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May 2014
PATH Intl. Proudly Announces New CEO
Denver—With a firm focus on the organization's future and the mission of promoting safety and optimal
outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs, the Professional
Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) is pleased to announce Kathy Alm as its next
Chief Executive Officer.
Alm brings to PATH Intl. proven strategic leadership, having spent the last 25 years transforming organizations,
guiding their respective boards, staff, donors and volunteers to the realization of their visions. For the last 15
years she served as Executive Director of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville, WA, one of the
largest organizations in the industry. She grew the previously grass roots organization from a $280,000 annual
operating budget to a professional $2.1 million organization, leading a staff of 23 full-time employees and
building and operating a new $11 million facility.
An extensive nationwide search was conducted by a dedicated search committee comprised of a past board
president, current board members and membership representatives from both larger and smaller EAAT
programs. A rigorous interview and selection process followed. "In addition to running a large-scale operation,
Kathy Alm has a unique depth of knowledge and understanding of the association and its membership," states
Jim Harlan, President of the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees. "Kathy served as the association board president in
the 2010-2012 term, first joining the board of trustees in 2005. She has served as a membership oversight
region representative and on a variety of committees in a leadership capacity. The board and I could not be
more satisfied that our nationwide search yielded the best possible leader for the job."
Alm replaces the retiring Kay Marsh Green who has held the CEO title from 2010 until present. Green says,
"Making the decision to leave this remarkable association and its exemplary staff was a difficult decision.
Knowing that Kathy Alm is the incoming CEO has only enhanced my excitement for the future of the industry.
Kathy will be a bold leader, and I wish her every success!"
Kathy has said that accepting this position feels like the right opportunity at the right time for both herself and
PATH Intl. "Having led the strategic planning process for PATH Intl., I can clearly see the vision as set forth by the
board with input from the membership, our sponsors, other industry stakeholders and staff. It is a tremendous
opportunity to bring together my talents and passion for the industry for the benefit of equine-assisted
activities and therapies on a global level. I look forward to serving the membership and making this vision a
Alm will be relocating from the Northwest to association headquarters in Denver, CO. She will take the reins of
the position in August 2014.
-30About PATH Intl.:
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) was formed in 1969 to
promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special
needs. The association certifies professionals and accredits centers that each year help 56,000 children and
adults with physical, mental and emotional challenges find strength and independence through the power of
the horse.
Currently 850 member centers offer therapeutic riding, and other therapeutic horsemanship activities including
hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, carriage driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition,
ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, and under the direction
of the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation, the association helps individuals start and
maintain successful programs. There are nearly 52,000 volunteers, 4,232 instructors, 7,503 equines and
thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Centers.