Joell Dunlap, Square Peg founder/Registered Behavioral Technician, has taught hundreds of students to ride. An equestrienne since childhood, she has participated in many different disciplines including racing, polo, hunting, jumping, three-day eventing and reining. Joell has worked professionally in many facets of the equestrian industry including racing, marketing, special events, and breaking and training of young horses, in addition to teaching.
However, Joell has always been passionate about changing the way people teach and is an advocate for alternative education. Joell has been published nationally in equestrian publications regarding a gentler and more creative approach to teaching students and training horses.
Since she started working with developmentally challenged children, Joell has been developing a unique teaching method which resonates. Her philosophy of “Inspire, Guide, Challenge” and her sensitive style of instruction have helped hundreds of students to achieve important goals.
Darius Christopher Dunlap is Square Peg’s co-founder and Joell’s husband. He is a veteran of four high-tech firms, including 13 years at Silicon Graphics in services and support. Darius has managed large teams, ran multi-million dollar operations, and developed and run programs with global reach. He’s adept at building sustainable businesses and replicating successful programs and ideas into new environments.
Lauren Nenning, Square Peg staff/Registered Behavior Technician, has been riding with Joell since 2000—longer than Square Peg has been around. During this time she has had the opportunity to explore many aspects of the horse world- from retraining OTTBs to playing a few polo chukars to back riding in the costal hills. After receiving her B.S. in Health Education in 2012, Lauren joined the Square Peg Staff full time. In 2014 Lauren became a Peace Corps Volunteer and moved to South Africa to serve as an HIV outreach worker for 2 years. Now back in the States, Lauren is once again working at Square Peg—teaching kids, training horses, and riding her favorite grey pony Cecil. Her relaxed, kind, considerate and conversational style help her create a super rapport with both kiddos and horses. Lauren manages billing and our Ebay account, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca(Becca) Knopf, Square Peg staff/Registered Behavioral Technician, joined the team in 2015. Becca started riding in 1998 and participated in 4H with her horse Danny Boy growing up. While attending Otterbein University in Ohio, she rode and competed successfully on all three of the university’s equestrian teams. Becca has been a Certified Horsemanship Association riding instructor since 2012 and graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in Equine Business Management. Patient and silly, you can always convince Becca to dress up in goofy costumes and participate in a sing-a-long reenactment to a favorite movie. Becca manages the schedule, new clients and volunteers, email her at email@example.com.
Samantha(Sam/Sammy) Tucker, Square Peg Staff, joined team quirky in summer of 2017. Sam grew up riding, competing and horsing around with friends doing rodeo drill team, barrel racing, and gymkhana. After receiving her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus in Art Therapy in 2014 from Notre Dame de Namur University, Sam is thrilled to finally find a place where work is also play. With extensive horsemanship and art therapy knowledge and experience you will find Sam around the barn mentoring, riding and drawing with all our square peg family. Lets not forge to mention she’s 6 feet tall with a sense of humor to match! You can contact Sammy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel Bisaillon, former Square Peg staff, rode off-and-on with Square Peg since 2004, began volunteering in 2009 and eventually came on as full time staff. We are so happy to have had Rachel hold such a significant role in the program. Rachel is pursuing her training and competitive goals at Poplar Place Eventing.