Meet Our Team
Jan Clifford, Founder and Executive Director of HORSEPOWER personally experienced the relationship with horses as a child. She witnessed the true connection of horses and children while running a horse boarding facility in Texas. When Jan moved to NC with her 6 horses, she was driven to do something meaningful with them. She then researched the need for Equine Therapeutic Learning right here in Greensboro and HORSEPOWER was born. The magic she witnessed between horse and rider has been the underlying success of what HORSEPOWER became and has grown to become over the past 25 years.
Jan Clifford, Executive Director & Certified PATH Instructor
Jan is the founder and Executive Director of HORSEPOWER. Before starting HORSEPOWER Jan owned and operated an accounting practice in Dallas, Texas for 15 years as well as a horse boarding facility for five years. Jan is a level two certified riding instructor by the Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education and a Registered Instructor by PATH Intl.
Emily Mann, Operations Manager & Certified PATH Instructor, CTRS/LRT
Emily first joined HORSEPOWER in 1994 as a volunteer. She graduated from East Carolina University after studying recreational therapy and sign language. In 2003 she was the Volunteer Coordinator and in 2009 became a PATH Intl. registered instructor and the Director of Student Services for HORSEPOWER. She lives in Greensboro with her husband and two children.
Mikayla Smith, Certified PATH Instructor, CTRS/LRT
Mikayla graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2017, with a Bachelor's of Science and a major in Recreation Therapy. She is a licensed Recreational Therapist in the state of North Carolina, and has a passion to help people of all abilities reach their goals in life through animals. Her passion for animals began at a young age with horses and farm animals of her own. Her love for animals continues today as she is often found with her sidekick Max, her therapy dog. Her love for horses lead her to volunteer at HorsePOWER in the summer of 2016. Shortly after, she began working at HorsePOWER as a barn supervisor and in January 2018 gained her PATH instructor certification. She is now HorsePOWER's full time instructor.
Caroline North, Development and Fundraising
Raised in Western North Carolina and has lived in Greensboro since 1983. She has a long history of volunteer activity in the community and working primarily with organizations that provide assistance and services to under-served women and children, including Habitat For Humanity, The Woman’s Resource Center, and Friends for an Early Breast Cancer Test. Fundraising and Marketing are her primary interests. Caroline joined HorsePower in 2016. She enjoys educating the community about HorsePOWER’s mission and helping raise funds that allow HorsePower to continue to serve people with disabilities.
Jean Martin, Certified PATH Instructor & Mentor
Jean joined HORSEPOWER in August 2008 as a volunteer. Her love for children and horses made it a perfect fit for her. Before HORSEPOWER Jean was a flight attendant with Piedmont and US AIRWAYS for over 20 years. She is a proud graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary School in Charleston, South Carolina. Jean is a business owner with her husband Eric and a mother of two children, Haley and Walker. They have a dog named Addie.
Karesa Edwards, Certified PATH Instructor & Mentor
Karesa has been involved with HORSEPOWER since 2008. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science while minoring in Community Youth Sport Development from UNCG. Karesa was a research assistant within the Applied Neuromechanics Research Lab and the Development and Understanding of Children’s Knowledge Lab. She grew up competing nationally in Pony Club, eventing, and dressage, and previously served as Joint District Commissioner for two equine youth organizations. With hardwired curiosity, a strong background in human learning, and professional experience involving practicing Disability law, Karesa brings a unique perspective and wealth of experiences to HORSEPOWER’s arena. Karesa is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and PATH Intl. Mentor.
Miranda Booth, Certified PATH Instructor
Miranda started volunteering for HORSEPOWER in 2013 and fell in love with the program. She loves having the ability to work where she can combine her love and knowledge of horses with her passion of working with individuals of varying abilities. She became a PATH certified instructor in 2016 and graduated from UNCG with a degree in Recreational Therapy and a minor in psychology in 2017. Miranda lives in Greensboro with her two horses Lexus and Keely.
