12Lynn Thomas' Latest Affidavit
- Mar 18, 2007Dear Interested Parties:
As I have told many people lately, the past year and a half has
been an enormous test of character for any folks who ever claimed to
be a friend of Greg Kersten, as well as EAGALA members. Sadly, most
people have failed that test, and happily we have found out what
true friendship means from a few outstanding people of superior
courage, confidence, and honesty.
Some people have said they wish Greg would back down or move on
from his disputes with EAGALA. Others claim they do not want to know
the details, facts, or evidence they would like to pretend that
issues do not exist. Many believe it is detrimental to the fields of
EAP and EAL to perpetuate this dispute. Others cannot imagine how
Greg could be the righteous party in the face of the large,
international association that he worked so hard to create (we, too
ask ourselves how? and why? to this day) others are too insecure to
make a stand against such an association.
I believe that Greg does not avoid constructive confrontation.
In this case, we are acutely aware that there are issues of right and
wrong, and we are not willing to back down in the face of the evil we
perceive. We firmly believe that we are fighting for Greg's
reputation, as well as a fair resolution to this entire situation.
Personally, I am SICK and TIRED of the lies being told and
HISTORY being REWRITTEN to minimize the importance of my husband
after he has dedicated his life to this field.
Yesterday we received the latest affidavit filed by Lynn Thomas
in order to postpone the hearing on the motion to hold her and the
EAGALA board of directors in contempt of court. While I understand
that she would not want the court date right after the EAGALA
Conference we were hopeful that some EAGALA members would be able
to attend the hearing for themselves as it would be more convenient.
Regardless, it is some STATEMENTS she makes in her affidavit
that are questionable and bordering on defamatory in the revisionist
way she attempts to write Greg OUT of the history of EAGALA, and EAP
in general.. Yet she has entered them into the court record in a
sworn affidavit. I want to address them in the court of public
opinion until we get our day in court.
I have posted the Affidavit on the page of pleadings, and have
included other supporting information in the files section of the
listserve. It has been 18 months since Greg was fired, and we have
never made some of this information public until now. We didn't want
to "go there" and get personal, but when we are faced with lies, we
will shed light on the truth. And we have a lot of evidence to
support the truth, and every claim we make.
Following are the numbered statements from Lynn Thomas' affidavit,
followed by my perception of the facts some of you have been
eyewitnesses to this history as well and your statements would be
much appreciated when we get our day in court.
STATEMENT 2. I am the co-founder, President, and CEO of EAGALA.
EAGALA is a non-profit corporation dedicated to educating and
training mental health therapists and equine specialists in equine
assisted mental health therapy.
- Those who have been in the EAP world since the late 1990s
might remember the first EAGALA News published in 1999 and I would
encourage you to request a copy from the EAGALA archives if they
will give you one. First of all, it announces that the formation of
EAGALA is presented BY Equine Services, Inc. which was then and is
now Greg Kersten's company. It also gives biographical sketches of
the key players. Greg Kersten is described as THE FOUNDER of EAGALA
and THE FOUNDER of EAP. Lynn Thomas is listed as neither, and yet
she wrote, typed and published that newsletter, so one would be led
to believe that this was her understanding too. . . Some years later
she has started calling herself "co-founder."
- In a letter to Greg Kersten from Lynn Thomas dated 5/5/03
(Entire letter is posted in the "files" section of this listserve),
Lynn stated, "I have always credited you as the creator and creative
genius behind EAGALA and EAP. I don't understand where this
perception of yours is coming from that I am forgetting this? "
STATEMENT 4. I am known throughout the world as the co-founder of
EAGALA and because I was and I am a licensed mental health therapist,
I am known as the person most responsible for developing the mental
health component and the mental health models for equine assisted
- Lynn Thomas was NOT a licensed mental health therapist when
EAGALA was founded.
- We would argue that Lynn is NOT known as the person most
responsible for developing the mental health component and the mental
health models for equine assisted psychotherapy. See the following.
Many OK Corral and EAGALA members have contacted us in the past
18 months claiming first-hand knowledge that Greg Kersten was the
source of EAP and its activities and models. When I asked Greg, he
stated that Lynn did not contribute a single new activity to the
trainings from the beginning of time until November, 2005 when the
board fired Greg "without just cause."* Greg created all of the
activities in the training manual including those that originated
in his business "Equine Services" - and which are reportedly still
being used by EAGALA without Greg's permission.
Remember "Appendages" or "Life's Little Obstacles," or "Temptation
Alley?" Even the "Catch and Halter" was in the Equine Services Manual
before EAGALA even existed.
In a letter to Greg Kersten from Lynn Thomas dated 5/5/03(Entire
letter is posted in the "files" section of this listserve), Lynn
stated, "If anything, it is you who does all the trainings
obviously I am the expendable one there are tons of therapists that
can take my place, but we have not found anyone to take yours and I
have always said that to others as well as you that no one is as good
as you at EAP. You are the founder.. . .The only thing I have ever
considered is me quitting because of the stress it has created and
taking me away from my family life.. . .But, it will be me leaving
EAGALA, not you. . . .I don't believe that splitting up is good for
EAGALA. But, I know I am the expendable one here. I am not the
originator. I can go to any business, and if I believe in it, can
help make it successful, but I don't come up with ideas on my own."
STATEMENT 8. In conjunction with the re-structuring of the
certification program, I have authored and developed a new training
entitled "Fundamentals of EAGALA Model Practice Part 2 Training."
FACTS: This absolutely may be the case. We are skeptical, however,
that if this indeed an original creation of EAGALA and Lynn Thomas,
that none of the previous exercises authored by Greg Kersten be used
in the course of the training without his permission, and be
represented as the property or product of EAGALA.
STATEMENT 13. Mental health professionals attending the training will
receive continuing professional education credits from their
respective mental health boards. My presence is also required at the
training because the mental health boards will not give credit for
the training unless a licensed mental health therapist administers
FACTS: This is the case for some states, but many states offer
continuing education credits to providers who are considered to be
experts in their subject area. For this reason, many states offer
CEU credit for seminars taught by Greg who holds no degree or
license, as he is recognized as the authority in his field.
*As determined by the Utah Court of Appeals, February, 2007.
Your comments and perceptions are welcome on this listserve, and we
would like to invite anyone to attend our court hearings (may they be
What I would hope for all readers is that you INVESTIGATE what you
support and stand up for what is right.
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