MEET OUR PEOPLE!

OUR STAFF MEMBERS

Staff members consist of highly trained PATH Intl certified therapeutic riding instructors and equine specialists in mental health and learning. The team is committed to providing customized care, and is supported by a strong and talented volunteer base. 

Executive Director and co-founder

PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor, PATH Intl. ESMHL, and EAGALA Certified*

HEATHER HERNANDEZ-SEDILLO

Heather has been passionate member of the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) industry since 2004.  Prior to her Co-founding Reining Strength, she served as Co-Director at Texas Tech University’s Therapeutic Riding Center where she was on faculty in the Animal Science Department.  Heather serves various committees including with the American Quarter Horse Association relating to EAAT; and is a PATH, Intl. Advanced Instructor, Lead certification evaluator and Site-Visitor for center Accreditation.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Baylor University and a Master’s in Education in Community Counseling from Texas Tech University. Additionally, Heather serves on the board for the Central Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Heather recently published a textbook for the EAAT industry that she and two others co-authored:  The Comprehensive Guide to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies, which is the first peer-reviewed textbook of it's kind.

* Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH Intl.);  Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL);  Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)

PATH Intl. Registered Instructor, PATH Intl. ESMHL

Equine and Facilities Manager

RICHARD SEDILLO "RD"

RD has been a life-long equestrian gaining experience on the racetrack in New Mexico with his father who is also a trainer.  In 2011, he became the youngest trainer to have horse in the All-American Derby.  In 2014, he began working for Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship as the Equine and Facilities Manager. He is PATH Intl. Registered Instructor and Equine Specialist in Metal Health and Learning. Additionally, he trains riders as a Special Olympics Equestrian Coach. 

PATH Intl. Registered Instructor

KAITLIN KRISTIANSSON

ANTHONY BUSACCA

Education Director

PATH Intl. Master Level Instructor – CTRI

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PATH Intl. Registered Instructor

GABY KOCH 

Office Administrator & ESMHL 

ALISA FRANKS

Alisa is a 2005 graduate of Texas A&M University having earned degrees in Political Science and Psychology. Shortly after graduation she moved to Washington, D.C. and joined the office of Senator John Cornyn. Alisa served in various capacities during her seven years with the senator including, correspondence manager and legislative aide. In 2012, she relocated back to the Houston area and worked in both non-profit development and government affairs. She began volunteering for Reining Strength in 2014. Alisa currently works part-time in various capacities including billing.

Volunteer Coordinator

TAMMY HAWCO

TJ HERNANDEZ

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