PATH Intl. Region 5
States and Commonwealths: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, Africa
Welcome to PATH Intl. Region 5! I am so excited that you have joined PATH Intl. in its endeavors!
In 2005, I learned about EAAT. My professor in college suggested working at my local center to meet my practicum requirements for graduation. I instantly fell in love with the way the clients and horses interacted. I facilitated a child saying his first word and I knew then that this would be my lifelong passion.
I have years of experience in non-profits and small centers but I can also help guide those of you who are from large centers. I have held a variety of positions and can shed some light on most issues. When I can’t personally get you the information you need, then I will get you touch with who can. EAAT is about working together and assisting each other as much as we enable our participants. I am honored to help lead the growing community of EAAT professionals.
If you are a PATH International member, you have access to the huge collective knowledge and experience of the whole membership. I want to encourage you to reach out to myself and the other members. I know there have been instances where information sharing has not been optimal, but please do not let past incidents discourage you from growing and reaching out to myself, PATH staff, and other members.
Here’s how to get involved:
Step One: Check your membership profile and make sure your correct e-mail is shown, so that you receive the info you need.
Step Two: Contact your state chair. These folks know resources right in your state and want to help.
Step Three: Join the Community Connections and list-serves that best fit your needs such as groups for administrators, instructors, etc.
Step Four: Get involved on Facebook. As it is a widely used tool, most regions and states have a group or page dedicated to the community and keeping members up to date.
I want to sincerely thank you for providing safe and effective EAAT for those who need it most. I admire your desire to change the world one stride at a time. Keep up the good work and please be in touch with issues, comments, concerns, praises or to share your story. Together we can show the world how effective our equine partners are in the lives of those with disabilities.
Region 5 Representative
Director of Corporate and Foundation relations
Bridges of Faith
International Conference Information
Region 5 Conference
July 29-31, 2016
Mississippi State University and Horse Park
Alabama State Chair
Click here for more Alabama info
Aruba Area Chair
Bermuda Area Chair
Dominican Republic Area Chair
Florida State Co-Chairs
Southern Part of Florida
Northern Part of Florida
Click here for more Florida info
Georgia State Chair
Click here for more Georgia info
Mississippi State Chair
Click here for more Mississippi info
Puerto Rico Area Chair
Click here for more Puerto Rico info
South Africa Area Chair
Tennessee State Co-Chairs
Click here for more Tennessee info
Choose the Region 5 social networking platform that works best for you. Then join, ask questions and share your ideas!
• On Community Connections - Region 5 Group
• On Facebook PATH Intl Region 5 group
• Like the PATH Intl. Region 5 Facebook page. Share what you do, ask questions and learn from others.
• Looking for a social networking savvy individual to join the Region 5 Leadership Team as the Communication Chair
• Don’t miss out on PATH Intl. funding for Center and Member Outreach and Support.
A reminder to our members and centers that PATH Intl. provided funding to each region for Center and Member Outreach and Support. The region reached out to every center to identify how monies could best be utilized in your state/area. There are still funds available. I urge members and centers to contact state/area chairs about your most pressing needs and to share important resources that could help members and centers in your area. Any PATH Intl. funds not spent by your state/area by 6/30/15 will go back to into PATH Intl. general funds. Click here to contact your state or area chair and share your needs and ideas.
• Interested in either an Interactive Vaulting workshop/certification or a Driving workshop/certification in 2015?
• If you aren’t involved in a Continuing Ed Collaboration?
This as a great way for instructors to get free and diverse continuing education and build strength in the EAAT community in your area. Consider facilitating Continuing Ed Collaborations wherever there are two or more centers within driving distance.
• Update on the 2015 Region 5 Conference in Alabama.
Alabama centers have been discussing site options for the 2015 Region 5 Conference. Jaime Covington, our PATH Intl. Conference and Events Manager, is talking to each site to help determine which will be the most suitable. Sarah Newton-Crowell (our 2014 Conference Chair) will co-chair the 2015 Conference Committee. The Alabama Conference Co-chair and conference dates will be selected after the site is confirmed. I will keep you posted.
The help you need is right around the corner!
Being able to visit and brainstorm with another program/professional who has been there/done that, is a very valuable resource. Some laws and policies affecting centers and professionals are state sensitive. Examples are licensure, insurance/Medicaid reimbursement, employment laws…..and often, only those professionals in our state will be knowledgeable about them.
To better serve and connect our Region 5 members and help them get resources and help close to home, the PATH Intl. Region 5 Community Connection group launched a request for “local volunteer advisors." We asked the PATH Intl. members to consider sharing their knowledge and personal experience with those in their geographic area who are looking for some guidance.
For a list of the professionals happy to help other members, their area of expertise and contact info, click on links above to your state/commonwealth.
Thank you for all those who are giving of their valuable time to help others in our EAAT industry!!
2015 PATH Intl. Region 5 Award Winners (Premier Accredited Centers shown in red)
Region 5 Volunteer of the Year
Region 5 Certified Professional of the Year
Region 5 Equine of the Year and International Equine of the Year
PATH Intl. Paul Spiers Indepedent Adult Equestrian Award
PATH Intl. Adult Equestrian of the Year
Region 5 Veterinarian of the Year
2014 Region 5 Conference & State Meeting
August 8-10, 2014 - Thank you for a great conference. Click on the links below for information from the 2014 conference.