Merriam is a PATH Certified Registered Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. For the past 5 years, she taught both riding and “on the ground” lessons that promote mutual respect and partnership between clients and horses. She currently loves working in support of the veterans who participate in Vinceremos programs. Merriam earned her certification as a PATH instructor in 2014 and taught at LiftMeUp! in McLean, Virginia. During this time, she also served as the barn’s volunteer coordinator as well as a member of the Board of Directors. Additionally, she served on the PATH Task Force designed to improve the certification process for riding instructors.
In her prior career, Merriam worked as a civilian for the U.S. Federal Government and she had the honor to work with the military in many capacities. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She has two grown children and lives in Jupiter with her husband and her Australian Shepherd, Dunkin.