Our Team

Interested in Joining Our Team? Begin by downloading and filling out our Application for Employment & Background check letter.

MENTAL HEALTH

KATHERINE HARRIES MUELLNER

Katherine Harries Muellner, MSSW, LICSW
EAGALA Certified
P.O.W.E.R. (Police Officer Wellness through Enhanced Resiliency) Advanced Certified
ART Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Basic
Clinical Director & Psychotherapist
Founder & CEO of HOPE Ranch

Education & Degrees:
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Business, and Spanish from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa
Masters (MSSW) in Clinical Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison

Kit Muellner is well known as a stand-out in her field. She specializes in working with children, adults, and families. Before starting H.O.P.E. Ranch in 1999, Kit worked with facilities such as Olmsted County, Omnia Family Services, Gerard Treatment Facilities, Mendota Mental Health Institute, and Mayo Clinic.

When she started H.O.P.E. Ranch, Kit was able to combine her passion for healing people with her love of horses and incorporating the EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Development. This approach is highly powerful and combines in office, play and/or EAGALA Model Equine-assisted psychotherapy.

Additionally, Kit has developed Equine-assisted programs for companies and organizations for their staff retreats and staff development sessions.

Her goal is to make people feel at home on The Ranch and create a unique oasis to experience wonderful growth and healing through psychotherapy with the help of animals.


EQUINE SPECIALIST

MOLLY NOTERMAN

EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist
Horse Care Helper
Bachelor of Science – Teaching degree in Special Education
In progress Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy

Molly taught special education in the area for four years before entering into the internship phase of her master’s program in October 2021. She emphasizes the relational and systemic dynamics to individuals’ perspectives. Molly has 20 years of horse experience that include ownership, showing, and training. Her role at H.O.P.E. Ranch includes co-facilitating EAGALA model psychotherapy sessions and assisting with horse care. 

 


BUSINESS SPECIALIST

THOMAS MOSKALIK

Tom is a retiree with thirty-eight years in the computer industry as a software engineer and certified project manager, seven years as a K-12 licensed Business Education teacher, and EAGALA Certified Specialist. Tom earned BA and MBA degrees from the University of St Thomas. In addition to teaching business and computer content, Tom has taught CPR and Driver Improvement courses and has been Crisis Prevention Institute certified. Tom also has US Patents to his credit for his software work.

Tom assists at HOPE Ranch with co-facilitating Equine Assisted Development and course and program development.


ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

INTERNS

H.O.P.E. Ranch is currently accepting and processing applications for mental health intern(s).

FARM CHORE HELPER

H.O.P.E. Ranch is currently accepting and processing applications for Farm Chore Helper at our beautiful new location just minutes south of the Rochester Fleet Farm. The horses are at the new location and need your loving care!

Your Chore Help duties may include cleaning stalls, cleaning and filling water tanks, grooming horses occasionally, and assisting with garden areas around the farm. The ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly is a requirement.  All shifts are available except Monday & Wednesday evenings and are 1.5-2 hours long.

To apply, download and fill out the application and either:

Email to: secretary@hoperanchteam.com
Mail to: H.O.P.E Ranch, 9145 80th Ave SE Chatfield MN 55923
Questions? Call 507-281-3033

Employment Application

— ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

H.O.P.E. Ranch does not offer riding lessons or activities requiring mounting of a horse. Experiential activities are utilized to facilitate teamwork, problem-solving, communication skills, and more without mounting a horse.

The EAGALA model, EAP and EAL focus on interaction with the horse as part of the facilitation team. 100% of activities are done on the ground – no riding is involved.

Experience with horses is not required to benefit from the healing power of horses