Koelle Simpson, Founder

Koelle Simpson is a world-renowned life coach, horse whisperer, and leader of the Equus Coaching Movement. After experiencing early childhood trauma, horses became an important part of her journey to rebuilding a sense of trust in herself and the world around her. The safety, honesty, and wisdom she witnessed in these powerful four-legged teachers offered a profound and playful roadmap to reconnect with her own inner wisdom.

Since then, Koelle has been honored to study with some of the world’s greatest teachers including world-renowned equine trainer, Monty Roberts, and best-selling author, life coach, and O Magazine columnist, Dr. Martha Beck. Koelle’s own work has been featured in O Magazine, BBC Business Report, the National Journal, the OWN Network, and TEDx. She works with individuals and institutions around the world including South Africa, Europe, the UAE, Canada, and the United States.

In 2006, Koelle founded the Koelle Institute out of a desire (and demand!) to share her life-transforming insights with others. The Institute has evolved into a remarkable community of compassionate and highly skilled Equus Coaches dedicated to facilitating transformative encounters with horses.

Koelle is in awe of where her journey has led thus far. As a humble student of life, she marvels at the magic and resilience of the human spirit and hopes to continue serving others.

Erin Cutshall

Equus Coach Training Coordinator & Instructor

Erin is an Equus Coach Training Coordinator and an instructor for the Equus Coach Training program. She has a background of over 20 years in risk management and finance in large corporations. Erin has an MA in Organizational Leadership and is a Master Equus Facilitator and a Master Life Coach. She lives with her partner and two children in Salt Lake City, UT.



Renee Sievert

Equus Coach Training for Therapists Coordinator & Instructor

With over 30 years in the healthcare field, Renee specializes in consulting, teaching, executive coaching, and provides Equus leadership and team-building workshops nationwide. Renee is an RN and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in California and provides training on a variety of topics including Motivational Interviewing, Co-Occurring Disorders, Crisis Intervention, Trauma, and Ethics. She is a published author, a Certified Daring Way™ & Rising Strong Facilitator. She is a faculty member at the Koelle Institute, UC Davis’ Northern Training Academy, SDSU’s Academy for Professional Excellence, and Martha Beck, Inc. In addition to her own company, Sievert Services, she is a founding partner of pLink Leadership and a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and International Coach Federation (ICF).


Travis Stock


Travis’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Development and a Master of Social Work degree with a child welfare specialization. While working as a social worker in a state government agency, he recognized how much the systems in which we all work, play, and live greatly influence our felt sense of success in life. Equus Coaching and teaching for the Institute became Travis’s way of helping others look critically at their relationship to these systems to more successfully create the life they want. Travis is an instructor for both the Equus Coaching Course and Master Facilitator Apprenticeship. He teaches classes on tracking the wisdom of the body, vulnerability, and gives feedback on students’ coaching sessions.


Jennifer VossJennifer Voss


As a Master Life & Equus Coach, Jennifer Voss helps others re-awaken to—and then have the faith to live from—their truth. Prior to embarking on her coaching career, Jennifer earned an MBA from The University of Alabama and spent over 20 years in various family business ventures – ranging from owning an independent bookstore to holding an executive role within a national distribution company.  She loves blending her business background with the magic of Equus Coaching to help others connect with the heart and soul of their real work in the world.


Kasia Roether


Kasia’s lifetime dream has been to create an environment in which people can experience a horse’s power for healing, growth, and connection. As an Equus Coach Master Facilitator, Kasia brings to the Institute her extensive knowledge and experience from seventeen years of training horses and teaching people about their behavior, nature, and ways of communication. As a coach and catalyst, Kasia helps students and clients to connect with Nature’s wisdom and learn from it through a horse’s presence, sense of reality, the identity of wholeness, and self-care. Kasia is an instructor for both the Equus Coach Training and Master Facilitator Apprenticeship program. She offers mentorship to all students-in-training and members of the Equus Coaching Herd.


Gretchen Christy

Administration & Support

Gretchen is a Virtual Assistant who works with Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching to offer business administrative support to the team. Gretchen has spent over two decades in Customer Service for both startups and multimillion-dollar brands. She brings a sense of warmth and understanding with her communications. Gretchen believes that kindness always counts. She lives on a farm in Ohio with her husband, two children, and furry friends.


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