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 serves on EAGALA’s Board of Directors from and served as the Chair. Marian also serves on the Board of Directors for In Step With Horses.
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.
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. Carol will receive 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
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 is working towards her Eagala certification.