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Emma has been a volunteer at Silver Lining since September 2014. In the relatively short time I have been here, I have witnessed kids take their first steps by themselves, hold themselves up on their horse when it used to take four volunteers to hold them up, and kids who are non-verbal learn how to effectively speak and communicate. I have also witnessed my own life challenges become a little easier to handle. I was formally diagnosed with depression and anxiety at the age of 13. Since I started at SLR, I have had an easier time dealing with my social anxiety because of my interactions with my riders and fellow volunteer. Every time I talk about my kids, my fellow volunteers, and what we do at SLR, my depression greatly decreases.
Stephanie grew up in small ranching town in Western New Mexico. She learned to ride on ranch horses, and the only "lesson" she got was from her Grandfather who told her, "Heels down, hold on." She's refined her technique since then, and after volunteering at a local stable, she decided that she wanted to pursue therapeutic riding and began her journey toward becoming a PATH certified instructor. Stephanie did most of her internship hours at Silver Lining and was beyond thrilled when they asked her to stay. Stephanie lives in Goodyear with her husband, Michael, and her two kids, Kadence and Jesse.
Dawn is the owner of AZ Business Consulting, a virtual accounting firm that focuses on the needs on nonprofit and small business clients. During her more than 30 year career, she has served in the private sector as the CFO of both an educational nonprofit and also a trade association. The last 16 years have been spent in public accounting first spending ten years in the Washington, DC CPA firm of Aronson & Company and most recently partnering with Sechler CPA, PC.
After several years in the corporate world, Dawn discovered her true passion of horses and sharing with others the joy of equine interaction. Currently, Dawn stands in as a back-up instructor, but is hoping to make this her full-time dream when she retires.
Cori is a wonderful riding instructor with a unique ability to make lessons fun regardless of the rider's age or abilities. She is an incredibly talented artist, who has now found a new passion - Silver Lining. She is the lead instructor in our newest program, Trailblazers. As a wife and mother of two young children, she understands how important horses can be to improve and change lives. Cori is CHA certified and working on her PATH certification.
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Amanda, has a passion for helping people improve their lives through horses. Her extensive and varied riding instructor experience includes director of riding for two summers at Girl Scout’s summer camp, two years running a west valley therapeutic riding program and riding instructor for a local charter high school. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Recreation and Tourism Management in May, 2010. Amanda is certified by both PATH Intl and CHA.
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