Jennifer McVoy, Executive Director and Therapist, LMSW As an avid horsewoman, Ms. McVoy has long known of the positive impact horses have on the people who are lucky enough to interact with them. Combining her passion for horses with her desire and success in working with at-risk youth and their families seemed a natural fit.
Ms. McVoy brings years of education and experience to Out Side In. She is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with troubled youth and their families. Ms. McVoy has expertise in the areas of Attachment Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Mood Disorders, as well as proven success working with treatment resistant clients.
In addition to her clinical expertise, Ms. McVoy is a nationally recognized horse-woman who has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of the horse industry. She has many regional and national champion titles.
Finally, Ms. McVoy possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and many years of success in the business world, giving her the knowledge and skill to assure that the organization operates in the most effective manner possible to provide the best interventions for those who are most in need.
Lexie Carr, LLMSW Lexie has been around horses since before she can remember. Her love for horses started with Arabians when she started showing at the age of three. Lexie established herself in the horse world after winning multiple National Championships and earning a nomination for Western Junior Exhibitor of the Year. Since then, she has ventured into the Hunter/Jumper world with the help of the off-the-track Thoroughbreds at Out Side In.
Lexie has a Bachelor's degree in Women studies and a Master's degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. With experience in a variety of areas and populations, Lexie treats individuals of all ages, families, and groups.
Lizzie Sperry, LLMSW Ms. Sperry began her love affair with horses at age 6 and started showing Hunter/Jumpers by 8 years old. By age 13, Ms. Sperry had established herself as an accomplished rider as she qualified for and competed at the American Horse Show Association National and International Hunter/Jumper finals at Harrisburg, PA and Washington, D.C. Her equine focus since that time has been riding for pleasure and working with troubled horses in need of rehabilitation. As an Equine Specialist, Ms. Sperry assists in the rehabilitation, restoration, re-training, and re-homing of Thoroughbred race horses off-the-track.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, Ms. Sperry went on to finish her Master's in Social Work at Grand Valley State University. With experience in substance abuse, mood disorders, trauma and treatment-resistant clients, Ms. Sperry enjoys working with a diverse client population. She treats individuals, families, and groups; including the members of the Heroes for Horses program which focuses on Veterans struggling with PTSD. Ms. Sperry has always had a childhood dream of using rescued horses to help people. She is honored to have the opportunity to do just that here at Out Side In.