ABOUT US


Mission Statement:
It is the mission of Stable-Spirit to provide opportunities to the community that inspire positive mental, emotional, and physical health through professionally guided interaction with horses.

Katie Durio, LMSW
Executive Director
EAGALA Certified

Katie Durio is a retired Juvenile Probation Officer from Jefferson County Juvenile Probation Department in Beaumont, Texas, having served the community for 29 years in that capacity. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology, with a Minor in Social Welfare, from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 1976. She also attained her Master of Arts Degree in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1985. She has been a Licensed Social Worker since 1984; currently holding the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). While working for the Jefferson County Juvenile Probation Department, Katie worked in many positions within the department; from being a Caseworker to her final position of Casework Manager. Through her work she was involved with many local and state agencies and organizations; such as Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA), Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS), Texas Youth Commission (TYC), Family Group Conferencing (FGC), Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), and the Texas Probation Association (TPA).  Since retiring from the Jefferson County Juvenile Probation Department in May, 2006, Katie is a certified Equine Specialist (since October, 2005) through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).

Katie has been athletic throughout her lifetime, playing recreational soccer and softball in her adult years. She now enjoys playing with and riding her horses. She believes in volunteering and giving back to her community. Some of her current volunteer activities are being a Mediator with the Jefferson County Dispute Resolution Center (since 1988), a regular Apheresis Blood Donor through Life Share Blood Center, Advisory Council member for the Foster Grandparent Program, and Treasurer for the Leadership Advisory Board of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Orange County. Katie has a son, Michael, and four grandchildren -- Korben, Dylan, Rustin, & Kaelynne.

Dennis Cahlik
President

Dennis Cahlik is the Senior Vice President & Controller for Community Bank of Texas. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and received an Accounting Degree from Oklahoma City University and an MBA from Lamar University. His Master's thesis, Compensation Strategy and Financial Performance of Community Banks: An Exploratory Study, was published in the Journal of Business Strategies.

Dennis is a member of Church on the Rock North and plays guitar in the worship band. He enjoys camping, gardening, running, and golf.

Dennis is married to his wife Teresa and has three daughters and a grandson.

Eriic Harris
Treasurer

Eriic is the President of ITS in southeast Texas. His bio will be posted soon.

Kimberly Wollford
Board Member

Kimberly Wolfford was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She moved to, and went to college in Austin, then returned to South East Texas in 1996. Kimberly is married to Stephen Wolfford. She is retired from a 35-year career that was prominently in banking. She also worked in sales, and in the high-end retirement living industry for 8 years. Kimberly actively served as a volunteer and trainer as a Texas Certified Mediator in Jefferson County for over 10 years. She is very passionate about, and self-educated in Holistic Health and Healing. She loves to travel and read. She has dedicated much of her time since 2006 to helping and caring for her elderly parents.

Shana Sellers-Runnels
Board Member

Shana Sellers-Runnels is the Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Lamar State College-Orange since 2014, where Shana provides both vocational coursework for career preparation and advancement and academic coursework leading to baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate study. Shana is the Faculty Advisor for the Criminal Justice Society which is an organization of students and alumni who have similar interests in the criminal justice field that volunteer and participate in local events within the community.

Shana has worked first hand in the criminal justice field upon graduation from Lamar University as a Juvenile Supervision Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, TYC Parole Officer, and Casework Supervisor with the Jefferson County Juvenile Probation Department and as an Adjunct Instructor for Lamar University. Shana's education includes a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2005 and a Master of Science in Applied Criminology in 2011. Shana has been involved with various organizations within the criminal justice field such as Texas Gang Investigators Association (TGIA), Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Alumni, Texas Juvenile Detention Association (TJDA, Board Member), Texas Probation Association (TPA), Alpha Phi Sigma, Lamar University-Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA), Orange County Lions Club, and CASA of Southeast Texas.

Shana enjoys playing recreational softball, traveling, and volunteering. Shana loves to be able to spend time with her husband Eric, daughter Piper, and her rescue pit bull Roxy.

Keli Zimmerman
Board Member

I am a mother of 2 girls, have 3 grand kids, remarried 8 years ago, have been a full time business owner and horse trainer for the past 10 years. I was raised in Orangefield, TX riding horses, learned to train as a teenager, trained off and on till 2009, when with a layoff coming, decided to start KG Horse Training and Breeding. I went back to school and earned my AS in Ag Sales & Services, my BS in University Studies with a Minor in Equine Training, and Certified in both Marketing and HR Management. I have been barrel racing and and teaching riding lessons since the age of 14, more than 30 years. I currently live in Mauriceville, TX and love helping and teaching others about horses, I also volunteer when I can with several non-profits.

