Mrs. Shari A.Terry
Founder, Cheif Executive Officer, Grant Writer and Experience in EAGALA, ARIA, EAT, CHA,
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.
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
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
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
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 With Horses.
Kathy Taylor Olbrys
of Board Member, Director of Marketing, EAT
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
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.
Board Member, Certified Instructor,
loves horses. She has been riding and showing for over 12 years. Horses run in her family she is a third generation equestrian.
Aubrey has shown at Woodstock, SNEHA, Tri-State, Dressage, Hunt and many more. Her heart is with helping people and horses.
She is fun loving, easy to work with and holds much equine knowledge. She works part time jobs and attends college. Aubrey
has been with us for years. She has a special gift in equine instruction, safety and equine communication. She runs horse
camp in the summer as well as events. She is also a board member. You may e mail Aubrey at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested
in riding lessons or any of our equine programs. Aubrey is an asset to us here at Healing with Horses.
Board Member, Marketing Co-ordinator
Tracy Clark is a member of our Board of Directors and we are thrilled to
have her. Tracy studied at South Kingston in RI. She works well with all children is currently a bus and limo driver. We love
her sense of humor and willingness to learn more about horses. Her daughter has been volunteering here for quite some time
and has been an asset to us here at the farm. Tracy is a wonderful Christian mom and loves all animals. She has been involved
here at the farm with our fundraisers and always willing to help out. She believes in what we do here at Healing With horses
and understands our mission. Tracy's daughter Savonna has receeved volunteer of the month for our facility.