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Administrative Team

Lynn ThomasLynn Thomas, LCSW

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer 

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. Lynn received her Master's of Social Work from the University of Utah and served as Executive Director for Aspen Ranch, a residential boarding school for troubled adolescents, where she first developed a program integrating horses as the primary treatment component.  With 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, Lynn and her dynamic team 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. Lynn has 3 children, twins age 21 and one age 20. 

Jacque BaumerJacque Baumer

Chief Development Officer

Jacque has more than ten years of professional experience in the social impact sector; developing and directing programs and 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 three beautiful children. 


Kara StaheliKara Staheli

Chief Operations Officer

Kara has worked with Eagala for the past 12 years and serves as the chief operations officer. Kara received her bachelor degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Brigham Young University. She is fluent in Spanish and finds it rewarding knowing and speaking with so many Eagala members all over the world. Kara loves the outdoors and has spent many vacations with her family hiking the national parks out west. She finds that getting out and enjoying nature brings joy and satisfaction.