Melanie Garland, Volunteer Coordinator
Melanie was blessed to have grown up with horses in her backyard. Learning from the horse itself, Melanie strives to understand all aspects of horsemanship, not just riding. She began giving riding lessons to beginners at age 12, working at a horsemanship camp at age 13, and volunteering at a therapeutic riding facility at age 16. Melanie’s passion to use horses to reach hurting children began early and never left. She began college classes in Human Services with a goal to attend a college that offered a degree in Equine Therapy. Melanie married her high school sweetheart, Nate, while working to help grow an equine assisted program when she was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in her spine. Melanie had to reluctantly quit all her dreams and pursuits in horses to strengthen and protect her spine. But the dream never died. When she knew that Take Heart was growing and had a need, she was thrilled to serve in a capacity that furthered her similar passion while utilizing the skills she had to give. Melanie has twin girls (who also share her passion of horses), a dog and two cats, as well as her childhood horse, Shallea, who is retired out of state with family. She enjoys fostering animals, gardening, art and hosting game nights for friends. If you are interested in volunteering at any capacity, please reach out to Melanie at Volunteer@TakeHeartCounseling.com
Meagan L. Good, MA, LPC
Take Heart began with a desire to combine passion with service. Meagan has been fascinated with horses since her first childhood riding lessons. She rode in 4-H for several years and in 2005, purchased her first horse, Charley. As a shy teenager, working with horses built Meagan's confidence, provided a place of peace, and taught life-lessons such as patience, goal-setting, and the value of hard work. She felt called to one day pair her passion for horses with her desire to help people in some way - and received a specific calling to do just that through equine assisted therapy. Meagan earned her master's degree in Professional Counseling from Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA. She obtained her state license as a professional counselor and loves studying trauma-focused equine assisted therapy. Meagan opened Take Heart in 2014 with one horse and the blessing of a generous dairy farmer who allowed her to use his horses and property. She is passionate about empowering clients and families through their healing journeys. Meagan is also an adjunct professor of Equine Assisted Therapy at Lancaster Bible College. She and her husband live on and care for the Take Heart property in Mohnton, PA. When they are not working on the farm, they enjoy exploring nature, kayaking, and campfires with friends and family.
Sarah Esh, Prayer Team Leader
Sarah had the privilege of growing up around horses and has a passion for working with horses and people. Sarah previously worked as a nurse, and currently is a stay-at-home mom of two children. She enjoys riding horses, reading, running, and spending time with her husband and family. Through experiencing God's healing in her own life, she is passionate about seeing God bring freedom and healing into peoples' lives. Sarah currently serves as our prayer team leader, helps facilitate groups, teaches horsemanship sessions, and volunteers with morning barn duty. If you are interested in joining our prayer team, email Sarah at email@example.com.
Empowering individuals and families to find
hope, healing, and wholeness
through therapeutic work with horses.
Tori Good, Administrative Assistant
Tori lives just a few miles away from Take Heart. She is married for and has two sons in their teens. Tori loves working with the horses and helping out wherever help is needed. Her main focus is on administrative work such as talking with new clients, sending paperwork, social media advertising, and registrations for groups, but Tori also coordinates most of Take Heart's special events. Tori is also a volunteer chaplain at Petra Church in New Holland, PA and loves to spend time visiting people and showing them how much God loves them. Tori has a real passion for seeing others receive the healing she has received through counseling.
Dana Haldeman, MA
From an early age, Dana had a strong interest in anything horse related. She took riding lessons for many years and participated in 4-H for one year. Dana also attended her younger brother’s therapeutic riding sessions, where she first saw the healing abilities of horses. For many years Dana was not involved with horses, however she took riding lessons in college, which is where she discovered that counseling and horses could be combined. Dana completed her undergraduate internship at Take Heart and returned for her graduate practicum and internship. She graduated in May 2019 from Lancaster Bible College with her bachelor and master degrees in counseling. Dana is working towards her Pennsylvania counseling licensure. She is passionate about making an impact in the new field of equine assisted therapy. In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, reading, and learning German. Dana counsels a variety of clients at Take Heart as well as offers horsemanship lessons to teach individuals how to partner naturally with a horse.