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Jennifer Hill

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Program Director, Freedom Steps Equine Services

Jennie's love for horses began at a very early age and has continued for decades.

A graduate of Florida State University, Jennie became PATH Certified in 2005 and opened a non-profit therapeutic riding program in New Jersey. Her beloved horse, Baby, with the addition of two other therapy horses, allowed this 501c3 community service organization to grow and prosper for 12 years.

FFR is blessed and excited to have Jennie as our PATH Certified Program Director helping those with challenges, whether Veterans, First Responders, or Children and Adults with special needs.

Jennie has the PATH Int'ls Equine Services for Heroes Certification and more than a decade of therapeutic riding experience. If you would like to follow Jennie or volunteer to help her with our programs, check out her FaceBook page link - Freedom Steps Equine Services 

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Dr. Christina Strayer, Ed.D, LPCS, AAT, CCTP, DCC, EFP, RYT-200

Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle

Pictured above with her therapy dog, Cookie, and FFR's own miniature horse, Cookie, we are fortunate to have Dr. Strayer and her team as partners. Christina is a Licensed Professional Counsellor, Supervisor and Animal Assisted-Therapist, specializing in a variety of Integrative Therapies to assist clients with their needs.

Animal-Assisted Therapy and Ecotherapy have been proven to benefit clients psychologically and physiologically by accelerating therapeutic outcomes. Christina's approach is Client-centered and Holistic. She combines her study of the power of the Human and Animal Bond in healing with proven counseling techniques.

Christina works with clients in both a clinical and natural farm environment, partnering with animals to enhance and complement positive therapeutic outcomes. She also conducts groups and workshops on various topics at Fuzzy Faces Refuge throughout the year. 

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Dr. Harriett L. Enzor, Ph.D, NCC, LPCS, CGCBT, CCMT, CCDAC

Campbell University

Dr. Enzor began her career in the counseling profession in 1974. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in Counseling and Development with a concentration in psychology and child development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently, Dr. Enzor is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Campbell University after 27 years of teaching and coordinating the counselor education program. She is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Campbell University.

Dr. Enzor is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and supervisor (LPCS) for the state of North Carolina. She is a national certified counselor (NCC), a certified group Cognitive Behavior therapist (CGCBT), a certified clinical military counselor (CCMC) and a certified clinical doctoral addictions counselor (CCDAC). During her tenure she has presented numerous workshops and seminars related to crisis/trauma, stress management, PTSD, adolescent/parent issues, neuroscience of the brain, and biofeedback. She works with these areas in her counseling environment.

Dr. Enzor has training in EMDR, Mindfulness, and Guided Imagery. Dr. Enzor has prior experience as a licensed school counselor and crisis intervention specialist in the state of North Carolina for the Greensboro City Schools. She also served the Greensboro Drug Action Council as a residential substance abuse therapist. She has served as president of the Harnett County Sexual Assault and Family Emergency (SAFE) agency and has served on the advisory board for the Harnett Family Life Center. Dr. Enzor has served as Vice-President of Secondary Schools for the North Carolina Counselors Association. She has also owned her own private practice.

Dr. Enzor works with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, military and civilian. Dr. Enzor loves to bird watch, read, work in her yard, wheelchair tennis, and Dawson, her beautiful lab mix rescue.

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George Dennis

Founder and Barn Manager

From the age of 5, George has loved horses, dogs, cats and farm animals in general. He spent his teenage years helping his uncle with their cattle farm. Now, as the Barn Manager, George makes it his mission to care for the animals at Fuzzy Faces Refuge and ensure that their habitat is clean and safe.

George takes pride in creating an environment where Veterans, First Responders and people of all abilities can learn about critically endangered heritage breeds, interact with the animals safely and enjoy the benefits that a serene farm setting can provide, including Animal and Equine Assisted Therapies and Therapeutic Riding.

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Bonnie Dennis, CTP

Founder and Veteran

Bonnie is an Army Veteran and the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran. She grew up living all over the country as well as in Germany. But, her favorite permanent "home" was with her Grandparents in South Carolina where she helped with the farm and caring for the animals - cats, dogs, chickens, goats, pigs and cows.

Bonnie conducts the animal care training and educates others on the need to preserve our heritage breeds. 

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Bunnie Peterson

Secretary

Bunnie brings 40+ years of Professional Administrative Assistant experience to the Refuge. She's a friend to all animals and people with challenges. Bunnie loves FFR and has been with the founders since its inception.

Bunnie heads up our grant committee and is an asset through her dedication to drive grant funding. Her professional experience makes her uniquely qualified to represent our charity and eventually enable all services for those in need to be offered without charge. We aren't there yet but we're on our way!

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Sarah Jones, MBA, MA, NCC, LPCA, AAT

Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle

Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate as well as a partner at Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle. She teams up with her doggie co-therapists, Ella and Cricket, as well as with horses and other farm animals here at FFR, bringing a unique approach to her work with adolescents, adults and couples.

Sarah has a diverse background in organizational change management as well as experience as a corporate trainer, enabling her to focus more deeply on the change and growth process of individuals in her care. Her clinical counseling specialties include: communication and conflict resolution, victims of domestic violence, stressful career transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.

Sarah's counseling approach is person-centered and holistic. Having a Certificate in Mindfulness, she develops genuine relationships with clients by providing a safe environment that enables collaborative exploration of areas the client wishes to address thereby reducing emotional and behavioral distress.

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Sarah Buffaloe

Vice President - Animal Care

Sarah has a life long passion for animals and helping others. She was born and raised in Garner, NC, growing up on the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus where her parents worked. Sarah served as guardian for her cousin, who suffered from mental illness, affording her a deep understanding of the challenges that mental health issues can present. This understanding has strengthened her desire to help those who suffer from these type of issues.

Married to Allen Buffaloe and mother to their two beautiful twins, Ashlyn and A.J., Sarah still makes time to volunteer! She has selflessly donated her time and talent to many schools and non-profits over the years. FFR is fortunate to count her as one of our fuzzy faces family!

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Libbie

Fuzzy Faces Morgan

Libbie is 1/4 critically endangered Lippett Morgan. She's a former show horse graciously donated by Byron Childress of Virginia and a real sweetheart! 

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Lilly

Fuzzy Faces Halflinger

Lilly is a Haflinger and perhaps the most easy going, sweetest horse at the refuge. 

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Gracie

Fuzzy Faces Spanish Mustang

Gracie is a Spanish Mustang and loves to be with people. She is super smart and nosy.

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Cookie

Fuzzy Faces Miniature Horse

Cookie is a Registered Miniature Horse but she acts like she is the biggest horse in the pasture. 

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Richard Hendrix

Legal Adviser and Veteran

Richard is a Viet Nam Veteran and military dog handler. During his time in the Air Force he was certified with Patrol, Water, Narcotics and Bomb detection. After the Air Force, Richard trained and handled bloodhounds for the North Carolina Department of Corrections, assisting various law enforcement agencies with tracking.

Richard is certified in Reality Therapy and graduated from Carolina Law School in 1996, after medically retiring from the Sheriff's Department. Richard is now retired from the PBA where he represented law enforcement and corrections personnel.

Richard loves dogs, especially German Shepherds, and has volunteered with several German Shepherd non-profits.

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