Meet the Staff

“You cannot teach a man anything;

You can only help him find it within himself.”

~ Galileo Galilei


The staff at Hope Farms come from a multidisciplinary background. Collectively, we work together to develop unique and individualized programming that meets the needs of our diverse clients. Each member of our staff has personally experienced the healing power of the human-animal bond and we are excited to offer evidence-based programming that allows humans and animals to learn, grow and heal together in nature.

Staff Bios

Lisa Kramer, MSW, AASW

Executive Director, Psychotherapist,

Mindfulness Teacher

Master of Social Work, University of Denver

Bachelor of Arts- Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder

Animal and Human Health Certificate, University of Denver

Registered Psychotherapist (LCSW in 2020), State of Colorado 

EAGALA, Dual Certified as Mental Health Professional & Equine Specialist                                                                            

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program,  Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach

Inspired by her son who suffered a massive stroke before birth, Lisa founded Hope Farms so that people would have a place where they could feel safe, calm and loved. Lisa offers clients a warm and supportive approach to processing some of life’s most difficult experiences. Her kind, friendly and easy-going manner helps clients feel at ease as soon as they first step on the farm. Of course, being greeted by dogs, cats, and emus helps, too! She believes that nature, nurtures. Lisa’s personal experience watching her son heal in nature with animals motivated her to pursue her passion for animal-assisted and nature-based interventions. Lisa integrates animals, nature, mindfulness, expressive arts, and play into her clinical practice with children, youth, adults and families either at the farm or in her Parker office.

Lisa is trained in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She is currently enrolled in Jack Kornfield’s and Tara Brach’s two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her horses, gardening, reading and traveling.

Anaka Austin

Program Instructor

Anaka has been with Hope Farms for several years starting as a volunteer during her freshman year of high school. Working at Hope Farms allows her to combine her two passions – working with people and animals. Since working at the farm, she has decided to change her career path and pursue a degree in social work with the goal of becoming a therapist.

In between attending the University of Wyoming and work commitments, she spends most of her time with her two dogs- Gir and Tinely. She has a passion for animal rescue, politics, international affairs and religious studies.


Bailey Kramer

Program Instructor

Bailey graduated high school just down the road from the farm at Kiowa High School and is currently studying political science and pre-law at CU Boulder. Horses (dogs, goats, chickens, ducks, pigs, snakes, emus, ferrets, sugar gliders, chinchillas, miniature donkeys, etc…did we mention that she loves rabbits!) are her passion. After experiencing the powerful healing impact of animals in her own life, she wanted to share animal-assisted interventions with others. She believes the farm is a place for dreaming, creating, healing, and being inspired.

Bailey has been rescuing animals since she was five years old and currently has too many animals to list here. In her spare time, oh, wait, she doesn’t have spare time. She is always taking care of her animals!

Stay Tuned for Mentor Bios – COMING SOON!


Cynthia Hellman Hope Farms Project


We are lucky to have a group of talented and highly motivated students working with us on the farm. And we couldn’t do it without them!

If you are looking for an internship in recreational therapy, clinical psychotherapy, animal-assisted interventions, humane education, non-profit management, marketing, social work, veterinary services or other related fields, please call Lisa Kramer to inquire about our internship program!

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