Meet the Team

Janet Weisberg, Executive Director, Occupational Therapist

Janet Weisberg

Janet began her work in equine assisted therapy 25 years ago but according to parental lore, her interest in horses developed shortly after birth (and since she is older than 20 you do the math). Some time later, she completed her masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Rush University in Chicago, IL. Discovering that her years of horse experience dovetailed smoothly into the practice of Occupational Therapy she began working with programs in New York, Illinois and Minnesota. Continuing to grow in her practice, Janet founded Hold Your Horses in August 2006 and in 2011, along with her staff team and board of directors, has guided HYH to a nonprofit entity and purchase of their own farm in Greenfield, MN.  Janet is dedicated to supporting professionalism in the Equine Assisted Therapy field. She has served on the board for the American Hippotherapy Association, is past editor of HIPPOTHERAPY magazine and frequently serves PATH International through committee and task force work



Molly DePrekel, Psychologist

Molly DePrekel currently practices at the Midwest Center for Trauma and Emotional Healing and Hold Your Horses.  She specializes in adolescents, families and young women and uses the unique relationship people have with animals to assist her in therapy with clients for the past 20 years.  She has practiced in hospitals, educational settings, mental health facilities, correctional sites, and outreach centers.  She holds a certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma and developmental wounds.  Sensorimotor work involves the practice of somatic (body) work with clients.  Molly is the past President of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA) and is an EPONA approved instructor and has taught and facilitated workshops and trainings around the world.  Currently Molly serves on the Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals, which promotes the concept of voluntary certification by examination for those who incorporate equines into their mental health or education practice. Molly lives in Minneapolis with her dog, Willow  and her Morgan horse Whisper.


 

Ruth Rovner, Office Manager and Horse Handler

Ruth joined Hold Your Horses when it opened in 2006, serving as a Horse Handler for client sessions.  In the fall of 2016, Ruth added the role of Office Manager.   She has worked with adaptive riding programs as both volunteer and staff since 1997 and loves working with horses and interacting with clients.  As a Horse Handler, Ruth finds working with the varying personalities and quirks of the horses both fun and challenging.  As Office Manager she enjoys interacting with the client families as well as supporting the HYH staff.  Her carpentry talents can be spotted in all corners of the farm and are appreciated everyday by the HYH team.


 

Allie Loken, Barn Manager

Allie Loken graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science- Equine emphasis, and a minor in Agricultural Business. At the U of M, she worked with the Equine Research team studying warm and cool season grasses, grazing, and hay rakes and how all of these factors affected horses. At a very young age, her mother began her love of horses when she would take her riding at their favorite ranch. Ever since then she’s been head over heels and knew she would be working with horses for the rest of her life. She is blessed to be apart of such a healing team, and loves to see the horses do their work. Allie lives in Blaine with her German Shepherd, Hershey.

 


 

Sheryl Butler, MA, OTR/L

Sheryl
Sheryl and her wonderful Saturday team have been seeing clients since October. Sheryl graduated from Georgetown University and got her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Saint Catherine University. Sheryl currently works as an occupational therapist in Wayzata schools in K-12. Sheryl specializes in sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and trauma. Prior to joining Wayzata schools, Sheryl worked at Saint David’s Family and Child Development Center in Minnetonka as an Occupational Therapist. There she worked in outpatient therapies, Autism Day Treatment and a community-based setting identifying and treating at risk preschoolers. “I am beyond thrilled to finally be able to bring together all of the things I am most passionate about in life; horses, occupational therapy and sensory processing disorder. Sheryl lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with her three children, Shadow, the wonder cat and Lacey, her emotional support dog in training. Sheryl’s horse obsession began at age 7 when her mother volunteered her to take riding lessons with a neighborhood friend – she has been in love ever since.


Kate Carlucci, Volunteer Coordinator

Kate

Kate is a recovering lawyer and longtime equestrian who came to Hold Your Horses just after her move to Minnesota in the fall of 2016. An east coast native, Kate grew up riding horses in Virginia and New Jersey, and on the University of Mary Washington’s equestrian team. Kate enjoys working in all aspects of the farm, and can be found cleaning stalls, handling and riding horses, as well as working as a horse handler or side walker for client sessions. She loves getting to know the volunteers, clients and families of HYH. For her, the greatest part of HYH is the wonderful community of people who come together to support our mission of healing. Kate is so invested in HYH that she has roped her husband into service, and Tom can be spotted most Sundays on the mower.  She lives in Saint Paul with Tom, their three dogs Jackson (mini poodle), Santana (English Setter) and Cassie (Labrador) and cat Sadie.


 

Julie Tarshish, Communications Manager

Julie Tarshish started with HYH as a volunteer on the development committee before transitioning to her role as communications manager. She is also the proud mother of one of HYH’s clients. Julie graduated from Metropolitan State University with a BA in Social Sciences. A Minnesota native with twelve years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector, her background also includes working with children with special needs. In her free time she loves going on adventures with her husband, Ethan and twin boys Charlie and Oscar. She enjoys Krav Maga, cross stitch, and all things vintage.

 


 

 

Hold Your Horses Board Members

Fred Krietzman, ESQ   Board Chair
Debra Mounsey, Vice Chair
Jennifer Peterson, Treasurer
July Hugen
Steven Katkov, ESQ
Jeff Lewis