Founder, President of Board, Cheif Executive Officer, Grant Writer
and Experience in EAGALA, ARIA, EAT, CHA, Certified Instructor
Shari is the founder and CEO
of our organization serving currently as President to our Board of Directors, as a loyal volunteer and as the Program
Director. Shari is also the Founder of Healing With Horses.
She worked as a Mental Health Counselor through the State of CT from 1989 to 1993. In
1994 Shari was in a severe, near-fatal auto accident that left her disabled and suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, Horner's
Syndrome and PTSD along with many broken bones. She was placed in a convalescent home for some time, but through the use of
the horse, Shari began her journey and slow recovery.
Her need and dream of helping others through Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) has come
full circle. Shari used her passionate love of horses to create programs in 1998 for her healing journey and for others to
eventually use. She has written several programs for safety such as our WRF Safety Program, CIT program, Healing With Horses
Therapeutic Riding Certification Programs and Facilitated Safety Programs for Farm Maintenance and Management using basic
ideas such as rotating fields and pasture maintenance.
Ms.Rosati is a member of the Therapeutic Riding Instructor's Association with Barbara
Fox. Shari is a member of the CT Farm Bureau, CT Horse Council and is a Member of the Lion's Club. Shari's goal is to
protect the well-being and safety of all participants and care for the horses, or our four legged therapists that help guide
them through life.
Mr. Lee A.Terry
Vice - President Board of Directors, BS, Certified
Instructor, Lead Trainer, CIT, CHA, Grant Writer, Auditor
Lee holds a Bachelor
of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He has taught English overseas in
Japan through ESL. He has a passion for horses and teaching which was adapted and applied to Therapeutic Riding and Riding
Lessons. Lee is a member of the CT Horse Council and CT Farm Bureau. Lee holds
his Level4 Certified Horseman's Association Certificate. Mr.Terry is from
Texas and is the Co-Founder of Healing With Horses.
Lee Terry holds certifications through,
EAGALA, ARIA, EAT, HWH, TIC and is a member of the Lions Club.
He also holds
his First Aid Certification,CPR certification and has been trained using Automated
External Defibrillator. Lee Terry studied vital work on bloodborne pathogens through
his military experience as a United States Marine. Lee offers dynamic leadership skills and horse training. Lee has
facilitated many riding programs in Texas and was influential in the creation
of many Safety Programs here in Connecticut.
Lee is not only
our Vice -President he is responsible for the facility and grounds. He has
invested much of his time in over seeing the facility and has plans to open a
much needed facility in Northern Texas in the future.
Lee has been with our Therapeutic Riding Facility since the beginning. Healing
With Horses continues to create unparalleled training programs facilitated in EAAT at Healing
Kathy Taylor Olbrys
of Board Member, Director of Marketing
Taylor Olbrys is a mother, wife to husband John for over 22 years and a resident of Waterford, CT. She is a Waterford High
graduate and a graduate of Albert Beatrice School of Beauty. Kathy has been involved with the American Cancer Society and
Relay for Life for ten years and is Team Captain. She has worked numerous benefits in the region over the years.
Kathy is a very dedicated volunteer and an asset to our community. Kathy's
daughter, Haley, has been volunteering here at Healing With Horses for more than four years. Both Kathy and Haley go above
and beyond to help us with our Mission.
She has donated
her time, food and been a part of every benefit we have had since learning about our programs. Kathy spends her time enjoying
local live bands and watching her daughter play volleyball. Her daughter is off to college this year. Thank you Kathy
for being a part of Healing With Horses and giving so much of yourself. You have been a loyal friend and supporter of Healing
Secretary of Board Member, B.S. in Medical Technology
Pam earned a B.S. in Medical Technology from Quinnipiac College in 1975. I worked in three Hospital Medical Labs
for a total of 32 years. In that time I developed Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lyme Disease. I was awarded Social
Security Disability after years of trying to continue to work, effective 2011. Most recently I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer
and am doing well. My journey with Healing With Horses began in 2013. I had knowledge of some holistic theories, particularly
the Chakra System and developed a hobby of crocheting afghans, creating designs using specific Chakra colors.
Pam was looking to learn horseback riding. When I received an invitation to visit Healing
With Horses, I was awed by the energy and multiple programs offered. My first course was Caring With Combs. Later Equine Communication
Classes were added. Suddenly I developed a new passion in my life. My former passion had been 15 years of competitive ballroom
dancing, but the energy of working with the horses was palpable! My physical ailments were softened and the ‘hands on’
of grooming and leading awakened new possibilities for me.
