With 24 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Bonni Stephenson proudly serves on Hunkapi’s board as a strong supporter of the program’s mission and goals. She has been connected with the program for over 10 years, first contacting them when she worked at a non-profit to provide equine therapy for the at-risk youth that her program served. Within a short span of time, the partnership between this non-profit and Hunkapi lead to providing services to over 150 children per week. Bonni witnessed, first hand, the power of the horse/ human connection and recognized the need for this powerful program to expand.
Bonni is a skilled mediator and has the ability to intuitively know what is needed in the moment. She currently works as a clinical supervisor and liaison for therapists who are placed on military installations worldwide. Previous to her work with the military, Bonni worked for 16 years at a large non-profit behavioral health organization as the Vice President of Outpatient Programs. She was in charge of six Outpatient clinics, and supervised a staff of over 100 clinicians. After 9/11, she became and is an on-going member of the critical incident response team that assists in disaster relief and provides on-site debriefings for Critical incidents. In addition, since 1997, she has provided international consultation for CARF (Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).
Bonni’s approach to life can be evidenced in the care, compassion and awareness she brings to every aspect of her work. Known amongst her friends and colleagues as a powerful manifester, she lives by the philosophy that “life can be easy” and strives to empower others to manifest with ease.
Debbie Crews, PhD Emeritus
Dr. Debbie Crews-Ketterling is a Sports Psychologist and has conducted over 25 years of research in golf. Her research focuses on studying the behavioral, cognitive, and psychophysiological variables that lead to optimal performance. Specifically she studies attention in golf, examining brain and heart activity, both of which are indicators of attentional focus. She has been able to define when a player is in an “automatic” state for optimal performance, and has used biofeedback training to facilitate learning to produce this state. Her golf research has been published in research journals (i.e., Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise), in published proceedings (i.e., Science and Golf II, III, and IV), in applied journals (i.e., Scholastic Coach), and in the popular press (Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal). Golf Digest recently selected her as #8 among America’s Top 50 Women Golf Instructors.
Debbie is a Sport Psychology Consultant for the Arizona State University (ASU) Men’s and Women’s Golf Team. She is also a Class A LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) member and serves on the LPGA National Education and Research Board. Debbie has been an LPGA National Education Program (NEP) Instructor since 1997 and has assisted with the development and research for LPGA teacher education programs.
Debbie founded the Alternative Intervention Research Clinic at ASU in the late 1990s. This clinic offers nondrug alternatives for special populations. The most successful program following 6 years of research was the Equine Therapy intervention. Over the past 10 years Terra Schaad (Hunkapi Director) has grown this program to service 350 youth/week.
As an applied sport psychology consultant, Debbie has assisted the ASU Women’s Golf Team since 1979 and the ASU Men’s Golf Team since 2007. In addition, she has assisted many LPGA and PGA professionals as well as elite amateur golfers. Debbie has published in numerous research and applied journals; has presented at over 70 professional, invited, and public meetings; and has solicited over 25 grants and funding donations for her research over the past 25 years
Jennifer Hersh, CRPC, CDFA
Jennifer Hersh has been with Merrill Lynch in Scottsdale for over 10 years and in the Financial Services Industry for 18. She is a part of a Wealth Management Team that works with clients across the country. Through her Corporate affiliation with Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, she serves on the Committee of Merrill Lynch Women’s Exchange as the Events Chair as well as serving as Co-President. She won the internal “Jim Stouffer Memorial Community Service Award” for community service in the Scottsdale Complex in 2012.
With a strong knowledge of finance and markets, she also has a passion for volunteerism. She has been on the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge Event committee. She served as a member of Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club which is a philanthropic, community service and social organization for professional women which worked together to improve the quality of life for children in the community. She also has served with Arizona’s Children and Golden Gate Community Center.
In her free time you can find her around the corner from Hunkapi Farms with her daughter Samantha as she is an avid hunter/jumper rider. Jennifer grew up with horses back East and was a member of her local 4H and US Pony Club. She also has a young son named Max and husband Jason who is also very involved in the local community and training for his next World’s Toughest Mudder!
Doug grew up in Ohio, and attended Ohio State University where he obtained his MBA. Doug and his family moved to Scottsdale in 2004 after 20 years in Seattle. Doug has been involved in many various projects and companies since moving to Arizona; he is an expert in insurance and risk management, is a business strategist and business development leader, is an ultimate networker, enjoys mentoring and helping others realize their potential, has worked and been involved in various political campaigns, and serves on various boards and organizations in and around the Valley. Doug and his wife Julie have two grown daughters, enjoy hiking, spinning, reading, gardening, golf, and travel.
Mr. Taylor is a CPA with over 20 years of executive leadership of legal, human resource, and technology with top for profit and not for profit entities including GE Capital, Educational Media Foundation, K-LOVE Radio, Amvensys Capital Group, and Franchise Finance Corporation of America. He graduated from the University of Arizona and started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. As parents of seven he and his wife Kimberly were blessed with their first grandson in 2015. Jon and his whole family have supported numerous charitable causes serving children and he currently is the Chief Financial Officer of Childhelp, Inc.
Toby is the owner of the Block Energy Group based in Scottsdale, AZ. A graduate of Arizona State University. His background is developing real estate and renewable energy projects in the Southwest. He is married, with 2 children and served on several Boards including the Magic Makers and Executive Leadership organizations of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He served with the Arizona Christian University relocation committee. Born in Peoria, Il, he has lived in Arizona since 1982 and resides in Scottsdale.