Equest announced in a release the promotion of Christine Volkmer to Director of Community Engagement and the recent hire of Dr. Marguerite (Margo) McClinton Stoglin as its new Chief Philanthropy Officer. The organization says both women will be invaluable assets to continue the nonprofit’s mission to bring hope and healing to children and adults with diverse needs through equine assisted activities and therapies.
“We are excited to welcome Margo to the Equest family and have Christine continue on in a new role,” said Equest CEO Lili Kellogg in the release. “Both are extraordinary women with the talent, experience, and passion that fit seamlessly with Equest’s mission.”
As Director of Community Engagement, Volkmer will be responsible for curating and managing strategic partnerships with businesses and community organizations in Southern Dallas and beyond; empowering the community as advocates for Equest; and focusing on the long-term growth and future of Equest.
Volkmer joined Equest in 2016 as Director of Development to produce major fundraising campaigns and events. Previously, she practiced public relations under her own company name and taught English at North Dallas High School and Brookhaven College which provided a solid foundation in relationship development, entrepreneurialism, communication, brand strategy, and special event production. She will continue to utilize these skills and her passion for people and storytelling to continue to serve as one of Equest’s great emissaries.
Stoglin will be spearheading donor relations, communications, and community outreach. She will also be instrumental in garnering and stewarding the resources to support Equest’s current clients, as well as Equest’s ambitious vision to expand its therapy services, programs, and outreach to serve more clients.
With her most recent position as founder and CEO of CRM & Associates, a consulting company that provides strategic advisory, staff augmentation, risk management, and professional development, Stoglin brings a wealth of attributes to Equest. Her extensive background includes over 20 years of experience in nonprofit and higher education. As the former Texas State Director of IGNITE, a nonprofit which inspires and trains young women to be the next generation of political leaders, she doubled the organization’s number of programs and secured funding for their success. She has worked at such prestigious institutions as Southern Methodist University, Washington and Lee University, Washington University, Harvard University, and Paul Quinn College, where she was one of the original team members under President Michael Sorrell, who became nationally renowned for unique approach to higher education and was named one of the “World’s Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine. She has a Masters in Administrative Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University. She is married to a disabled veteran, and they have two children, Lillian (11) and Warren (2), and an adopted dog named Pharoah.
Founded in 1981, Equest provides equine assisted learning, therapies and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping and learning disabilities and veterans with adjustment challenges. The services provided include physical and occupational therapy, equine assisted counseling and learning, therapeutic carriage driving, therapeutic horsemanship and competition. With the help of 36 therapy horses, 10 instructors, four therapists, two counselors, and 400 volunteers, lives are changed on a daily basis for more than 3,000 clients served annually. Equest was the first PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Texas and remains one of the largest in the country. Equest offers an engaging volunteer program that provides 40,000 hours of direct program service opportunities each year. www.equest.org