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Our Team

Kathy Sanders (she/her)

Co-Founder & Instructor

Kathy has been a horse owner for 20 years, and a horse fanatic for her entire life!  She is Path Intl Certified Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She loves bringing horses into the lives of others who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience these beings up close! Professionally, she worked as a Senior Project Manager leading diverse teams toward the completion of a common goal. 

Favorite Horse Fact:

Horses' ears point in the direction it's looking and can rotate almost 180 degrees!

Sue Eulau (she/her)

Co-Founder & Instructor

Sue has likewise been a horse fanatic her entire life and has volunteered in other adaptive riding programs. She is also a Path Intl certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.  Professionally, she has been an Oncology Nurse for 30 years and has worked as a daycare director for special needs children.  She loves to volunteer and has worked at Bailey Bouche House with HIV-positive clients and was a Washington State Foster Parent.  

Favorite Horse Facts:

A horse's teeth grow throughout their entire life!

Horses can sleep standing up or laying down!

Chloe Wilkins (she/her)

MSW, SUDP, PATH Instructor 

Chloe has partnered with horses her entire lifetime and owes a great debt to the lessons learned from them. She has been invested in the equine assisted services community since 2012 and marvels at the simple engagement with horses that lead to major life transitions. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Professionally, Chloe has worked primarily with youth and adults who are impacted by Substance Use Disorders both in a clinical capacity and through community-based harm-reduction.

Favorite Horse Fact:

The seasonal shedding of a horse is triggered by the change in daylight hours rather than by temperature!

Lisa Hillis (she/her)

Board Member / Volunteer Coordinator 

Lisa spent her career in the insurance industry with many in product management. Roles as program manager in the for-profit sector, and her business consulting experience for a variety of nonprofits, has provided her the benefit of experiencing many different perspectives and backgrounds. Lisa joined Courageous Connections as a board member in 2018 and it has exposed her to greater diversity. Courageous Connections leverages her professional experience and she reports “the experience leaves me filled with hope and a desire to continue to learn through others”.

Favorite Horse Fact:

Horses have bigger eyes than any land animal, and can see almost 360 degrees at one time!

Jennifer Zill

(MA, ED. S) 

She has 37 years of experience in the mental health field working with a variety of clients and settings to include a diverse field of expertise.  She has spent the last 17 years working in a school setting as an Educational Psychologist.  Prior to that she worked with a variety of clients such as:

  • Individual and couples counseling in a mental health and private practice setting

  • Worked in conjunction with Juvenile Justice programs to include both incarcerated and paroled youth by providing counseling and support

  • Homeless youth liaison and outreach in a group home setting, on the streets and in schools designated for homeless youth

  • Conducted group and individual counseling in an inpatient and outpatient mental health facility

Jennifer holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Western Washington University, a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from City University and an Ed Specialist Degree from Seattle University.  She is passionate about mental health as well as horses and is excited to join the Courageous Connections Team as a volunteer!

Liz Vital-Gragnani

(MA, LMHCA, SUDPT, RDT)

Liz is a drama therapist and mental health counselor, as well as an actor, a mother, and a lover of animals. She first came across Equestrian Therapy 18 years ago when she and her mother, who has since passed away, volunteered with a group called Horsefeathers. Therapeutic Riding Center. She sought out similar volunteer work in the Washington area in order to integrate the work with her current counseling career, and also to commune with the spirit of her mother through working with horses again. She feels that meeting Kathy, Lisa and Sue (all family members!) are serendipitous and she cannot wait to connect and carry out this beautiful therapeutic method alongside them and their dedicated team.