The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Angie Shockley, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
Angie Shockley gives hope to the ones who need it most—young adults and animals. She has devoted her life to giving at-risk young adults the lives they deserve through her different branches at Q&A Associates. “I really shifted how I was living my life and let go of all the worry about the future,” Shockley reminisces, and by the next year, she had opened Q&A and established a small nonprofit organization called Saddles and Smiles offering equine-assisted learning. Young adult clients of Shockley’s benefit from both organizations, and each is a testament to her determination to manifest anything she sets her mind to.
Shockley has created a way for young adults who have challenges or disabilities to reach their highest level of independence while remaining safe. She uses a number of methods to coach her clients to reach independence and uses her horses to provide comfort and teaching. She is also a certified shamanic practitioner, which equips her with a spiritual approach to helping her clients cope with traumatic or physical issues.
Shockley sees a constructive difference between therapy and coaching. “Therapy is dealing with what has happened in the past,” she explains. “Coaching is dealing with what you’re going to do with it as you move forward.”