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Leadership Team

Nikki Garza, LCSW

Nikki Garza, LCSW

CEO/Executive Director

Nikki received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah; she then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University. Throughout the past 18 years, Nikki’s professional responsibilities have included providing treatment for adults facing mental illness at the Utah State Hospital, running an intensive out-patient program at a drug and alcohol treatment center for adults, clinical director for a large residential treatment center for adolescent girls, and maintaining a private practice.

Kevin Randall, LMFT

Kevin Randall, LMFT

Executive Clinical Director

Kevin Randall, LMFT received his Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Utah and his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska. Kevin has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health, home-based client and parent aftercare coaching, and adolescent and young adult treatment facilities. He is passionate about the art of transition, helping clients access their ability to influence the world around them, and the Fulshear Adult Attachment Model.

Kevin has been serving as the Executive Clinical Director at Fulshear Treatment to Transition since 2013. He is the father of 5 children three of which are young adults. He has been married to the love of his life, Adelle for 25 years.

Helaine Sandler

Helaine Sandler

Admissions Director

Helaine has worked closely with therapeutic programs since 2008 and understands, both personally and professionally, the roads parents take when considering therapeutic placement. She has discovered that helping others through difficult times and giving hope to families is what makes life rewarding.

Helaine has been with Fulshear since 2014 and is passionate about the work families do during treatment. She loves watching young women gain the skills, experience, and maturity necessary to reach their full potential. Prior to working in this therapeutic field, Helaine worked for many years in consumer product sales. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Finance and Spanish.

Helaine also loves spending time with her husband, two beautiful young adult daughters and sweet Basset Hound Phoebe. She enjoys baking and often shares her delights with the team. In a nutshell, her passion, hard work and enthusiasm has brought an added strength to the Fulshear community and you will love getting to know her.

Allyson Smith

Program Director

Allyson was raised in the Bay Area of California in a family with four brothers. She enjoys nature, hiking, yoga, reading and traveling. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in the summer of 2007 in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, with a minor in Nutrition. Allyson started working as a residential staff member in Utah at Fulshear’s sister program, New Haven, in 2007 and became a lead supervisor there in 2009. She then moved to Texas to be Fulshear’s Residential Director, and is now the Program Director. She loves and looks forward to interacting and working with the clients and staff each day. Allysonexcels in helping clients create deep change in the way they see themselves, others and the world. She is an example of Fulshear’s relationship model and how we balance love with healthy limits.

As Program Director, Allyson enjoys training and empowering the residential team and collaborating with our treatment teams and families to help our clients heal. She oversees all residential and nursing employees, works with the leadership team to come up with much of the client programming and schedule, and helps create safe, beautiful living environments for the clients.

Allyson is a registered 200 hour yoga teacher and is certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga (TIYT) and Y12SR which combines yoga and the 12 steps. Allyson leads yoga groups and oversees classes taught at Fulshear to help promote healing through movement.”

Adelle Randall

Adelle Randall

Operations Director

Clinical Team

Kevin Randall, LMFT

Kevin Randall, LMFT

Executive Clinical Director

Kevin Randall, LMFT received his Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Utah and his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska. Kevin has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health, home-based client and parent aftercare coaching, and adolescent and young adult treatment facilities. He is passionate about the art of transition, helping clients access their ability to influence the world around them, and the Fulshear Adult Attachment Model.

Kevin has been serving as the Executive Clinical Director at Fulshear Treatment to Transition since 2013. He is the father of 5 children three of which are young adults. He has been married to the love of his life, Adelle for 25 years.

Shawn Webb, M.Ed., LPC Associate, NCC, LCDC

Shawn Webb, M.Ed., LPC Associate, NCC, LCDC

Recovery Program Director & Therapist

Shawn holds a BA in Sociology, an MA in Psychological Anthropology, and an M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Following initial graduate studies, he worked for 11 years as the Director of Educational & Case Management Services serving refugee and trafficked-persons populations. He was also a professor at the University of Houston for four years specializing in psychological anthropology.

Additionally, he has been an active volunteer in the recovery community of Houston for several years serving those overcoming chemical dependency. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a Recovery Support Specialist. He has assisted others in rebuilding their lives through recovery in diverse settings including hospitals, treatment centers, private practices, sober living homes, and 12-Step Programs.

