Our Facilitators

Julie Puentes, MS

Julie Puentes Facilitator

Julie Puentes is the Director and Founder of HorseLink, combining her passion for horses with expertise in psychology and leadership development. With 18 years of experience in coaching, leadership training, and Equine-Assisted Learning, she helps people leverage strengths, increase influence, and expand their leadership potential.

Julie’s mission is to assist clients in understanding how authenticity and emotional intelligence drive success. She teaches unique approaches that enable self-discovery through human-horse connections. This ideal career allows her to guide others in defining and applying leadership abilities effectively.

Julie holds a MS in Organizational Leadership and Ethics and a BA in Psychology. She is a certified facilitator in the Epona Method, Stakeholder Centered Coaching, and as an Insights Discovery practitioner. A lifelong horse enthusiast, she regularly rides her horse Malibu, deepening the human-equine bond central to her work.

Lynne Silver, MA, LPC

Lynne and Persia

Lynne Silver, MA in Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works with an integrative approach with individuals, couples and groups to facilitate personal, professional and spiritual development. She has specialized training in trauma resolution, somatic psychology, spiritual practices and equine assisted therapy.

Lynne is a Certified Advanced Instructor with Eponaquest International, and a co-founder of Equine Assisted Therapy Center. She is also trained in Equine Integrative Bodywork and Equine Touch.

Sarah Janosik, LCSW

Sarah Janosik with Doll

Sarah Janosik is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in private practice for more than 20 years. She holds a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed a post-graduate internship at the University of California Medical School, San Francisco, in Human Sexuality. She is the co-founder of the Relate Center in Austin.

Sarah is an Epona-approved instructor, trained in an Equine Facilitated Learning Program at the Epona International Study Center in Sonita, Arizona. She facilitates equine-based awareness and growth workshops and equine psychotherapy.

Theresa Pugh, MD

Theresa’s love for horses started at an early age in Virginia, where she grew up riding hunters, jumpers and dressage horses. When she’s not at the barn pampering her horse, Hazel, she can be found at Central Family Practice where she practices family and functional medicine. Theresa was a member of the first graduating class in the Facilitator Training Program in Equine Assisted Learning at HorseLink.

Samantha Zorn

Samantha is a dedicated equestrian, seasoned leadership coach and facilitator, passionate about empowering leaders and their teams through a unique blend of corporate expertise and equine-assisted learning. Currently leading learning and enablement at Google, she brings 16+ years of experience in forging partnerships, fostering team effectiveness, and building go to market strategies. Samantha holds a BBA from the University of Houston, an Equine Assisted Learning certification from the Natural Leadership School at the Circle Up Experience, a Google client practitioner certification from Insights Discovery, and Clifton Strengths Finder facilitator, enabling her to unlock individual potential and facilitate transformative personal growth.

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