Meet the Staff
With the encouragement of family, Pat has realized her dream of developing an EAL/EAP program to benefit the community of Lane County, Oregon.
Founder and Executive Director
Pat Walters has over 30 years teaching equine-assisted activities and holds certifications in:
PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Equine Service for Heroes, (veterans)
Autism Movement Therapy,
Riders Biomechanical principles
Centered Riding, Level 2 instructor
Pat has enjoyed a variety of teaching over the past 30 years, everything from therapeutic riding, developing activities for sensory processing challenges, to coaching an 'over 40' equestrian vaulting team and youth recreational vaulting.
Co-Founder and Board President
Equine Assisted Psychotherapist Coordinator
Career Instructor/ University of Oregon
M.Ed., Special Education, University of North Texas, 1999
PhD., Counseling Psychology, University of Oregon, 2010
Karrie Walters is a licensed psychologist in the state of Oregon and received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology in 2010 from the University of Oregon. She teaches across multiple departments in the College of Education, including Family and Human Services, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology. She has worked with children and families professionally for over 20 years in both educational and counseling environments. Karrie also holds a masters degree in special education and spent several years as an autism and behavioral consultant in the public schools. Karrie's professional interests include transgender and gender creative children and families, strength-based child and family interventions, effective undergraduate/graduate teaching modalities and engagement in community-based social justice.