Joanne Huff, ASN ~ Founder / Equine Specialist
As a local girl I grew up around horses and started mucking out stalls in exchange for riding lessons at the age of 12. I competed successfully in Western Pleasure and Dressage during my riding career and still love a good trail ride. While in the nursing field for 18 years, I often brought my horses to work using them to promote emotional and physical well being of my clients. Since retiring from nursing and starting this farm, I have been able to connect with other horse women who feel the same way and hold many of the same ideas as I do, such as natural horsemanship and in the inherent and healing qualities of horses. I was able to connect with various organizations to further educate myself in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Learning (EAL) and I am dedicated to providing my community with the best possible resources in the area.
Background: 18 years nursing in Psychiatric, Critical Care, Geriatric and Substance Abuse
Clinincs: Pat & Linda Parelli, Dennis Reis, Gawani Pony Boy, Klaus Balkenhol, Rachel Hackett, Joe Delano, Jerry Shurink
Education: AS Nursing, Stockbridge School Equine Management, Parelli Level 1, Ma Licensed Riding Instructor
Laura A. Litterer ~ C0-Founder / Executive Director / Equine Specialist
Laura brings years of diversified experience from animal science to business to Full Of Grace. At age 11 Laura began working with horses and riding competitively as a Hunter/Jumper. Her academic background includes degrees in Marine Biology from Suffolk University and Animal Biotechnology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In addition to working with horses her professional experience includes biological and behavioral research at Harvard University, Suffolk University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has had the pleasure of working with students of various ages and has given academic and emotional guidance through coursework and special initiatives as well as coaching both traditional and Special Olympic athletes. In 2009 she partnered with Joanne Huff and co-founded Full Of Grace Farm. Laura is committed to expanding her knowledge and practice in the areas of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Natural Horsemanship techniques. She has been a member of EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) since 2009 and is a Licensed Massachusetts Riding Instructor.
Leslie Bennet, MS, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 30 years experience with families, couples and individuals. She has been a Certified Imago Therapist and Workshop Presenter for over 15 years. She is committed, both personally and professionally, to understanding the barriers that divide us and to encouraging safety and peace. Her philosophy about therapy and life is that we all have the capacity to reach our potential and that sometimes we need help in the form of therapy or coaching or support to assist us in this endeavor. Leslie currently maintains a private practice in Northampton, Ma., In 2010 Leslie partnered with Full Of Grace Farm offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning to individuals, couples, and groups.