April Marie Loposky
Founder & Equestrian Specialist
Born in San Leandro, California, Ms. Loposky graduated from Ridgeview High School in Paradise, California in 1996. In 2003, Ms. Loposky moved to Pennsylvania. She has pursued a Degree in Criminal Justice at Colorado Technical University.
The mother of two beautiful girls, age 8, and age 4. Ms. Loposky has dedicated herself to Marley’s Mission and all it represents. Her commitment to Marley’s Mission is a personal one – her then 5 year old daughter was attacked in the early morning hours of July 5, 2009, in their home in Taylor, PA. Police immediately responded to her home and captured her daughter’s attacker.
Thrust into the criminal justice system without warning, Ms. Loposky was by her daughter’s side as she was taken to the Community Medical Center for treatment; examined by a Forensic Pediatrician at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania; and, interviewed by specially trained social workers. Her attacker has been brought to justice and is currently in prison.
However, Ms. Loposky’s work did not end once her daughter’s attacker was successfully prosecuted. She recognized her daughter had to heal and, with the help of an incredible therapist, the process began. Soon after the arrest, the outpouring of support from the community was indescribable. Since Ms. Loposky and her family had to move from the home where the attack took place, a fund was set up to help defray expenses – the Marley Fund, named after her daughter’s pet guinea pig, Marley.
From there, Marley’s Mission was born.
Ms. Loposky has seen firsthand her daughter’s interaction with horses and their innate ability to help children like her heal – unconditional love and trust – from horse to child and child to horse. Ms. Loposky has successfully completed Level 1 training in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Certification from the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), an internationally recognized leader in EAP.
In September, 2011, she was among the honorees named “Great Women of Northeast Pennsylvania” at Glenmaura National County Club sponsored by Impressions Media and The Times Leader. Also, in September 2011, Ms. Loposky travelled to San Diego, California, on behalf of Marley’s Mission, to accept the “Best New Charity Award” at the 3rd Annual Classy Awards.
Ms. Loposky has been a frequent guest speaker for various community groups and colleges and universities including the University of Scranton, Marywood University and Keystone College.
Read April’s story here.
“We are known by the tracks that we leave.” Native American Proverb