Meet the Staff

Lynn Moore

Co-Founder and CEO

Credentials
MA, LADC, Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Advanced Certified Practitioner, Eagala Mentor and Trainer

Lynn co-founded Acres for Life in 2001 with a passion for helping others experience the healing connection between people and animals.
In addition, Lynn provides consulting services to many Eagala Model practitioners wanting to move their businesses to the next level. She holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Lynn has completed her Eagala Advanced Certification and serves as an Eagala national trainer and mentor and has over twenty-five years of business marketing, consulting, online training and client relationship management experience​.


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Sally Jane Mixon

Chief Developement Officer and Equine Trainer / President of Abijah's Hope LLC -- Layups/Turnouts & Rehabilitation Services

Credentials
MA, Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Advanced Certified Practitioner

During Sally’s undergrad, she worked through and won her own battle with Anorexia and Bulimia which gave her personal insight into the world of addictions.  She has over 12 years of experience working with many populations from youth (residential and non-residential) to adult violent offenders as a drug counselor.  Sally has over 20 years of experience training and riding horses and is passionate in rehabilitating injured and/or behavioral related issues and using the horse in the Eagala model.  She holds a Masters in Professional Counseling, is Eagala advanced certified as well as holds the Eagala military certification, and serves as Eagala’s Network Coordinator for Minnesota.  Sally brings experience and passion for speaking, fundraising, networking, and raising awareness of the power of this work!


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Heather Jeffrey

Chief Operating Officer

Credentials
MA, LADC, CTC, Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Advanced Certified Practitioner

In 2007 Heather joined the Acres for Life team and has completed her Eagala Advanced certification.  Heather loves all aspects of Eagala work including facilitating sessions, herd and facilities care, program development, community outreach etc. Heather is certified as a Therapeutic Coach ®, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation and Biology and has years of experience working with individuals, groups, families and youth in a variety of experiential learning modalities. Heather is currently pursuing her masters degree with the end goal of LADC, LPCC licensure.


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Janet Westlund

Clinical Director

Credentials
MSW, LICSW, Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certified Practitioner

Janet received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of St. Thomas in 2011 and also holds a certificate of Trauma Studies from the University of Minnesota.  Janet’s strengths include showing up authentically with empathy and unconditional positive regard.  She enjoys working with those in crisis, and is passionate about working with people around issues related to grief/loss and trauma, as well as dual-diagnosis.   Janet also has a private practice providing supervision for social work licensure.


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Larry Coyle

Military Services Coordinator

Credentials
Vietnam Veteran, MS in Education, Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certified Practitioner

 Larry is a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran.  He served a 19 month deployment in the Vietnam war zone aboard the USS Oklahoma City CLG5.  He recently retired after over 40 years working in higher education for several universities, including the University of Minnesota.

Larry grew up around horses as a Minnesota farm kid.  After he left the Navy he attended the University of Minnesota, Indiana University, and met and married his wife, Sarah.  (She and her horse came as a package deal.) Horses have been a part of their lives ever since. Together they raised daughters and Norwegian Fjord horses.


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Cheyenne Jantz

Credentials
Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certified Practitioner

Cheyenne’s love for horses began around 12-13 years old after spending time with a close friend and her horses – doing chores, riding, and eventually bought her first horse.  In 2017, she graduated with a  degree in Equine Science and began working for a local vet.  As she became more and more engulfed in the horse world, she heard about Eagala and knew she wanted to become certified.  In 2018, she attended her first Eagala training in Eau Claire WI and was hooked.  She was later introduced to Acres for Life and felt it was, “A dream come true to be hired!”

During her free time she enjoys riding her horses at home and spending time with her friends and family.


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Julie Neuman

Credentials
B.S. Special Education, K-12
Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certified Practitioner

Julie graduated from MN State University Moorhead with a B.S. degree in Special Education (K-12), teaching in both private/public schools. She is EAGALA certified and currently working toward her advanced certification. Julie’s deeper understanding of horses came when she found herself in the pasture desperately finding answers to her daughter Madi’s depression/anxiety during her middle and high school years. Julie is co-leader of AKA Sisterhood, a pilot project for girls grades 4-8 that provides the tools needed to help navigate relational aggression (bullying) during the pre-teen/teen years incorporating horses, nature, art, improv/role play and community.