Margot Fischer
Board Member

Margot was born in Port Arthur, TX and raised in Beaumont, TX. She has been active in the Equine Industry since the age of eight. While attending Texas A&M University, she continued showing horses and volunteering with the You Tomorrow Youth Program run by Col. Sid Loveless of College Station, TX. After graduating from Texas A&M in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, she returned home to Beaumont to start her own boarding, training, and lesson facility, which she continues to operate today - Tailgate Stables.

Regularly volunteering with the Hippotherapy Program at Stable-Spirit, she has enjoyed getting to know everyone involved.

Guitar and music are her passion, as well as animal rescue and adoption.

Joshua LeBlanc
Advisory Member

Josh joined Edgar, Kiker & Cross, PC in 2008 after a brief management career with a local business, which was awarded Business of the Year during his tenure by one of the local Chambers of Commerce. He was promoted to manager with the firm in 2013 and provides clients with tax planning and preparation, client accounting, payroll and sales tax preparation, financial statement preparation, review services, and some software support. Josh has experience with Individuals, Partnerships, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Non-profit Organizations.

The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy licensed him to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in December of 2012. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants where he has served on various committees including the current chair of membership, and a Director for the Southeast Texas Chapter. He also serves on the Strategic Planning Committee, and the membership committee at the state level for the Texas Society of CPA's. In 2015, Josh will be the incoming President Elect of the Southeast Texas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPA's, and chairman of membership at the state level. In addition to his service with the TSCPA, he is also a member of the Southeast Texas Young Professionals, the Southeast Texas Estate Planners Council, and a graduate of the 2014 class of Leadership Southeast Texas.

In 2014, Josh received the TSCPA Rising Star award, which is given to Texas CPAs who are 40 years old or younger and have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and active involvement in TSCPA, the accounting profession and/or their communities.

Josh likes to cycle competitively in his spare time, and is currently training for triathlons and hopes to compete in Ironman Texas in the near future.

Fawn Blohm
Advisory Member

EAGALA Certified

Fawn Blohm has been working with Stable-Spirit since the summer of 2007 and brings a unique blend of education, training and experience to our Equine Experiential Development and Assisted Psychotherapy sessions.  Out of her love for horses and a desire to help people, Fawn has developed insight into equine behavior and how it relates to human interaction.  She has been a certified Equine Specialist through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) since 2001.  Fawn is also a certified Success Centered Riding/Training Instructor with emphasis on the adult beginner, a natural horsemanship Level 1 graduate currently working on her Level 2, a certified Faith-Based Counselor and holds a Bachelors degree in Biology and Secondary Education.

Kimberly Larsson
Advisory Member

Kimberly is co-founder of Stable-Spirit and was the equine specialist in both equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) and equine experiential development (EED) for the first 3.5 years of Stable-Spirit's existence. Kimberly has extensive experience with horses and developed a keen understanding of their nonverbal communication over the years, particularly during the process of gentling rescues. These horses have proven to be some of the most effective members of the Stable-Spirit team. Her prior work experience includes co-facilitating as an equine specialist with leaders in the field of EAP working with adolescents facing the challenges of eating disorders, addictions and other associated behaviors in individual, family and group therapy activities at the Cadwalder Behavioral Clinic inpatient facility where she was actively involved in the care of the facilities 39 horses and foals.

Kimberly has moved to Phoenix, Arizona to be near family. She is actively involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren and credits the success of her relationships to her work with horses.

Kathie Yates
Advisory Member

Kathie was co-founder and Executive Director of Stable-Spirit from its inception until the fall of 2005. Kathie was certified as an Associate of EAGALA in September of 2004, Innovative Horizons Equine Assisted Specialist Certification Program in 2005, and in 2006 completed the University Of Arkansas Horsemen Of Excellence Course. During her tenure with Stable-Spirit, Kathie most enjoyed facilitating EED sessions. Kathie was raised in Southeast Texas where she attended San Jacinto College in Houston and built a successful career in sales and marketing. She is an entrepreneur at heart and, with the exception of 7 years in the pharmaceutical industry, has been continually involved making a difference in start-up companies.

Kathie Yates and her husband, John, own and operate The Yates Group, LLC, a privately held family owned business established to provide turbine aircraft acquisitions, sales, and consultation services. After years of vacationing in the Ozarks, she and John fulfilled their dream and moved to a 46 acre ranch in north central Arkansas in 2005. Kathie continues to be gratified by non-profit involvement where she sits on the Board of Directors for South Shore Foundation, and is a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Youth Leadership Organization. Kathie is active in the local Fire Department Auxiliary and is politically invested on both local and national levels. Her hobbies include: horses, entertaining, gourmet cooking, gardening, and boating. Kathie and John have five daughters, six grandchildren, three horses, five cats, and six pet deer!!


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