Molly Murphy, Executive Director – Molly is a native Floridian and grew up riding at Equine-Assisted Therapies at age 7. What started as a therapy, soon became a sport and her passion. As a student for over 10 years, and a lover of all things “horsey” Molly is so happy to be back with the organization that gave her the horsepower to become who she is today.
She has a BA in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Tampa and Master’s in Public Administration with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining the EATSF team, Molly was a member of Class XI of the Florida Gubernatorial Fellowship; working at the Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services to create a financial literacy program for individuals with developmental disabilities. The program is part of Florida’s HB/SB 7003 “unique abilities” legislation, signed into law in 2016.
David Plath, Development Director – David has more than 20 years of fundraising and marketing experience for nonprofit organizations across the country, including the American Red Cross, Gilda’s Club South Florida, ArtServe. While at the the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York state, he was instrumental in raising awareness, securing campaign funds, and developing the inaugural collection for the Ram Dass Library.
Outside of his duties with EATSF, David is active in Broward County as a Leadership Broward alumni and has served as co-chair for their 2016 Culture Arts & Recreation Day. He has been a past judge for the Silver Knight awards and serves on the AFP National Philanthropy Day committee. He is also an accomplished photographer, showing his work in galleries throughout South Florida.
Cliffette Nicholls, Office Manager – Spending her childhood summers in a small town in Georgia, Cliffette developed a love and respect for horses. Her grandmother lived next door to a special needs foster home, where Cliffette spent many of her days playing with her friendly neighbors, warming her heart for the special needs community at a young age.
A native of south Florida, Cliffette began working in the administration field right out of high school. While continuing to go to college for her associate’s degree she was given the opportunity to work for a luxury yacht company where she began her love for event planning, bookkeeping and office management. Cliffette then took a leap of faith and moved to central Florida where she had the chance to work with a local non-profit. She knew then that her future would be giving back to her community while providing her administrative expertise to a non-profit. Having moved back to south Florida to be closer with family and friends, she discovered Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida and quickly fit right in.
Being able to work within a community-oriented organization for the special needs, alongside horses, is such a great experience and is what makes her job at Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida such an enjoyable one. Her favorite horse is Hallory.
Jessie Alvarez, Barn Manager: Jessie has spent most of her life in South Florida after moving from Arlington, VA with her family when she was just 9 years old. She discovered her love of horses and working with animals at the age of 16 after completing service hours for school at Equine-Assisted Therapies. Her work ethic and love of horses—displaying an eagerness to learn anything related to them—eventually led Jessie to be hired as a stable hand. Following her time at EATSF, she worked at another facility that focused primarily on providing trail rides, riding camps for children, and educational farm tours for more than 10 years.
She took that love of caring for animals and found herself fully immersed in the veterinary field, beginning with small animal medicine. Although Jessie loved applying herself to educating clients on animal health, helping both animals and pets, and working alongside great vets, she felt something was missing. After several years away from working with horses, she began working part time at a 24-hour equine hospital as a “Night Nurse.” Jessie quickly realized she was missing the company of her (very large) four-legged friends more than she imagined and has found herself back where it all began, here at EATSF. Since arriving, she has devoted herself to caring for the herd and keeping these pivotal members of the EATSF family happy and healthy.
Kimberly Sauer, Program Coordinator – Horses are her first passion. Kimberly has been involved with horses in some way, shape or form her entire life; both recreationally and competitively. She has trained and competed in hunter/jumpers and dressage at the local and collegiate level. She taught 3 years of therapeutic riding at St. Andrews University’s Ride-Like-A-Knight therapeutic horsemanship program in preparation for her PATH certification. She taught able-bodied riding prior to volunteering and teaching therapeutic riding.
Kimberly has known about EATSF, which at the time was Horses and the Handicapped, from a very young age. She waited years until she finally was old enough to volunteer at H&H. She started out as a volunteer just like everyone else. She slowly worked her way up the volunteer ladder from picking paddocks to leading and sidewalking for Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy lessons to barn captain and becoming a member of the schooling team. From that she was asked to join the part time staff as the Volunteer Coordinator. She was working for H&H through the name change to Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida and many other things.
Majeeda Panchoo, Volunteer Coordinator – Majeeda is a native of Trinidad but lived her adolescence years in Brooklyn NY and her teenage to adult years in Coral Springs FL. A 13 year veteran of the Marketing and Advertising industry, she has experience in a variety of avenues. Majeeda began doing volunteer work in addition to her daily work responsibilities. She developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as a volunteer of a youth development program. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life. As a reminder to herself that she wanted to devote her work ethics to make a difference, she decided to change direction in careers.
Never having the opportunity to be around horses, Majeeda is very thankful that she can work and enjoy the company of her favorite animal. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to work within an organization whose mission is to help the special needs experience life without limits and is excited for what knowledge she will gain.