Northern Pathways Equine Center (NPEC) is a not-for-profit educational/therapeutic facility dedicated to facilitating personal growth and the acquisition of life skills through interactions with horses. Having evolved from a dream and grass roots beginning in 1999, NPEC serves over one-hundred participants from Manistee and Benzie Counties in collaboration with community partners and volunteers. What began as an individual effort has grown into a powerful resource that brings together community members from many different walks of life.

With the growing body of research documenting the benefits of equine growth and learning, the request for services continue to increase. NPEC currently offers four distinct programs and is developing a fifth program, each designed to serve different populations. Through the years, participants have come to see the NPEC facility, and the animals that they love, as their own, thus filling an important need in their lives. Because of this, sustainability of NPEC programming has become the major focus of the NPEC Board of Directors.

Board of Directors:

Mary Van Dorp: Director
With a master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and a career working in human services, NPEC started as a dream. Amazingly, it is still going strong. Maybe dreams really do come true.

Anne Shrum: Chairperson, Board of Directors
Anne has proven to be a faithful volunteer since joining the NPEC team. Her organizational skills and attention to detail has assisted with the many new endeavors accomplished.

Linda Wright: Secretary
Linda has been instrumental in program development and growth from the beginning. Employed as a Safenet Caseworker for Centra Wellness, she has been bringing children to the farm for the past ten years. Fun on The Farm, the program Linda helped develop, continues to grow. GALLOP and BRONCOS continues as well.

Shelly Newman:
Employed by 10 West Studios, Shelly's contacts and knowledge of our community has spread the word about NPEC's mission.

Carolyn Pifer:
What started out as a simple conversation between strangers in a local restaurant has developed into the program, TRAILS (therapy for recovery and independent living skills). Carolyn's strong belief in the power of horses to heal provides the support needed when the going gets tough. Carolyn is employed by Centra Wellness Peer to Peer Support.

Steve Schmeling:
Steve, employed as a Manistee Police Officer, brings a wealth of community connections to the board. Always keeping things lite and fun, he has been an asset to have on the board.

Joan Ledford: Joan has been a faithful volunteer for the past three years. Serving as an internship for her Master's degree, Joan has become, Assistant director of Programming, and Fund Raising Chair of the Board.

Eric Kinzinger: Through his work as a Para -Professional with Manistee Intermediate Schools, Eric was Instrumental in the development of Cowpokes to Careers. During the summer months, he also has taken on the role of lead volunteer for the Broncos Program. He has proven to be a value asset to our efforts.

Mary Van Dorp
7889 Lyman Rd.
Kaleva, MI 49645

(231) 889-6199
(231) 233-1552



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