Nick Coyne, our President, is a lifelong horseman. A Life Member of the U.S. Cavalry Association, Nick is certified with the North American Riding for the Handicapped as a Registered PATH Instructor, and as Level 1 with the American Riding Instructor Association (ARIA). Nick is a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association and founded BSA Explorer Post 3 –a Mounted Search and Rescue Post. Nick is comfortable riding any temperament of horse in various disciplines. The founder of Horsefeathers, Nick brings valuable field experience into the arena, and brings a sense of can-do to each rider, no matter what their ability.
Kristi Jarosh (Horwitz), our Program Director, is a graduate of Mari Hulman George School of Equine Studies at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, where she also ran a Therapeutic Riding Program. She is a certified Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). Before coming to Horsefeathers, Kristi was Program Director for the Triangle M Ranch in Boy Scouts of America Northeastern Illinois Council. Kristi comes to us with varied experience including stable management, showing and instructing dressage, hunter jumper, and Western Pleasure, with over 15 years of teaching riders of all levels of experience and abilities.
Paula Miller Lundell, Occupational Therapist, graduated from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University. She has been an O.T. for over thirty years and currently works with grade school children in a north suburban school setting. She has experience in hospitals, private clinics and consulting prior to her current position. Paula is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Hippotherapy Association. Paula is delighted to be part of the Horsefeathers team where she can nurture her lifelong love of horses, in addition to working with children. She has Level II certification from American Hippotherapy Association Inc. (AHA, Inc.), which includes equine skills and treatment principles.
Glen S. Cotton, Occupational Therapist, completed his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He has worked with both pediatric and adult clients in a variety of settings. He provides outpatient therapy at a leading Chicago rehabilitation hospital and is adjunct clinical instructor for UIC’s Department of Occupational Therapy. Originally from the Kentucky Bluegrass Region and a lifelong equestrian, Glen is delighted to be combining his passion for horseback riding with evidence-based occupational therapy at Horsefeathers. He has completed the American Hippotherapy Association Level I and II equine skills and treatment principles courses.
Ann Gossett, Occupational Therapist, graduated with her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University. She currently works as a school-based therapist in a western suburban school district. Some of her past experience includes working with adult and geriatric populations in hospital and extended care settings. Ann was introduced to hippotherapy during her college years, where in addition to her academic studies, she volunteered at a therapeutic equine center in southwest Michigan. Once she obtained her O.T. degree, she was determined to pursue her dream of combining her passion for healing and her love for horses through hippotherapy. Ann is delighted to be a part of the Horsefeathers team, and is excited to utilize her equine experience and O.T. treatment principles to promote strength, growth, and learning with our riders.
Kim Lukecart, Occupational Therapist, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. Kim currently works in the early intervention program and a pediatric clinic in Chicago. Throughout her career she has also gained experience working in hospital based pediatric and adult acute care and outpatient therapy and a neonatal intensive care unit. Kim is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Hippotherapy Association Inc. She has completed the Level I certification through the American Hippotherapy Association Inc. (AHA, Inc.). Kim is excited to be part of the Horsefeathers team, combining her love of horses with her experience and passion for working with children.
Rebecca Waud, Occupational Therapist, graduated with her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University in 2008. Rebecca currently works with school age children, Pre-K through 8th grade. She has also experience working as an occupational therapist in hospital settings with adolescent, adult and geriatric ages as well as in Early Intervention.She has completed the Level I certification through the American Hippotherapy Association Inc. (AHA, Inc.). Rebecca is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Hippotherapy Association. She is very excited to be a part of the Horsefeathers family and be able to combine her love of horses and working with all ages as an Occupational Therapist.
Paula Acuña, bilingual speech language pathologist, graduated with her master's degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also an alumna of Northwestern University, where she graduated in 2012. Paula currently works with preschool-age children in Highland Park, IL. She enjoys working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients, in both English and Spanish. Paula began volunteering at Horsefeathers in 2014 and began to build her caseload on Sundays. She is fortunate to have found such a wonderful and unique work environment.
Katherine Love graduated in 2010 from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor's in Psychology, and graduated in 2013 from National-Louis University with a Masters in Psychology. Katherine has ridden horses for 20 years and has always been interested in the human mind. Working with the disabled community by using her passion of horses is a great fit. Katherine also uses her artistic abilities around the barn; making coloring pages for the kids, small stories about the horses or images to display in the arena. Katherine is a member of PATH International and is certified as a registered level therapeutic riding instructor. Katherine volunteered at Horsefeathers for a year as an intern and then was hired on as an instructor and barn supervisor.
Stephanie Voss, riding instructor, graduated from Northwestern University in 2014 with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and is certified with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Intl. as a Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Growing up in Boston, Stephanie spent much of her time on horseback and competed in hunt seat as part of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). She began her time at Horsefeathers as an avid volunteer where she was able to continue working with horses and discovered her love for teaching therapeutic riding. In addition to teaching, Stephanie is also taking classes in preparation for Occupational Therapy School.
Helena Lee, MA, LPC, GEP, is a Psychotherapist with Urban Balance, LLC. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Counseling Psychology program. Helena is also a Certified Gestalt Equine Psychotherapist, having completed a comprehensive, two-year training program from the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies in Golden, CO. Through combining the principles of Gestalt therapy and Horses, Helena works with a wide range of clients. Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy (GEP) is energetic, experiential, and embodied. Horses support clients to live in the present moment, show clients how to be in relationship with self and others, and offer non-judgmental feedback. For more information or to schedule a GEP session, please visit:
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Tigger, our Barn Manager has untold years of equine experience. Tigger oversees the entire property, with unstinting dedication. Tigger has been spotted making rounds late at night or early in the morning. Tigger knows how to find the best warmest lap for a cuddle and a purr. Tigger generally critiques the lessons from the bleachers but occasionally steps in to add a comment or two when needed.