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Leadership & Staff

The People of PATH Intl.

No organization runs on its own. Whether board members or staff, these are the people who make PATH Intl. shine.  

PATH Intl. Board of Trustees

Scott Carver
Scott Carver
Scott Carver is a driven financial leader with more than sixteen years of experience in accounting, auditing and strategic planning, thriving in fast-paced, rapidly changing environments. Scott is an adept leader with exceptional communication skills and a proven track record for providing solutions to streamline operations at nonprofit organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Boy Scouts of America, World Relief, Orbis International and the Franklin Institute. Currently, he sits on the Finance Committee and is the Audit Committee Chair for PATH Intl. Scott met his wife Erica while attending Pennsylvania State University where he earned his bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. They currently reside in Ambler, Pennsylvania with their two daughters, Lily (6) and Sadie (5), who are 11 months apart in age. Scott is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner, as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Fraud Examiners. Scott shares: As an uncle and cousin to children with disabilities, equine-assisted services (EAS) has been an integral part of our life. It was my father’s love for horses that first led our family to Sebastian Riding Associates. My father wanted to make a deeper impact, while still interacting with horses, so he attended an accredited equine massage therapy course to volunteer his time massaging the horses every Saturday and prepping them for the following week’s activities. Seeing the impact that EAS has on participants’ lives created a passion throughout our entire family to help the continued success and joy it brings to its riders.
Brandan Montminy
President Elect
Brandan Montminy is an attorney at the Dallas office of the global law firm Locke Lord LLP and is dedicated to providing responsive and practical advice and counsel to clients in a wide array of litigation matters, as well as in privacy, data protection, cybersecurity compliance, and incident preparedness and response. Brandan represents clients across multiple industries, including banking & finance, commercial, construction, health care, insurance, professional services, real estate, and technology. Brandan’s litigation experience includes advising and representing a variety of local and foreign businesses and individuals throughout the litigation process, including managing discovery, leading mediations, preparing and defending witnesses for depositions and trial testimony, defending and taking depositions, working with expert witnesses, preparing clients and matters for trial, negotiating complex settlement agreements, and providing post-verdict and appellate advice. Brandan is also a member of the Firm’s nationally recognized Privacy & Cybersecurity Group and Incident Response Team. Whether advising clients prophylactically regarding the design and implementation of privacy, data protection, and vendor policies and contracts, or reactively by directing forensic investigation, analysis, or litigation stemming from potential data breaches, Brandan leverages the Firm’s resources and relationships with vendors in consulting, forensics, public relations, and consumer services to provide clients seamless solution solving. Brandan is married to Jessica Montminy, and has two children. In their free time, they enjoy traveling and competing in competitive dog sports with their Belgian Malinois. Brandan currently serves on the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees as Governance Committee Chair.
Robin Krueger
Robin Krueger joined the PATH International Finance Committee in 2017 and of the Board of Trustees in 2018. She brought to this work a passion for the role of horses in therapy and education and previously served over ten years as a Board Member of the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. She also brought a career of experience in executive financial leadership, accounting and information technology. Robin has filled senior financial leadership roles with an array of early-stage companies, as well as long tenures with both Alaska Airlines and PACCAR. Her expertise includes development of world class financial teams, mergers and acquisitions, capital equipment debt and lease financing, investment management, board operations and all other aspects of financial operations. Robin holds a master’s certificate in accounting from Seattle University and an MBA degree in international business from The George Washington University. She currently spends her time maintaining a 50-acre farm in Eatonville, Washington. Her primary occupation is riding hunter-jumpers, along with mentoring business students, assisting early-stage technology companies, and reading hundreds of books from her library.
Jessica Normand
Jessica Normand is the Senior Marketing Manager of Equine Pharmaceuticals & Brand for Zoetis, the world’s largest company dedicated solely to animal health. Prior to this role, Jessica was Senior Director of Product Research & Development for SmartPak Equine, where she was a passionate leader in equine nutrition for over fifteen years. Jessica helped to found SmartPak’s world class Customer Care team, led the early development of SmartSupplements™, a leading line of equine nutritional supplements, and was part of the team that developed the ColiCare colic surgery reimbursement program. Throughout her career Jessica has been focused on helping horses live healthier lives, and has worked extensively with horse owners, equine veterinarians, and farriers, alike. From 2015-2018 Jessica was an active volunteer for Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes, a PATH Intl. Member Center in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, before relocating. Jessica was a member of the PATH Equine Welfare Committee from 2017 to 2019, has been a member of the Governance Committee since 2019, and joined the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees in 2019. She is also a past presenter at the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Workshop and Virtual Conference. Jessica holds an A.S. in Equine Industries and a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a M.B.A. from Babson College. A lifelong rider, Jessica’s main equine partner is a Lippitt Morgan gelding named Sawyer who excels at Western Dressage to trail obstacles. Jessica resides outside of Bozeman, Montana, where her significant other is Director of the Farrier School at Montana State University. Their herd also includes a retired German Riding Pony, and several other beloved critters.
