Angie earned her Bachelor's of Science (BS) degree in Psychology from Regent University and her Master's of Science (MS) in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She was inducted into the International Psychology Honor Society, Psi Chi. Angie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida, a Master Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP), and an Internationally Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (ICADC). In 2014, she became certified as an Equine Psychotherapist through Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and a year later completed her training as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapist, specializing in trauma related disorders.
Angie has extensive corporate business experience and almost a decade of experience working in the substance abuse & mental health treatment industry as a clinician, program director and executive director. Angie was the Mental Health Therapist at Healing Horse Therapy Center for several years and volunteered with the Horses for Veterans Horsemanship and Wellness Program.
She currently has a private counseling practice, Sozo Wellness, and is the co-founder of Promises Equine Assisted Growth and Healing Center. Angie serves on the board for Lasting Hoofprints, another 501(c)3 that provides resources for underserved youth to participate in community sports activities including horseback riding.
Angie is married and she and her husband have two sons and a daughter. Horses have always been a part of her life since she began riding lessons as a little girl. She believes horses are naturally therapeutic and the barn has always been a sanctuary for healing and wellness for her throughout the years. Angie treasures the privilege for which she has been entrusted to hold space for others in their journeys of growth and healing.
She is the daughter of a retired first responder and granddaughter of a World War II veteran. She has a special passion for treating First Responders/Veterans with this model and as a trained trauma therapist, recognizes that their struggles are unique and require an understanding of the experiences they have endured which are like no other. She is currently pursuing the specialty Military Services designation through EAGALA.
“Nikki” earned her Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology and certificate degrees in Women’s studies and Ethnic Relations in 1999. Nicole went on to law school at Nova Southeastern University and completed a Summer Abroad Program in Cambridge, England, where she studied comparative law (criminal and constitutional) and graduated with her Juris Doctorate in 2001. Nikki is a Certified Equine Specialist and attorney practicing in the area of mental health law. She is an advocate for mental health and substance abuse awareness across the State of Florida. Nikki has served as the Ethics Committee Chair for the Florida Association of Recovery Residences, provided opinions and advice to Florida’s Sober Homes Task Force, and is the current Chair of the Florida Behavioral Health Association’s Business Division, and holds a Certificate from the Florida Certification Board as a Recovery Residence Administrator. She has written several legal articles on issues surrounding mental health and the facilities who provide services and currently works part-time as the general counsel for a nationally recognized substance abuse and mental health treatment provider. Nikki has been Certified as an Equine Specialist with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Center (EAGALA) for the last 4 years, has provided services as an ES in both group and individual therapy sessions and has participated in personal growth and learning activities for herself through EAGALA over the years finding tremendous benefits in the model for its help and healing. Nicole's tragic and unexpected loss of her cousin, Barrie, who served in the US Navy to suicide, has ignited her passion to serve our military members suffering from mental health issues. She is currently pursuing the Specialty Millitary Services through EAGALA.
She is a mom to several adult children and grandma to several grandchildren. Remarkably God called Nikki and her husband (Andrew) last year to become parents again to now 1 year-old Aliyah. Nikki enjoys spending time with her family and working with horses. Two of Nikki’s mares are expecting foals in the coming year and she is looking forward to showing these horses in the Arabian Horse Association events as they grow. Nikki and Drew donate their horses and property 100% to Promises in order for the team to do this very important work for those who really need it.
David is a Program Manager and Flight Instructor/Training Center Evaluator with FlightSafety International, a training company that delivers professional world class training to operators of business, regional, commercial and military aircraft. David holds a bachelorette degree from Troy University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Management with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
After graduating from Troy University in 1996 David submitted his application to the United States Army to be accepted into the Warrant Officer Flight Training Program. David entered the US Army in 1998 and after flight school he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg as a UH60 Air Assault pilot. David’s follow on military assignment and tasking’s include the 377th Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Korea as a Pilot in Command/Unit Trainer, 1/159th General Support Aviation Ft. Bragg where he supported Drug Interdiction Operations via OPBAT, 57th MEDEVAC Ft. Bragg, and C Co. 3/82nd MEDEVAC. While assigned to C Co. 3/82nd MEDEVAC he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
David separated from the US Army in 2008 as a CW3 and started his civilian career as a UH60/S70 Blackhawk Flight Instructor with FlightSafety International. He became the Program Manager of the UH60/S70 training department in 2011 and has grown the program to include the addition of the UH60M/S70i and is credited for the creation of the first FAA approved Part 142 flight school for the Black Hawk helicopter in the world.
