The Team

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Jamie Bankers MA, LADC, LPCC Clinical Therapist & Equine Specialist 

Founder

Jamie is a licensed psychotherapist committed to helping individuals with their mental health and chemical dependency needs.  Her work focuses on meeting the individual needs of her clients through different types of treatment modalities including Equine-assisted Psychotherapy, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and skill building.  Jamie received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Capella University and her Masters of Arts degree from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies.  Jamie, along with Diane, had a vision to create a therapeutic healing foundation for people within the community, incorporating the power of horses.  Jamie became certified in the Eagala Model and established Manes For Change LLC in May 2020.  Her vision is centered in creating a safe and non-judgmental approach to therapy for anyone wanting to make a change in their life. 

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Diane Bankers

Equine Specialist

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Nikki Priebe

Equine Specialist

Nikki is an Equine Specialist at Manes for Change.  After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Equine and Animal Science, Nikki began working as a large animal veterinarian assistant for several years.  She ran an educational equine exhibit for the Minnesota State Fair for 5 years and has plenty of experience helping others learn.  She has previous experience working with elementary age and special education students from her time as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher. 

Nikki grew up working with and showing horses from a very young age and has always had a passion for them.  She and her husband own and operate a 50 head beef cattle operation and also breed, raise, and sell performance horses. 

Spending time and working with her husband and their two young children on the ranch is her favorite thing to do.

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Brenda Janda

Equine Specialist

Brenda Janda is an Equine Specialist.  Brenda is a teacher, licensed in Elementary and Special Education.  She enjoys working with children, helping them to learn and grow.  Brenda has always loved being around animals, especially horses.  She has also admired their calmness and free spirits. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Rachel Stamper

Equine Specialist

Rachel Stamper is an Equine Specialist at Manes For Change. Rachel previously worked at Recovering Hope Treatment Center in Mora, MN. Rachel has a passion for learning, helping others in different ways and horses. Rachel says that Manes for Change gave her the opportunity to achieve her goal and career path. Rachel wants to help people and make a change in their lives. Rachel enjoys being around family and friends on the weekend and spending time outside.