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Administrative Team

Lynn ThomasLynn Thomas, LCSW

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer 

Lynn received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Utah and has over 16 years experience working with adolescents, families, individuals and groups in various settings including youth corrections, wilderness and ranch programs, private practice, and mental health agencies. As Executive Director for Aspen Ranch, a residential boarding school for troubled adolescents, she developed a program integrating horses as the primary treatment component. Lynn additionally served as Executive Director for the Aspen Achievement Academy, a wilderness therapy program. In 1999, recognizing the efficacy of the experiential learning approach, the intense impact of the equine relationship, and a need to professionalize standards for this new modality, Lynn formed EAGALA, a non-profit 501(c)3 association. With the help of an energized and dynamic team, Lynn developed the organization’s training and certification program and ancillary training manuals. Today, she continues to spearhead operations both domestically and abroad as EAGALA augments its global presence. Along with leading EAGALA, she has 3 children, twins age 20 and one age 19.


Jacque BaumerJacque Baumer

Chief Operations Officer

Jacque has more than ten years of professional experience in the social impact sector; developing and directing programs & campaigns, fundraising, and providing consultation to organizations that cover a diverse range of focuses. Over the last three years, Jacque has been instrumental in raising over $6 million for worthy causes and bringing together NGOs, corporations, government entities, and philanthropists to form dynamic multilayered partnerships on both national and international levels. Jacque is an excellent negotiator; she expertly ensures that every voice is heard and meticulously coordinates each aspect of the project through high stress and fast paced environments so that nothing is overlooked. Jacque’s greatest joy comes from being the wife of a loving and supportive husband and the mother of two beautiful children.


Kara StaheliKara Staheli

Chief Administration Officer