Meet the EIP Team
Tara Mahoney, LPC, CCTP
Tara Mahoney is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She graduated from Boston College majoring in Neuroscience and holds a Master's in Counseling with concentrations in Forensic Psychology and Veteran’s Behavioral Health. Since 1996, Tara has counseled in diverse settings including a correctional facility, NYC homeless shelter for veterans, in-patient psychiatric hospital, Vet Centers, Family Drug Court, DBT Out-Patient Clinic and private practice.
For the past 10 years, Tara has combined her professional calling with her lifetime passion for horses. Providing opportunities for service members and those who support them to connect through EIP has been the highlight of her career. She has focused her education, experience and energy into the field of animal-assisted alternative therapies and has presented nationally regarding the tremendous benefits and outcomes.
Certifications and Boards include:
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int'l) Equine Services For Heroes Committee
Horses & Humans Research Foundation Education Committee
Freedom Horse Farm Executive Board
PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
PATH International Mentor
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Mental Health Specialist with Military Designation
International Red Cross Services to Armed Forces
Equine Specialist/Energy Work
Victoria Plumpton completed her massage therapy certificate at the Downeast School of Massage in 2003. She specializes in Trauma, Oncology massage, sports, Reiki, mind/body, deep tissue, and animal massage. She has helped develop the Horse and Human Energy Session with EIP to incorporate mindfulness and sensory grounding techniques while massaging equines with incredible healing results. Victoria enjoys educating clients on the importance of keeping the mind-body connection healthy. In her free time she enjoys traveling, making jewelry, spending time with family and all outdoor activities.
Heather Gooden had a love for animals (in particular horses) and helping people since her youth. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2003 achieving a Bachelor of Science Degree, with a concentration in Equine Science. She has managed the UVM Horse Barn, as well as an eighty-horse Equine Facility in Massachusetts. She has taught adult and children’s lesson, and was a working student under an internationally recognized Classical Dressage Master. She has volunteered her time to non-profit therapeutic riding/driving programs. She continues to enjoy sharing her passion for horses and helping people experience the wonderful healing power of the horse.
Geraldine Duncan, has been involved within the military community for 38 years. Geraldine has experienced military life while her husband served on both Active Duty, as well as within the National Guard component. With the tragic events of Sept 11th, 2001, the Duncans were propelled into a new normal within their military world.
Living in NH, without the resources of a traditional post and with COL Duncan having responsibility as the Chief of Staff of the NH Army National Guard, increased family readiness became an extremely important component of troop readiness. There was a rapid pace of deployments and service members and families were left to charter unknown and stressful territories. This is where Geraldine found what would become her true passion and life's work. Working beside her husband and key leaders in the state supporting families, NH became a model for other states in how to build that family support: pre, post and during deployments. The Yellow Ribbon Program, an amazing robust program now used by the National Guard was piloted in NH. COL Duncan deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom in 05-06, this only heightened their desire to do more for those who were combat veterans.
Geraldine has been recognized for her work within the military community by local and national organizations, to include President George W. Bush. She hopes that soon the hidden wounds of war will be as readily accepted and treated as those of the physical wounds of war. She will continue her work to improve the lives of those serving, those who have served and their families. She lives her life in a way that pays tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the United States and hopes that in her work they will always be honored and remembered.
Ryan Casavant, USMC Veteran
Director of Operations
A USMC veteran with combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Has degrees in Psychology, Sociology, Biblical studies, and over 20 years of outdoor recreational therapy and experiential learning. Ryan has a passion and desire to help others get to where they want to be. He has worked for or with various organizations across the United States and abroad, that specialize in military, military families, first responders and students. A proud husband, a proud father of two daughters and his two dogs..
"I have had the honor to witness the transformative power that horses have had on our military/families/first responders. For me to have those individuals be witness to such an unique experience is live changing and unforgettable."
US Army Veteran
Paul Martinez deployed 6 times to Afghanistan as a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, and is the author of “When the Killer Man Comes”; an account of his combat experience as a Ranger Sniper. Paul is passionate about telling the untold stories of the Global War on Terrorism, veteran advocacy, and equine therapy for service members transitioning to civilian life.