Meet Our Team

Carol Petitto, Ph.D.

Carol Petitto, Ph.D.

Carol is the executive director and founder of On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship Center. She is a registered level PATH therapeutic riding instructor and a PATH mentor. As an elected official for PATH International, she is the PATH Region 3 Representative for WV, VA, NC and SC. Carol is also an adjunct professor at West Virginia University. She developed, supervises and teaches the classes in the equine assisted activities and therapies minor that is part of the equine studies program.

She also helped develop and facilitate a WVU Professional and Continuing Education course on EAAT through WVU Academic Innovations with fellow On Eagles’ Wings therapeutic riding instructor Patty Harman. In her past life before being PATH professional, Carol was a long-time breeder of Appaloosa and Arabian horses, many of whom are currently used in the On Eagles’ Wings program. Carol is married to Jim (otherwise know as the facility maintenance guy!), and has two sons, Michael and Brian.

Patty Harman, M.S.

Patty Harman, M.S.

Patty is a PATH registered therapeutic riding instructor, and has taught riding lessons for individuals with disabilities at On Eagles’ Wings since its inception. She has been involved in the horse industry for many years as the owner of a small horse boarding facility, riding instructor, and as a visiting lecturer of several equine related courses at West Virginia University. Patty received many years of formal equestrian training in dressage and jumping as a student at both Meredith Manor and Morven Park International Equestrian Institute. She is married to Chuck and has two children, Charlie and Anne.

Bethany Smiley, BMDS

Bethany Smiley, BMDS

Bethany Smiley is the center’s administrative assistant. She graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelors in Multidisciplinary Studies, concentrating in Communication, Disability Studies and English. After volunteering and interning with our facility, Bethany became our Americorps Vista. Her job is to build capacity and create sustainable solutions for our non-profit over the next year. Throughout the day you may see her in the office or volunteering her free time to be directly involved in lessons. She loves seeing equine therapy change the lives of our riders and participants on a daily basis. In her time away from the farm, Bethany enjoys cooking with her sister and spending time with her family and boyfriend.  If you have any questions concerning volunteerism, fundraising or sponsorship, please contact her through email at brsmiley@mix.wvu.edu

Claire Chantler, M.B.A.

Claire Chantler, M.B.A.

Claire is a PATH International registered instructor. She has volunteered at On Eagles’ Wings since she moved to West Virginia in 2009. Claire grew up on a horse farm in Maryland where she helped her mother teach English riding lessons and summer camps. She also competed in 4-H, local three phase events and hunter paces. Claire has two bachelor’s degrees in business and French as well as an M.B.A. from Loyola University Maryland. Claire currently works as an advocate for people with disabilities at the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living. She lives in Morgantown with her husband Paul, daughter Alison and son Keegan.

Erica White, B.A

Erica White, B.A

Erica is a PATH International registered instructor. She has been with On Eagles’ Wings since 2014. She began riding at the age of 5. Later on she competed in eventing which brought her to compete with West Virginia Universities’ Equestrian team. In her spare time, Erica enjoys traveling with her husband, fishing and riding her horse, Queen Bea.

Beth Powell, BSW

Beth Powell, BSW

Beth is a PATH certified riding instructor and EGALA equine specialist. She is also a recent West Virginia University graduate, receiving a bachelors in Social Work and an equine minor, with an emphasis in equine assisted learning and therapies. During her time at On Eagles’ Wings, Beth spearheaded the “Wingin’ it” program that partners with Monongalia County public schools’ Alternative Learning Center and Focus Mon. Her passion for working with at risk youth has been a refreshing addition to our programming and vision. In her spare time Beth enjoys riding her horses and teaching horsemanship to her nephew Mason!

Nancy Hickman, PT

Nancy has been a practicing physical therapist since 1975, spending most of her career with the pediatric population and individuals with developmental disabilities. She has been involved with On Eagles’ Wings since 2009. In order to better understand the use of equine movement as a strategy in achieving motor goals, she has taken many courses offered by the American Hippotherapy Association. She and her business partner Becky Martin own Pediatric Physical Therapy LLC. which contracts with On Eagles’ Wings to provide physical therapy services. She is also the driver and human for Stormy the miniature therapy horse! In her spare time Nancy likes to spend time with her family, train mini horses and enjoy life in the country on her farm with her husband Slick.

Becky Martin, PT

Becky Martin, PT

Becky Martin has been practicing physical therapy since 1999, first as a PTA and then as a licensed physical therapist after graduating from West Virginia University with a masters in physical therapy in 2002. She is the co-owner of Pediatric Physical Therapy LLC., who partners with On Eagles’ Wings to provide physical therapy using the horse’s movement as a strategy. She has continued her education in the equine assisted therapy field by taking American Hippotherapy Association Level 1 and 2 courses and Neuroconnection. In her spare time, Becky loves to experiment in the kitchen!