PATH Intl. Introduces New Board Members 

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce two new board members as a result of the membership’s election. Join us in welcoming Lynn K. Petr and Cliff Williamson.

Lynn K. Petr, MS, is a long-time horse person who blended her passion for horses and her love of teaching together through her master’s thesis project to create Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR). STAR is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in its 33rd year of operation located in Lenoir City, TN, with a second site outside Knoxville, TN. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Tennessee. Lynn is active in PATH Intl., being a lead Site Visitor for accreditation. She is an Advanced level instructor, a Mentor for instructors and Executive Directors, an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and a Mentor.

Cliff Williamson is the director of health and regulatory affairs for the American Horse Council based in Washington D.C. Cliff grew up in Reva, VA, on his family’s horse farm, participating in both horse and livestock 4-H activities. In 2008 he graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in animal science, where he was an active member of both the animal science club Block & Bridle as well as the agricultural fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho. After graduation he spent 27 months in Nicaragua with the Peace Corps for their Food Security Program. Upon his return to the United States, he spent four years in the animal export industry as the director of animal logistics for T.K. Exports, Inc. In that time he was honored to be appointed to a seat on the board of directors for the Culpepper chapter of the Farm Bureau Federation.

Executive Committee 

President: Susan Becklenberg

Treasurer: Ed Milford

Secretary: Brandan Montminy

Past President: Ross Braun

Member at Large: Kim Berggren

CEO: Kathy Alm

Board of Trustees 

Scott Carver

Patti Coyle

Adam Daurio

KC Henry

Michael Kaufmann

Lili Kellogg

Robin Krueger

Jessica Normand

Lynn K. Petr

Cliff Williamson

PATH Intl. looks forward to the board’s continuing vision and leadership moving into 2021.

For information about the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees and bios on each board member, visit

About PATH Intl.:
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International(r) (PATH Intl(r).) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 873 member centers, nearly 69,000 children and adults, including more than 6,700 veterans, may find improved health, wellness, fun and a sense of pride and independence through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,000 volunteers, 4,776 instructors, 7,943 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

For more information, contact:
Cher Smith
Communications Specialist
(800) 369-7433, ext. 123

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