Perry Flynn, Certified PATH Instructor & Mentor, CCC/SLP
Perry is an AP Professor and the Consultant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in the area of Speech Language Pathology. He is the Vice President for Planning and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Perry has authored book chapters in Common Core State Standards and the Speech-Language Pathologist and is a frequent contributor to the ASHA Leader and Perspectives publications. He is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Operation Smile volunteer (missions in 2002 and 2003 to Jordan), Director of the Equestrian Sport Development Team and member of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics North Carolina. He leads the CSD Department’s inter-professional practice in equine assisted learning and is the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association co-faculty advisor.
April Elkins, P.A.T.H Certified Instructor
April first joined HorsePower in 2018 as a volunteer and PATH instructor in training. Born and raised in West Virginia, she settled in NC after living all over the country. She holds a degree in Psychology and is currently working on a Radiography degree. She is certified through CHA as an English and Western instructor and will (hopefully) soon have her PATH certification. She is also certified to drive single and double hitches. April has been around horses her entire life, and has done a little of everything with them, from showing to breeding to starting young horses and even was a trail guide. She is currently a barn manager at a private barn in Oak Ridge and lives with her family in Walkertown.
Martina Cope, Barn Supervisor & P.A.T.H Certified Instructor in Training
Martina graduated from Business Academy in Prague, Czech Republic in 1997, with a Bachelors degree in International Business and Trade. Her love for travel and exploration brought her all over the world and every corner off United States working various animal related and service industry jobs. In 2007 she settled in Greensboro, NC. And immediately started volunteering and fostering Ruff Love, dog rescue and Sherr, horse rescue and retirement. Martina's passion for animals began at very young age when she tried to save, rescue and rehab anything with a heartbeat. Martina has been around horses her whole life, in Austrian Lipizzaner breeding stables and Thoroughbred race track barns. But her heard is in rescue, rehab and helping others to be able to achieve their best through the power off a horse. She studied equine nutrition and health off the hoof. Martina joined the Horsepower family in fall off 2020 as a “waiting on my job title from Jan” and is currently working on hers P.A.T.H. Int. Instructor certification. Martina lives in Greensboro with her husband Daniel and daughter Samantha.
Piper Diaz, P.A.T.H Certified Instructor in Training
Piper started taking riding lessons when she was six years old, going on to work as an assistant trainer, focusing on American Saddlebreds. She has taught beginner through advanced riding lessons for over ten years, and has enjoyed working with all age groups and ability levels. She loves working with animals, and introducing people to the benefits and rewarding aspects of horse back riding. She currently lives in the heart of wine country, Yadkin Valley North Carolina, with her family and their dogs and two horses.
Tara Peterson, P.A.T.H Certified Instructor in Training
Tara began volunteering at HorsePOWER in 2020 as a sidewalker and leader. She’s spent most of her life riding and training horses; her experience spans dressage, eventing and hunter/jumpers. Being part of the HorsePOWER team allows her to continue doing what she loves: connecting people to horses . Tara is a U.S. Air Force Veteran and a Project Manager at Bank of America. She grew up in Summerfield, where she still lives with her family and enough animals to start a petting zoo.
Sarah Pierce, P.A.T.H Certified Instructor in Training
Sarah joined HORSEPOWER in 2019 and has served in various capacities including side walker, leader, instructor, and project manager. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Bard College. Sarah is currently pursuing certification as a PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor and Equine Specialist. Sarah has been working with horses her entire life, from starting colts to working with troubled horses to competing in United States Eventing Association sanctioned events. She excels at helping horses and riders of all ages and levels be comfortable and safe. Sarah is a dedicated student of horsemanship herself and is always looking to broaden her knowledge.
Laura Mooney Whitty, P.A.T.H Certified Instructor in Training
Katherine Doyle, P.A.T.H Certified Instructor in Training & Weekend Barn Manager