Meet the Team
Marianne is the visionary of the Minis With A Mission, Inc. A registered school nurse and lifelong animal lover and handler, she has a passion for connecting people and animals. Marianne is experienced in animal and equine rescue and rehabilitation and working with children and adults, She has seen first-hand the healing power animals can bring to people with physical, mental and spiritual suffering. Marianne has been facilitating mini-equine visits and connections in the community for more than 4 years.
Laurie is a co-founder of MWAM, has a doctorate degree in pharmacy and works in the pharmaceutical industry. Laurie was chosen by her now-adopted donkey Bucko, who showed up in her yard one early morning. She is struck by the complete mindful presence equines demand, and how therapeutic achieving this presence is in today’s fast-paced and distracted world. She is growing her herd and is also the proud owner of another donkey, Flossy. Both are actively involved in our Mini events. Laurie is passionate about donkeys and their intelligence, and that they can be much more than a paddock ornament. She believes donkeys are fantastic pets and can be wonderful walking, running, hiking and camping companions. Laurie has earned certifications as an Insights Discovery Practioner, Go Make a Difference (MAD) Coach and Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator
Betty Shea Davis
Betsy is a licensed independent clinical social worker working in hospice and palliative care and believes in the inherent worth and dignity of every human and animal life. She has 25 years of experience in animal rescue and working with nonprofit organizations and boards. Betsy supports Minis With a Mission, Inc. with grant writing, community relations, strategic planning, and direct service. She hopes to help people and equines in need alike recover their sense of connection, trust, empathy, and purpose.
Liz Kensicki is a country girl at heart and grew up on a 24-acre farm in Ohio. From a very young age Liz participated in local 4-H programs and spent hours in the barn with her animals. After just a few farm visits and the first MWAM event as an animal handler, Liz knew she wanted to get fully on board and support MWAM’s work and mission. Her favorite moment at MWAM events is witnessing the excitement, curiosities and smiles that come with meeting the minis for the first time.