Meet Our Team
Jan Clifford, Executive Director of HORSEPOWER: Jan 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 22 years.
Jan Clifford, Executive Director
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.
Tim Clifford, Community Outreach
Tim joined HORSEPOWER as a volunteer in 1999 and joined the staff full-time in July of 2002; He is retired from Guilford County schools where he was a teacher, coach, and principal. His last 14 years were served as the principal of McIver Education Center where he worked with students with special needs ages 3 to 22. Tim was born and raised in Pennsylvania; received his BS from Appalachian State University and his masters at North Carolina A&T State University. He has two sons Chris and Josh; two step-children Mady and Scott, and seven grandchildren.
Emily Mann, Operations Manager & Certified PATH Instructor
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, Volunteer Coordinator & Certified PATH Instructor
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 has recently gained her PATH instructor certification. Now she will continue on her journey at HorsePOWER as an instructor and Volunteer Coordinator!
Adam Smith, Barn Manager & Certified PATH Instructor
Adam was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He received his B.A. in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Tennessee in 2016. Adam came to Horsepower as a recreational therapy intern in the fall of 2016 and stayed on to become a PATH certified instructor in 2018. From an early age he has expressed interest in horses and since arriving at Horsepower that interest has continued to increase.
Caroline North, Development, HorsePOWER Board member and fundraiser.
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.
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 will graduate from UNCG with a degree in Recreational Therapy and minor in psychology in 2017. Miranda lives in Greensboro with her two horses Lexus and Keely.
Penny Ayers: Certified PATH Instructor
Penny grew up in Florida where her best friends were her horses. She received her B.A. in psychology in 1998 from DePaul University in Chicago and then her M.A. in Criminal Psychology from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Penny worked in advertising, sales and marketing for 15 years before changing paths in order to work with at-risk youth and children with special needs. Her work has allowed her to serve children and families in a variety of situations and settings. Penny joined HORSEPOWER as a volunteer in 2009 before became a PATH Intl. certified instructor in 2012. She lives in Kernersville, North Carolina with her boyfriend, Rick.
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 USAIRWAYS 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. She is a PATH Intl. registered instructor.
Marin Stanfield: Certified Advanced PATH Instructor
While studying at Purdue University, Marin volunteered for the school's therapeutic riding program. After graduating with a degree in psychology, she focused on improving her horsemanship and riding skills while working on a dressage training/sport-horse breeding farm. She spent the next several years training her own horse and schooling horses for others. When she and her family relocated from upstate SC to the Greensboro area, she felt a strong interest in pursuing a career that combined her love of horses and working with people, and began volunteering for HORSEPOWER in January 2012. Marin, along with her husband James, son James, dog Indi, and Connemara pony Finnegan live in Oak Ridge. She is a PATH Intl. registered instructor.
Rachel Young: Certified PATH Instructor
Rachel began riding horses when she was 10 years old at a hunter/jumper barn, where she competed for a number of years. After graduating high school, she attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she continued riding as a member of the school’s IHSA team. Rachel graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. HorsePower has fulfilled her desire to find a job that allows her to combine her equestrian experience with her psychology degree. Rachel became a PATH certified riding instructor in January 2017, and is hoping to attend graduate school in the future while continuing to work at HorsePower.
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 served two terms on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Speech Hearing Language Association in addition to serving on many of the association’s committees.
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.