About Us

Equinoterapia SMA, A.C.

Equinoterapia SMA was founded in 2023 by a small group of San Miguel de Allende residents with a shared passion to serve the special needs of children in our local community. Our board members bring a wealth of expertise from both the non-profit and business worlds, leveraging their talents, skills and drive for the benefit of our kids, their families and the friends and neighbors who love them.

Jean Gerber

Founder & President

After a successful commercial real estate career in New York, Miami and San Francisco, Jean has made her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico since 2002. She served as Executive Director and Board Member of Casita Linda, a highly-respected nonprofit that builds homes for deserving families around San Miguel de Allende. A passionate horsewoman, Jean understood the power of equine therapy to transform young lives, and together with a talented team of equestrian, business and medical professionals, she founded Equinoterapia SMA in 2023.

Mike Koen

Treasurer

A 25+ year veteran of Sears Roebuck, Mike brings a wealth of success managing growing organizations with complex budgets. His service in the nonprofit world started in Chicago, where he served on the Executive Committee of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) from 2003 to 2008 and then CJESenior Life from 2004 to present. Here in San Miguel, Mike offers financial expertise and support to Casita Linda, Feed the Hungry and Ninos con Autismo – a therapeutic center he co-founded with his wife Joyce to offer testing, training and resources to children on the Autism spectrum.

Jim Kraus

C0-Founder

A former advertising Creative Director in Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas, Jim spent his college summers teaching art to developmentally disabled young adults living in group homes. He moved to San Miguel de Allende full-time in 2021 and creates art in his studio in colonia San Antonio. Having raised a child on the autism spectrum, Jim understands the unique needs of neuro-diverse children and their families—and the value of therapeutic services to foster loving communities where all are accepted.

Eliana Hill-Zeesman

Director-Administration

Eliana Hill-Zeesman grew up in San Miguel de Allende and has been riding since the age of seven. She recently graduated from the University of Waterloo in Canada with a major in legal studies and a double minor in psychology and sociology. She has previously assisted in equine therapy and is excited to integrate her degree with her passion for horses and children

Noor Ayub

Program Director

Certified Equine Therapist

Originally from Mexico City, Noor studied clinical and health psychology at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and has specialized in equine therapy since 2021. She is Certified by both La Asociación Mexicana de Equitación Terapéutica, A.C. (AMET) and Grupo Gronar. Noor has worked in both clinical and hospital settings with a wide range of special needs children in various equine therapy centers.

Lisa Attridge de Gordillo

Certified Equine Therapist

Lisa Attridge de Gordillo grew up in the U.K. and spent her early years swimming and riding horses, which became a lifelong passion for her. She has spent the past 35 years working in health & fitness areas with a focus on movement, wellbeing and nutrition. She moved to Mexico in 2001, where she met and married her husband, who is also a horse lover.
Over time, she began to study a wide range of equine-assisted therapies and in 2023, she received her certification as an Equine-Assisted Coach, focusing on emotional, life and empowering coaching for adults. Lisa is also certified under AMET (Associacion Mexicana de Equitación Terateutica A.C.) as a
Hippotherapist specializing in children and young adults.