Team Velvet Inc.

Dr. Susan Edwards, Psychologist, Director

A Not-for-Profit 501(C)(3) Charitable Organization

EIN# 26-2167394 

PO Box 268, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553-0268 
Facility: Journey's End Farm, 79 Old Clinton Rd., Flemington, NJ 08822

 (609) 924-4330,  sedwardsnj@earthlink.net 

 www.teamvelvet.com,    www.facebook.com/team.velvet.inc/

Website Copyright  2017, 2018, 2019 Team Velvet, Inc.    Design by Pier V. Guidi

Dr. Susan Edwards, Velvet and friends

WHO'S WHO
Dr. Susan Edwards & All Volunteer Staff
 

  • Susan Edwards, Ph.D. Psychologist & Director has been licensed (#2654) in NJ since 1990, authored five books and 100+ articles, and has owned horses most of her life.  She is trained in equine facilitated mental health and has worked with her main horse, Velvet, helping children since 2009 (there are now 3 therapy horses).  Dr. Edwards assesses all children referred to Team Velvet and designs the therapeutic treatments for them.
     

  • Velvet is the primary therapy horse although others are available when needed. A Trakehner** gelding, Velvet is the namesake of the group and was raised by Dr. Susan as a foal. He kicks a soccer ball, plays Simon Says and rolls a horse ball to play catch. He is intelligent as well as intuitive. He’s also funny.  Precious and Lil' Annie are two other therapy horses and along with Dr. Edwards and Velvet are the core members of Team Velvet's mission.
     

  • Marnie Macieborski is a volunteer horse trainer with Team Velvet and has studied with nationally recognized natural horsemanship trainers.  She grew up having horses and has been a regional 4-H leader, horse drill team instructor and has worked with Team Velvet for many years.  She is a specialist in natural horsemanship.
     

  • Kathy Piparo, Ph.D., is  aTeam Velvet board member, a leader in the equine field and a volunteer horse helper working with our non-mounted horse therapy program.  She has been a local 4-H leader and a recognized horse expert in Hunterdon County (NJ) for more than twenty years.  She is an excellent teacher of volunteers learning to understand horses.   Andrea Hansen is an equine specialist, artist and stone sculptor whose creativitygreatly adds to all events held by Team Velvet Inc. Her ready smile and artistry are reflectedin the bright rainbow spanning the barn as well as the Silent Auction and special'kid-friendly' touches around the property. Andrea may be seen leading the child's art activitiesat fundraisers.
     

  • Andrea Hansen is an equine specialist, artist and stone sculptor whose creativity greatly adds to all events held by Team Velvet Inc. Her ready smile and artistry are reflected in the bright rainbow spanning the barn as well as the Silent Auction and special 'kid-friendly' touches around the property. Andrea may be seen leading the child's art activities at fundraisers.
     

  • Vince Varano, former recipient of the Volunteer Family of the Year Award, is active as both a horse helper and a demonstrator for children in understanding horses. As an active horseman his entire life and former 4-H youth, he brings additional expertise to the horse/human team. His sense of humor makes everyone chuckle.
     

  • Cheryl Swanson, RN, offers her amazing insight into the wellness model of health.  Her consultation in both program and community interfaces are helping us grow.
     

  • Dr. Douglas R. Gross,  editor of  "Youth at Risk: A Prevention Resource for Counselors, Teachers, and Parents [a graduate school text on risk and resiliency research, now in its sixth edition] is one of the behind-the-scenes architects of programming helping youth.
     

  • Horse helper peer volunteers are teens who offer time and talent in working with horses helping children.  While the schedule changes each year depending on teen availability, we have been especially blessed this year in having the help of Kaitlyn,Christina, Katie and Allison.
     

  • Supportive helpers are many and offer depth of caring and hands-on-follow through for things large and small. Some of them are Wilma, Krisann, Charlie,Karen, Dale, Maryellen, Jack, Devora, Debbie, John and Ernest.
     

  • Pier Guidi Lon Hosford create & support Team Velvet's internet presence (website, facebook, etc.).  Pier is a retired software systems engineer, also creates and produces our flyers, posters, and is known to occasionally fix a crashed computer.  Lon has his own internet software business and teaches college level courses.

 

 

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** More on Trakehner horses see:  Trakehner Verband (Germany) and American Trakehner Assoc.