Sarah's passion for horses and special needs children has brought Inspiration Stables to fruition.  She has a lifelong love of horses with fond memories of Western trail riding with her dad through her childhood years and competitive English riding as an adult.  Her horse partners were Duchess, a loving Morgan who was her favorite Christmas present when she was 12, and McCain, a mostly sweet and a little sassy OTTB, who taught her the jumping world and has protected her children as they have learned to ride.  Sarah has a very special place in her heart for special needs children and cherishes the many years she has volunteered and served the children at Hills at Dales as a Spiritual Enrichment teacher, Challenge Day team partner, and Board of Directors member.  The ability to bring this incredible service to our community is truly a blessing for her, and she looks forward to the immense impact Inspiration Stables will have on our community as a whole.

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Sarah Weber Kumpf, Executive Director

Anna Dewitt, 

Volunteer coordinator

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Alicia soppe,

lead instructor

Anna has been involved with horses primarily due to her daughter's love of them and work in showing over the years.  She has a multitude of experiences in service and cares deeply for the kids we serve.  Anna spent years volunteering on mission trips to Haiti as a nurse.  As the opportunity to do that has changed, she has graciously joined our team to help us build our program to serve our local community.

Alicia has loved horses since she was little, and her first real purchase was her horse, Storm Chaser.  She has worked to instill a love and respect for animals with her own children.  She has over ten years experience as a riding instructor, later becoming Equestrian and Camp Director at Camp Little Cloud, a Girl Scout camp near Dubuque, Iowa.  Alicia has seen first-hand the impact therapeutic riding has had with children while she previously worked at a therapeutic riding facility.  She relishes the opportunity each day to support students as a School Counselor and is extremely passionate about her job.  Alicia loves working with kids, helping them overcome personal challenges through setting goals, giving them fresh starts, and using a growth mindset philosophy.  It was through camp that Alicia first discovered her love of horses, and she looks forward to helping others discover and reach new heights through this phenomenal new program.

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Katie DeFlieger,

Director of Horsemanship

Katie spent over ten years as a summer horse camp counselor and a few years teaching lessons at camp.  Her love of horses and kids has brought her to Inspiration Stables.  She also works in a veterinary clinic and has a breadth of understanding of animal health issues.  Her culmination of experience make her a great fit for this role as she keeps all our equine partners happy and healthy!

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Melissa Wolken, 

instructor

Melissa has a passion for life, horses and kids.  She is a certified PATH instructor and came to us after teaching for several years at another PATH center.  Melissa is also a fitness coach, yoga instructor and certified in meditation.  She brings a unique perspective to her lessons and has an amazing connection with her students.  Melissa's creativity and vision are inspiring; she is an incredible addition to our team.