Our therapists, equine professionals, and instructors understand the unique therapeutic value of the human-horse bond.
They have chosen to pursue additional training and certification with internationally recognized organizations, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) and the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), in order to expand their professional skills and maximize the benefits for the wide variety of clients we serve.
LISA KAFKA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lisa is a licensed occupational therapist with more than 25 years pediatric experience, a certified American Hippotherapy Association hippotherapy clinical specialist, and a PATH-certified riding instructor.
In addition to her clinical duties, oversees all programming at Exceptional Equestrians.
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SAMANTHA BERGER, COTA
Samantha is a certified occupational therapy assistant who received her occupational therapy assistant (COTA) associate’s degree at Fox Valley Technical College. She has also recently been accepted at Concordia University where she will be working towards both Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science and Master of Occupational Therapy degrees.
Samantha grew up riding and showing horses, and she likes working at EE because it combines two of her passions: horses and working with people. She loves seeing her clients work hard towards their goals and achieve them because she knows that it ultimately improves their quality of live. Of course, she enjoys the smiles and laughs shared with clients, volunteers and therapist in the barn.
CAROL KLAK, OTR, MA
Carol is a Registered Occupational Therapist with 30+ years of experience. A graduate of UW-Milwaukee in OT, Carol also has certification in Guidance and Counseling from UW-Whitewater and a Masters degree from St. Mary's University in Winona, MN.
Carol has been involved at Exceptional Equestrians for over 25 years and is also works in the Green Bay Area Public School District.
Carol has extensive experience in providing OT to individuals with autism, anxiety and children who have experienced trauma.She has also completed additional courses provided through American Hippotherapy Association and PATH, Int.
When not working, Carol enjoys spending time with family and friends, biking and walking her German Shepherd Shelby.
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DIANE McINNIS, PT
Diane graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Physical Therapy. She worked at Country Kids during summers off from the Green Bay Public Schools and, upon her retirement from Green Bay, she took a part-time, year-round position there.
Diane has been involved with Exceptional Equestrians directly and indirectly since its inception and believes strongly in the therapeutic value of horse-based therapy.
According to Diane, "In my years as a therapist, my greatest joy and blessings have come from the many long lasting attachments that I have made with my clients and their families. I have been so privileged to watch them grow, many of them into adulthood. And I hope that I have helped in even a small way to make their lives better."
MICAH KESHEMBERG, CERTIFIED RIDING INSTRUCTOR
Micah has worked with horses since she was eight years old, and she began volunteering with a therapeutic riding program in 2006.
Certified as a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Riding Instructor in 2013, Micah has worked with two other PATH International centers prior to joining the team at Exceptional Equestrians.
Micah is a woman of many talents but even with a B.A. in sociology, criminology and psychology from Marquette University as well as a degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, she still finds horses and teaching adaptive riding to be her true passion.
“Seeing the physical, cognitive, and emotional changes in a client as they work with horses and learn to ride has been so inspirational and moving for me. I cannot express how grateful I am to be able to be part of that process!”
When not working, Micah loves spending time with her own mare and seeking out new opportunities to study natural horsemanship techniques.
ELIZABETH KARRMANN, EQUINE MANAGER
Elizabeth is a graduate of UW River Falls with a B.S. in Animal Science and an emphasis in Equine Science.
She started riding when she was 14 through 4H and is experienced in western and English riding styles, as well as some driving. Her favorite riding style is dressage.
Elizabeth has extensive experience with equine-assisted therapy. At 14, she began as a volunteer with Free SPIRIT Riders in Fond du Lac and eventually served as their equine manager for four years before joining Exceptional Equestrians.
Elizabeth is in the process of becoming certified as a registered therapeutic riding instructor through PATH, Intl.
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AARON GEITNER, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING
Aaron joined Exceptional Equestrians in 2020 and serves as Director of Development and Marketing. He is responsible for all development, fundraising, marketing, communications and public relations activities for Exceptional Equestrians.
He holds an undergraduate degree in Business/Communications from St. Norbert College with an emphasis in Leadership Studies and Nonverbal Communications.
Aaron brings extensive and diverse experience to the role, having held leadership roles in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. He began his career working in the insurance industry holding principal positions with State Farm and Allstate Insurance companies. He also served as General Manager with Russ Darrow Group, a leading automotive supplier with 15 locations around Wisconsin. Most recently Aaron served as Director of Vehicle Program, Marketing and Public Relations with Rawhide, Inc.
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MICHAELA DIEDRICK, OFFICE ASSISTANT
Micaela is tasked with greeting our clients and families. She holds a degree in business administration from St. Norbert College.