Joyce Korschgen, MS, LPC, EAGALA, Founder and Executive Director

Joyce Korschgen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association)  trained Equine Assisted Professional (EAP) who has been in private practice for 30 years. Though her main specialty has been the treatment of Eating Disorders she was inspired to create Heron Hill Arabians 8 years ago and has been working to promote EAP since then. Her more recent collaboration with Lewis and Clarke College and Thomas Doherty has resulted in the development of The Center at Heron Hill: An Equine and Nature Based Therapy and Education Program. She is the founder of Alliance Counseling Center, an outpatient eating disorder treatment facility and now serves as the Director of The Center at Heron Hill. Joyce is a level one Archery Instructor.

Thomas Doherty, PsyD, Ecotherapy Consultant

Thomas Doherty, PsyD is a psychologist in Portland, Oregon who specializes in nature-based counseling approaches and the psychological aspects environmental issues. He is active in research and education in wilderness therapy and brings over 20 years of experience providing therapy, education, and personal growth in settings ranging from primitive skills expeditions to inpatient hospital units. Thomas began his career working with adjudicated youth on the wagon trains of the Vision Quest program of Arizona. He later worked as a river guide in Grand Canyon and as an expedition leader, therapist, and supervisor at the Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs. In addition to his clinical psychology practice, Thomas trains counselors at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School, where he founded the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate program. Thomas is also Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Ecopsychology and served on the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Interface between Psychology and Global Climate Change.

The New York Times called Thomas Joseph Doherty "the most prominent American advocate of a growing discipline known as 'ecopsychology.' Thomas's work has also been featured in the Oregonian; New Hampshire Public Radio; the Detroit Metro Times; Sustainability: The Journal of Record; Alternative and Complementary Therapies, the Monitor on Psychology.

Thomas has provided talks and workshops for organizations such as the American Psychological Association, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Natural Step USA, New Season's Markets, the Port of Portland, the Bioneers, the Association of Oregon Recyclers, and the Oregon Counseling Association.


Margaret Kelleher, PsyD, EAGALA Advanced, Equine Program Director

In addition to her work at Alliance Counseling and The Center at Heron Hill, Dr. Kelleher is a LIcensed Psychologist in private practice in the Sellwood area of Portland, Oregon. She holds advanced certification with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and utilizes that model for EAP work. Areas of special interest include working with adults and young children to address issues of chronic trauma, collaborative co-parenting, grief resolution after loss, and creative self actualization. Dr. Kelleher also has experience in using EAP to enhance leadership development and team building for corporations and businesses. Throughout her career, Dr. Kelleher has witnessed the transformational power horses ignite within the people they meet. Professionally, and personally, she deeply understands both the hard work, and the joy, involved in creating, and living out, that transformation day by day.

Amanda Starr, Psy.D., EAGALA

Amanda Starr is a licensed psychologist in Portland, Oregon, and is certified by EAGALA in equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP). In 2006, Amanda graduated with her doctorate in psychology from Pacific University and became licensed in Oregon in 2008. A member of the trauma team at the Portland DBT Program for three years, Amanda is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is experienced in working with people who struggle with suicidal urges and self-harm behavior, intense emotion dysregulation, and difficulty building and maintaining stable, satisfying relationships. In 2010, her clinical focus shifted to include advanced training (Levels I & II) in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-based talk therapy for trauma recovery. In private practice since 2011, Amanda works with adults ages 18–70+ on issues related to mood and anxiety, relationships and communication, PTSD and complex trauma, and dissociative disorders.

Having grown up on a ranch in Northern California, Amanda has a deep appreciation for the outdoors and animals of all kinds. In her free time she loves to ride horses, go on long rambles with her dogs Maya and Huckleberry, swim, kayak, cook, eat, or lie in a hammock and read a trashy book. She aims to bring compassion, mindful awareness, acceptance, and humor into her work with people, and feels privileged in her role of supporting clients' pursuit of personal healing and growth.

Eric DiIlio, MA

Eric DiIlio has been providing counseling since graduation from Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR) in 2010 with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a focus on Ecopsychology and Wilderness Therapy. He also has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education from Penn State University. Eric has had counseling experience in mental health outpatient clinics, child and family therapy programs, schools, as well as with his private practice Counseling With Nature, which offers eco-therapy and sessions outdoors.

Eric can help with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, bipolar, adjustment disorders, relationship troubles, men’s issues, PTSD, parenting, self-esteem, career counseling, panic/phobia, and aging concerns.

Eric strives for balance and will combine well-researched and highly effective contemporary approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with age-old, irreplaceable therapeutic nurturing that comes from experiences with the natural environment.

Eric has had a long passion for the outdoors and enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, skiing, and day trips with his wife, son, and dog.


