Mary Jo Beckman

Washington, D.C. Commander, U. S. Navy, Retired. Co-founder of the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs at Ft. Myer, Virginia. She is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), an international certified riding instructor, and the recipient of the 2011 PATH International James Brady Professional Achievement Award. 

 

Philip Carter 

Washington D.C.Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. His research focuses on issues facing veterans and military personnel, force structure and readiness issues, and civil-military relations

 

Debbie Fisher

Yelm, Washington. Founder, Rainier Therapeutic Riding in Washington State, one of the premiere Equine Therapy centers in the U.S. She is a PATH Certified Instructor, who created their program in 2008.  Her late husband was a Marine Pilot and Colonel in the Air Force.  She has one son serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine and a daughter in the Air Force. 

 

Charles Alexander Morgan III MD

New Haven, Ct..Over the course of 20 years at Yale University & the Neurobiological Studies Unit of National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dr. Morgan's neurobiological and forensic research has established him as an international expert in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).He is a forensic psychiatrist and has testified as an expert on Memory and PTSD at the International Tribunal on War Crimes, the Hague, BE.  Dr. Morgan was awarded the US Army Award for Patriotic Service in 2008. In 2010 Dr. Morgan was awarded the Sir Henry Welcome Medal and Prize for his research on enhancing cognitive performance under stress in special operations personnel. in 2011 Dr. Morgan deployed to Afghanistan as an operational advisor with the Asymmetric Warfare Group. 

 

Elisia Mutter

Yelm, Washington. Executive Director, Rainier Therapeutic Riding. She is a dedicated horsewoman, a certified PATH Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. In April of 2012 Elisia completed her certification as a Level 1 Centered Riding instructor.

 

Larry D. Pence

Washington, D.C. Command Sergeant Major, Army National Guard, Ret.In May 2006, he co-founded a therapeutic horseback riding program in coordination with Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This program led to collaboration between the Depart-ment of Veterans Affairs and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.  

  

Anita Shkedi

Neurim, Israel. Founded Therapeutic Riding in Israel in 1985. She wrote the National Curriculum for the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Sport as well as the Therapeutic Riding Professional Committee and the Israel Equestrian Federation that is to be used by all colleges providing Therapeutic Riding Instructor Diploma Courses. In 2012, she published her book “Traumatic Brain Injury and Therapeutic Riding.”


Interviews to come.