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Charity. All donations are tax-deductible.

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Board of Directors

Terese Colling

President and Co-founder

Terese has lobbied Congress and the Administration for over 25 years on behalf of the Paper Recycling Coalition on issues such as taxation, energy, international trade, recycling, and the environment establishing bipartisan relationships in the House and the Senate.

In the shadow of the Capitol and the Pentagon she has witnessed the impacts of war, seeing young men and women returning to the DC metropolitan area with both visible and hidden wounds. Determined to “do her part” to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, she helped found and create the HorsePower Equine Assisted Learning (HEAL) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and its facilities.

Colling, an avid equestrian, understands the healing power of horses, saying, “the veteran population is terribly under served when it comes to their ability to deal with PTSD—they don’t want to sit in an office an talk to a therapist—but when you get them out moving and interacting with the horses, a connection is made that transcends typical therapies. Simply put, it works and we are privileged to serve this community.” 

Through her dedication to the organization, HEAL is able to improve the health and well-being of veterans and their families.

Dennis Hottell

Treasurer and Co-founder

Dennis, Founder of Hottell Family Law Group, has focused his practice on Matrimonial and Family Law for more than 37 years. Dennis is a keen negotiator who routinely crafts complex settlements involving high-stakes financial assets as well as multifaceted interstate/international custody issues. Dennis is distinguished as a Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML), and has served as the President of the Virginia Chapter of the AAML. Throughout his legal career he has provided a substantial amount of pro-bono legal work, earning the honor of Fairfax Bar Association’s “Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year”, an achievement generally attained only by large law firms.

 

Dennis shares his wife’s passion for making a difference in the lives of others, he often asks the question, if not now, when? In his role as treasurer he has gone above and beyond his duties for the HEAL Foundation. He has worked to fund and develop the extensive physical infrastructure necessary to carry out the services the veterans and families will receive.

 

Dennis looks forward to continuing his work with HEAL, as the foundation works to make a difference in the lives of others.

Lisa D'Alessio

Secretary and Assistant Treasurer

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia whose passion for people and culture naturally translated into her 10+ year career in mental health. After receiving her BA in American Cultural Studies and Anthropology from Bates College in 2003 she began her career as a volunteer for a domestic violence and sexual abuse hotline and later worked at a shelter for victims for domestic violence. She became a Nationally Certified Counselor in 2008, earned her MA in Community Counseling from Marymount University in 2009 and became licensed to practice in the state of Virginia in 2012 following the completion of a 4,000 hour post graduate residency.

 

Lisa spends her free time pursuing her life-long love of horseback riding.

 

Lisa is certified in the EAGALA model of therapy.

Mary Fox

Equine Specialist

Mary has been involved in riding and working around horses all of her life. From owning her first Quarter Horse in middle school to working with her eventer daughter Amanda, Mary has seen the power of horses. Mary knows that horses make her happy, they heal her, and she knows that they can do the same for others. Mary’s goal for her career as an Equine Specialist is to facilitate that process through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). With EAP Mary will be able to use her lifelong knowledge and passion for horses to assist people in healing.

Prior to a career as an Equine Specialist, Mary co-founded Tenacity Solutions Incorporated in 2003. Under her leadership Tenacity Solutions grew from a small IT startup to a successful mid-tier information technology firm that was actively acquired by Computer Science Corporation in the summer of 2014.

Mary believes that combining her entrepreneurial spirit with her corporate and academic backgrounds uniquely qualifies her to help build and grow the HEAL foundation.

 

Mary has been certified as an Equine Specialist since 2015.

Autumn Rae

Equine Specialist

Autumn has been working with high level competition horses and rescue horses for a lifetime.  She grew up apprenticing with natural horsemanship guru, Durlene Meck. She has gone on to train in the United States and Germany with Olympic greats in the sport of eventing. She also spent many years working as a facilitator and consultant in team and personal development programs, primarily facilitating ropes courses and other outdoor adventure activities. As Autumn began to provide private riding lessons, she noticed that working with horses gave her clientele many of the same personal growth and learning opportunities that the outdoor adventure programs had, often, with even more positive results. In 2009,

 

Autumn began focusing on established programs in Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) at Prescott College in Arizona. The riding and personal growth programs that she has conducted mirrored growing evidence from programs around the world showing that EAL and EAP can offer many benefits both to individuals and to society.

 

Autumn is certified in the EAGALA model of therapy.