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Ojai, CA

805-633-0715

White Horse Wellness Center provides wellness through horses, art, movement and nature for people with special needs, cancer patients and survivors, seniors, veterans and their families no matter the challenges they are facing.

Board Members

Lisa Tomlin

Lisa Tomlin

Lisa is a PATH-certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist, with a B.S. in Equestrian Science from William Woods University in Fulton, MO. Lisa founded White Horse Wellness Center in 2016 after her experience from both sides of equine and wellness therapies. She overcame debilitating shyness through horses as a little girl and began teaching riding as a teenager because she wanted to share what she got from the horses as a shy kid with others. She earned a B.S. in Equestrian Science worked for some of the top horse trainers in the country, and ran her own riding school for almost a decade. When she was diagnosed with brain cancer at 32, she discovered the powerful effects of therapeutic riding and equine and wellness therapies both as a client and a teacher and saw a need to make them available to those who could benefit.

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Eric Chowanski

Lisa Tomlin

Eric comes from two generations of entrepreneurs. He has worked in three start-up family business and while that means wearing many hats, (like “industrial plumbing”!) the bulk of that is in the financial planning side. He has been looking at balance sheets and profit & loss statements since he was in middle school.

 

He has also made a career as a professional sailor, again wearing many hats. His experience as a Program Manager working for owner Udo Gietl and 32 years racing high performance sail boats is helping him write a book on management.

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Pam Bury

Lisa Tomlin

Secretary Pam Bury is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a, B.A. and M.A. in Ancient Greek and Latin, She has a M.L.S in Library Science and is now is retired after 18 years working in supervisory and management positions in a public library. Pam has been a student of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation for 20 years.  As the mother of a young adult cancer patient, Pam saw first-hand the enormous benefit of wellness programs. We are delighted to have her on the board supporting our efforts in providing wellness to those who need it.

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Katherine McClelland

Lisa Tomlin

Since 1981 Katherine has been working across several industries in both profit and non-profit arenas. Her expertise includes both strategic business planning and implementation in tactical day- to-day operations. Additionally, she is skilled at training, coaching and public speaking...

Katherine has extensive experience in both strategic and tactical business execution and management. She has worked in buying and central management at Bloomingdale's Department Stores Corporate Headquarters with purchasing and bottom line responsibilities, and as a multi store manager at J Crew. Her Nonprofit work involved working with Human Rights Watch and Insight Seminars in NYC, and in addition, she served as President of the Ojai Valley Community Nursery School Board, and as the Leader and Primary Speaker and Board Member at Symphony of Life Spiritual Center. In her role on the Ojai Valley Green Coalition Board Katherine worked with business leaders to strengthen commitment to sustainability and encourage community participation.

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Chris Sobenes

Lisa Tomlin

Chris is a Natural Horsemanship trainer and contemporary and friend of internationally renowned horseman Buck Brannaman, has been involved in horses her whole life. Before making horse training her career, she worked as a gemmologist and a construction project manager for Big Dog clothing company.

Her approach to horse care and training is complementary and supportive of White Horse Wellness Center's goals. She's not just gentle when that's needed but unwaveringly strong when that's needed; it turns out both horses and humans need both. She's a person who does what needs doing because it's the right thing to do.

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