DALLAS – August 5, 2019 – Equest is pleased to announce Sarah Bibelhausen as the new Director of Development. In this role, Bibelhausen will be responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive and strategic fundraising programs and events supporting Equest’s mission to bring hope and healing to children and adults with diverse needs through equine assisted activities and therapies.
Bibelhausen brings a high level of expertise in community engagement, strategy setting and execution, and revenue generation. Most recently, she served as Assistant Director at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), successfully executing an engagement and communications plan that was a key part of a $20 million fundraising initiative. During her three and a half years at UTD, she also pioneered a new program to enhance opportunities for women in tech in collaboration with C-Suite leadership from American Airlines. Prior to UTD, she worked at Texas Tech University as Program Coordinator, managing its young professional program, assisting in top level communication, and supervising the implementation of new CRM technology. She received her Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech University and is a graduate of Leadership North Texas University (2018) and Leadership and Reputation Academy (2019). A lifetime lover of horses, Bibelhausen volunteered at MainGait Therapeutic Horsemanship since 2016.
“Sarah’s experience and passion for what we do makes her an excellent fit for this role and we are proud to welcome her to the Equest family,” Equest CEO Lili Kellogg said.
Founded in 1981, Equest provides equine assisted learning, therapies and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping and learning disabilities and veterans with adjustment challenges. The services provided include physical and occupational therapy, equine facilitated counseling and equine assisted learning, therapeutic carriage driving, therapeutic horsemanship and competition. With the help of 30 therapy horses, eight instructors, four therapists, three counselors, and 400 volunteers, lives are changed for more than 2,000 served annually. Equest was the first PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Texas and remains one of the largest in the country. Equest offers an engaging volunteer program that provides 30,000 hours of direct program service opportunities each year. www.equest.org
In Photo: Sarah Bibelhausen
Photo Credit: courtesy of Equest