EQUINE SPECIALIST – LEAD
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. As of 2020, Michele has a documented more than 12,000 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. In her spare time Michele is connected to the earth and enjoys all things outdoors! She believes that nature is the key to grounding ourselves.
MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL – LISW-S
JannaLe grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and has always had a passion for the healing power of animals. As a child she was always rescuing strays and unwanted animals, including horses. She recognized early on that animals, especially horses, can hold the key to healing and emotional wellness. Currently, she shares her home with 2 rescued dogs and 5 rescued cats.
JannaLe has been working with children, adolescents, adults, and families for over 25 years. She earned her Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1996 and she has been a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory designation since 1999. She has specialized in treating adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma. Her experience has also included working with adults adjusting to various disabilities. Janna received her EAGALA certification in September 2020.
EQUINE SPECIALIST – VETERAN LIAISON
Tim Roth is an Army veteran and joined the FAAAS Barn Buddy volunteer program in 2020. His lifelong passion for horses and animals attributed to his immediate fit here at the sanctuary! It didn’t take us long to recognize his leadership skills, work ethic and attention to details; but also his amazing connection and deep insight into our horses and their healing abilities to others. Tim’s calm demeanor and ability to connect with the horses has been identified by many as that of a horse whisperer.
Many of Tim’s strong leadership skills were developed from his four-year service in the US Army as an Infantryman. During his time in the service, he received the following commendations: Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism, Expert Marksmanship Badge, Army Commendation Medal (Fourth Award), Army Achievement Medal (Third Award), Overseas Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Expert Infantryman Badge and Combat Infantryman Badge.
When presented with someone of Tim’s caliber and skill set, it’s no wonder why our treatment team and Board of Directors were eager to have him join our team as an Equine Specialist – Veteran Liaison, where he can apply his knowledge and understanding of horses, contribute his first hand experience as a combat veteran to help our veteran clients in their healing journey’s and to fill a gap that we previously had on our team! Tim is currently working towards his Eagala certification.
When not volunteering here at the sanctuary, Tim holds down a career as a Project Manager in construction for a turnkey real estate investment solutions company. Tim is certified in many construction trades. He enjoys all things outdoors and being a super dad to his two young sons