Windows To My Soul
Lori earned her Master’s degree in counseling psychology in 1996 from National University. She was licensed as a marriage and family therapist in California in 1999. She has been in the mental health field for 20 years. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Sacramento, she worked in a residential treatment center and in two community counseling centers; one for the severely mentally ill, teaching life skills, and the other for substance abuse recovery. She quickly learned that she wanted to do more in the realm of psychotherapy. After obtaining her Master’s degree, she worked in sexual abuse treatment with families, and ran groups for substance abuse. For 8 years, she was the program director for a private non-profit agency whose focus was child abuse prevention and early intervention. She worked with individuals, families, and groups, as well as supervised interns. In this position, she had the opportunity to start up an EAP program. She incorporated it in to her private practice with families, teens and individuals, finding it to be incredibly beneficial in moving clients closer to their treatment goals. She has also worked in residential treatment part time over the past 10 years, using EAP with the boys to help them to problem solve, deal with anger, work better together, and enhance their communication. Lori currently works part time in private practice, with multiple issues, including anxiety, anger management, depression, self-esteem and couples issues. She is Advanced certified has been a trainer for EAGALA’s certification program for the past 10 years.
On the Equine Specialist side, Lori has been around horses her entire life. She got her first horse at the age of three, and has ridden ever since. She grew up on a farm where experiential learning was expected. (i.e “If you fall off, get back on.”) Lori also was involved in 4-H, showing, and gymkana through high school. She presently owns two horses and trail rides for pleasure.
Kim came to partner with Windows To My Soul through a shared passion and belief in the therapeutic value and healing nature of working with horses. Kim’s personal story with her own eating disorder recovery plays an important part in her choice to provide therapeutic services to those seeking their own healing. Because of her life long experience with horses, Kim has moved from more traditional forms of therapy to focus on experiential therapy, primarily equine assisted psychotherapy and somatic experiencing; both very effective models used in treating addictions, anxiety, trauma and many other mental health issues. Kim has a passion for helping people find their own best possible version of themselves through a person centered and solution focused approach.
Prior to her work with Windows To My Soul, Kim’s professional experience as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist includes working for Sacramento County Mental Health providing crisis management and phone assessments to determine qualification for mental health services. Kim has also provided therapy and addictions counseling for youth in a Juvenile Hall, in Schools, and in an Outpatient Dual Diagnosis Addictions Program at a Psychiatric Hospital. Additionally, in her private practice work Kim provided therapy for those struggling with issues such as eating disorders, drug/alcohol addictions, PTSD/trauma, anxiety, and depression. Some of the populations Kim has treated are Veterans, Youth, Adults, and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. As an MFT Intern Kim worked in such settings as Inpatient Drug/Alcohol Rehabs, a Domestic Violence Shelter, Schools, and Community Clinics.
Kim is working with Windows To My Soul as an independent contractor.
Leslie Exter is the Controller (now part time, working from a home office in Northern California) for a multi-franchise automobile dealer group in San Diego County, with over 35 years of experience in the field of automotive dealership management and accounting. Leslie’s skills for organization – along with a commitment to supporting and promoting the people she works with to their best personal success – has made a career that combines the rigors of accounting and business office management with the challenge and joy of working with people a very fulfilling one.
Five years ago, Leslie’s lifelong passion for and experience with horses inspired and propelled her and her “non-horse” husband, Tyler, to realize a dream and relocate from their home in San Diego to a 5-acre property in Plymouth, California, where they could begin a new/next chapter in “country living” and also allow her to have her horses at home.
In addition to home-ranch and horse-management, Leslie has been active as an equestrian docent for the Sacramento Valley Conservancy, and became certified in 2016 as an Equine Specialist in the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model of equine assisted psychotherapy and personal development. She currently works with Windows To My Soul (Somerset, CA) and its clients, and is a member of its volunteer Leadership Team, supporting and assisting with a variety of Windows To My Soul events, along with its development of an Equine Assisted Therapeutic/Personal Development Retreat program.
Leslie has also undertaken training as an Equine Professional in the Natural Lifemanship model of Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP™) with plans to obtain certification in that work as well.
Peg has worked for a variety of organizations over the past 45 years. For 6 years, she served as Secretary for the engineering department and as Clerk to the Board of El Dorado Irrigation District. For 18 years, she worked as Secretary/Office manager for Sierra Hydrotech, a Placerville water engineering firm. For 4 years, she worked as Executive Secretary to the President of Resources Development Associates, an international natural resources consulting firm. For over 17 years, she served in various positions ranging from bookkeeper to operations manager for two major banks in the Bay Area and one bank in Placerville.
As a volunteer, Peg has been secretary for the El Dorado Gem & Mineral Society. She served on the Board of Directors of Sierra Wildlife Rescue as Secretary to the Board. For the Placerville Shakespeare Club, she served as Ways & Means Committee Chairman, Co-chairman of the Shakespeare Club Spring Fashion Show, and currently serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors.
Peg and her husband, Bob, currently work with Sierra Wildlife Rescue rehabilitating opossums, foxes, coyotes and bobcats as well as occasional other critters on their Pleasant Valley property. Three years ago, Peg and Bob volunteered at the Pioneer Volunteer Firefighters Association Crab Banquet, where Peg met and worked with Pamela Day and Cindy Skelton-Hodge, and of course, when "Windows To My Soul" had their first and second gala, Peg and Bob were volunteers. Peg is very excited about putting her supervisory and administrative skills to work for "Windows To My Soul" because she sees the good that is happening in the arena and wants to be a small part of it.
Joan is a Navy Veteran who served as a corpsman in the Vietnam war. She was trained as a physicians assistant in thoracic surgery and spent time airlifting troops. She was employed by El Dorado County Public Health Department as a jail and juvenile hall nurse and went on to teach for the Los Rios College District’s Public Safety Center. Retirement with a PTSD diagnosis had her navigating the complex VA medical system until she found help from the compassionate horses and therapists at Windows To My Soul. Now she spends a great deal of her time networking with the Veteran Community on behalf of Windows To My Soul and providing military cultural guidance to the Windows To My Soul team. The remainder of her time is spent with the herd at the ranch and in her organic garden with her dogs, growing the ingredients for her popular salsa. She considers her husband of 40 years, the horses and animals in her life, along with her garden and bicycle to be the foundation for her happiness today.
"I believe in and have a passion for Windows To My Soul's therapy programs and the positive impact we have on clients and volunteers alike."
A well-known fiber artist in the greater Sacramento area, Pamela started Poozles in 1998, a two part business that includes presentations, workshops and creating wearable fiber art. Between her previous work with the El Dorado Arts Council as Program Administrator and Poozles, Pamela is well experienced with running and managing all aspects of a small business and community non-profits.
Pamela is dedicated to her community with a great passion for volunteer work that brings good to others while promoting a "we are all in this together" spirit. She continues to serve, as she has for the past 10 years, on the Executive Committee of the Pioneer Volunteer Firefighters Association Crab Banquets. As Volunteer Coordinator and then Administrative Coordinator, Pamela has managed 250 volunteers, totaling over 2500 hours each year for four banquets and managed administrative tasks from bookkeeping to auction/raffle coordination. The Crab Banquet endeavor proudly averages an annual $33,000 contribution to the community fire protection effort and local schools.
Pamela has served on numerous boards in the past including eight years on the board for the Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild and President and Board member for six years with a home owner's association in the Bay Area.