Jennifer Knobloch (MH)
A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervisory designation, Jennifer graduated from Kent State University with her Masters degree in Education in 2008. She has been working with children, adolescents and families for the past 9 years. Jen specializes in early childhood and trauma treatment. She is competent in sand tray therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy. Jen also has extensive experience with working with mood disorders co-morbid with High Functioning Autism.
Marian Heyink (MH)
A LISW-I, EAGALA and PATH certified, Marian currently works with 2 veterans groups at other programs in the surrounding area. Marian has been a social worker and home care service provider in the past and her desire to make a difference in peoples lives, combined with her love of animals led her to want to help people with horses. Recently, Marian has volunteered at a therapeutic riding center teaching horse riding skills to children and adults with disabilities. In addition to PATH certification, Marian holds dual certifications from EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) and has served on EAGALA’s Board of Directors from and served as the Chair. Marian now serves on the Board of Directors for In Step With Horses.
Michele Bolinger (ES)
The Founder and Executive Director of Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary, Michele became involved in horse rescue in 2006, when she opened up her heart to a thoroughbred mare in need named ForeverAmber. Michele ran Forever Amber Acres privately for 5 years, before becoming non profit in 2013. In 1990, the Wars in Iraq affected Michele in a very personal and profound way and it became her vision to help military veteran’s heal by incorporating her life-long affinity for thrown away horses. In late 2017, grant funding enabled Michele to be certified as an Equine Specialist through the EAGALA model. Michele has a documented more than 10,000 hours of hands on experience working with gentling and rehabilitating horses and understanding horse psychology! Because of her, FAAAS & the treatment team can now provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Learning (EAL) to NE Ohio’s Military Veteran’s and their families.