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Kelsey Kirkwood

Credentials
MA, LADC Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certified Practitioner

Kelsey recently graduated from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School with a master’s degree in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders. At the age of 8, Kelsey fell in love with horses, and learned firsthand the healing that can come from these amazing animals. At the age of 16, she began her dream of wanting to work with horses to help people experience healing in the same way she had. Kelsey has several years experience in working with children, at-risk youth, and men and women who are struggling with addiction. Through her experience in working with women in a family treatment setting, Kelsey developed her passion for helping families begin to heal from the impact of addiction and co-occurring disorders. When she is not working, Kelsey can be found somewhere in the world traveling and experiencing life in different countries, or at home with her rescue pup.


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Carrie Evens

Credentials

Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certified Practitioner

Carrie has worked with and owned horses since she was 14 years old. She has worked as a trail guide for 6 years, worked as a groom and has trained horses. Carrie trains using natural horsemanship and loves all the things that they teach her on a daily basis. Her passion is giving horses a good start in their training and sharing her love for horses with people and seeing God work in their lives thru the eyes of a horse. She has been EAGALA certified since 2013 and joined the Acres team in 2017.


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Rose Jonhson

Credentials
M.A. Counseling and Psychological Services

Rose recently graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with an MA in Counseling and Psychological Services and is currently working toward LPCC licensure. Rose believes in the healing power of experience. Personal experiences with both horses and art have played fundamental roles in her own journey toward mental, spiritual, and physical health and healing. Through her work in community-based mental health, Rose has had the privilege of working with families facing addiction, trauma, abuse, and neglect. Rose has over a decade of experience owning and working with horses and is a lover of all animals.  In addition, Rose holds a Masters of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Outside of work, Rose loves spending time with her family including a 2 year old daughter. She hikes, camps, and continues to work in her art studio.


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Trisha Wohlfeil

Credentials
LMFT, Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certified Practitioner

Trisha is a Licensed Married and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience in the field. She received her Masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Bethel Seminary in 2004 and currently works as an independent contractor at a mental health group in the Shoreview area serving children, individuals, couples and families. As a military spouse she has a special interest in serving military and veteran populations. Trisha is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator which is based on the research of Brené Brown. She is excited to bring this work into the Dare to Rise retreats. She was certified in EAGALA in 2019. As a child she dreamed she would one day work with animals and in that dream she assumed she would be working with people to help animals heal. In a twist of fate, she now has the honor to partner with animals to help people heal at Acres for Life and she is so grateful.”


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Trish Morgan – John

Credentials
MA, LPCC, Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certified Practitioner

Throughout her life, Trish has been drawn to the outdoors where she felt the grounding, comfort and healing that is experienced when connecting with nature and animals. She is grateful to have found herself at Acres for Life in the later stage of her career where she can combine this connection and her clinical experience with the transformative practice of the Eagala Model utilizing horses and the nature that surrounds them.

Trish is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Mary’s in 1994 and became Certified in Eagala in 2019. Trish brings to AFL over 30 years of experience advocating, evaluating, treating, and learning from individuals and groups as they move through life’s challenges, losses, and changes, often simultaneously experiencing mild to severe symptoms of mental health disorders especially anxiety and depression. Over her career she has provided a variety of therapeutic interventions, with the past 8 years practicing and teaching the skills found in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) within a Partial Hospitalization Program and performing Crisis Psychiatric Consultations within metro area hospital Emergency Room.


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Carmen Franzmeier

Credentials
MA, Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Certified Practitioner

Carmen graduated from St. Mary’s University – Twin Cities in 2015 with her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to working at Acres for Life she has a private practice in Saint Paul. She develops a relationship with each client built on trust and mutual respect, and establishes a safe therapeutic environment that empowers each person to uncover their true potential and live a happier, more satisfying life. Carmen enjoys being able to combine her passion for helping people heal with her love of nature and animals.  Carmen joined the Acres team in the summer of 2015. She works with kids through adults, individuals, couples and families.


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