Founder, Counselor, Coach, and Daring Life Enthusiast
Terra is a zealous horse lover and the founder of Hunkapi Programs, Inc. She holds a bachelor of science degree in pre-veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University, where she competed at the national level for the Texas A&M horse judging and equestrian teams. Following college, she trained reining horses professionally. It was during this time she discovered her intuitive ability to build a safe, trusting and sustainable relationships with horses. She went on to receive her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Arizona State University in 2006, where she conducted research on equine-human relations and group dynamics.
From 2010-2012 Terra had the extraordinary opportunity to live in Italy, where she worked as a leadership coach and development expert at the University of Iowa’s CIMBA, an international MBA business program. Her work included intense study, research and application of neurobiofeedback, emotions, psychological assessments, and mindfulness, including how they all directly affect leadership and optimal performance.
Terra gives full credit to horses for her development as an entrepreneur, leader and human. She is committed in her purpose to give all beings the same opportunity with horses and to live life with a heart wide open. Terra is an avid yogi, three-time Ironman finisher and ultra-marathon runner. She embraces her extraordinary life with mindful, contagious enthusiasm and gratitude. In the arena, Terra combines her education, intuition, and experience with horses to observe and interpret individual and group behavior and gives immediate, tangible feedback that will dare you to move mindfully and love optimally.
Office Manager and Living Breathing Badass
The mission of Hunkapi and her daughter’s shared love of horses brought Lisa to Hunkapi. After graduating with an Accounting degree from Arizona State University Carey School of Business, she spent several years as a corporate accountant. She later pursued a Juris Doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and became a member of the legal team for a major technology corporation. Even more impessive is that Lisa got married the day after she finished her law school finals.
Life balance and ambition have allowed Lisa to mother a family of four children and pursue a career of her dreams. Horses have been an integral healing piece in both her own life as well as her children’s. She has experienced the magic and power of the horse in watching her oldest son’s anxiety melt away and confidence take over as he learned to ride. Lisa found peace and console through riding her own horse as she grieved the loss of her own mother.
Lisa, her husband, and kids live on their own farm of sorts, with two horses, chickens and four dogs. When Lisa isn’t at Hunkapi, you can find her cheering on her youngest son at a basketball game, listening to her son sing and play bass in a band, riding her own horse with her daughter or paddle boarding and hiking with her husband and friends.
Volunteer Manager and Scheduler
With a passion for horses as far back as she can remember, Jaime truly believes in the magic that unfolds when we allow ourselves to pause, be present and connect to the soul of a horse.
Born and raised in the Midwest, she made her way to the Valley of the Sun to attend the University of Arizona. A lover of the arts, Jaime has studied photography, studio art, graphic design and illustration and continues to cultivate her craft to this day.
Jaime began her journey with Hunkapi in the spring of 2016 as a volunteer and is currently pursuing her certification to become a PATH Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She feels immense gratitude to be able to witness the transformations of clients that enter the arena and to be living what she loves!
Executive Assistant and Behavioral Health Tech
At the age of three, Shea’s father placed her on a carousel horse for the first time. Shea rode with intensity and focus as the ride turned around and around and music wafted through the air. When the ride ended, Shea’s father could not remove her from the ride—she had found the place where she belonged: in the saddle. From that point forward, Shea has led a horse-obsessed life, taking countless riding lessons, mucking thousands of stalls, and owning a few horses.
Shea graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and several horse show ribbons—she competed with the Texas Tech Equestrian Team in western and english riding. Having grown up in Texas, Shea wanted to try something knew upon graduation, and decided on a big move to the great state of Arizona. Upon moving to AZ, Shea met the love of her life, fiancée Jake Bennett, and worked in education for three years—Shea is a class and a half away from a master’s degree in Elementary Education! Deciding that life was too short not to follow her dreams and to make a big impact, Shea left teaching and found her place at Hunkapi Programs Inc. From her teenager years on, Shea had always dreamed of working in equine assisted therapy. She is now living her happily ever after, spreading love every day using her passion for horses.
