Meet the Treatment Team

Jennifer Knobloch

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

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

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

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

EQUINE SPECIALIST

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.

Carol Garman

EQUINE SPECIALIST

Carol resides in Bath, Ohio with her husband Ron and two rescue dogs, Chance and Lady. Carol received both her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Akron. She also did additional graduate work in reading at the Ohio State University. Using those degrees, she taught reading, kindergarten and first grade. She retired from teaching in 2012 after 35 years with the Revere Local School District. Not wanting to leave behind her dedication to teaching young minds, she continued her role as a teacher while she tutors children in reading and math.

Carols has always been a horse enthusiast. Growing up, she cared for her Sheik, her Palomino. Together they spent many hours on the numerous trails in and around Bath, Ohio. When she heard about the opportunity to volunteer at Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary, her love and commitment to horses was reignited. She began volunteering in 2018 and fully enjoys being around horses and other horse enthusiasts. Currently, she is studying and working towards her certification as an Equine Specialist in the EAGALA model here at Forever Amber Acres. When not at the barn caring for horses or tutoring, Carol enjoys reading, long walks with her pups, but most of all, spending precious time watching her two grandchildren.