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Our Team



  • 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.



Michelle takes care of administrative duties at HOPE Ranch. She schedules and  organizes, handles records, maintains office equipment, and improves the client experience! She also ensures the animal staff members are happy and healthy!



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.


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


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