Tara served as a Logistics Officer in the US Army serving from 1997 until 2008. Once she left the Army, she continued her career in the logistics management field. Tara is a graduate of Methodist University with a BA in Justice Studies and graduated from the University of Phoenix with an MBA.
Tara began her career in the US Army as an enlisted soldier in the ammunition supply field. During her enlisted career she successfully completed Airborne and Air Assault Schools. She deployed to Bosnia during the Kosovo Campaign. Tara was awarded the Army Green to Gold Scholarship and attended Methodist University in which she received her Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies. Upon completion of her degree, she was ranked in the top ten percent of over 4,700 military officers and was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Tara was stationed at Ft Bragg, NC in the 7th Transportation Battalion as the Battalion Supply Officer. Tara left active duty in 2008 to transitioning to begin her civilian career as a Receiving Manager at the Walgreens Distribution Center in her hometown of Jupiter, Florida.
Tara advocates for children within the Palm Beach School district who require special accommodations in order to receive the free and appropriate education they are entitled. Tara has two children that were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has fought to ensure that they received the accommodations needed to have successful school careers. Tara first considered Equine Therapy to help her daughter who was struggling both in school and socially. Seeing the positive impact that horses have had on her daughter has further reinforced her belief and advocacy of Equine Therapy.
Drew is a jack of all trades. Drew is an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist. He was the owner operator of a salvage business in Michigan for 25 years until 2011, when he packed it all in and went to horseshoeing school in Gadsden Alabama, at the Lookout Mountain Horseshoeing school. He came to Florida with his wife Nikki and was introduced to the field of substance abuse and mental health treatment, where he began working as a house manager for a group of eight (8) adolescent young men and decided to go back to school once again to the Hanley Center to become a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC). Drew has assisted in the facilitation of equine therapy sessions and believes there is significant value in the work and the benefits it provides. He is studying for his CAC and is currently enjoying every minute of being a stay at home dad to one-year old Aliyah. Drew donates his time and efforts to caring for Promises Ranch and the herd of Promises horses to ensure they are all healthy and ready to serve the clients who need them. Drew loves spending time with his family and tinkering with his motorcycle and classic car (1976 Pontiac Trans Am).
Carolyn has owned and operated Sierk & Associates PA, a CPA firm in Royal Palm Beach, Fl since 1992. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Accounting and went on to become a Certified Public Accountant. She has resided in western Palm Beach County for over 30 years. Carolyn works closely with many non-profit organizations in the community. Carolyn is the mother of four children and shares her passion for horses with them. Carolyn and her sisters all share a love for horses and have always had horses in their lives. She enjoys trail riding and spending leisure time hanging out and caring for her herd. She has personally witnessed the therapeutic benefit of equine therapy.
Jason is an Army Veteran who deployed to Afghanistan twice with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He was shot in 2009 and hit 3 IED’s in 2011, which subsequently caused Jason to medically retire due to combat wounds. After the military, Jason worked for the Under Secretary for Benefits at the VA and also as the Chief of Military and Veterans Outreach, educating our Vets on the benefits they have earned. He then worked for the United States Marine Corps, digitizing their Service Treatment Records, which allows Marines instant access to their VA benefits upon discharge. He currently works for Ambrosia Treatment Center, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health treatment facility, with an emphasis on assisting Veterans struggling with PTSD and addiction issues. In his spare time, Jason loves working on his jeep and playing with his pit bull mixed rescue. He is recently married to Laura and loving life.
Laura holds a M.S. in Counseling Education with a concentration in Professional and Vocational Counseling. Laura spent nine years working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, most recently as a national program manager for the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) Service, assisting Veterans with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job skills coaching. She currently works for PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. Laura is the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Program Specialist; PGA HOPE is a free therapeutic rehabilitation program that introduces golf to Veterans as a means of enhancing their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.
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