The Heart of Horse Sense Board of Directors has volunteer members, in addition to founder Shannon Knapp.
Founder & Executive Director
Shannon is an EAGALA Advanced Certified Equine Specialist, a Trauma-Focused EAP trainer, and has over 5000 hours working with clients with Therapeutic Horsemanship Programming
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Jake LaRue is a Marine Corps veteran and a Peer Support Specialist. He has been a volunteer at Heart of Horse Sense since November 2013.
Kathleen is a Retired Community Leadership Program Director (Leadership Lee County) and Management Consultant. Through her experience, she has seen how transformative horses can be and is committed to supporting HOHS in their mission.
Accountant and President of CFO Consultants and Board Member for several non-profits in Western North Carolina
Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Asheville, with a background in non-profit management, training, and conflict resolution. Her experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma and grief led her to get involved with HOHS as a way to support the healing and connection that can be found in equine assisted therapy.
Tressa Hayes is the legal studies department chair and paralegal program director at South College in Asheville. She previously worked in the risk management division of the City of Asheville finance department. She moved to Asheville with her family in 2011, after practicing law in South Carolina.