Liz specializes in working with individuals and corporate teams to discover and live their life’s (or team’s) purpose with passion. Raised in a family with talented parents who struggled with alcoholism, she was determined to rise above the circumstances and break the cycle of addiction. Through workshops and seminars Liz studied human behavior for the next 25 years. Early in her career she worked for Dayton Power and Light (Human Resources) and later, with her husband, started a retail chain of stores in the beauty industry (began with 1 location – built to 14 locations & over 120 employees) which sold in 2004.
With the sale came the wealth she long desired, but she felt empty and unfulfilled. “It’s like I was climbing this ladder for so many years, and I FINALLY get to the top… only to realize my ladder was up against the wrong building,” she shared. As a cathartic exercise, Liz began writing a book to help children growing up in homes with addiction, but a nagging feeling hinted this wasn’t the right instrument to accomplish the goal of helping this population.
In 2009, she created Horses Healing Hearts, a charity using horses to help this population. HHH provides weekly sessions combining counseling, horsemanship and riding to teach children from homes with addiction life-skills, empathy and improve self-esteem. Over the last ten years HHH has helped over 600 youth and adults. Liz FINALLY found her life’s purpose of using her trauma to help others triumph!
Being a subject matter expert on Children of Parents with Substance Use Disorder, Equine therapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Liz has presented at multiple national conferences and been published in well over a dozen magazines and newspapers. She is most honored and proud of her opportunity to speak on behalf of these children while addressing a Congressional Task Force to combat the national heroin epidemic in Washington DC.
Liz has one daughter, Haley, who attends the University of Alabama. In addition to studying human behavior, Liz enjoys horseback riding and Pilates.