Fran is the Director of Arise Equine Therapy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation. Fran's vision has always been to have a facility that provides therapeutic equine services to the community. The foundation was created in 2015 for this purpose. Arise sits on 50 acres owned by Fran and her husband Mike who are the primary benefactors of the Foundation. Fran's deep commitment to the property and the program are evident in the quality of services and program success. Fran holds certifications with EAGALA, PATH and Natural Lifemanship. She is an EAGALA certified equine specialist (ES) and works in the EAP program. Fran holds the EAGALA military designation for the program and heads up the team of horses, therapists and equine specialists.
Elisha has been at Arise since 2017. She is the Arise Ranch Manager and is part of the EAP program. She holds an MBA from Webster University and has a corporate background with Verizon. Elisha is an EAGALA certified equine specialist (ES) and has her EAGALA military designation. She is also a professional member of Natural Lifemanship. Elisha is currently working on her certification as an ES in equine assisted EMDR. Elisha has owned, raised and ridden horses most of her life and when combined with her undergraduate degree in psychology she has exceptional instincts as an equine specialist (ES) in the EAP program. Elisha's passion for all things horses has passed to her daughter who is an avid barrel racer and equine enthusiast.
Ian has worked as a therapist in the EAP program at Arise since 2017. He holds a Masters in Counseling (MAC) from Covenant Theological Seminary and is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with the State of Missouri. He is a certified EAGALA practitioner and mental health professional (MH). He also carries EAGALA's Military Certification and works with the Veterans program at Arise. Ian is also a professional member of Natural LIfemanship. Ian works primarily with adults and adolescents struggling with complex trauma, anxiety and depression. He is trained in EMDR and is working to develop an equine assisted EMDR program at Arise. Ian facilitates various workshops throughout the year and is an advisor to the Arise Equine Therapy Foundation Board of Directors.
Tia came to Arise in the fall of 2018. She holds two masters degrees from Lindenwood University, including Professional Counseling and School Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), certified school counselor, and certified EAGALA practitioner. She is a professional member of Natural Lifemanship and the American School Counseling Association (ASCA). Tia primarily works with adolescents, teens and individual adults. Her love for horses began at an early age, as her grandfather and father trained and boarded horses. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her husband and teen boys at their family farm, and trail rides with her Belgian Draft horse Candy.
Renee has been working at Arise Equine Therapy Foundation since 2017. After relocating to Missouri and leaving the corporate world, she made the decision to pursue her passion for working with horses and helping people. She is an EAGALA certified equine specialist (ES) and a professional member of Natural Lifemanship. Working as an ES in the EAP program allows her to assist with individual adults, teens, adolescents, couples, families and groups. Helping people connect and heal with horses is her dream job. She also enjoys trail riding and spending time with her two horses, Ace & Pete.
Nick has been an avid rider for the past 20+ years and boards his two horses, Dolly & Hershey, at Arise. He is involved in the veteran's program at Arise as the Veteran Services Coordinator. He was a Staff Sergeant in the Army with an MOS of 11B40 (infantry) and served in Viet Nam. He has two masters' degrees and a corporate background in health care administration. He is a professional member of Natural Lifemanship and has a long history with his family showing
and trail riding horses. He enjoys his four children, their spouses and eleven grandchildren.