Seth has been working in the behavioral health field since 2005 when he began as a BHT while putting himself through grad school. Seth has a broad range of experience and titles. Seth has enjoyed being a leader of groups as a facilitator, as well as a leader of clinical teams through program direction, development and clinical supervision. Seth was employed by Calvary Healing Center until June 2016 and served numerous roles from primary therapist to Director of Outpatient services. Seth has been providing placement and supervision to masters and undergraduate level interns since 2011. Seth has been an adjunct faculty member with Grand Canyon University teaching masters level classes and assisting in writing classes as a subject matter expert. Seth has provided Counseling services through Children and Adult Psychological Services (CAPS) in Chandler AZ. Seth has specialized in working with young adults in both Residential and Outpatient settings. Additionally, Seth is approved by the AZBBHE to provide clinical supervision to associate licensed counselors. Seth currently has the honor of being Clinical Director at SpringBoard Recovery center.
Lacey obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University in 2011 before completing her Masters of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Equine Assisted Mental Health from Prescott College. She is an advocate for children in the child welfare and works with children, adults and families suffering from abuse, neglect, and grief. Lacey’s brings with her specialized training in helping others in their recovery from eating disorders, addiction, and trauma from the Meadows Behavioral Health. Additionally, she is a graduate of Choice Center Leadership University where she learned the power of vulnerability, human connection, overcoming self-limiting beliefs, and leading a vision driven life.
Lacey, an Arizona native, grew up riding in the Superstition Mountains as a child, where she first found her love for horses. Throughout her adolescent years she volunteered at summer camps for Boy Scouts of America and American Cancer Society, connecting children and families with her passion for being in nature with animals. These early life experiences, combined with her own experiences of grief and loss, paved the way for her to find a career that allowed her to bring hope and healing through connection with horses. She is an Arizona enthusiast and avid adventurer in her free time. She rock climbs, hikes, snowboards, and enjoys camping at the lake with her friends and family. Lacey brings her passion for combining the spirit of nature and animals with her education to bring healing to the Hunkapi community.
Michael was born and raised on a horse ranch in the Midwest. He was brought up by a single mother of four who taught his family how to appreciate growing their own food and bringing it to the table. He was raised with great values and taking pride in his work—whether it be in the garden or the farm pens. In his service as a medic and in the fire department, he completed all tasks with hard work and dedication. Michael furthered his career in helicopter rescue after getting his physician assistant degree—he enjoyed every minute of repelling into empty sky to save people in need.
Michael has lived in Arizona for 20 years, and absolutely loves the environment and the people. He truly believes that, if more people step back and appreciate what they have in front of them, they won't strive so hard to have more than what they need. Michael absolutely loves working with the ranch, the horses, and the amazing staff, and finds satisfaction in seeing the progress that our program makes in individuals’ and in families’ lives.
PATH Certified Riding Instructor, Horse Care Manager
Karrin began riding horses at age six. An early talker, she had been pleading – relentlessly – for riding lessons from the age of two. When she wasn’t on a horse, she was on all fours pretending to be a horse. She was an avid member of Pony Club, and competed in A rated hunter jumper shows for many years. Karrin continued her love affair with horses through college by becoming a working student for her trainer. During this time she gave many lessons, broke and trained young green horses, schooled and showed the made ones, and learned barn management.
After college, Karrin continued working with horses while competing in show jumping. However, it was not until 2014 that she began her journey at Hunkapi, initially serving as a highly-valued volunteer. After a year of volunteering, Karrin knew she needed to follow her heart and join Hunkapi’s team. Today, Karrin serves as Hunkapi’s barn manager, volunteer coordinator, and PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor. Karrin’s greatest passions are horses and children, and the opportunity for her to work with both, together, is a childhood dream. She loves sharing the therapeutic power of horses with others.
