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Creative Communications Specialist, Writer
Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning
A desire to follow my entrepreneurial and creative spirit has taken me from the corporate office to the home office as a marketing specialist and freelance writer. I spent over a decade in the areas of marketing, communications and administration for organizations ranging from small businesses and non-profits to a Fortune 100 company. During that time, I vigorously worked on a master’s degree in marketing communications at Johns Hopkins University. With one final thesis left, the south was calling and I planted new roots in Nashville, TN in 2000. I completed the degree working with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and with an applied research project that proved through survey and analysis the importance of the Internet to a company’s integrated marketing mix, particularly to the music and travel industries. Then, of course, Web 2.0 came along and would also prove its important role in the world. Therefore, I know there is always something to keep up with, new to learn, more to contribute.
I am fascinated by a deeper understanding of the role neuroscience plays in business, health and in general everyday life. The “old brain” has a lot to teach us as does the evolution and understanding of neural plasticity. So now I focus on a few good things – communications, design, neuroscience, research and writing. I have a passion for fine art, horses, music, books, writing, and still hoping to finish a book or two. I especially love to research and find the unique contribution horses, music and art have on the world.
In January 2012, I was certified as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and formed The Sage Horse Center for Equine Assisted Learning while partnering with others in the field of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). While a varied background it may be – marketing, communication, the mind, art, creativity, horses – it all flows into one meaning: positive change.
MS MARKETING, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, Baltimore, MD 2002
BA MANAGEMENT, HOOD COLLEGE, Frederick, MD 1994_____________________________
AFFILIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int’l (PATH, Int’l) – Member since 2011, Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) – Member since 2011, Level 1 Training
American Marketing Association, Nashville Chapter – Member since 2005; Chair of Collegiate Relations, 2006-2007, responsible for developing key initiatives and action plan that included fostering relationships between NAMA and universities, developing mentoring program and growing student membership.
Saddle Up! Therapeutic Riding Center, Volunteer, Jan 2011 – Present
Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy:
Dr. Allan Hamilton: Zen Mind Zen Horse, The Neuro-Equine Model, Rancho Bosque, Tucson, AZ 2013
Barbara Rector: Horse Sense and The Human Heart – Barbara Rector (Adventures in Awareness) and Terri Lewis, EPONA Approved Intro Workshop, Great Strides, Damascus, MD 2012
EAGALA – Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Workshop, Level 1, Part 1, 2011
Horse Sense of the Carolina’s – Horse Psychology, July 2011
Chris Irwin Institute for Equestrian Arts, Lexington, KY – (ChrisIrwin.com) Equine Assisted Personal Development, 2007.
Integrative Life Center Breakfast Series: “Experiential Therapy – Creating A Theatre of Healing” with Deb Leinart, LPC, MHSP/CSAT June 2012; “Telling Your Story Through Music” with Jeff Jackson, Spiritual Coach June 2012
ILC / The Ranch Breakfast Series: “The Hero’s Journey: A Storytelling Approach to Motivational Enhancement and the Stages Of Change Model” with Jim Savage, LCDC Author, Storyteller, Musician & Therapist from Dallas, Texas July 19, 2012.
Council for the Written Word, Franklin, TN – Fall Writer’s Workshop 2008 and Spring Writer’s Workshop 2009.
Writing workshop with the “Godfather” of Creative Non-Fiction, Lee Gutkind, 2008