Shawn loves yoga, tennis, films, reading, and spending time with friends and his amazing dog, Benjamin. He is an avid traveler having visited or lived in 32 countries on five continents.

Licensing Supervisor:
Michael DeVoll, LPC-S
[email protected]
832-221-9298

Aaron Duke, LCSW

Aaron Duke, LCSW

Clinical Director of Willow Community

Aaron (a.k.a Duke) earned both his Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Utah. He has worked with clients in the mental health field in varying capacities since 2003. Duke has experienced and enjoyed working with a diverse range of clients with various mental health disorders. Prior to joining the Fulshear team, much of Aaron’s professional experience has been dedicated to the treatment of at risk populations, both in residential settings, as well as in their transitions home and back into their communities. Duke relishes helping those he works with identify opportunities for intrinsic, impactful, and lasting change.

When not at work, Aaron will be found spending quality time with his wife and their five children.

David Knighten, M.Ed., LPC, LCCA

Clinical Director of Redwood Community

David began his professional career over 15 years ago with a local Residential Treatment Center in 3rd Ward Houston, Texas. What initially began as simply an entry-level job, aimed at providing him with experience in the field, quickly resonated and grew into a passion to better understand the needs of children, young adults, and families as well as a drive to provide for those needs. After completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology, David began working with The Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission in their Office of Eligibility Specialists. David continued working for the State of Texas for nearly 6 years, also serving within The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Following the completion of his graduate degree in Counseling, David began working for The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. It was here that he garnered years of clinical experience working with young adults suffering from a variety of mental health diagnoses. After becoming fully licensed and seeking the opportunity to incorporate his skills in an environment that continues to have an increased need, David returned to the Residential Treatment arena and began working as the Clinical Director for a 90-bed facility in Acres Homes, Texas which serviced children and young adults in the Child Protective Services system.

David believes that therapy should be both engaging and fun. By being able to balance deeply engaging therapeutic work with light-hearted, inviting, and fun energy, David believes the individuals and families he works with can find navigating the process much less stressful.

In his spare time, David enjoys attending sporting events, outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. David is also enthusiastic about reentry and reducing recidivism among underserved demographics. Because of this enthusiasm, David is currently pursuing his Ph.D. with a research focus in reentry services and effectiveness and hopes to graduate in 2023.

Alicia Pace, MEd, LPC, NCC

Alicia Pace, MEd, LPC, NCC

Therapist

Alicia is originally from Anchorage, Alaska and spent most of her developmental years living internationally. Growing up in several different countries, Alicia experienced many cultures and many transitions. Alicia believes that transitions create opportunities for individuals to strive and become healthy, strong, and influential. Alicia earned her Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Houston-Downtown and her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria. She has worked with a range of populations in the mental health field, including residential treatment, group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy.

Alicia is enthusiastic when working with others in finding their core meaning and discovering their authentic selves. She is passionate about understanding family systems, diversity and inclusion, religion, processing trauma, shame, adoption, and grief. Alicia is trained in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). She is a true believer in the Fulshear Integrated Attachment Model and the generations that can heal from this treatment modality.

One of Alicia’s long-term goals is to pursue a PhD in Counselor Education. In her free time, Alicia loves traveling, exploring nature, watching baseball, spending time with family, and reading non-fiction.

Molly Freemantle, LMSW

Molly Freemantle, LMSW

Therapist & Equine Specialist

Molly received her Bachelor degree of Fine Arts in Psychology and sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She spent the following 8 years working with horses, including riding competitively. Molly also supervised at-risk youth, specifically fostered or homeless adolescents, and juvenile offenders. At Fulshear, she started as a residential staff and is currently their equine specialist, using her passion of connecting women with horses while providing examples of strong healthy relationships.

Being an experienced rider and horse personnel, Molly is aware of the healing and growth that can be found while working with horses. She has shown in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, instructed, trained, and ridden just for fun, and witnessing personal achievements along the way. Her heart is in showing others all that can be gained through working with these large, honest animals.

Molly is originally from Houston, Texas. When she’s not with the women in the barn or planning therapeutic activities with a horse, you can find her enjoying the outdoors such as camping, hiking, and fishing. She looks forward to maintaining the equine program and bringing the latest proven discoveries to Fulshear.

