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Meet Our Team

Veronica Lac, PhD. LPC

Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Veronica Lac has 25 years of experience as a corporate trainer and mental health professional providing her with an integrated perspective to equine-facilitated work. Her academic background includes a Masters in Training and Performance Management, a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy, and a PhD in Psychology. She is trained in a number of models of equine-facilitated work, including a mentorship in Adventures in Awareness with Barbara Rector, a pioneering influence in this field. This has allowed her to combine her theoretical understanding into a relational and embodied approach. Veronica is passionate about bringing a cultural competence framework into the equine-facilitated field.

Veronica was a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist in the United Kingdom, and since moving to the United States in 2011, has gained licensure as a professional counselor. She specializes in working with eating disorders, trauma, and attachment and has developed equine and canine-assisted programs for at-risk adolescents in collaboration with residential treatment centers and eating disorder clinics. She is also a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor for clients with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities. Veronica believes that research is the key to supporting equine-facilitated psychotherapy as an evidence-based modality and has multiple publications internationally in peer-reviewed journals. Veronica currently serves on the Governance Committee for PATH International and is a founding member of their Racial Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Workgroup. She serves on the Executive Board of a number of professional organizations including American Psychological Association Division 32 (Secretary), University Professors Press (Editor), and The Humanitarian Alliance. She is also a peer-reviewer for The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and The Humanistic Psychologist.

Veronica is the recipient of the 2022 APA Division 32 Camri Harari Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association. This award recognizes outstanding contributions for innovative applications in the field of Humanistic Psychology. 

Meet The HERD team members across the world!

Staff Members

Sarah Morehouse, MCouns

Senior Instructor & Program Manager

Sarah Morehouse is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, receiving her Masters in Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue). Sarah is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and a HERD Institute® EFP and EFL Graduate. Sarah is also a certified Equine First Aid and Disaster Preparedness Instructor through Equi-Health US, as well as a certified Equine Nutrition Instructor through A Stable Connection®. Sarah has been working at The HERD Institute® since 2018.

Katie Wheeler

Finance and Membership Manager

Katie is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in forest management. After working in the forestry industry for several years she accepted a full time position as barn manager and finance manager for a therapeutic riding center in central Ohio that she had been working part time for since moving to central Ohio in 2003. She continued this work until having her son in 2019. Recently she moved to Northeast Ohio with her husband, son, two dogs and two horses to live closer to family. She is excited to be part of the HERD Family! 

Instructors

Alison McCabe, MS, GEP, LPCC

Senior Instructor

Alison McCabe is a registered psychotherapist and certified Gestalt Equine Psychotherapist (2013). She is a graduate of Prescott College with a concentration in Equine-Assisted Mental Health. She offers equine sessions for individuals, couples, and families. With a background in education, she has developed programs for teens to learn about horses, and has facilitated a wide range of workshops and equine-facilitated learning experiences.

Danielle Mills, BACP, EFPL

Senior Instructor

Danielle started a successful nonprofit in the UK named Pony Partnerships. She specializes in working with children and young people in a variety of settings including psychiatric inpatient care, community mental health, education, and residential care within the statutory, private and voluntary sector. She has earned several degrees and certifications in the Equine and Mental Health sectors. Danielle graduated from The HERD Institute’s Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy training in 2018.

ELIZABETH MCCORVEY, LCSW

EFP Instructor

Elizabeth McCorvey, LCSW, is a psychotherapist living in Hendersonville, NC. She works with college students at UNC-Asheville, is faculty-in-training at the HERD Institute, and has a private practice where she works with adults using Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (therapy with horses). Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for anti-racism and equity in the Mental Health world and frequently facilitates workshops and consultation events for therapists on the subject.

Rachael Loucks

Rachael Loucks, MaEd

EFL Level 1 Instructor and Mentor

Rachael knew she wanted to be able to combine two of the topics she loves: education and horses. After much research and schooling, she found the HERD Institute most closely matched her philosophy of teaching and Rachael jumped in with both feet!  These days, Rachael enjoys facilitating learning through interactions with horses through her program UP THERE, as well as supporting Veterans, active service members, and their families through her Non-Profit Operation Horses Heal.  