On one leading
lesson I kept looking at Jimmeh, wondering if I was hurting him; or maybe he didn’t want to go where I was leading.
That was a cue to him to stop. He needed my determined direction and I had to learn to believe in myself. Now I do volunteer
work, anything from taking care of horses to helping with fundraising events. My plan is to be a part of the ‘Healing
With Horses therapy farm as long as possible. I already have witnessed fantastic results.
Mrs. Kathy Schroeder
Board Member, Associates Degree, Assistant Grant Writer, Office
Kathy has earned an Associate's in Liberal Arts and Sciences from
Three Rivers Community/Technical College. Inaddition to this she has earned several credits toward Computer Networking
and Technology. Kathy works as a slot attendant at Foxwoods Resort Casino for
23 years and an Independent Consultant for The Pampered Chef for 3 years.
up in Norwich and currently lives in Groton with her husband Steve and 2 cats. She has a great love of animals and is very
excited to work with Healing With Horses in order to better both the farm and community. Kathy is loyal and we are excited
to have her as a volunteer!
Dr. Denise Williams
PHD, Honorary Advisor to Board of Directors
Doctor Denise Williams with her extensive Equestrian Background has held
positions in EAT and EAAT. Denise has been a Trainer and Certified Horse Instructor since the 1970's. Denise also holds a
Masters Degree in teaching and opened her own school of Education in Norwich CT.
Denise also took the Dressage Championship in 2011 in the Tri State Area. She was an Education Director
for the Norwich Learning Center. Denise currently holds a teaching degree in the states of CT and Florida. She has held Teaching
certifications in AZ, TX, and CO in the Study of English. Denise also teaches German and Chinese and was President of the
Lions Club for two years.
She is currently
the President of the Tri State Horsemans Association. Her extensive Equine background is beyond outstanding. A horse owner
herself she brings the knowledge, background, passion of working and assisting in creating Riding Programs for "Healing
With Horses". Denise has held title of Riding Program Director for several years.
Dr. Denise William's knowledge, drive and passion for learning makes her the most outstanding candidate
for Creating New Programs along with our Certified Staff, other Board Members and Intellectual Board Members. Denise is currently
a professor of English in Jacksonville, Florida. Denise is held in high regard for the Health, Safety and well being
of all our Clients and Students and is in constant contact with our board of Directors.
Board Member,RN, BSN, Reiki Master,Equine Specialist and Animal Science
Laura is a Registered Nurse and a Reiki Master. She is a partner to
her boyfriend Corey, an aunt to her two nieces and a nephew, and mom to her Shiloh Shepherd, Juno, and yellow Lab, Magnus.
She grew up in Niantic, CT and now lives in Oakdale, CT. She graduated with her BSN from the University of Connecticut in
2002 and also took several courses in Animal Science and Biology.
Laura is a self-named “Jack-of-All-Trades…” having worked in several aspects of nursing and presently now
the Practice Manager at New England Plastic Surgery Center in Waterford CT. Prior to becoming a human nurse, her first job
was an animal nurse working as a veterinary technician in Old Lyme and taking care of the lab animals at UCONN. Laura is a
young survivor of breast cancer and has a support team and fundraising name of #TeamScarps.
She is involved with the Young Survival
Coalition (YSC), recently fundraising for the organization by hosting a local charity golf tournament. She also has fundraised
for and gone on three medical missions to Haiti. Laura wants to help people feel good about themselves, find happiness, and
live their best life possible. Laura has a deep love for animals and her love of horses goes back as far as she can remember.
She dubs herself an “Advanced Beginner” when it comes to horses and is excited to soak up all the amazing knowledge
and know-how from the fellow volunteers at Healing with Horses.
Mr. Steven S. Wedegis
Owner of Financial Directions, EA, MST, Accountant for Healing With Horses
Steve is more than our accountant. He the is owner of Financial Directions, Inc. of Norwich,
CT. Steve handles Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Elder Planning, FDICT, and FCI Accounting. He enrolled to practice
before the IRS (EA) and Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA). Steve holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of
Connecticut and a Masters of Science in Taxation from Bryant University. Steve, along with attorney Neal M. Bobruff, made
it possible for us to pursue our 501(c)3 non-profit status by believing in our Mission through EAAT. The each help us to get
where we are today and continue to provide essential information to Healing With Horses.