Jennifer Gatlin, LPC

Jennifer Gatlin, LPC

Therapist

Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s of Psychology from Grand Canyon University and her Master’s of Education in Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria. She has worked with a diverse population in the mental health field, including children, adolescents, and adults, both in inpatient and outpatient settings. Jennifer has a passion for helping young women who struggle with depression and anxiety, as well as personality disorders. She and her husband enjoy taking cruises as frequently as possible. She also loves spending time with her daughter and granddaughter.

Transition Specialists & Education Team

Jenna Crowell

Jenna Crowell

Transition Director

Jenna Crowell is a Houston native who has spent her entire career working with children, youth, and young adults. Jenna received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Texas State University and through an odd twist of fate, found herself teaching middle school theatre. After two years, Jenna decided to take a leap of faith and leave teaching. Finding Fulshear was a blessing that has led Jenna through more challenges and more joy than she ever thought possible. Being a Transition Specialist combines all of the wonderful aspects of teaching with the ability to truly connect and make a difference in someone’s life and Jenna can’t imagine a better career path.

Outside of work, Jenna likes crafting, hanging out on the couch with her goofy pit bull, enjoying delicious vegan food with her boyfriend, and doing community theatre.

Tuck Thompson

Tuck Thompson

Transition Specialist

Tuck has been with Fulshear for over four years. She spent 2 and a half years working as residential staff at Fulshear’s Stafford location, then 10 months working at the ranch location, before transitioning to her role as Transition Specialist at Fulshear.

She has been financially independent since the tender age of 17, and has been living independently since the age of 19. She has life experience in spades and has plenty of experience being a caregiver. She has also worked overseas during a brief time of her journey at Fulshear, yet missed using the skills developed at Fulshear and chose to come back to continue her rewarding time with Fulshear’s clients and team.

In her personal time, she also works for herself as a Culture Curator and Photographer/Videographer within her own business, called ToughGalTuck Productions. Otherwise, she loves the work that is done at Fulshear and is very excited to continue her journey with Fulshear in this role!

Kat Bailey

Kat Bailey

Transition Specialist

Kat was raised in Houston, TX. She is passionate about recovery and is currently working towards pursuing her LCDC license. Since 2016, Kat has worked for and with multiple non-profit organizations that provide support groups for adolescents and their families that struggle with substance abuse. She has helped spread awareness of addiction and where to get support by doing public speaking engagements with local school districts, colleges, and even with the DEA. Kat came to work at Fulshear in 2018 to continue supporting young people in discovering their meanings and to show them that they are not alone in their struggles.

In Kat's free time she enjoys participating in art shows, analyzing poetry, and spending time with her Dalmatian puppy!

Natalie Robles

Natalie Robles

Transition Director

Natalie graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Throughout college and for nine years after graduating, Natalie worked in Early Childhood Education. Natalie worked for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and ultimately as the Director of a preschool for six years. After adopting her son and re-evaluating her career in 2016, she chose to join Fulshear and has never doubted that decision!

Natalie has a passion for helping young adult women navigate through the transitions in their lives and achieve their goals! Natalie's favorite thing about being a part of Fulshear is that Fulshear allows clients to make mistakes. Instead of punishing, Fulshear co-regulates, connects, and helps teach through the mistakes with the hope of breaking unhealthy patterns.

Natalie is a proud mother to 3 beautiful children and has been married to the man of her dreams for over a decade. She loves to bake and spend time with her family.

Lillian Tillman

Lillian Tillman

Transition Specialist

Lillian started working in mental health in 1999. She received her first degree in Business Technology in 2003 from MTI College of Business Technology, but continued to work in mental health. She later received her bachelor’s in Management from the University of Phoenix in 2019. Although her degrees are in Business, mental health is her passion. While working in Mental Health for over 20 years, she has worn many hats in the field.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her wonderful husband of 6 years and three great kids ages 10,15, and 22.

Admissions and Marketing Team

Helaine Sandler

Helaine Sandler

Admissions Director

Helaine has worked closely with therapeutic programs since 2008 and understands, both personally and professionally, the roads parents take when considering therapeutic placement. She has discovered that helping others through difficult times and giving hope to families is what makes life rewarding.

