Our Team

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

 

MENTAL HEALTH

KIT MUELLNER

CEO & Founder of H.O.P.E. Ranch
Clinical Director and Psychotherapist
LICSW – Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
EAGALA Certified Psychotherapist Horse Specialist

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 EGALA 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.

AMANDA BRIGGS

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Trained in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child
Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Education & Degrees:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Psychology from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Master of Arts in Clinical and Counseling Psychology in 2009 from Saint Mary’s University

Amanda has gained experience working with children and their families at Gerard Academy and Mayo Clinic. She specializes in children as young as 3 years old through Parent/Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Additionally, Amanda has been trained in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an approach utilized with children age 3 -18 years old that have experienced a traumatic event or complex trauma.
She is currently working towards becoming an EAGALA Certified Mental Health Professional and Horse Specialist. She grew up with horses and values their power and grace. Amanda looks forward to incorporating this model into her practice.


EQUINE SPECIALISTS

JODY MARSHALL

EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist with past experience in mental health and addictions.

KELLY KEU

EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist with 22 years experience with horses. Kelly has an undergraduate degree in counseling and theology. She is a licensed learning disabilities special ed teacher. She co-facilitates EAGALA Model Psychotherapy and Horse Powered Learning. 


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 a farm chore helper. This person would be responsible for feeding and caring for animals. Duties may include items such as cleaning stalls, cleaning and filling water tanks, and assisting with garden areas around the farm.  The ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly is a requirement of the job. Weekday morning shifts are available. Each shift is approximately 2-4 hours. The position may expand in the fall to include some weekday evenings.

Employment Application

Background Check Letter

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