Karrin is a graduate of the Barrett Honors college at ASU, where she studied anthropology, psychology and philosophy. Karrin is a huge proponent of life-long learning, and her greatest joy in working at Hunkapi is the opportunity to continue to grow and learn, while sharing her knowledge with students as they work to achieve a higher level of riding combined with a higher sense of mindfulness. When not riding or teaching, Karrin cherishes time spent with her two children. She enjoys painting, gardening and decorating, but also eagerly anticipates the moment when the next therapeutic riding lesson begins!
PATH Certified Riding Instructor
Elaine first began her journey at Hunkapi the summer of 2015, working as an intern through Hunkapi’s joint program with Arizona State University. Since then, Elaine has obtained a dual Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and Psychology, and has joined Hunkapi’s staff as a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. At Hunkapi, Elaine loves having the opportunity to watch children progress through the stages of riding, as well as the chance to appreciate the connection her riders develop with their horses. When she’s not teaching lessons at Hunkapi, Elaine enjoys spending time with her horse, Pallis, and her dog. Currently, Elaine is working to complete a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, and hopes to become a board-certified behavior analyst, continuing to work with children diagnosed with Autism to decrease problem behaviors.
PATH Certified Riding Instructor
Born in Portland, Oregon, Ms. D was raised on a farm with six brothers and sisters, quickly becoming involved in the local 4-H program, where she showed sheep and horses. Specializing in horses, she competed in long distance trail rides, county fairs, and open shows. As her passion for horses grew, she began training and showing many different breeds of domesticated horses, as well as mustangs. At the age of 16 she began volunteering at a therapeutic riding stable, where the executive director introduced her to dressage eventing horses. She has worked at many different show barns including National Show Horses, Gaited Horses, Arabians, Polo Ponies and the travel show, Cavalia.
As she continued in her career, Ms. D became a modeling and personal development instructor, teaching young girls manners, etiquette, and poise. She quickly learned that she loved mentoring, and soon wanted to find a way to be with kids and horses at the same time. Ms. D fulfilled this dream in 2000, when she joined Hunkapi’s team as an PATH Certified Instructional Specialist. Being a part of Hunkapi’s staff has given Ms. D such an amazing opportunity to share her knowledge of how a horse can change a life. Her favorite part is helping children learn to overcome fear and learn to trust, while watching our herd of horses adjust to each child’s need. Ms. D shares that being mindful, present and aware really enables us the full benefit of being with our horses. When Ms. D is not teaching at Hunkapi, she can be found anywhere outdoors; She enjoys biking, adventure hiking, nature and gardening!
PATH Certified Riding Instructor
A horse lover from birth Laurie started riding horses at the age of five in the New Hampshire White Mountains. At age 11 she began taking riding lessons. Laurie’s parents purchased her first horse, an Appoloosa named Smokey when they moved to Scottsdale in 1976. It was love at first sight! Laurie and Smokey spent hours galloping across the open spaces with their friends. When Laurie was 19 she decided to buy another horse and pursue her dream of three day eventing. Joie, a five year old thoroughbred paint, was added to the family. Laurie rode every second she had free in between going to college and working a part time job at Swensens. She graduated from ASU with her teaching degree (her other passion), got married and began teaching first grade. Joie was part of her life until she passed away at age 26. Laurie’s husband brought home two quarter horses for the family and her own two kids began their journey with horses. As life became busier with the kids activities the hard decision was made to let Buddy and King move on to a new family that had the time to give them the care they needed. Laurie missed horses and found herself volunteering at Hunkapi when her children were not in need of her constant attention and excellent chauffer skills.
It was the perfect match because Hunkapi encompasses both her passions…kids and horses. After spending two years as a volunteer Laurie became a PATH Certified Instructor in 2016. She continues to teach first grade in PVUSD and believes that her years of teaching and being a horse owner have played essential roles in her journey of finding her way to Hunkapi.