Alishia has been working as an Equine Specialist at Marley’s Mission since opening day in 2010. She graduated from Marywood University with a Masters in Social Work, concentrating on trauma work with children during her studies. While at Marywood University, she was elected as president of the Scranton Student Weekday Association. Ms. Allegrucci performed extensive field placements at Children and Youth Services of Lackawanna County and Marley’s Mission. Ms. Allegrucci passion for horses and helping children are now combined with the work she does at Marley’s Mission. Ms. Allegrucci recently accepted a position as barn management at Marley’s Mission in March 2013.
Ms. Allegrucci is a 2010 graduate of Keystone College receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She also pursued concentrated coursework in Psychology and Political Science. While at Keystone, she was selected to participate in the Inside Out Program, a program that partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Ms. Allegrucci also performed an Internship in the Office of the Lackawanna County Juvenile Probation Department.
Since age 7, Ms. Allegrucci has had a passion for horses. One year after she began riding, at age 8, she began actively competing in horse shows and she continues to do so. She participated in Interscholastic Riding at Lakeland High School and was a member of the Intercollegiate Riding Team at Wilkes University. Her college riding experience led to her showing in a variety of states across the country. In her career, Ms. Allegrucci has competed and qualified for the Pennsylvania State Horse Show and she has competed as far away as Ocala, Florida.
Ms. Allegrucci successfully completed the two levels of training to obtain her certification in the internationally recognized EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.