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With a firm focus on the organization's future and the mission of promoting safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) is pleased to announce Kathy Alm as its next Chief Executive Officer.
Alm brings to PATH Intl. proven strategic leadership, having spent the last 25 years transforming organizations, guiding their respective boards, staff, donors and volunteers to the realization of their visions. For the last 15 years she served as Executive Director of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville, WA, one of the largest organizations in the industry. She grew the previously grass roots organization from a $280,000 annual operating budget to a professional $2.1 million organization, leading a staff of 23 full-time employees and building and operating a new $11 million facility.
An extensive nationwide search was conducted by a dedicated search committee comprised of a past board president, current board members and membership representatives from both larger and smaller EAAT programs. A rigorous interview and selection process followed. "In addition to running a large-scale operation, Kathy Alm has a unique depth of knowledge and understanding of the association and its membership," states Jim Harlan, President of the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees. "Kathy served as the association board president in the 2010-2012 term, first joining the board of trustees in 2005. She has served as a membership oversight region representative and on a variety of committees in a leadership capacity. The board and I could not be more satisfied that our nationwide search yielded the best possible leader for the job."
Alm replaces the retiring Kay Marsh Green who has held the CEO title from 2010 until present. Green says, "Making the decision to leave this remarkable association and its exemplary staff was a difficult decision. Knowing that Kathy Alm is the incoming CEO has only enhanced my excitement for the future of the industry. Kathy will be a bold leader, and I wish her every success!"
Kathy has said that accepting this position feels like the right opportunity at the right time for both herself and PATH Intl. "Having led the strategic planning process for PATH Intl., I can clearly see the vision as set forth by the board with input from the membership, our sponsors, other industry stakeholders and staff. It is a tremendous opportunity to bring together my talents and passion for the industry for the benefit of equine-assisted activities and therapies on a global level. I look forward to serving the membership and making this vision a reality."
Alm will be relocating from the Northwest to association headquarters in Denver, CO. She will take the reins of the position in August 2014.
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PATH Intl. is proud to announce that it has been named the recipient of the 12th Annual Equine Industry Vision Award. The award, sponsored by Zoetis, formerly Pfizer Animal Health, and presented by American Horse Publications (AHP), recognizes innovation, leadership and service.
The other finalists were Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), KY; Tootie Bland, Owner and Producer of Road to the Horse, TX; and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), CT.
The remaining 17 nominees were:
The Equine Industry Vision Award is the first major award to showcase innovation across the equine industry. The award serves as a unique recognition of ingenuity and service, and benefits the industry by inspiring these qualities in others. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding leadership, creativity and meritorious contributions in the equine industry. Previous recipients of the Equine Industry Vision Award are Alexander Mackay-Smith in 2002, Don Burt in 2003, the American Quarter Horse Association in 2004, John Ryan Gaines in 2005, Stanley Bergstein in 2006, David O'Connor in 2007, Sally Swift in 2008, Charlotte Brailey Kneeland in 2009, John Nicholson in 2010, Robert E. Cacchione in 2011, and Equine Land Conversation Resource in 2012.
PATH Intl.™ has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) to provide equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for WWP alumni. WWP has made a significant grant to PATH Intl. for the purpose of awarding scholarships for EAAT to WWP alumni who have expressed an interest in therapeutic horsemanship.
About the Selection Process
An electronic broadcast was sent by WWP to 1,834 of its alumni, defined as Wounded Warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after September 11, 2001. The initial broadcast focused on regions identified by WWP as needing activities for local WWP alumni. Local alumni interested in participating in EAAT returned an expression of interest to WWP. WWP matched those alumni from 11 states with PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers that offer services to veterans.
Premier Accredited Centers in the cities and states nearest the alumni are being contacted to determine capacity for accepting new participants. If that capacity exists, the Wounded Warrior alumni will be eligible for up to 10 classes and his or her scholarship funds will be dispersed directly to the center after the completion of the session.
About the Future
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve injured servicemen and women with every type of injury - from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.
Tens of thousands of Wounded Warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs designed to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. To learn more about WWP, click here to see how it influences the innovative programs and services offered to Wounded Warriors.
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