Staff

Malikah Adu-Niasse is a graduate of Cleveland State University and Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. She has studied the art of film production and film theory with a concentration in youth wellness and mental health. Malikah is the founder and owner of Camp Journey Learning Centers, working with urban youth on character building, community scouting, agricultural awareness, financial competency, and self preservation. She is a trained Scout master for the Cub and Troop Scout curriculum, Coach of Team F.R.E.E. financial advisors, and the author of the Y-Films curriculum (to be published in Fall 2020). In addition to serving on LUCK’s board, Malikah is on the board of Organic Connects.

Elizabeth Biddick, PATH Intl Certified Instructor

Born and raised in Ardmore, OK, Liz has been a horse lover from the start—riding the grocery store pony every chance she got. Liz played basketball in high school and went with her team to the State tournament. After high school she attended University of Dallas, graduating with a BA in Spanish but her love of horses was a calling, so she took a year off to travel and work on horse farms in Australia. Upon returning to the U.S., Liz began her education as a riding instructor in Ft. Worth, TX, and completed the British Horse Society instructor training. Since then, she has taught therapeutic riding and typical lessons. It’s no surprise that Liz is passionate about horses, especially her own Tucker and Emmie, and that she considers horsemanship a life-long learning experience as she continues to take lessons and ride in clinics. When she’s not on horseback or in the arena teaching, Liz is hiking in the mountains or reading.

Maryellen Friedrich

Andrea Gale, CMSD Teacher

Andrea teaches English at James Ford Rhodes College and Career Academy. She loves horses, yoga, and reading great books. Nest year marks her 35th year as an educator. Discovering LUCK has allowed her to offer a unique extra-curricular opportunity to her students. She is looking forward to watching horses benefit city kids whenever they meet.

Laura Hammel, MBA, MA, PhD

Watching a rider and horse interact is pure magic. Laura has been honored to see the benefits of riding on many people in her life and has gotten to know awesome equestrians who don’t laugh at her when she occasionally puts on spurs. Laura’s favorite barn chore is cleaning stalls. A Clevelander by birth, Laura has a PhD in urban education from Cleveland State University. She currently teaches communications to outstanding students at Notre Dame College, loves to read, has a passion for LUCK, and advocates for positive change any chance she gets.   

Elizabeth Kahl, MSW, LCSW (62853), LISW (I. 1501198), PATH Intl Advanced Certified Instructor

Betsy lived in Cleveland for over 30 years and found out about LUCK just as she was moving to Austin, TX! Fortunately, she’s been LUCKy to stay involved as the program grows. She’s even learned some cool ways to work with horses in TX that she can share with LUCK, especially how to develop horses through classical work in hand. Betsy has been teaching these skills to youths and veterans, which allows them to help her train horses physically and mentally for therapeutic work. Betsy believes riding is an art and both people and horses should have fun with it. She enjoys creating art with her two horses, Stuart and Diosa, and any other horse she is LUCKy to meet. 

Emma Knight, B.A. Integrated Marketing Communications

Emma is lucky to have had a great introduction to horses that fostered a love of riding, teaching, and horsemanship. She was introduced to LUCK her junior year at John Carroll University when she wanted to start a similar program within the university and has been hooked ever since. She has owned two off the track thoroughbreds, Beau and Linus, and has competed locally in eventing and hunter jumper shows. She placed 8th nationally in Pony Club Quiz Championships, a test of horsemanship knowledge and loves bringing those ideas to others. Her favorite memories are working and laughing with the other “barn rats” and hopes to foster the same happy memories in Cleveland’s youth today!

Joseph Knight

Vanessa Jones-Washington, PhD, LPCC-S

Leon Washington, PhD, Pastor

Advisors

Dona Brady

William Denihan

Anne Marie Kollander

Patrick Swann