About Us

Founder and Executive Director

Veronica Lac, PhD, LPC

Veronica is the Founder and Executive Director of Share in The HERD Inc. Her vision for the organization was born from her desire to support students and graduates from her for-profit business The HERD Institute, to have more access to grants to support the set up of new Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning (EFPL) programs. Veronica is also committed to increasing diversity within the field of EFPL, and wanted to create a way to offer scholarships to those wishing to train in the field, but who would otherwise struggle financially to reach for their dreams. Through her experience in academia, Veronica acknowledges the importance of research in this growing field of work, and is passionate about continuing research to further validate EFPL as an evidence-based treatment and teaching modality.

Aside from her role as Executive Director of The HERD Institute, Veronica has over 20 years of experience as a corporate trainer, mental health professional, and PATH International certified therapeutic riding instructor, mentor, and faculty member. She is on the Executive Board of a number of professional organizations including: American Psychological Association Division 32 (Secretary), and University Professors Press (Editor). She is also a peer-reviewer for The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and The Humanistic Psychologist. Veronica is the author of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning: The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Approach, published by Elsevier Academic Press, as well as a number of peer reviewed academic journal articles.

Veronica is thrilled to have launched Share in The HERD with the support of the Board of Directors, and is looking forward to the connections with those in the field, and contributions to the field, that will be made through this venture.

President

Carey Wallace

Carey has spent more than 20 years working with small businesses, dealing in all aspects of operations, including accounting and financial analysis, human capital management, business development, project and product management, and business intelligence. She is a dynamic leader with hands-on experience developing business valuations, performance scorecards, and succession planning tools that help customers prepare their businesses for a healthy transition of the organization to their next owner.

By completing five successful mergers, or acquisitions, nine private placements, and an IPO for a startup organization, Carey has demonstrated throughout her career that she can develop and implement thoughtful strategic plans, which she translates from theory to practical application by deploying tactics throughout the organization that produce effective results.

Carey has served on the Board of Directors for Dreams on Horseback, a non-profit in Blacklick, Ohio that offers horse assisted education to the local community for the last 13 years. She is eager to bring her knowledge of the industry to Share in The HERD, and serve as President on the Board.

Treasurer

Brett Gora, CMA

Brett Gora, is the Vice President of Finance and Business Administration for Siemens Building Technologies in the southwestern US.  In his current role, Brett manages a regional business unit responsible for the sale, implementation and servicing of building automation, energy conservation, fire safety and security solutions.  Having lived and worked in five countries, Brett brings a breadth of business and financial experience to his role as Treasurer at Share in the HERD.

Raised in the surroundings of a farm and a veterinary practice, Brett has a lifetime passion for animals of all shapes and sizes.  In joining with the team to establish Share in the HERD, Brett is eager to share this passion through the organization’s educational, developmental and healing missions.

Brett and his wife, Meghan, currently live in Dallas, Texas.

Secretary

Marie Adderley

Marie Adderley has been involved in the field of Therapeutic Horsemanship for the last 6 years. She began as a volunteer at a PATH International center in Ohio, and was very quickly recruited as their volunteer co-ordinator, where she was instrumental in supporting the growth of their therapeutic riding program. Marie’s passion and enthusiasm for working with children with special needs led her to seek out a position at another therapy barn when she relocated to Texas. There, Marie took on the role of Director of Development, and led the organization’s strategic growth through community outreach and fundraising. Marie’s two favorite events are Equestrian State Special Olympics (Ohio) and The Chisholm Challenge (Texas), where she was able to support her therapeutic riding students to strive towards their goals each year. Witnessing their joys and triumphs, as well as disappointments and determination to try again the following year, is incredibly heart warming.

Marie is excited to take on the role of Secretary for Share in The HERD, and eager to share her fundraising knowledge and skills to support the organization. Marie currently lives in Winter Garden, Florida with her husband and two dogs.