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Darcy Minter - President and Founder

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Darcy is a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and a Specialist in Equine Mental Health and Learning certified by PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International). Darcy has spent 25 years as a communications and marketing professional in corporate and nonprofit organizations. She is currently the Communications Director for the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada. She has a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Seattle University, and a Master of Science degree in American Studies/Folklore from Utah State University. Darcy’s love of horses started when she was very young at her grandmother’s summer camp in the mountains of northern New Mexico. She has had her own horses for the last 15 years and credits them for helping her be a happier and more grounded person. She started Windhorse because she wholeheartedly believes that horses can transform lives, and she wanted to give young people in need an opportunity to experience their powerful medicine.

Hertha L. Lund, Vice President

2016-05-07 11 06 33Hertha has practiced law for more than 20 years and represents property owners in matters involving property rights, water rights, natural resources, wind energy development, administrative, and small business and agricultural law. She has litigated cases in the State and Federal Courts of Montana and has argued before the Ninth Circuit and other Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. Hertha served as Law Clerk to Chief Judge Loren A. Smith at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and is listed in Owners Counsel of America as their Montana representative for condemnation law. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and recently helped draft an amicus brief related to the property interests in Western water rights. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Temple University with a minor in Business Communications and studied Animal Science, Range Management, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Montana State University. She received her Juris Doctor Degree at the University of Montana School of Law, where she was Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Montana Law Review. Hertha grew up on ranches throughout Montana. She used to shoe horses for a living and rodeoed for 20 years. Now she rides in eventing competitions when she has time from her law practice or working on her husband’s ranch.

Cecily Johnson, Secretary

FullSizeRender Cecily moved to Bozeman in 1974, attracted by the exceptional fly fishing and skiing. She moved from western New York to attend MSU where she earned a BA in English and Secondary Ed with a minor in Art, K-12. After relocating briefly to other parts of the country and returning to Bozeman in 1986 –“where there’s no place like home”–she and her husband launched a packaging business which continues to be a successful enterprise. For the past six years, she managed a popular downtown B&B/vacation rental. She has also worked as a substitute and volunteer teacher and launched a gardening business. Cecily currently owns her her first horse and is experiencing first-hand the trust issues that come with being a green rider on a green horse, while learning training, groundwork and riding skills all at once. In her free time, Cecily pursues mountain biking, hiking, traveling and alpine skiing, bringing her Lab, Dunny, everywhere dogs are allowed. She most enjoys spending time with her son, Leo, who is a 22-year-old engineering student at MSU.

Martin Trpis, Esq

MT 062011Martin is a member of the management team for Island Medical Management—an Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist practice management company operating in hospitals nationwide—serving as its General Counsel and Vice President of Operations. He has been practicing law for 30 years. He worked for 24 years in the National Capital area (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) as a litigator focusing on complex medical malpractice litigation and advising of medical businesses. He is admitted to practice of law in Montana, Maryland and the District of Columbia. In May 2010 he accepted a position as General Counsel with Pegasus Emergency Management of Bozeman, Montana. After IMM’s acquisition of Pegasus in May 2014, he was appointed to his current position serving as General Counsel for all of Island Medical Management group of companies. His focus is on proactive risk management in the delivery of healthcare services, integration of the diverse practices comprising the IMM group of companies, corporate compliance, contract negotiation and active litigation management including malpractice, business litigation and employment law. Martin is passionate about horsemanship and the effects of equine learning and companionship on human emotional stability, relationship insight and behavior modification.

Sherry Sims Beach, LCPC

sherry_smSherry is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been practicing in Bozeman, Montana, since the early 1990’s. She received her Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University in 1993, and licensure with the state in May 1994. Her undergraduate studies were Fine Arts Painting and Philosophy/Religious Studies emphasis. Her practice focuses on children, families and adults with advanced training in attachment focused family therapy. She also has been intensively trained for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Another aspect of her life is the management of the upper office floors in the Old Bozeman Hotel, an historic building in downtown Bozeman that houses many conservation- oriented non-profits, therapists, artists, architects and creative entrepreneurs.

Sherry grew up the middle daughter of an Air Force Navigator spending most of her childhood in France, Germany, Michigan and South Dakota, before moving to Montana in 1973. While most of her cousins in South Dakota were well-schooled on horses, Sherry’s passion did not occur until the late 90’s. In 1995 an unruly horse bit her in the back. For a few years she wouldn’t get in a pasture that had horses in it as she believed they all wanted to gobble her up. An epiphany occurred one day when she realized they might be as concerned about her as she was of them! Since then there has been no going back and the love of horses and the mystery of horses continues to provide joy and challenge and beauty.

Dennis Aig

Dennis Aig is a tenured professor and Director of the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University and the Co-Director of its much-honored MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. He has produced and/or directed both documentary and dramatic productions for the Walt Disney Company, National Geographic Television, PBS, Lifetime Television, the Outside Channel, the History, Channel, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). His projects have ranged from a documentary about bone marrow transplant patients at UCLA Medical Center to two behind-the-scenes specials about feature films directed by Robert Redford. His productions include Shadow Casting: The Making of “A River Runs Through It,” Visions of Grace: Robert Redford and “The Horse Whisperer,” Guide Season, Sacred Journey of the Nez Perce, Test Pilots of the Body, America’s Outdoor Heritage, and A Shout Across Time. Aig’s works have won over 100 awards. He has a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with advanced work in English and Film.

Sandee Barry Mills

Sandee Barry Mills moved to Bozeman in 1986 after graduating with a degree in Fine Arts and working summers in Yellowstone National Park. Sandee grew up in Salt Lake City but felt right at home in Montana. She spent her childhood summers running around in the mountains and begging her dad to take her riding at the Diamond P Ranch outside of West Yellowstone. This is where her love of horses began. After having a child with a physical disability, Sandee purchased her first horse for hippotherapy in 2002. A year later that horse had a filly, Spirit. After Sandee’s daughter Storey passed away in 2006, she began photographing horses in their natural state and training Spirit. She also went to energy healing school.

Over the years Sandee has volunteered at Eagle Mount in the horse and skiing program, has been on a school board of directors and been a CAP mentor through Thrive. When she’s not volunteering you can find her working on people and animals doing energy healing, behind a camera, hiking on a mountain ridge, skiing, sewing quilts, making jewelry,
exercising her golden retriever Cherry Pie, or watching her honey bees.

Kate Koenig

Kate is a self employed project manager and consultant who moved to Bozeman in 2007 after graduating from Penn State University with a Bachelors of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. A lifelong connection with horses, travel, the mountains, her partner Bud and her dog Nye keep her happy and grounded in Bozeman. Her passion for community, wellness, a deep belief in Equine Assisted Learning and a desire to support a local nonprofit led her to Windhorse Equine Learning. Kate trains regularly at The Center for Equine Awareness with Karen Ososki, further developing her energetic connection with horses while exploring her own development and growth.