of the local 4-H equestrian clubs, participated in the District 5 Mighty Columbia Washington High School Equestrian Team, held the position of point chairmen for District 5 for 5 years and now she sits on the board of the Franklin Country Saddle Club. She enjoys pleasure riding, especially in the mountains. She has tried to compete in the sport of Reining, however that was not something her horse Trooper enjoyed so now she trails ride with family and friends.

She’s been an instructor for TROT for the last 2 years. The ability to bring the joy of horseback riding to those who would otherwise not have the opportunity is very rewarding to her. The horses bring out the best in our riders. It provides them with freedom, a way to gain confidence, and for many a way to gain the core strength they need to perform daily activities.

TERRY SHULTZ
PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Terry Shultz is the Business Owner of Balancing Act and is employed full time by NFSD, per diem, at Lourdes. He is the proud father of 7.  Terry is a Registered Level 1 Hippotherapist from the American Hippotherapy Association.

MELISSA SULLIVAN
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

CYNTHIA MACFARLAN
SPEECH THERAPIST

Cynthia MacFarlan is a Speech/Language Pathologist for over 33 years, She has worked with all ages, in all settings, & across all levels of care to help people with communication disorders.

JULIA RAY
FAMILY COORDINATOR

Julia Ray is the Family Coordinator for TROT since March of 2016. She has worked as a speech therapist at Kadlec hospital for the past 9 years. She is married to her husband Josh and they have two kids: Hadley and Wyatt. 

She likes to go camping, do outdoor activities, go to concerts, travel, and spend time with my family and friends. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and love helping people. She grew up around horses and animals here in Tri cities and love all the benefits this program offers our communities!

MARILYN LACOME
PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Marilyn LaCome is the Program/Volunteer Coordinator for TROT since February 2017. She has worked for several profits and non profit organizations in different capacities:  Spanish teacher, executive assistant, office manager, event planner and owner of two small businesses. Throughout her business career she has opened successful businesses and helped others do the same.  Her favorite pastimes are: spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, coloring and helping people. She is married to Matthew and they have two kids.

Her love for horses started when she was young in the “jungle” of Puerto Rico; and she is excited to be a part of this amazing non-profit organization.

NATALIE ABERSFELLER

PATH TO SUCCESS DIRECTOR

Natalie Abersfeller is a high school science teacher and track and field coach in Kennewick and has been part of TROT since summer 2017. She has been riding and working with horses for as long as she can remember including a short time riding competitively. She has a passion for sharing her love of animals and providing educational and therapeutic resources for her community. In her spare time, she participates in many outdoor and sporting activities including riding her horse and playing with her dog, Darby. 

 

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