Missouri REALTORS® are not only real estate professionals – we're so much more. We're active in the community – serving on school boards, in elected positions and volunteering our time to make communities where we work a better place to be. We're educators – serving on panels and facilitating industry discussions. The philanthropic efforts of our members are inspiring and the difference they are making within their communities is significant. Our Member Spotlight series highlights these efforts and introduces some of our wonderful members.
This month, we are shining the Member Spotlight on Karyn Lester.
Karyn Lester, REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway Select in Troy, joined TREE House of Greater St. Louis in February 2016 to work with disabled children in a way that helps enrich their lives. TREE House uses equine-assisted therapy to improve the coordination and strength of individuals with disabilities. Karyn volunteers as a side walker, walking beside the horse and helping her riders stay balanced while doing various movements and exercises for the occupational therapist.
Karyn has extensive personal experience with children with disabilities, allowing her to easily relate to the work and bond closely with her weekly riders. She has even recruited her whole family to volunteer. While waiting for her client, she jumps in to maintain the facility by cleaning the lobby area, barn and arena. She helps wherever needed, always with passion, enthusiasm and a smile.
TREE House’s mission is to improve the lives of both individuals with disabilities and their families through therapy, recreation, education and exploration. TREE House uses equine-assisted therapy with licensed occupational, physical and speech and language therapists. Because a horse’s gait is similar to the human walk, riding strengthens and supports the natural motion of the spine and pelvis. This repetitive motion helps balance, coordination, strength and muscle tone by gently mobilizing the joints.
Karyn was a 2016 Missouri REALTOR® Good Neighbor Award nominee.
If you’re in the spotlight in your community or know someone who is – let us know. We’d love to shine our Missouri REALTORS® Spotlight on you!