Carla has worked at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio since 1990. She graduated from the University of Akron with a Social Work degree and is currently a Licensed Social Worker. Carla has worked in CCHO’s Residential Treatment Program, Encompass Outpatient, and is currently the director of Encompass Equine Therapy. Carla specializes in equine-assisted psychotherapy and using the horse to facilitate positive changes in people’s lives. Carla loves working at CCHO because she is able to combine her love for horses with children and adults in need. Carla has over 20 years of experience in the horse industry, including her own personal riding experience and experience as a riding instructor. Carla is married to her husband John and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren in her free time.

Carla Plegge, BA, LSW

Carla Plegge, BA, LSW

Program Director & CCHO Therapist

Christine received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Christian Counseling from Liberty University and obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Simmons University. Christine specializes in equine-assisted psychotherapy and is Natural Lifemanship trained. Christine loves combining her passion to help people heal with her lifelong love of horses. In her youth, Christine showed pleasure horses and spent as much time on the back of a horse as she possibly could. Christine is married to her husband Tony and has five children and three grandchildren. Christine enjoys trail riding, training her youngest horses, and walking half marathons with her friends.

Christine Jones, MSW

Christine Jones, MSW

Outpatient Equine Therapist

Krista studied psychology and youth ministry at Malone University and obtained her Master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling at The University of Akron. Krista specializes in equine-assisted psychotherapy, which combines her love of horses with her passion for serving others in Christ’s name. Krista grew up on the back of a horse and was a competitive rider in the sport of eventing when she was younger. Krista enjoys jumping, trail riding, and just spending time at the barn with her horse Oscar. Krista is married to her husband Luke and has one horse and two cats.

Krista Overmire, MS, LPCC

Krista Overmire, MS, LPCC

Outpatient Equine Therapist

Melissa received her Bachelor of Social Work from Youngstown State University after completing her Associate’s in Human and Social Services from Stark State College. Melissa specializes in equine-assisted psychotherapy, which pairs her love for horses with her desire to assist individuals achieve their goals. Melissa loves seeing the relationship that individuals can experience while working with horses and utilizing their strengths. Melissa began riding horses at ten years old and enjoys jumping and trail riding. Melissa is married to her husband Ryan and enjoys traveling, camping, and experiencing nature.

Melissa McMullen, LSW

Melissa McMullen, LSW

Outpatient Equine Therapist