Our team

Sara McGinniss achieved a Registered Level Path Intl. Instructor in 2006 and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning in 2011. Over those years, she worked with thousands of children, adults and families, as well as presented at regional, state and national conferences across the country. In East Tennessee, she created an Evidence Based Equine Assisted Learning life skills program for at risk youth and alternative schools, foster care and juvenile court adolescents. Sara is a member of the East Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth Council, Behavioral Health Awareness Coalition, UT alumni (CFS and Psychology) and has been a foster parent for over 8 years, in addition to, a Knox County 4-H Leader. She has extensive training , experience and success working with youth and adults who have various special needs or challenges. She has visited 12 countries and worked for STAR, a premier accredited facility, in Lenoir City for 8 years prior to branching out to begin this faith based program.

Patty Warner, LCSW

I was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. I did my training in Houston, Texas, where I lived for 24 years. I've been in practice for over 15 years. I am a strong Christian. But I only do Christian counseling when asked to do so. I am very LGBT friendly. I believe everybody deserves dignity and respect. We could all use a little help sometimes. I work best with people who are open to feedback and able to discuss concerns without judgment or reserve.

I am a provider of an innovative new approach to therapy called Telemental Health, which is designed for people who cannot come to my office. Telemental Health is specifically designed with strict confidentiality guidelines specific to doing therapy. 

Anne Copeland, Admin Assistant

Anne Copeland has been in the business world for many years in positions that have taken her coast to coast throughout her extensive career which has included: Head Teller, Financial Counselor, Customer Service, Accounts Payable/Receivables., Sales and Marketing, Executive Assistant, Program/Event Coordinator, Web Designer, Property Manager, and more. No matter what her position is in an organization, her primary focus has always been to provide excellent service for all her clients and customers. Anne relocated to Knoxville, TN from South Carolina. In her spare time she does chair caning and seat weaving (Grasshoppercaning.com). She is an avid reader, sews, and is forever thinking of home improvement projects to do; as time permits. Is actively involved with the Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue on many levels (fostering, applications, treasurer and in-take). Anne has one daughter, fabulous son-in-law, and granddaughter, adorable grandaughter Reagan, who live close by. Anne's constant companions are her 2 dogs, Suzie (TVGRR Rescue), Biscuit (TVGRR Rescue) and an occasional foster dog.

Allie Stoehr, Graphic Designer

Allie Stoehr was a part of an intensive around-the-world mission trip through the organization Adventures in Missions. She studied at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the Pre-Art Painting program and currently works in the Knoxville office of GEOServices, LLC, managing their newly launched website and administrative report monitoring and distribution. Allie also volunteers at Shining Light Equestrian center and is a staff writer at local independent publication, BLANK Newspaper. 

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 Kristen Hancock

Executive Director




Location for Lessons:

Cumberland Springs Ranch

2551 Cunningham Rd

Knoxville, TN 37918

Mailing Address:

PO Box 52696
Knoxville, TN 37950

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