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Our Story

OUR STORY
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About Us

The EmBark Foundation, Inc. was officially founded on February 3rd, 2021. We were founded on the basis of the founders' love for animals and the seen positive effect animals had on trauma and mental healing. We started our journey from unexpected ethical frustrations and learning experiences within a separate nonprofit. Our co-founders joined together in their shared passion to found a nonprofit with ethics and policies that could support growth and integrity. The EmBark Foundation is a nonprofit that thrives on transparency, trauma-informed care, and passion for the mission. Through bold devotion to our mission, we believe that this is only just the start to a service that can benefit all survivors as they EmBark on their journey of healing.

OUR TEAM

Meet The Team!

Program Team & Co-Founders

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Sammy Michaels, MSW
Co-Founder
Chief Executive Officer

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Stephanie Kelley
Chief Operations Officer

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Briahna LeFave-Viken
Chief Communications Officer

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Gino Ricchio
Chief Financial Officer

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Mikayla Walsh
Survivor Support Specialist

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Abby Moravec
Co-Founder
Event Coordinator & Chapter Supervisor

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Leah Weitz
Funding Associate

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Holly Muth
Co-Founder

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Board of Directors

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Shalon Zeferjahn

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Chynna Lewis

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Annalee Scandrett

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Sharmin Prince

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Partnerships

Partnerships

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To inquire about becoming an official partner of the EmBark Foundation, please contact our CEO Sammy at sammy@embarkfoundation.org!

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