Jennifer Baker

EFP Faculty in Training

Jennifer Baker, LCPC, TCYM-YT, is a psychotherapist, trauma conscious yoga teacher, and Faculty in training for The HERD Institute. Jennifer has a private practice in the Chicago, IL area. Jennifer works with a wide array of adults integrating traditional talk therapies, equine facilitated psychotherapy, and mind body practices. Jennifer is a culturally sensitive, LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapist, with a deep commitment to BIPOC community. Jennifer has completed post graduate studies from The Trauma Conscious Yoga Institute, The HeartMath Institute and graduated training at The HERD Institute.

Katie Fallon

EFL Level 1 Instructor

Katie is the founder and president of Bridle Paths, is a PATH Certified Advanced Level Therapeutic Riding Instructor with over ten years of experience teaching children and adults with a wide range of physical, cognitive, behavioral, and other disabilities. She is also certified as an Equine Specialist through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and a PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and certified in Equine-Facilitated Learning through The HERD Institute.

SAM THORPE

EFL Level 1 Instructor

Sam is the Founder and Executive Director of Equi Evolution, in Cumberland, RI. Sam lives in Cumberland, RI with her husband, 3 children, and many fur babies. She has a BSBA from Bryant University, where she studied Business and Psychology and has taken coursework in Equine Studies at Johnson & Wales University. She is an MA certified riding instructor and has extensive experience in EAAT (Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies) including therapeutic riding, Hippotherapy, and EFL (Equine-Facilitated Learning). She is certified in Level 1 EFL through The HERD Institute and has over 20 years of experience coaching.

Equine Consultants

Elisabeth Crabtree, MSc., GEP, MIAEB, AIRSB

Equine Consultant

Elisabeth (Lis) combines her horsemanship skills with her business experience in order to develop equine-facilitated programs. She works with individuals and groups, with an emphasis on professional and business development, communication skills, and team building. A lifelong equestrian, she is highly qualified and certified. Lis is our Equine Consultant, overseeing the completion of Equine First Aid and any horsemanship development needs for students.

CATHERINE ANNE FREND-GILLIHAN, Ed.S, MA-HSC, EFPL

Equine Consultant

Catherine (Kat) earned her certifications in both EFL and EFP from The HERD Institute®. She is an Instructor for Equi-Health. Kat currently provides EFL and Horsemanship sessions at her farm for adolescents, families, and veterans. She provides horsemanship instruction for The HERD during EFP/L trainings and provides mentoring on a variety of horsemanship topics. She is also an instructor for Equi-Health. Kat owns and operates Keep the Faith Farm, located in Missouri.

Reba

Reba is a 21 year old AQHA chestnut mare, whose registered name is Star Dually. She has had an extensive career, having been a broodmare, reining and cutting show horse, and a kids lesson and trail horse. She has been enjoying a well deserved quieter pace of life. Reba has moved with Veronica from Virginia to Ohio to Florida, and has been introduced to therapy work with adults and children. She is a sweet-natured girl and loves to be groomed and loved on, and has a generous heart for those in need of her wisdom. With her markings of a white blaze and four white stockings, she brings a distinctive flair to the herd. Reba excels in teaching participants about what it means to trust another in a relationship.

Cheyenne

Cheyenne is a 16 year old quarter horse mare with a gentle and loving soul. She was a part of a therapeutic riding program for students with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges, and now is enjoying her time with The HERD, in a quieter life. Cheyenne is blind in her right eye but this doesn’t stop her from living life to the full. She is a curious and attentive girl who loves to interact with everyone around her. Cheyenne has been introduced to therapy work with adolescents and is a master at teaching the importance of boundaries, self regulation, and the impact of one’s actions within relationships. With her stunning white mane, she could easily be mistaken for a unicorn, and is almost as magical!

Arrow

Arrow is a 17 year old quarter horse gelding with a calm and sweet disposition. He was rescued from a bad situation and retrained as a trail and ranch horse. Now, he loves spending his days munching on grass and relaxing in the Florida sun. His willing demeanor and curious spirit makes him a wonderful addition to The HERD. Always the first at the gate to meet and greet newcomers, his energy and playfulness shines through. Arrow is settling into his role as a HERD equine partner and is proving to be a natural at his new job. He brings his big, powerful, and solid presence into each interaction with complete authenticity.