Jessica Lechlak

As a child I loved spending time outside. I preferred to climb trees, and make mud pies rather than playing indoors. My professional wilderness career began in 2000 when I started working at an outdoor education center in Michigan. For the next several years I continued to spend my summers working at summer camps teaching sailing, canoeing, archery, high ropes courses, and low ropes courses. I graduated from the University of Toledo with a BS in recreational therapy.

After graduation I went on a professional outdoor educators backpacking and climbing course with the National Outdoor Leadership School. I spent 31 days backpacking through southern Arizona, and climbing at Cochise Stronghold. During this time I received my certification as a Wilderness First Responder, and studied Leave No Trace principles.

In 2007 I moved to southern Utah to work at Aspen Achievement Academy, a wilderness therapy program for troubled teens. I spent two years working at Aspen hiking with teenagers in the woods. We taught wilderness skills (bow drill fires, shelters, backpacking skills, and survival skills), life skills, school based curriculums, and worked on self-confidence. My experience working with the teens directed my current path.

Currently I am finishing my master’s in Marriage, Couples and Family therapy with a certificate in ecopsychology from Lewis and Clark Graduate School.  I’m also a teaching assistant for the wilderness therapy course offered in the summer. My hope is to continue integrating the healing aspects of nature into my therapeutic career. I continue to enjoy spending time outdoors in my free time, hiking and exploring all of the outdoor beauty that Oregon has to offer.


Leah Shuyler, MA, LPCi, EAGALA

Leah Shuyler graduated in 2009 with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark. In addition, she received a Specialty in Ecopsychology from Lewis & Clark. She also holds a Certificate in Yoga Calm™ for Children and for the last three years she has been working with Yoga Calm to integrate Ecopsychology principles and activities into their program. She will be co-authoring a book with Yoga Calm tentatively titled Love, Knowledge, and Action: Fostering Environmental Stewardship, publish date to be determined. Leah is the Yoga Calm Certification Manager and is a certified EAGALA professional.

Leah has experience working with all ages, as well as individuals, groups and families. She has experience in environmental education, watershed restoration, leading children's camps, and teaching gymnastics and trampoline. She has also worked as a Mental Health Therapist, she has helped lead workshops and trainings for teachers and counselors, she has presented at multiple conferences, and she has participated in various research studies.

Leah has been passionate about helping people and the planet since she was a young child. She loves to recycle, create repurposed art, read, spend time in nature, spend time with her family and pets, and learn about the environment and cultures from around the world. Leah is a level one Archery Instructor.

Ivy Katz, MA, LPCi

Ivy Katz has a masters in Counseling Psychology and certificate in Ecopsychology from Lewis & Clark College. She is also trained in Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy and is a certified yoga instructor. Ivy has had numerous experiences in the outdoor behavioral healthcare field. Along with her Masters degree she holds two bachelors degree from Prescott College. One in human development and the other in dance. She focused her studies on the therapeutic use of adventure education along with dance as means for personal and spiritual growth.

Since 2007 Ivy has worked in the mental health field, including three and half years as a senior field instructor at two adult based wilderness therapy programs. This includes competencies in backpacking, earth based skills, rites of passage work, and other adventure based activities. She has also had multiple years of experience working with adolescents at both wilderness programs and residential treatment.

Along with working as a therapist at the Center at Heron Hill, Ivy has a counseling private practice where she focuses on somatic mindfulness based approaches to therapy. She also works as a teacher trainer for the non-profit Street Yoga where she trains other social workers,counselors and yoga teachers how to teach yoga to vulnerable youth. Ivy is a wilderness first responder and a Leave No Trace trainer. When Ivy is not working you can usually find her on her yoga mat, traveling, exploring the mountains, riding her bike and spending time with family and friends.


Beth Kuchenreuther, MA, EAGALA, LPCi, Publicity Consultant

As founder of Four Winds Coaching, Beth Kuchenreuther seeks to energize clients and guide them toward greater self-awareness and realization of their fullest potential. Beth’s highly developed coaching and training skills are backed by twenty years of experience in executive leadership, team development, and sales management. She has supported leaders at several levels in developing their operational and personalized action plans, enhancing their effectiveness, and helping them reconnect with their passions and strengths.

After earning a M.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Education, Beth was formally trained as a professional coach, and is licensed as a Certified Counselor in WA State. She is an EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) trained specialist (Level I and II) and holds both Mental Health and Equine Specialist certifications.

Beth designs and conducts coaching and training programs for executive development and organizational teams, and specializes in leadership development, team performance, and employee engagement. Her counseling specializations include women, wellness and workplace issues. Beth utilizes her extensive background and education to challenge and support her clients as they reach outside their current reality and transform their work and life.

