Director of Equine Management
Jessica grew up in Montgomery County, PA and was drawn to horses at a very early age. She received her B.S. in Equine Science from Delaware Valley College, where she also worked at the campus equestrian center. While attending DelVal, Jessica was on the dean’s list and was active in the honor society, equine performance organization and Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. She adopted her first horse, Levi, from DelVal’s riding program her junior year. In 2008 Jessica began working toward her Masters in Biblical Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. Jessica has extensive experience working in the professional equine industry: she has worked as a barn manager to private barns, as well as at multiple dressage schools, therapeutic riding facilities, a vet tech stable and a breeding stable; she has also worked as a groom for FEI trainers and at Parx racetrack.
Additionally, Jessica has taught therapeutic and beginner riding lessons and worked as an exercise rider/trainer for several farms and private clients. In 2011 she discovered the EAGALA model and felt that her life’s experience and passion aligned perfectly with that work. She is an EAGALA certified Equine Specialist and currently resides in Chester County with her 10-year-old adopted Paint gelding, Zippo.
Standing Hope Equine Therapy provides solution focused, experiential therapy and learning in an open environment. By partnering with horses the client experiences a unique opportunity for self-exploration. Committed to serving people using the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL); Standing Hope Equine Therapy focuses on integrity and compassion and abides by the EAGALA Code of Ethics.
Joanne Standing Campbell, MSS, LSW
Director of Mental Health Services
Through the prompting of her equestrian grandfather, Joanne began horseback riding at the age of five at Just Do It Farm in Malvern, PA. Some of her most cherished memories from childhood were spent at Camp Susquehannock in upstate Pennsylvania, where she rode for ten years in hunt seat equitation. Joanne received a B.A. in Clinical Sociology and Art History from Rosemont College. While at Rosemont, Joanne received the Presidential Medal, the Murrae and Sarah Clawar Award for Outstanding Performance of a Sociology Major, and the Student-Athlete Award. She was a member of the Rosemont College Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Sigma and was a tennis team varsity letter winner. Joanne attained her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and now practices as a psychotherapist.
Joanne teaches as an adjunct professor of sociology at Rosemont College teaching the courses Animals and Society, Classical and Contemporary Social Theory, Introduction to Social Work, Social Work Theory and Practice, Cultural Anthropology, Social Stratification and Inequality, Social Problems, Women and Gender Studies and Diversity of Gender. While in graduate school, Joanne refocused on her equestrian pursuits and began studying Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
With her background as an artist and art historian, Joanne incorporates expressive art therapy into her psychotherapy practice. Joanne has a strong interest in human-animal studies, anthrozoology in art history and animal welfare. She recently created the Animals and Society course at Rosemont College in order to promote awareness of the human-animal bond and animal-assisted interventions and therapies.