Edmund (“ed”) A. Milford
Edmund Milford
Past President
Ed Milford is a battle-tested finance leader with 30+ years of business experience in private industry and public accounting. Ed obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in accounting from Brooklyn College in NYC and received his CPA license from New York State in 1988. Ed started his career in NYC with Arthur Andersen & Co. (considered the largest accounting firm in the ‘80s) as an auditor. In 1984, he joined the Internal Audit department of Avon Products, Inc. (a Fortune 250 company) in their New York office. For nearly 30 years at Avon, he has held various positions of increasing responsibilities in areas of controllership, consolidations & reporting, internal audit, finance transformation, and finance, planning & analysis. He has led various high profile projects, strategic planning sessions and internal investigations. He also gained invaluable international work experience traveling extensively for Avon throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. His work experience included three successful relocation assignments that included Springdale, OH, Atlanta, GA, and San Juan, PR. Ed also served as the acting general manager for Avon Caribbean Operations. Ed owns and solely operates Milford Consulting with a focus on small to medium businesses. He provides an array of services, including management and finance reporting, accounting, strategic planning, internal controls, budgeting, money management training and process redesign.
Christina Sorensen
Christina Sorensen
Member at Large
Originally from New York, Christina has lived and worked in several countries throughout the Middle East and Asia as a career Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State. Her passion for Equine Assisted Services (EAS) began at the age of six when a friend’s birthday party at a riding school started a lifelong love for the equestrian world. Since then, Christina has competed in the hunter/jumper and eventing disciplines to include riding in the collegiate university program for the University of Virginia. Christina started volunteering with PATH International in high school at Pegasus Farms in Brewster New York; becoming a PATH Intl. registered instructor in 2013; and is now a CTRI in addition to being a volunteer member on the Governance and Grievance Committee of the PATH Intl. board. She currently resides in Washington DC with her husband, a veteran Army officer, who also shares her passion for EAS.
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Marianne Collins
Prior to launching her company in 2019, Marianne’s experience included operating executive roles leading both Revenue and Operations functions focused on the implementation of accelerated revenue and profit improvement strategies, M&A integrations, business transformations, and turnarounds. She has worked with Private Equity firms as an internal operating executive and consultant to portfolio company leadership on multiple critical initiatives. Marianne is the Principal of CollinsEdge Consulting, LLC – a practice focused on business consulting and executive coaching. She holds an MBA from Boston University and is a Certified Executive Coach through the University of California, Berkeley and the International Coaching Federation. Marianne is passionate about the power of Equine-Assisted Services and is a Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning through PATH International and has served as a volunteer in several PATH Centers. Marianne is a Member of the PATH Finance Committee.
Adam Daurio
Adam Daurio is an accomplished executive director and attorney, with experience in, knowledge of, and passion for the equestrian, livestock and agricultural industries. From 2004 to 2010, Daurio’s legal practice included agricultural law, real estate and business law, general contracts, nonprofit organizations and western lifestyle consultation. From 2010 to 2014, Daurio was the executive director of a public charity that provided equine-assisted services and other educational experiences to individuals with special needs. In 2014, Daurio became the director of administration for Colorado State University’s Temple Grandin Equine Center. Daurio received undergraduate degrees in agricultural extension and event management, and agricultural economics, from Colorado State University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming Law School. Daurio’s philanthropic work includes volunteering as a board or committee member for PATH International, the Colorado State Fair Foundation, the Western Stock Show Association, and the American Quarter Horse Foundation. Daurio’s hobbies include showing Quarter Horses in western all-around, reining and cowhorse events, as well as being an avid boot camp and CrossFit fitness participant. He lives in Parker, CO with his five-year-old twins, Caprice and Branton.
Alan Dorantes
Alan Dorantes