Rebecca Macy, MA, LPCi, RYT

Rebecca has an MA in counseling psychology from Lewis & Clark College and has been providing individual and group counseling to children, youth, and adults since 2010. She is also a certified yoga teacher (RYT) and has been teaching people to connect with their bodies and breath since 2013. She has experience working with Oregon communities in various settings—schools, community outpatient clinics, and residential treatment centers to name a few. In 2014 she started a private practice, The Art of Balance, offering individual and group counseling as well as private and group yoga classes in Portland, OR. She specializes in working with people struggling with symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and difficult life transitions.

Rebecca finds it important to approach her work with openness, creativity, and the desire to learn and grow from the people she works with. She uses an integrative and strengths-based approach, adapting her work to fit the individual needs of the people she serves. This can range from meeting outdoors in a natural setting to exploring something through art, music, or movement. To create more balance in her own life she practices yoga, listens to music, exercises her "green thumb", cooks deliciously healthy food, reads books of all kinds (preferably in a hammock), and often goes for hikes in the woods.


Merri Beth Vaughn, MA, LPCi, EAGALA, Equine Specialist

Merri Vaughn graduated in 2011 from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling with a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. She has received specialized training in somatic psychology, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, human sexuality, and the treatment of trauma. Merri also holds a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Carleton College. She is EAGALA certified as both a Mental Health Specialist and an Equine Specialist.

Merri has ten years of experience in the mental health field and has helped clients deal with major mental illness, homelessness, and traumatic brain injury. She completed a year-long internship at the Oregon State Hospital. She has provided therapy, case management, and skills training to adults and adolescents in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings. In addition to working as a therapist and Equine Specialist at The Center at Heron Hill, Merri has a private practice. She also provides abuse intervention treatment services through a local non-profit organization.

Merri has a life-long passion for horses and the outdoors. She began riding before she could walk, and she continues to spend as much time at the barn as possible. She grew up in the country and has never lost her love of a good hike and a campfire.

Ian MacKay, B.S., WFR

Ian MacKay grew up backpacking and exploring in the Pacific Northwest and is proud to call Oregon home. After receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation from Oregon State University and spending 5 years working as a biological technician on wildlife conservation projects in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Ian decided to move in a different direction. Following a stint as an AmeriCorps Volunteer leading wilderness trail work crews, Ian was certified as a Wilderness First Responder and worked as a guide for an Oregon-based Wilderness Therapy Company, logging over 200 days leading adolescents in the backcountry. In addition to spending time at Chemawa Indian School, Ian works as a Mental Health Technician at a Psychiatric Outpatient facility in Portland, Oregon, supporting adults through their treatment process. As an advocate for people who stutter, Ian helps facilitate a monthly support group for young people who stutter in Portland. Ian has a certificate in permaculture design and has worked many hours as a landscaper in his spare time. When not working, you may find Ian eating delicious food, riding his bike, or digging in the dirt.


Michael Margadonna

Michael Margadonna began developing his love of the wilds by dodging copperheads and alligators while sneaking through the swampy forests of the southeast, chasing whitetail deer. Being an active and current wilderness explorer, Michael is constantly pushing himself and updating his skills in the field, learning from real life experiences. He has logged thousands of miles on foot and canoe in remote wilderness locations around the world, as well as embraced a lifestyle of hunting, trapping, and fishing year round for food, beginning at a very young age.

As an accomplished archer, Michael is a certified USA Archery instructor and member of the National Field Archery Association with a passion for creating challenging and realistic archery scenarios for himself and his students. He has taught archery with all age groups on all levels. He enjoys teaching everyone from young beginners to old timer hunters, believing there is always room to grow. In addition to being an archer, Michael is both a bowyer (a maker of bows) and a fletcher (a maker of arrows), as well as a teacher of both trades.

Michael enjoys a connection with the earth that feels led to share with others. In his free time he can often be found (or not) far into the forest somewhere, hunting or fishing for something, or scouting for future adventures. If he is not there he is training at his dojo in Judo or Kyokushin Karate.


Denni Edlund, MSW/MPH

Denni holds Masters degrees in both social work and public health from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor degree in community health from Brown University. She is a registered Clinical Social Worker Associate, pursuing her License in Clinical Social Work in the state of Oregon. She is fluent in Spanish, and has worked with individuals and groups facing a range health and social issues in high poverty urban communities, focusing mainly on children and youth. She spent five years at the Health, Emotions and Behavior laboratory with the Yale University Psychology department, in message framing community-based research in HIV/AIDS and cancer education. Denni is a master gardener and spends much of her free time doing a range of do it yourself, make and build your own projects, as well as getting outdoors with her family and animals as much as possible. She is awed daily by the rhythm and beauty of the natural world around her and is happy to be able to share this with clients at the Center at Heron Hill.