Helaine has been with Fulshear since 2014 and is passionate about the work families do during treatment. She loves watching young women gain the skills, experience, and maturity necessary to reach their full potential. Prior to working in this therapeutic field, Helaine worked for many years in consumer product sales. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Finance and Spanish.

Helaine also loves spending time with her husband, two beautiful young adult daughters and sweet Basset Hound Phoebe. She enjoys baking and often shares her delights with the team. In a nutshell, her passion, hard work and enthusiasm has brought an added strength to the Fulshear community and you will love getting to know her.

Della Sandler

Della Sandler

Admissions Counselor

Della knows personally all about the work families do during treatment. She believes that working in this field is what she is meant to do — helping families through these trying times and giving them hope for that light at the end of the tunnel is the most rewarding thing she can do.

Della feels that being able to bring in girls that absolutely want to be here, and then watching them move forward in becoming healthy, strong and influential women, is amazing. Seeing all of the hard work that these young women put into doing their best is absolutely inspiring to be around. It creates an amazing work environment — one that not many people get to have.

Della graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Sociology and Child & Family Development. She also loves spending time with her family, her boyfriend, and her rescue dogs, Arlie and Benny. Della brings an optimism and passion to Fulshear and to families going through the admissions process and is so excited to develop relationships with and help steer the way for every family that is considering Fulshear.

Elizabeth Willis

Elizabeth Willis

Business Development Director

Elizabeth comes from a strong family background in the mental health world. Her passion is helping women succeed and become strong. Her focus is to bring awareness to Fulshear, so that others can see that there is an option outside of the traditional treatment options.

Elizabeth grew up mostly in Oklahoma and then as a young woman moved to Texas. She is a mother of 2 daughters, and enjoys spending time with her family. She loves bringing smiles to those around her, and can often be found cooking up a new recipe or baking some sweet goods for family and friends.

Her previous roles in the digital marketing world and the medical field are able to combine to bring years of experience together and fulfill her passion in helping others.

Psychiatry and Nursing

Dr. Norma V.L. Clarke, MD

Dr. Norma V.L. Clarke, MD

Board Certified Psychiatrist

Norma is a board-certified psychiatrist with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in acute care, residential and outpatient settings. Norma spent five years prior to joining Fulshear serving as the medical director for the Adolescent Treatment Program at the Menninger Clinic. She takes a highly relational approach to working with Fulshear students, stating she has “learned the value of careful history taking and slow and careful medication management for all diagnostic categories.”

Norma has expertise in diagnosing and treating bipolar disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. She believes that medications do not represent the end point in a treatment plan; Norma believes correcting dysfunctional habits of thinking and erroneous beliefs, and teaching stress management techniques are critical complements to psychopharmacology.

Norma takes a personal interest in every Fulshear student and says, “I love-and I mean it-watching the dramatic changes as the girls at Fulshear improve!”

In addition to her busy schedule as a psychiatrist, Norma finds time for hiking, nature, reading, cooking, and baking bread.

Erica Sitka, RN

Erica Sitka, RN

Nursing Manager

Erica brings years of experience from working as a nurse on a Medical-Surgical Unit and in an Outpatient Behavioral Healthcare setting, and earned her degree in Nursing in 2008. She enjoys helping and encouraging others to care for both their physical and mental health for overall well-being. When Erica is not at work, she will be found spending time with her husband and 3 children.

Lindsey Cason, GN, LCDC-I

Lindsey Cason GN, LCDC-I

Nurse

I began my journey at Fulshear in 2017 and have worked across departments including residential, recovery, and nursing. My experience working in behavioral health started in 2012 as a prevention specialist and certified family dynamics instructor. I earned my degree in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2015. As an LCDC-I, I have provided substance abuse and treatment services to diverse populations in various outpatient settings. Since 2010 I’ve gained experience as a nursing assistant within phlebotomy, geriatrics, obstetrics, and gynecology. I received global medical training in the Dominican Republic serving impoverished communities in Central America. I earned my degree in Nursing in 2018.

I’m an old soul who enjoys the coastal life with my boyfriend. We are avid outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy nature, traveling, culture, cooking, and fishing.

Paula Seiler, LVN

Nurse

Paula has worked as a nurse for 27 years, with 14 years of experience in outpatient behavioral health. Mental health is her passion.

While not at work, Paula enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, walking on the beach, or reading a book.

Residential Team

Allyson Smith

Program Director

Allyson was raised in the Bay Area of California in a family with four brothers. She enjoys nature, hiking, yoga, reading and traveling. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in the summer of 2007 in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, with a minor in Nutrition. Allyson started working as a residential staff member in Utah at Fulshear’s sister program, New Haven, in 2007 and became a lead supervisor there in 2009. She then moved to Texas to be Fulshear’s Residential Director, and is now the Program Director. She loves and looks forward to interacting and working with the clients and staff each day. Allysonexcels in helping clients create deep change in the way they see themselves, others and the world. She is an example of Fulshear’s relationship model and how we balance love with healthy limits.

As Program Director, Allyson enjoys training and empowering the residential team and collaborating with our treatment teams and families to help our clients heal. She oversees all residential and nursing employees, works with the leadership team to come up with much of the client programming and schedule, and helps create safe, beautiful living environments for the clients.

Allyson is a registered 200 hour yoga teacher and is certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga (TIYT) and Y12SR which combines yoga and the 12 steps. Allyson leads yoga groups and oversees classes taught at Fulshear to help promote healing through movement.”

Andrea Horelica

Andrea Horelica

Residential Director

Andrea was born and raised in Texas. She attended the Art Institute of Houston in 2001 where she studied culinary arts and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science. Andrea has a sibling that is mentally disabled -- growing up with and taking care of her sibling has increased her compassion and empathy for others in need. She started her own healing journey and study of human behavior in 2005 and gained a stronger passion for helping others with mental illness at that time.

Andrea joined Fulshear in 2017 after 20 years in customer service. She started as a Mentor in Stafford and was then promoted to the Ranch as a Shift Leader. Andrea became a Residential Director at the Ranch in December of 2019. As Residential Director, she works on training, guiding, and empowering the Shift Leaders and helps our clients get healthy and prepare for life at the apartments.

Andrea is fulfilled when serving others; she loves to connect with people and help them through their personal journeys. Sitting in the dark with someone while they find the courage to change and grow is the most meaningful aspect of her work. She sees the good in others when they cannot see it themselves and believes that restoring personal power is one of the greatest gifts you can help someone achieve.

Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, reading, and new adventures.

Sarah Kelley

Sarah Kelley

Residential Director

A Texas native, Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. While in Boulder pursuing her degree, she worked as a licensed massage therapist at an Ayurvedic clinic which ignited her dedication to health and well-being. Sarah moved back to Texas and began working in higher education as an instructor at a community college, and eventually expanded her skillset to teaching in early childhood development and secondary education settings. Sarah came to Fulshear in 2017 to pursue a career in behavioral health where she could apply her talent for teaching with her academics in psychology. Sarah contributes to the mission and vision of Fulshear by building strong residential teams comprised of coaches dedicated to client safety, engagement, and treatment progression.

Outside of work, Sarah loves spending time with and raising her two daughters, traveling to visit family and friends, and living an active lifestyle of fun and adventure.

Nekka Kerns

Nekka Kerns

Night Watch Manager

Nekka received her degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix in 2016. Nekka volunteered as head coach for a cheer squad for 8 years and enjoyed helping to mentor and motivate young girls to be confident and empowered. She also worked in special education for high school students with learning differences and mental illnesses for 4 years. Nekka's main focus is to empower young adults and help them realize their full potential. She has a deep passion for mental health and helping those who struggle with anxiety, depression, and a variety of other disorders.

Jessica Garcia

Jessica Garcia

Residential Shift Lead

Jessica received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 2016. Jess worked for a college readiness program upon graduating, and enjoyed helping young students realize their goals and take steps toward achieving them. Jess joined the Fulshear team because she believes in its vision and wants to support all women in realizing their value and strength. She strives to be a calm and neutral presence for others.

When Jess is not at work, she is spending time with her family, taking care of her many plants, or working on creative projects with her husband.

Keren Alcala

Keren Alcala

Residential Shift Lead

Keren Alcala is a born and raised Texan, and the PM Shift Lead Supervisor at the ranch. She is easily adaptable and has been successful at other career journeys such as customer service, private investigation, and bounty hunting cases involving international work. Keren is a dedicated worker who believes in Fulshear’s mission and vision. She is passionate about helping the clients find their full potential and helps the clients challenge themselves when they say and think they cannot keep going, while still providing a loving and safe environment.

When Keren isn’t at work, she enjoys self-caring by reading a good book, watching her favorite zombie flicks, and spending time with her friends and family.

Zach Carter

Zach Carter

Residential Shift Lead

Zach is a shift leader on our ranch campus. He came to Fulshear looking for experience in the mental health field and carrying a passion for helping guide young adults through their healing journey. He is currently going for a psychology degree and on the road to becoming a therapist. He was born and raised in Houston but loves to travel away from the city to see some nature. Some of his favorite things to do outside of work are to go hiking on trails, eat good food, travel, watch anime, and play video games.

Erica Barnes

Erica Barnes

Residential Shift Lead

Erica Barnes: Mother of two daughters, passionate about the justice system and mental health which brings her to Fulshear. She wants to make a difference, one lady at a time.

Equine Team

Molly Freemantle, LMSW

Equine Specialist & Therapist

Molly received her Bachelor degree of Fine Arts in Psychology and sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She spent the following 8 years working with horses, including riding competitively. Molly also supervised at-risk youth, specifically fostered or homeless adolescents, and juvenile offenders. At Fulshear, she started as a residential staff and is currently their equine specialist, using her passion of connecting women with horses while providing examples of strong healthy relationships.

Being an experienced rider and horse personnel, Molly is aware of the healing and growth that can be found while working with horses. She has shown in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, instructed, trained, and ridden just for fun, and witnessing personal achievements along the way. Her heart is in showing others all that can be gained through working with these large, honest animals.

Molly is originally from Houston, Texas. When she’s not with the women in the barn or planning therapeutic activities with a horse, you can find her enjoying the outdoors such as camping, hiking, and fishing. She looks forward to maintaining the equine program and bringing the latest proven discoveries to Fulshear.

Lina Umphry

Assistant Equine Specialist

Lina began her equine journey at the age of 4 years old and has continued to pursue many
different parts of the equine industry over the years, mainly focusing on equine rescue work.
She got her first rescue horse at age 6, and since then has rescued several horses. She helps
manage a nonprofit equine rescue organization in Angleton, TX. Seeing the transformation of even the most severe abuse cases into wonderful horses with the biggest hearts made her passionate about showing others how horses can help heal people as well.

Horses have personally helped Lina get through her toughest times in life. She also teaches
horse riding lessons to all ages, and trains horses. She has 5 personal horses: Pedro (a rescue
from a kill pen), Klarabell (a wild mustang rescue from New Mexico), Stitches and Pistol (a mom
and baby pair from owner surrender), and Zoey (an owner abandonment case from the SPCA of
Texas).

She and her husband recently started an agricultural business, which includes raising cattle, training horses, and maintaining land. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two dogs. They all enjoy riding their horses, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with friends.

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus is a 20-year-old male horse, although he believes he is a Great Dane. He came to Fulshear having been a lesson horse at a pristine show barn, but Fulshear is more his style. His playful nature is beyond compare, and he makes friends with everyone. Bonus is known for having conversations with the cows in the neighboring pasture, and he loves to roll around especially in mud puddles. His desire to please others in relationships can get the best of him, resulting in a lack of boundaries. He will push your boundaries and let others push him. This can sometimes lead to him having many surface-level relationships and going to a place of compliance instead of cooperation. When he does genuinely connect with someone and find that partnership, he is excellent at providing space to feel safe and process emotions. A connection is truly what fills his bucket and shows us what it’s like to love others unconditionally. Bonus encourages us to be in tune with our inner child while recognizing the importance of having personal boundaries.