Alan Dorantes currently serves as Senior Corporate Counsel at T-Mobile USA. Prior to his position at T-Mobile, Alan served as Chief of Staff/General Counsel for Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. Assuming this role at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alan served as a critical partner to the CEO and the Executive Office. He worked closely with other Executive Team members in the execution of their strategic priorities during the food distribution crisis that faced our country at that time. Prior to joining Feeding America, Alan served as an Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel of Human Resources at AT&T. In this role, Alan supported AT&T’s Chief Diversity Office and the corporate diversity and inclusion team. He also served as co-chair of the AT&T Legal Department’s Diversity and Inclusion committee, has served as a board member of this committee since its founding, and was a member of AT&T’s Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Business Council. In these roles, Alan went above and beyond his everyday duties to foster diversity within the legal profession. Alan has been an advocate of advancing the educational opportunities for those in need. He has inspired and mentored many students toward achieving their professional goals by promoting their advancement in their education. Those efforts are illustrated in his years serving on the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation, an organization providing funds and judicial clerkships to students who might not normally get such an opportunity. A longtime resident of Dallas, Alan has always felt the need to give back to the city that helped shape his future. Alan sits on the Executive Board of the SMU Dedman School of Law where he received his JD, as well as his two undergraduate degrees in business and the arts. In 2019, Alan received the Texas General Counsel Forum’s Magna Stella Award for Diversity. In January 2020, Alan received the Association of Corporate Counsel/Texas Lawbook Senior Counsel of the Year for a Large Legal Department Award. Alan has been a longtime board member of TACA-The Arts Cultural Alliance. He is a founding board member of the Southern Gateway Park Foundation, an organization building Dallas’ next deck park in the southern sector of the city across Interstate 35. In 2021, Alan was nominated to the board of the Dallas Economic Development Corporation, a quasi-governmental organization authorized by the Dallas City Counsel to promote the development of Dallas. A love for horses brought about through his two daughters, Alan serves on the Governance Board of PATH Intl. Concerned with the food insecurity existing in this country, Alan serves on the board of Hatch for Hunger, a non-profit whose work has provided 3.6 million dozen eggs to food banks across the country, filling the deep need for protein sources for their patrons. Alan is a lover of international travel having visited all 7 continents and, most recently, the Boiling River, in the Peruvian Amazon.
KC Henry
KC Henry is principal of Transitions Unlimited LLC, a consulting firm for nonprofit businesses. She helped thousands of leaders and administrators with organizational development, board development and strategic planning. KC has served on boards, staffs and committees nationally and internationally; she has also presented training sessions and facilitated retreats across the world. She has served on the PATH Intl board, as a PATH Intl state and regional chairman and was honored with the PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award. KC helped to found three equine-assisted services centers and served as executive director, or interim ED for numerous programs including Fieldstone Farms Therapeutic Riding Center (Cleveland, OH) and the Horses and Humans Research Foundation. Although her career work has touched nonprofits of all kinds, her passion has remained in the EAS industry. Full resume and more information can be found at:
Veronica Lac
Dr. Veronica Lac
Dr. Veronica Lac, LPC is the Founder & Executive Director of The HERD Institute. She 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. Veronica is passionate about bringing a cultural competence framework into the equine-facilitated field. Veronica 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 Committee. 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.
Lynn K. Petr
Lynn Klimas Petr, MS, is a long-time horse person who blended her passion for horses and her love of teaching together through her master’s thesis project to create Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR). STAR is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in its 33rd year of operation located in Lenoir City, TN, with a second site outside Knoxville, TN. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Tennessee. Lynn is active in PATH Intl., being a lead Site Visitor for accreditation. She is an Advanced level instructor, a Mentor for instructors and Executive Directors, an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and a Mentor. Lynn assisted in the rewrite of the Instructor Certification test many years back and has taken on roles of State Representative, Region Representative, Education Oversight Chair, Health & ED committee member as well as helping to start (and finish) the Faculty Development Task Force, AVTC training revamp and Mentor training review & development. Lynn was also part of the Certification Review & Development Task Force, “Reinventing Certification” work group, the Strategic Initiatives Review Committee and the Baseline Definitions Summit Group. She is a frequent conference presenter at the national and regional levels. She is committed to assisting PATH Intl. in a constant quest for improvement in the equine-assisted services industry. Her understanding husband’s name is Larry, her daughter Leah is working in England and son Luke is in the Marine Special Forces.
Dr. Ashley Phelps-Dunn
