Meet Our Natural Lifemanship® Team

Founders and facilitators of Trauma-Informed Equine Assisted Services

We are a team of practitioners and professionals with more than 40 years of experience supporting clients in overcoming the effects of toxic stress and trauma.

Having found more effective and humane approaches to incorporating horses in our work with clients, in 2010 we founded the Natural Lifemanship Institute to teach other professionals a better way.

Through intensive trainings and courses, we guide you on a journey of personal growth and professional development to help you form deeper, more connected relationships with horses and humans—the foundation for healing.

We are honored to walk beside you, and guide you through our process to enhance the impact you have on the world. Together, we are a force.

Meet Our Staff

Our full-time Natural Lifemanship staff is made up of equine professionals, mental health practitioners as well as others in the healing professions, and administrative and technology support, who help you embody the principles of Natural Lifemanship—and train you in transferring those principles to your horses and clients.

Co-founder of Natural Lifemanship

Tim Jobe

Tim has over 40 years of experience training horses and effectively partnering horses with humans to promote healing and healthy relationships.

Bettina Shultz-Jobe, LPC
Co-founder and CEO of Natural Lifemanship

Bettina Shultz-Jobe, LPC

Bettina has over 18 years of experience effectively treating traumatized populations through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and complementary therapeutic modalities.

Tanner Jobe
NL Director of Equine Professional (EP)
Development & Director of Media

Tanner Jobe

Tanner has a lifetime of training experience with young and/or untrained horses.

Kaye-Barefield
Director of Operations

Kaye Barefield

Kaye is particularly passionate about contributing to work that promotes healing and recovery for hurting populations.

Laura McFarland, PhD
Director of Education and Research

Laura McFarland, PhD

Laura’s passion and expertise are related to transformative learning—the understanding of self, others, and the belief systems that influence our ways of being and seeing.

Kate Naylor, LMFT
NL Director of Trainer Development
and Community Engagement

Kate Naylor, LMFT

Kate has a lifetime of horse experience in multiple disciplines including eventing, dressage, and polo—and specializes in children and families.

Mary Oliver
Rhythm and Art Education Coordinator

Mary Oliver

Mary is a trained facilitator for group drumming and is passionate about using the arts as a tool for nurturing others toward self-expression, spirituality, and wellness.

Membership Services & Event Coordinator

Clair Gose

Clair is a lifelong horsewoman, born and raised in TX, certified equine sports massage therapist and reiki practitioner with a background in film production.

Meet Our Natural Lifemanship Trainers

Thoughtful and experienced professionals who are ready to guide you on your journey to personal and professional growth and transformation.

Our trainers are invaluable to the work we do to educate others in Equine Assisted Services.

Joining us from various walks of life, they each contribute unique experiences and expertise—and embody the Natural Lifemanship philosophy and principles.

As you move through trainings, you will have the opportunity to learn from these passionate and purposeful teachers as they walk alongside you.

Courtney White

Courtney White

Courtney is dedicated to working with others that suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction.

Jenn Pagone

Jenn Pagone

Jenn helps people identify core issues and learn how to express their thoughts and feelings beneath the symptoms with which they struggle.

Kathleen Choe

Kathleen Choe

Kathleen has been working in the mental health field for the past twenty years and focuses on treating eating disorders through trauma-informed care.

Sara Sherman

Sara Sherman

Sara has been in the mental health and equine-assisted therapy fields for nearly 19 years, studying and practicing various modalities of therapeutic human and animal interaction.

Shannon Knapp

Shannon Knapp

Shannon is founder and president of Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc., an internationally-recognized leader in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning.

Cindy Skelton-Hodge

Cindy Skelton-Hodge

Cindy’s own experience with childhood trauma led her to open Windows to My Soul, a not for profit that provides Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Reccia Jobe

Reccia Jobe

Reccia is dedicated to helping individuals and families end destructive relational patterns that create generational trauma in families and societies.

Britt Palmer

Britt Palmer

Britt, founder of Our Happy Place, has conducted equine assisted psychotherapy with an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and eating disorder and trauma treatment clinic.

Beverly Walsh

Beverly Walsh

Knowing that people learn better experientially, and that horses are great teachers, Beverly moved out of the office and into the pasture to help people experience stable relationships.

Rebecca Hubbard

Rebecca Hubbard

Rebecca has served families for more than 20 years using trauma-informed EAP—and as a gifted writer, she often writes or tells therapeutic stories to facilitate the healing process.

Gabby Remole

Gabby Remole

Gabby uses experiential therapies and employs a systems-based perspective to help children, teens and families who have experienced trauma.

Kendra Twitty

Kendra Twitty

Kendra is a trained Forensic Interviewer, a qualified expert witness in trauma related issues throughout the court systems, and specializes in Developmental and Complex Trauma.

Jennifer (Weiss) McPeak

Jennifer (Weiss) McPeak

Jennifer is an experienced equine professional with 20+ years in both recreational riding and training, and has particular experience working with adolescents and their caregivers.

Ready to work with our incredible team of NL trainers?

Learn more about our upcoming trainings.