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
Anne Shrum: Chairperson, Board of Directors
Linda Wright: Secretary
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.
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