Dr. Ashley Phelps-Dunn is a multi-faceted leader, who brings extensive knowledge of small and large animal veterinarian medicine, a strong business acumen, and a sound cross-functional communication style that will benefit PATH International and its members. As chairperson of PATH International’s Equine Welfare Board, she built and led a diverse international group of volunteers with the core focus on equine welfare issues for the organizations’ certified therapeutic riding programs. Under her leadership, the team partnered with the Right Horse Initiative to address equine welfare concerns such as pairing the right horse with the right person and keeping horses safe – all of which were affecting both organizations. In addition, she led the partnership with Equitopia, which provided ground-breaking educational content that covered important topics such as recognizing equine distress, hoof care, and equine behavior to all PATH International’s members. At PATH International’s Annual Conference and multiple smaller conferences, she presented “Recognition of Lameness and Distress,” an interactive half-day training session for recognizing lameness and distress in horses, to over 75 attendees. Her experience as a veterinarian in both the practice and professional services will be an asset to the board and the members of PATH International. Dr. Phelps-Dunn currently is a practicing small animal veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in one of their top 50 animal hospitals, where she treats an average of 30 patients a day with the most optimum care available ranging from preventive medicine to surgery and emergency care. Previously, as a Senior Technical Consultant at Elanco Animal Health, she was the veterinarian advocate for the retail business and led a $10 million training initiative for the company. During her time at Ceva Animal Health, she has advised equine veterinarians on lameness as well as advising small animal veterinarians in hospitals and shelters on reducing stress during veterinary visits and hospitalization. Dr. Phelps-Dunn began her career as an equine veterinarian at Equine Veterinary Associates of Olive Branch (formerly Akin Equine Veterinary Service). During her time there, Dr. Phelps-Dunn consulted for Memphis Zoo and volunteered for the Dogaroo, a festival that benefited a local dog park. Dr. Phelps-Dunn is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2004) where as a student, she was the chairman for the Pets in the Park festival, which was a local fundraiser for the humane society, president of the Student Chapter of AAEP and participated in many research studies including the prevalence of EPM, comparing the treatment options for Equine Sarcoids, digital gait analysis, characterizing HERDA, and effect of pulsing electromagnetic therapy. Dr. Phelps-Dunn also was an active volunteer at the Oktibbeha County Humane Society.
Katie Vachris
Katie Vachris
Katie Vachris, DBA, is a Project Manager for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Land Office, dedicated to ensuring those experiencing mental health conditions receive the care and support they need for improved quality of life. With fifteen years of experience in financial and operational roles, she now dedicates her time to ensuring stewardship and land projects on the Trust’s million acres of land are completed on time and within budget, generating the revenues needed to support beneficiaries of the Trust. Katie holds a Doctorate of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Project Management and studied nonprofit project/program management as the basis of her dissertation work. She is an adjunct instructor with Liberty University, teaching Operations Management and Project Management courses to those seeking bachelors and masters degrees. Katie has a long history of serving as a volunteer with PATH Intl. Centers nationwide and is a firm believer in the power of partnering horses and humans. As a college student in the early 2000s, she worked part-time for PATH Intl. in Denver and has been a passionate supporter ever since. She is an active member of the PATH Intl. Finance Committee.
Aviva Vincent
Aviva Vincent, PhD, LMSW is the Director of Program Quality at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. In this capacity, she is responsible for ensuring high quality programs in equine-assisted services including riding, carriage driving, OT/PT, equine facilitated psychotherapy, and ground lessons for community participants. Aviva joined the Membership Outreach Committee as communications chair in 2019 and moved into the position of Region 4 Representative in 2020. Throughout the pandemic, she focused on creating opportunities for the community to come together for weekly meet-ups, support, and learning opportunities. Successful events and opportunities included Half-Halt for Mental Stress, and Monthly Region 4 meet-ups. Also in this time, Aviva facilitated new state leaders in Indiana, Michigan and Ontario. Looking ahead, Aviva has worked with the regional team to organize and kick-off the Region 4 Virtual Horseshow. Aviva earned her doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University and Veterinary Social Work Certificate from the University of Tennessee. She is an instructor in the Veterinary Social Work and Veterinary Human Support Certificate Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interest includes exploring the physiological impact of the human-animal bond; specifically, the potential animal support to reduce fear and anxiety in stressful situations. She is co-founder and owner of Healing Paws LLC, the only VSW practice in Northeast Ohio. Aviva holds PATH Intl CTRI, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and Equine Services for Heroes certifications. She is on the advisory board of the Center for Human Animal Education Research and Education at Ohio State University, board of directors for the International Association of Veterinary Social Workers and is co-founder of the human-animal interactions workgroup with the National Association of Social Workers-Ohio chapter. Dr. Vincent is a contributor to the forthcoming volume The Comprehensive Guide to Interdisciplinary Veterinary Social Work, and Career Paths in Human-Animal Interaction for Social and Behavioral Scientists.

