Jill comes to HorsePower with more than 18 years of experience working with, and for, nonprofit organizations. She has a strong background in program development and grants management and demonstrated success in community leadership and building solid relationships with Board members, donors, and community at large. Her professional career has been devoted to enriching the lives of others including lifting those with mental health and chronic homelessness issues.
Jill is a graduate of Emporia State University with a BS in Sociology. During her free time, Jill enjoys photography, cooking and activities with her two sons. | Email Jill
Shannon has been involved in HorsePower since the beginning. First as a horse donor for the program, then a mentor which quickly transitioned in to instructor’s assistant and then instructor. Shannon has over 10 years experience as a Youth Director in Lee’s Summit, is the Creative Director for Family Center Farm & Home and owns Savvy Graphix . Her past youth leadership experiences, passion for foster and adopted children (having been adopted herself) and desire to serve God have all led to her current role as HorsePower Instructor. | Email Shannon
Nancy began serving HorsePower as a HorseHandler in 2008, then mentored, and soon become an instructor. She is no stranger to jeans and boots having grown up on a 2000 acre family farm & ranch in central Missouri. She showed Charolais cattle in 4-H, was a member of the American International Junior Charolais Association, showed horses and competed in fun shows. As an adult she owned, trained and competed horses in Cross Country 3-day Eventing and was a Board Member for the Mid-America Combined Training Association. Currently, Nancy is an Electrical Designer for Gibbens, Drake, Scott Inc, is active in her church doing outreach events, leading Bible Studies and sharing her love for Jesus. Nancy continues to improve her riding skills and inspire others to never give up by barrel racing on her quarter horse Digger. She has two step-daughters and a son. | Email Nancy
Emily began her HorsePower experience in 2010 when she served as a volunteer. At the time, she had completed an apprenticeship at an area barn, learning the skills of barn management and riding instruction. While pursuing her career as a riding instructor, she fell in love with Jesus and decided to use horses to help people. After finishing her degree in counseling at Calvary Bible College, she went on to get a Master’s in Counseling at MidAmerica Nazarene University as well as a certificate in Play Therapy. Since then she has completed training in Trauma-Informed Equine Assisted Therapy (Natural Lifemanship). She currently works as a residential therapist for Cornerstones of Care, serving youth who have not been successful in foster placements.
Katie began volunteering with HorsePower in 2008. She initially served as aa HorseHandler, then Lead HorseHandler, then Mentor and now is a HorsePower Instructor. It has been a long time desire of Katie’s to merge her passion for horses and her desire to work with at-risk youth. Being a HorsePower Instructor is the perfect fit. Katie grew up riding horses and showing dressage. She is currently operating her own dressage training business in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2021 Katie graduated from the University of Missouri with her Masters in Social Work with a clinical focus. She is currently pursuing supervision for her LCSW and certification through Natural Lifemanship. Katie is working as a therapist for Lee’s Summit Counseling Services and offering group and individual Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy through HorsePower. | Email Katie
CCHI Certified; PATH Certified; EAGALA Trained; EAL Trained Certified; CPR & First Aid Certified
Around 2004, God put a desire in Torey’s heart to use horses to bring healing to children with emotional and behavioral problems. While developing the HorsePower program, she and her husband Mike decided to become foster adopt parents. Both pursuits focused on helping abused & neglected children. Having owned and shown horses in her youth, connecting with a grad student at Washburn University to create a study on HorsePower and pursuing NARHA (now PATH) certification all culminated in the creation of the HorsePower program, helping hundreds of children through the years.
- CCHI: Christian Camping Horsemanship International
- EAGALA: Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association
- EAL: Equine Assisted Learning
- PATH: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship