Marlene F. Karman

Executive Director - Equine Trainer - PATH Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Marlene Karman is the founder and Executive Director of HRET. As a PATH instructor, she teaches many of our classes and creates individualized curriculum for schools and private classes.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Intl certified therapeutic riding instructor, educator and wellness coach with M'lis (30+years), VP in saving and loan industry, previous Lemont Fire Commissioner, founding member of Willow Creek Church and co-leader of Prison and Jail Ministry, active member of the Equestrian Woods Community Association Board of Directors. Completed PATH Intl. Instructor Training for Equine Services for Heroes.

Art Karman

Equestrian Manager

Art keeps our horse herd healthy and happy. He makes sure all horses get any special feed, medication, blanketing or care. Art is at the barn daily to make sure our horses are happy and content year-round!

Financial Advisor (60+ years), co-leader of Willow Creek Barrington Prison and Jail Ministry.

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Emma Bunda

PATH Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Lead Instructor
Instructor Coordinator 
Herd Care Manager

Emma has been with us since our very first rider back in 2015, as a volunteer and herd helper. Since her first day, she knew she wanted to work for HRET as an instructor when she grew up! As soon as she turned 18 she began the track to get her PATH Intl. certifications. Now as an instructor, she uses the skills she learns in her certified therapeutic recreation specialist program to create unique and intellectual activities. Emma specializes in teaching our pony classes, and is currently lead instructor for all our morning school district classes. She has also recently taken on Herd Care Manager role and is loving getting to be hands on with the horses everyday and ensuring their needs are met.



PATH Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, pursuing Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist degree from University of St. Francis, ABA Therapist, 8+ years herd care/equine training experience, Learn to Skate USA instructor, USA Hockey Instructor, Shirley Ryan Abilitylab Volunteer, CPR/AED/First Aid certified. 

Lindsey Kickert

PATH Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Education Coordinator 


Lindsey teaches during our evening classes and uses her special education background to create a variety of fun, individualized, and skill-appropriate 

activities for the riders. Lindsey specializes in creating lessons that also include academic skills!


PATH Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, certified 6-12 educator, BS in secondary math education, endorsements in special education and middle school, MS in educational technology leadership.

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Ashley Brown

PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Graphic Designer/Marketing Specialist
Herd Care Team

Ashley communicates with potential and existing volunteers in regards to the various opportunities and needs at HRET. Ashley is also part of our herd care team and uses her past experience of showing Arabian and Half-Arabian horses on the A-rated circuit, and working through training level dressage with her own horse in training our program horses. Her background in marketing has also provided HRET with an in-house graphic designer. She develops, creates the layouts, and designs the imagery for our marketing materials including social media graphics, brochures and flyers, and all of our printable marketing needs. 

PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, 25+ years of equine experience, Assistant Project Manager for a locally based Construction Management company


Kaitlyn Klein

PATH Instructor In Training
Barn Manager

Kaitlyn has been with HRET since 2018 as a volunteer and herd care helper. She instantly fell in love with kids, horses, and other volunteers and knew she wanted to become more involved. Now, Kaitlyn is the herd care team manager and is completing the journey to become a certified therapeutic riding instructor! She cannot wait to join the other instructors in supplying our riders with our classes! Kaitlyn is at the barn everyday making sure our horses are happy and healthy!

In school to gain Certified Recreational Therapist Degree from University of St. Xavier
CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
8+ years horse experience



Laura Karman

Farm Experience Coordinator

PATH Instructor In Training

More Information Coming Soon


Sarah Vitek 

Volunteer and Rider Coordinator

More Information Coming Soon


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