PATH Intl. Staff

Kathy Alm
Marsha Anderson
Marsha Anderson
Region Conferences Coordinator
Christine Cannon
Christine Cannon
Membership Manager
Sara Conant
Sara Conant
Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Peggy Coolehan
Senior Accountant
Carrie Garnett
Director of Membership and Operations
Melissa Gelfand
Credentialing Manager
Allison Gleaton
Allison Gleaton
Credentialing Support Specialist
Brittney Holdman
Credentialing Support Specialist
Brandy Kemper
Education Representative
Brittany Kemper
Brittney Kemper
Membership Representative - Individuals
Bret Maceyak
Director of Credentialing
Kaye Marks
Director of Marketing and Communications
Karen Province
Lead Membership Representative - Centers
Alyson Thrasher
Alyson Thrasher
Membership & Education Representative
Amanda Walters
Credentialing Event Coordinator
Anna Warbritton
Executive Services Coordinator
Polly West
Polly West
Accounting Coordinator
Rain Wheeler
Education Supervisor
Matt Wilmoth
Database Specialist

Credentialing Council

Debbie Mogor
Representative at Large
Julie Broadway
Public Member
Ace Raymond
Therapeutic Driving Instructor – Level 1
Ross Braun
Therapeutic Riding Instructor - CTRI Level Representative
Tina Bennett
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Representative
Kara Stark-McGrew
Therapeutic Riding Instructor – Advanced TRI Level Representative
Margaret Robertson
PAC Representative - Smaller Center

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