Meet the Board at Higher Ground Healing!

The board of directors is the governing body of a nonprofit. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization's activities. Board members meet periodically to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. At a minimum, an annual meeting must occur with all board members present.

 Erin Allen 

Erin is the founder and director of Higher Ground Healing. Erin began her life with horses as a child and continued riding throughout her teen and adult years. Erin received her bachelors in Psychology and Sociology (2006)  and her Masters in Counseling (2008). When she learned about the EAGALA model in 2011, as a way to incorporate the power of horses into her profession as a Licensed Professional Counselor, she jumped at the opportunity. Erin spent a few years living on the east coast and learning about the EAGALA model through training and first-hand experience working with another Equine Therapy 501c3. Erin has been working as an Equine therapist since that time, as well as offering therapy to children, teens, and adults in the office. Her passions are working with teenagers, individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families, and postpartum support. Erin lives on the HGH property with her family: her partner Bianca, children Oliver and Everlie, and a menagerie of animals in addition to the equines.

 Sarah Rimmel  

Sarah journals, crafts, laughs, and delights in moments she is reminded of the sweetness of life; from a glimpse of a bird flying across the sky, to someone singing as they walk happily down the street. Sarah's passions include advocacy, strategy and visioning, organizational change, healing, and using technology to promote positive social change. She also emphasizes accessible learning, community building, sustainability, and resource sharing in her work.

 

Sarah believes that understanding equity-based principles and frameworks are an important way that we can grow in our personal lives and co-exist more meaningfully with people, nature, and the animals surrounding us. For the past 6 years, Sarah has been employed in the Women's Resource Center (WRC) at CU Boulder, where they work from a gender and racial justice lens. She has served on community-based, divisional and campus-wide committees to advance an inclusive campus environment and community.

 Courtney McClymonds 

Courtney is currently the Director of National Immigration Programs at World Relief. Her passion is empowering local organizations to serve vulnerable individuals in their communities.  She graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado. Courtney also obtained her M.A. in International Human Rights from University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  Courtney loves Colorado and currently lives in Denver with her husband, daughter, and cat named Goose.

 Heather Hanson 

Heather is the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement for the Leeds School of Business. She provides strategic leadership for Leeds alumni engagement and annual giving efforts and engages alumni through events and various communication channels, working to promote pride and celebrate the alumni community.

 

Prior to joining the Leeds School of Business, Heather worked at Northwestern overseeing the student and young alumni giving efforts and team. Before Northwestern, Heather worked in marketing and brand development roles in Arizona and California.

 

Heather has her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Arizona and her Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University.

 Robert J. Brown 

Roy, a native of Belfast, N.Ireland has had a wide and varied career in his 40 years at Ernst & Young, including working in several cities and roles for the Firm. A partner since 1976 his responsibilities included:

 

·      Coordinating partner for a number of major global accounts

·      Served as Managing Partner of the Detroit and San Diego offices and Area Managing Partner for the       

       Arizona/Utah and Southern California    Practices.

·      Assumed major Regional and National operating responsibilities as Regional Director and Chief Financial

       Officer for the Americas’ Assurance and Advisory Business Services. 

 

In 2001 he became the leader of Intellinex LLC a technology-enabled corporate learning company owned by Ernst & Young. 

 

During his career, Roy has served as a leader in a number of civic and community organizations including United Way (Past Chairmen of the Orange County Campaign and Vice – Chairmen of the Board), YMCA where he served as a member of the board and President of the Phoenix Downtown YMCA. Roy has also served on the board of the Wayne State University Fund, University of Arizona Deans Council, Arizona State University, and UC - Irvine advisory boards, Orange County Chamber of Commerce board and member of the Executive Committee. He currently serves on the board of Troon Scholarship Foundation and Troon Country Club.

 

Roy is a graduate of Wayne State University and CPA in several states. He has also participated in the Harvard Executive Program.