Meet our Team



Laura Powell

PATH certified instructor

Laura will be celebrating 10 years with GaitWay this Spring! Laura began volunteering at GaitWay while she attended high school at St. Joseph's Academy (Class of 2011). Although she received her Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training, Laura has remained apart of GaitWay's family. Laura became a PATH Certified Instructor in June of 2017. Since her certification, she is now a full time instructor and mentor at GaitWay. Laura's passion for horses and helping others has paved the way for her career at GaitWay.


Lexie Glisson

Instructor in Training

Lexie completed her PATH International therapeutic riding certification in December of 2018. She has been involved with horses her entire life. Lexie's mother owns a competitive hunter/jumper training and lesson barn in Gonzales where she has helped train horses for national competitions and began teaching lessons there in 2017. She has a bachelors in psychology from LSU with a strong interest in mindfulness. "GaitWay is truly a dream come true as far as getting the opportunity to engage all three of my passions into one career."


Sandra MacDonald

Sandra found GaitWay nearly 5 years ago when her youngest son began therapeutic riding. She joined the Board of Directors for GaitWay in summer of 2014 and in January 2018 became their Director of Development. Her son still rides at GaitWay and is Sandra's best told success story. Sandra is an active volunteer in the Baton Rouge community, mainly serving organizations that offer services for individuals with special needs. In her free time, Sandra can be found spending quality time with her husband Scott and their two sons.

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Leslie Talley

Accounts Manager

Leslie assists in the organization of the calendar, correspondences and general office activities. Leslie has a bachelor's in business administration and 25 years experience as a veterinary technician. Her primary responsibilities are maintaining a database of donors, managing contacts list and handling deadlines for grants. Her organizational skills aide GaitWay’s ability to manage special events, grants and communications with our donor base.