our team.

The humans

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HEATHER GIRVIN, PH.D
(SHE/HER)

Founder, Mother Hen, and Executive Director

heathergirvin.loneoak@gmail.com

I am a lifelong horsewoman, academic, and social service professional and Founder of Lone Oak. I work to build community wellness by offering equine-assisted therapeutic and developmental programming.
I am currently an associate professor at Millersville University, earning my Doctorate from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research.  My practice experience centers on children and families, primarily in child protective services and foster care.  I have also worked in residential programs, public child welfare agencies, provided in-home services, and worked as an outpatient therapist. My research interests include trauma, social justice, and alternative interventions that are accessible, individualized, and effective.

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SARAH PRIMAK, LCSW, MSW

(SHE/HER)

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lancaster County.  I have worked with various populations across all age groups to address complex social and mental health needs.  I received my MSW at Millersville University in 2011 and continue to adjunct for their School of Social Work periodically.  While social work is one of my greatest passions, being a mother is what makes me happiest.  My husband and I are currently certified foster parents and continue to work with a local agency to open our hearts and home to children who need it the most.  I believe in the powerful impacts of relationships with horses and am looking forward to sharing these experiences with others.

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KATIE LINEBARGER, LPC

(SHE/HER)

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and received a Master’s in Counseling from Messiah University (formerly Messiah College) in 2018, with an emphasis in School Counseling and Mental Health. I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC). In the daytime I work as a School Counselor in alternative education. I have worked with children in the school setting since 2013 and spent several years as a Behavior Support Specialist for adults with Dual Diagnoses. I have worked with children who are behaviorally and intellectually challenged and adults with an intellectual disability, suffering from various mental health concerns and trauma. I utilize cognitive behavioral and solution focused approaches. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, anger, behavioral issues, and trauma. I am married and a mom of three! In my “free” time, you will often find me at the soccer field or at the barn with my daughter.  I also have two dogs, Bella and Roxy! They are quite large and take me for a walk! 

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BRANDON MORROW

(HE/HIM)

Safety and Facilities

brandonmorrow.loneoak@gmail.com

I am first a father of two girls who are my world. I am a veteran of the United States Air Force, which I served for eight years. After visiting the barn with my family, I knew I wanted to become involved with Lone Oak. Since leaving the military, I have not felt like I was part of something until I began volunteering at Lone Oak. It is truly a community of people that care. Aside from volunteer work, I also consult on safety practices at Lone Oak. I oversaw safety practices while in the military and am also studying to obtain my bachelor’s degree at Millersville University in Social Work with a minor in Emergency Management and Environmental Health. I hope to continue learning about the horses at the barn and one day be able to assist in the therapeutic services as an equine specialist.

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ABIGAIL WILSON, DSW, LSW
(SHE/HER)

I am a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania with a Doctor of Social Work degree from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. I am also trained through Natural Lifemanship as a Level 1 practitioner. I received my Master of Social Work degree in 2016 with a Specialization in Child Welfare and Child Well-being from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. I work at an advocacy organization during the day, working with service providers to achieve a brighter future for children, youth, and families. I have worked primarily with children and youth experiencing various mental, behavioral health concerns. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief specific to children. I utilize psychotherapy as well as ecotherapeutic and equine-assisted strategies.

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LYDIA FARO
(SHE/HER)

I am a Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at Messiah University working towards obtaining my Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) certification. I earned my Bachelors degree through West Chester University in Psychology. For the past four years, I have worked as a Permanency Case Manager for children and foster families involved in the Child Welfare system. Because of this, my professional experience revolves around working with children, adolescents, teenagers, and young adults. I have experience with trauma informed practice and family systems. I like to take an eclectic approach to counseling, but I am heavily influenced by Humanistic theories. I have had the honor of working with Lone Oak during some of my practicum and am blessed to complete my full internship at the barn.

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AGNES POTTER

(SHE/HER)

Equine Specialist

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ADELINE POTTER

(SHE/HER)

Equine Specialist