Glade Run Adventures offers fun, therapeutic experiences for individuals with mental and/or physical challenges, including autism. Tailored to individual goals, participants of all ages can benefit from these unique interactive animal, horticulture and sensory park experiences. All staff who instruct therapeutic riding lessons are trained through certifying organizations in therapeutic horseback riding and have a minimum of 15 years of horsemanship experience.


To learn more about Glade Run Adventures or to schedule a tour, contact Julie Wahlenmayer, Adventures director, at 724-452-4453, ext. 1236 or jwahlenmayer @


Juliet Wahlenmayer, MA, NCC, LPC
Director of Glade Run Adventures
Julie has been with Glade Run since 1996, shortly after graduating from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Environmental Studies.  Her desire to help individuals to grow emotionally through experiences in nature led Julie to complete her Master’s degree in counseling from IUP in 2016.  Julie holds numerous specialty certifications in therapeutic horsemanship, counseling and horticultural therapy. Julie’s favorite thing about working at Glade Run is witnessing the impact that experiences have for individual growth and the amazing people that she is honored to work alongside.
BS, Environmental Studies, Slippery Rock University
MA, Community Mental Health Counseling, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
NCC (Nationally Certified Counselor), since 2017
NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped) Certified Instructor 2001
PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) ESMHL (Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning) Certified 2018
PATCH (PA Council on Therapeutic Horsemanship) Phase 3 Qualified Instructor, 2004  
re-certification 2011
EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) MHP (Mental Health Practitioner) and ES (Equine Specialist) certified , 2017
National Conference Presentations:
        AHTA (American Horticultural Therapy Association) 2002, 2006
        NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) 2001
        HAS (Herb Society of America) 2011



Joanie Lapic, Therapeutic Horticulture Program Specialist
Joanie has been with Glade Run since December of 2009. She is a Master Herbalist and focuses on medicinal Herbs at her part-time home business, Everlasting Gardener. She brings along that expertise, as well as 45 years of gardening experience, to her classes at Glade Run, both from St. Stephen’s and for summer camps, as well as during private lessons. Herbs for calming and serenity are among the most on-demand here at Glade Run. Joanie enjoys any plant-related activity such as pressing and using botanicals, propagating plants, teaching students about the uses of herbs, vegetables, etc., and caring for plants and the gardens in every way. Her students especially enjoy cooking with culinary Herbs and the produce from the gardens.
BA Environmental Studies, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI 1975
BA English Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI 1975
Master Herbalist Degree, Trinity College, 2010
Act 48 Instructor, Environmental Education Courses
Owner, Everlasting Gardener, herb based education and product sales since 1991



Carey Bailey, Therapeutic Animal Program Assistant
Carey spent just about every summer of her youth at Glade Run Stables as a junior volunteer.  After high school Carey pursued her passion for all things equestrian and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science from Bethany College in 2011.  She returned to Glade Run first through a summer position assisting with camps and lessons and then accepted a full time position after graduation. Carey says that her favorite part of working at Glade Run is the warm, friendly, and inviting environment.
BS Equine Science, Bethany College 2011
PATCH (PA Council on Therapeutic Horsemanship) Phase 2 Qualified Instructor
PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) ESMHL (Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning) Certified 2018



Cindy SkalyoHead Riding Instructor/Therapeutic Riding Supervisor

Cindy grew up as a horse crazy kid with non-horse crazy parents. She started taking riding lessons when she was 9 years old and was able to purchase her first horse when she was 16 and could work to help pay the bills! Cindy attended Otterbein College where she holds a double major in Equine Sciences and International Studies.  After college Cindy held a corporate job, but after the birth of her daughter she decided to go part time and get back into teaching riding lessons. Lucky for us she came to join the Glade Run Adventures family to do that teaching! Cindy loves to bring joy into people’s lives and show kids how to safely love and enjoy horses. She especially loves that “aha moment” when her students figure out something new that they never believed they could do.

Otterbein college – BA equine science – BA international studies. Pony club graduate C-3 PATH certified therapeutic riding Instructor


Ashley Gigliotti, Therapeutic Riding Instructor 

Ashley started riding when she was 7 years old and got her first horse, Doctor K, for her 16th birthday. She has showed hunters and jumpers in the past but says what she enjoyed most was training Doctor K to be  a supple, responsive, horse that bonded well with people. Ashley’s professional experience includes 11 years in various mental health and helping professions working with children with autism, trauma, developmental delays, intellectual deficiencies, and various mental health diagnoses. She worked as a therapeutic support staff for 4 years, family based therapist for 2, school counselor 5 years, and also at therapeutic camps for children.

BA Psychology from IUP in 2006, MEd School Counseling from Slippery Rock in 2010.



Brittany Buchanan, Therapeutic Riding Instructor 

Riding since she was 14, Brittany now rides both English and Western, and loves endurance riding with the two horses she adopted while running Redemption Ranch, a horse rescue. With four children of her own (her youngest with significant vision impairment) Brittany is an advocate for mental health awareness and for the blind. “Horses have saved me so many times. I’m most excited about helping others connect with horses in ways that help them thrive,” shares Brittany. Fun fact about Brittany – she can back up a horse trailer better than her car! That’s a skill that is useful in Adventures, and we welcome Brittany to the Adventures team.