We are a passionate group of instructors and educators who are dedicated to working with each program participant to enrich their quality of life. We look forward to meeting you!


Katie Samuelson, Center Director – Certified CTRI, Certified Pegasus, Certified PATH, Certified SpiritHorse Senior Instructor         

Tara McPeak, MS, OTR, Instructor, Occupational Therapist – Masters of Occupational Therapy, Certified SpiritHorse Senior Instructor

Shelly Rhode, Education & Events Coordinator, Instructor, Equine Specialist – Certified SpiritHorse Senior Instructor                                  

Denise Dorsey-LaCanne CMA, Volunteer Coordinator, Instructor – Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA), Certified SpiritHorse Senior Instructor

Beth Kettner, Instructor – Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Certified PATH, Certified SpiritHorse Senior Instructor  

Ally McDonald, RN, Instructor – Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Certified SpiritHorse Senior Instructor

Katherine Lein, Instructor – Certified PATH Instructor     

Ella Ostertag, Equine Manager

Cathy Spaulding, Grant Writer

Board of Directors

Laurie Koestner, President
Owner, The DePawsitory

Walt Zerrenner, Vice President

Kay Knuth, Treasurer
President, Knuth Financial Life Planning

Parker Schuh, Secretary
Integrated Sales Associate, Amcor Flexibles North America / Wisconsin Army National Guard

Jeff Schommer
Owner, Bottom Line Accounting

Ellen Longsine
Broker Account Associate, United Healthcare

Dr. Jean Thur
Pediatrician, Aurora Medical Center

Laurie Ahrens
Retired Academic Advisor, UW Oshkosh

George Butz, Sr.
Sales and Philanthropy

Thomas Formella
MIS Supply Chain/Consultant


Katie Samuelson
Center Director, BEAMING Inc.

Nathan Olson