Meet the Staff

Lissa Sutton, Executive Director

Lissa has been active in the Omaha non-profit community for over thirty years. Born and raised in Omaha, she began her community volunteer work in college and was active on many non-profit guild boards, as well as, planning and chairing many special events over the years.

Prior to coming to Take Flight Farms, Lissa was involved with Methodist Richard Young as a member of their guild board and when the opportunity arose, she became the Volunteer Coordinator at the hospital in 1999. After Richard Young closed in 2003, Lissa joined Goodwill Industries as their Development Director.

In her ten years at Goodwill, she raised over $12,000,000 in capital and programmatic funds. Lissa was also responsible for all direct mail campaigns, many special events and worked closely with the marketing department.

Quinn Lawton, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Quinn brings with her experience as a Mental Health Practitioner as well as a background with horses. After graduating from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a degree in Psychology, Quinn continued her education at UNO and obtained her Masters Degree in Community Counseling. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor with diverse professional experiences including program development, training, agency counseling and, most recently, employee assistance counseling. Quinn’s experience with Take Flight began as a volunteer during which she completed the EAGALA I training. Since that time she has achieved EAGALA Certification by completing the Part II training as well.

“In my personal and professional experience, I have never found a better therapist than the horse. Horses have a unique way of connecting to people that is genuine and direct. As counselors, horses not only enable us to be more effective at assessment and treatment, but they also hold us accountable. I feel so honored and humbled to have the opportunity to practice equine assisted counseling which such a great organization as Take Flight Farms. It is truly a combination of my passion and profession. The potential in Take Flight and equine assisted psychotherapy is immense and I am very excited to be a part of the process.”

Barb Cotten, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

During my career I have very fortunate to have had many diverse experiences. I taught Elementary K-6 at low income schools which enabled me to learn a great deal about numerous cultures.

After receiving my Master’s in counseling I worked at a Rehab center dealing with numerous injuries such as, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke patients, cardiac rehab and cancer patients. After leaving there I started at an elementary school as a school counselor. During my time as a school counselor I was also working part time with the City Of Omaha as an EAP counselor. I worked with police and firefighters doing personal and family counseling. I was also on the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing team.

After my time in elementary I worked at an Alternative High School as the school counselor and then moved to a regular high school. During my time as a high school counselor I worked part time for the Dept. of Defense doing on demand activities for the Military. These activities included, briefings on deployment or reintegration after deployment. I also served as a resource for active duty soldiers and there families.

Mara Anania, Development Director

Jennifer Leverett, Licensed Health Practitioner

Steve McWilliams, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist

Karman De Luca, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist

Dara Liss, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist