Lisa Péwé, CTRI, ESMH
Executive Director and Program Designer
Life Coach and PATH Certified Equine Specialist
Lisa Péwé (pronounced Pay-Way) has been an equine professional for over 30 years. She started out as a youth learning to ride and train and show Arabian horses. This led to a professional carrier of training showing and coaching hundreds of horses and riders to regional and national awards. Her success as a coach was based mainly on her ability to understand and read the horses at any given moment and be able to communicate to the rider how to “meld” or synchronize themselves with the horse. Her foundation for building champion riders was always based on helping the rider create a foundation of personal “centeredness” and emotional congruence” as well as identifying individual learning and motivational styles of the rider. Lisa brings all that skill and expertise now to facilitate not the winning of championship ribbons, but to facilitate the victory of inner growth and healing for individuals in all areas of life.
Lisa has been involved in the equine therapeutic community since 2007 when she became the Equine director and later the program director for a PATH Intl premiere therapeutic riding center. Guiding the program in volunteer training and development, Equine selection, training and care, and developing Equine assisted psychotherapy and Equine assisted personal growth and life skills programs. She has presented at a regional conference for PATH and received her certification in Therapeutic riding instruction in 2007. She also holds certification as an Equine Specialist in Equine assisted activities and psychotherapy in two organizations, PATH and EAGALA.
Lisa has been doing equine assisted therapeutic activities, life coaching and support group facilitating for several years. Lisa’s passion for helping others in achieving inner victory and growth began with her own personal journey of emotional freedom and inner healing and personal growth. Her journey has allowed her to gain extensive experience with trauma healing models and support groups as well as traditional 12 step recovery models. Her passion for healing led her to complete a degree in psychology and she continues to enrich her knowledge and understanding of recovery, trauma and building healthy life and relationship skills with professional seminars and workshops. She is a trained abuse recovery support group facilitator and has been facilitating groups for over 7 years. Her diverse experiences allow s her to walk alongside many different groups of people in their pursuit of personal growth and freedom. Including those who need a little help in relationship skills, are going through transitions of divorce, grief or just life’s challenges, to victimized and highly traumatized individuals helping them to regain a sense of wholeness, empowerment in relationships and confidence in their abilities.
Phone: (602) 571-1695
Michelle Raugust, CTRI, ESMHL
Client and Volunteer Coordinator;
Therapeutic Riding Program Specialist
Michelle is a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL). She grew up in Colorado with a passion for horses and a desire to help people. She spent years riding and learning everything she could about horses before beginning to teach riding lessons.
In 2008, Michelle began volunteering at a therapeutic riding center and quickly fell in love with the field. She saw the opportunity to combine her love of horses and her desire to help people. In 2010, Michelle became a PATH certified riding instructor and in 2011 became the Equine Program manager for a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Colorado.
After moving to Arizona in 2013, Michelle has continued her career in the therapeutic riding world. She obtained her PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Equine Assisted Activities in 2016 and is working on her PATH Intl. Advanced Level Riding Instructor certification.
Phone: (480) 262-3434
Kari Daly, J.D., CTRI
PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Kari grew up in rural Nebraska and had a love for horses from a very young age. Kari began riding western, showing 4-H and helping out on the ranch where her father worked. She discovered jumping and riding English as a teenager and dreamed of someday competing in three-day eventing.
Kari’s career path led her to college and then law school, eventually bringing her to Arizona but sadly leaving little time for horses. After several years working for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Kari returned to riding and realized it was something she both missed and needed. After a year living abroad allowed her the chance to work with horses and connect with local communities, Kari returned to Phoenix with the goal of having better work-life balance and a desire to find a way to give back through her love of horses.
Thankfully that brought Kari to Envision as a volunteer in 2015 where she began to discover therapeutic riding. Kari worked her way through volunteering as a sidewalker, then a horse leader and finally as a student instructor working towards her certification with the training and mentoring of the Envision staff.
Kari is excited to join the team as a PATH certified riding instructor to further Envision’s mission. In addition to working and volunteering with Envision Kari is Associate Underwriting Counsel for First American Title Insurance Company, enjoys hiking, photography, travel, DIY projects and spending time with her rescued barn cat Sam.
Karen Gray, ESMHL
Certified Life Coach
Karen Gray is a PATH Certified Equine Specialist. Karen fell in love with horses at a dude ranch while on a family vacation at the age of six. After volunteering at a therapeutic horsemanship ranch over a decade ago, Karen discovered she could combine her love for horses with her desire to help improve the lives of people. After a 20-year marketing career, Karen pursued her true passion and acquired certifications in equine assisted coaching, life coaching and as an equine specialist in mental health and learning. Karen is also a graduate of USC with a BA in Psychology. Beginning in Colorado and now in the Phoenix metro area, Karen has been an equine assisted life coach since 2011.
Karen joins Envision’s family of devoted people who share the passion of helping others as well as honoring the horse’s extraordinary healing powers. She is blessed with a wonderful husband, two beautiful children, two special horses and a loving dog. She enjoys hiking, biking and, of course, horseback riding.
Phone: (480) 262-3434
Melody S. Cohen, ESMHL
Melody Cohen is a PATH Certified Mental Health Equine Specialist. She has more than 45 years of experience working with horses and barn management. Melody has been involved with therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities since 2010. She began by volunteering in both programs while functioning as barn supervisor. Melody became PATH Intl. certified as a Mental Health Equine Specialist in 2014. Her deep passion for horses and love for helping others with their challenges, found a perfect union working with people with special needs and within equine-assisted therapies.
As a youth growing up in Topanga Canyon California, Melody worked on a ranch to help pay for her horse’s board. She worked as a trail guide and feeding and performing barn maintenance for a herd of 30 plus private, sale and trail horses. She got a solid foundation on caring for and handling horses. Melody’s family relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona in the 60’s and she immediately fell in love with the Sonoran Desert and its beautiful trails. Melody’s experience has included work as a property manager, private caregiver, musician, and all aspects of involvement with horses.
Phone: (480) 262-3434