Gabby

Gabby

Gabby is a 25-year-old female. She sometimes gives off the impression that she does not want to be seen, rather stands back and observes what is going on around her. Gabby is very cautious in her approach to many things, including relationships. She has the tendency to be nurturing and very gentle, while also asserting her needs. When connecting with others, she sees through the surface level and is able to detect incongruence in others’ emotions quickly. Gabby values vulnerability and consistency; she is the kind of partner who doesn’t care if you are on cloud nine or down in the dumps, just that you are honest with yourself. Gabby has a loud mouth and is very vocal in the barn, making sure all the other horses understand her role in the herd. She loves belly scratches and going on rides in the pasture. She teaches the ladies at Fulshear how let go of their fear of rejection and let down their walls. In working with Gabby, many find self-acceptance and learn that genuine connections exist when you love yourself first.

Shelbee

Shelbee

Shelbee is an 11-year-old female and a true teenager at heart. She had a difficult time transitioning to life on the Ranch, having never left her mom and sibling or even seen a cow before, but after 3 years of being part of the equine team she has settled in nicely. Shelbee is very pretty, and she knows it, but not always the most confident despite being the alpha female in the herd. In fact, she is often very anxious having struggled with abandonment and is fearful of being left alone. She tends to rely on others for safety and security, seeking out a connection in healthy ways and sometimes through a crisis. She loves to be pampered and given attention, bath time and having her mane brushed out are some of her favorites. Shelbee is a great teacher when it comes to lessons on codependency, emotional regulation, connection, and healthy attachment. She resembles so many of our ladies here and many have related to Shelbee, recognizing more and more about themselves as they spend time with her.

Tex

Tex

Tex is a 24-year-old male who packs a major punch in a small size. Although he may be on the “smaller” size, his heart is as big as his name (Texas). Tex’s past is just as mysterious as he is, but he is one of the OG members of the herd here at Fulshear. Tex often stands alone, appearing distant from his herd and people. However, he is confident in himself and his place. As far as relationships, Tex sets high expectations and will test others before getting close. Sometimes he, unfortunately, ends up pushing people away out of his fear of abandonment. Tex values consistency and commitment in his relationships, which helps to build trust and ultimately the opportunity for a lifelong connection. Tex keeps his space very tidy and prides himself in having the cleanest stall in the barn. He loves to people-watch and is very curious about his surroundings. So much so, that when left to his own devices, he has coined the nickname of “Houdini” after figuring out how to escape his stall. Tex demonstrates daily how trusting relationships must be earned and are not freely given. He offers respect for those who work with him, and in doing so teaches the ladies at Fulshear that they too deserve to respect themselves. His loyalty is a quality that should be cherished. Boy, do we love our Texas.

Wendy

Wendy

Everyone meet Wendy, a 24-year-old female. Wendy falls towards the lower end of the herd, somewhere in the middle, although she could care less about her ranking. She enjoys spending time on her own; you will rarely see her with the other horses. As much as she appears to enjoy being alone, it does have an impact on her. Wendy oftentimes isolates and tends to go unseen by both horse and person. This makes it challenging for there to be a connection and the relationship that she truly wants. Wendy engages in some odd or depressing behaviors, such as rolling in the manure pile, and generally not caring for herself due to this lack of connection. Despite this, if someone seeks her out and shows that they are committed to the relationship, she lets her golden personality shine through (just like her color). Wendy is just as much sassy as she is sweet. She has a childlike quality about her and loves to have races in the pasture with our Barn Managers. If she could be a person, she would be Gwyneth Paltrow. Without even trying, Wendy teaches the importance of self-care and our ability to seek out connection, even when we don’t think we need or deserve it. She is one of a kind, and we wouldn’t want her any other way.

Rocket

Rocket

Rocket is a 28-year-old male and alpha of our herd. He has quite the reputation of being a strong leader- after retiring from racing at 3 years old, he has had a comfortable life of grazing, playing, and serving others. He quickly finds a dominant position in any relationship, and if you can match his energy, he will automatically take a liking to you. He is one of the more complex horses at Fulshear because, underneath the “top dog” attitude, he is a complete sweetheart. He values relationships with boundaries and respect, and he teaches the ladies that some of the best connections take time. One of his favorite bonding activities is to get a nice grooming, and he loves any treats containing sugar. Seriously- he once tried to take a sip of a client’s coffee because it tasted like French vanilla. He has high standards for himself and others, which is the most important thing he shares with our clients. We hope you love our quirky guy as much as we do.

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