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New Heights Therapy Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1998. New Heights is a premier therapeutic equestrian center dedicated to positively impacting lives through the healing power of the horse. We help people who have physical, cognitive, and emotional difficulties reach their full potential.  New Heights has grown to be able to serve a wide variety of groups and individuals in our community.

Our facility is located adjacent to Summergrove Polo Farms in Folsom, Louisiana. We have a fully handicap accessible facility with a covered arena and a 16 stall barn. Our arena is equipped with a wheelchair accessible ramp and a lift, which can hold up to 1,200 pounds to assist wheel chair bound clients to mount the horse.

We have access to 22 acres of wooded riding trails adjacent to our property for participants to enjoy. We operate with the help of our community, volunteers, and generous donors who support our mission every day. We invite you to come tour our facility and get involved!

 

Our Team
 
Photo of Kim ClinardKim Clinard 
Operations Manager

Kim joined New Heights in 2009 as the Operations Manager. She spent 25 years in the auto industry in the accounting field. Kim lives in Slidell with her husband, Dean, and is the mother of four children, four dogs, three turtles and a kitten. Needless to say, Kim is an animal lover and is thrilled to work just steps away from our herd of heros.

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Vicki Eiland
Program Director/Volunteer Coordinator, PATH Certified Riding Instructor, Mentor

Vicki joined the staff of New Heights in spring of 2016. New to our staff, but seasoned to our program, Vicki has been a volunteer at New Heights for almost 5 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Florida State University in Early Childhood Education and spent almost 20 years teaching elementary school. She combines these attributes here at New Heights to train, coordinate and support our volunteers who are the lifeblood of our program. Vicki is a PATH International certified instructor and is certified in CPR, first aid, and mental health first aid. Vicki is also a PATH certified mentor. 

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Sophia Wijnbergen-Lusthuis
Sophia is an accomplished competitor and trainer. Her achievements in Europe have earned her "a person of extraordinary ability status" in the United States. Since the age of 7, Sophia has been riding both in dressage and show jumping. She competed in European Championships and also qualified for many other Championships, of which she won quite a few. Sophia has trained and shown many dressage horses from their beginnings up to the highest levels. She has taught and trained at two of the most prestigious breeding and training farms in Folsom, LA and thus went on to create "2 Dutch Ranch" with her husband, Richard.

 

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Jason Austin
Grounds Maintenance Supervisor and Veterans Advisor

Jason is a 19 year Army Veteran, medically retired after being critically wounded in Iraq in 2007 by a Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Jason spent 900 + days in hospitals, where he underwent 4 surgeries. In 2010 Jason retired and was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries sustained in combat. In 2014 Jason was a participant in the New Heights Veterans Program. Upon completion he returned as a volunteer. Jason joined the New Heights staff in 2016. The property has never looked better.

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Jules Domingue
Certified journeyman farrier from the American Farrier Association

 

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             Debra Bresler MED
                Consultant

 

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Our Board

OFFICERS:


President
Kristen O’Keefe
Hancock Whitney Bank

Secretary
William "Buddy" Terral, MD

Pediatrician

Treasurer
Sandra DiPietro 
Chief Financial Officer, St. Tammany Parish Hospital



 

MEMBERS:

Kristin Castro
President, The AdHouse

 

Frank Richerand

President, Enviro-Tech

 

Ruel Gober
Owner, Ruelco

Darron Goodgion
President and Co-Founder, Not Rocket Science, Inc.

 

Mario Munoz
President, Turn Services


Barry Strickland DVM
Veterinarian, Greene, Lewis & Associates
 

 

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When you donate to New Heights you are helping us positively impact lives through the healing power of the horse. Your donations help us provide services to children and adults with special needs at little or no cost to them. New Heights Therapy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax exempt to the full extent of the law. Thank you for your support!

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