our leaders

Kriss Titus

Kriss Titus is the Founder and CEO of Michael’s Foundation, located in Clermont, Florida. With over thirty years as a C-Level Executive in the business world, she has discovered a new passion and purpose in her life with Michael’s Foundation, named in honor of her deceased son. When Kriss’s youngest child of six kids, Michael, came home from serving seven years in the Army as a Forward Observer, with four tours in Afghanistan, he struggled psychologically with the affects of war to the extent that he took his own life.

Kriss explains the only way she would ever be able to make sense over the loss of
her son would be by doing something productive in this space where she knows so many veterans stuggle: Adapting to civilian world post military service. In 2019, she founded Michael’s Foundation with her friend and co-founder Cathy
Huddleston. Working together they created an unique opportunity for veterans and their families to have an empowering community experience with horses.

Horses Empowering Heroes is a ground-based experiential educational horse
program, where the participants experience building trust, staying present, learning to manage their hyper vigilance, experiencing peace and calm in the moment. Kriss says the ultimate goal is to support veterans and their families by providing a community where they can grow beyond just surviving, to thriving. Kriss and Larry, her husband of 49 years, live near Michael’s Foundation in Clermont, Florida and actively participate in the programs.

Cathy Huddleston

“I have been incredibly fortunate to have a career that revolves around my passion – a love of horses. I have dedicated my career to furthering the health and wellness of equine herds while innovating programs that illustrate the therapeutic value of horse-human relationships to the general public. As the co-founder of Michael’s Foundation, I am dedicated to helping veterans through equine-learning programs and experiential education formats that support veterans and their families. It has been an honor to see the transformative effect the programs deliver. I have spent a lifetime as a horsewoman and three decades as an equine professional.

Throughout my career, I have had the honor of working with some of the best and brightest trainers, teachers, mentors, and horses. This has brought me to where I am today, a devout student of the horse, sharing my learning with others through uniquely designed lesons and experiences. Those experiences have come in the form of decades in the show ring with numerous titles and trophies, hours upon hours in the saddle, late nights and early mornings, handling of serious medical emergencies, blood, sweat and tears. Moments acquired over 5 decades of a life spent with horses in every facet of the industry. What I have learned is immense and only a drop in the bucket of what’s available to know. It is an honor to bring all of this to the table and share with my community at Michael’s Foundation.

“The first horse I owned was gifted to me at 2 ½ years of age and that is when my career began. I have never been able to imagine a life without horses. They have been a part of almost every second of my life. In turn, I am privileged to share their teachings and way of engaging in the world with others. I cannot fathom a better way of life… learning from horses, teaching about horses, authoring stories about horses: all components of my dream life and the gifts I’m blessed to share!” Cathy Huddleston.

Bachelor, Equine Studies
M.Ed., Equestrian Education
Advanced Approved Facilitator Epona Approach
PETS, Polyvagal-informed Equine Training Specialist
Member- WDAA, AQHA, APHA, AHA, PATH”

Cathy Huddleston

“I have been incredibly fortunate to have a career that revolves around my passion – a love of horses. I have dedicated my career to furthering the health and wellness of equine herds while innovating programs that illustrate the therapeutic value of horse-human relationships to the general public. As the co-founder of Michael’s Foundation, I am dedicated to helping veterans through equine-learning programs and experiential education formats that support veterans and their families. It has been an honor to see the transformative effect the programs deliver. I have spent a lifetime as a horsewoman and three decades as an equine professional.

Throughout my career, I have had the honor of working with some of the best and brightest trainers, teachers, mentors, and horses. This has brought me to where I am today, a devout student of the horse, sharing my learning with others through uniquely designed lesons and experiences. Those experiences have come in the form of decades in the show ring with numerous titles and trophies, hours upon hours in the saddle, late nights and early mornings, handling of serious medical emergencies, blood, sweat and tears. Moments acquired over 5 decades of a life spent with horses in every facet of the industry. What I have learned is immense and only a drop in the bucket of what’s available to know. It is an honor to bring all of this to the table and share with my community at Michael’s Foundation.

“The first horse I owned was gifted to me at 2 ½ years of age and that is when my career began. I have never been able to imagine a life without horses. They have been a part of almost every second of my life. In turn, I am privileged to share their teachings and way of engaging in the world with others. I cannot fathom a better way of life… learning from horses, teaching about horses, authoring stories about horses: all components of my dream life and the gifts I’m blessed to share!” Cathy Huddleston.

Bachelor, Equine Studies
M.Ed., Equestrian Education
Advanced Approved Facilitator Epona Approach
PETS, Polyvagal-informed Equine Training Specialist
Member- WDAA, AQHA, APHA, AHA, PATH”

Alan Alford

Over the last 27 years, Alan Alford has become a leader within the veteran
community. He has assisted tens of thousands of veterans, service members and their families to receive their hard earned veteran’s benefits. As a subject matter expert on veterans benefits and benefits related issues, he regularly lectures at numerous colleges, military bases, Vet Centers, Pow Wow’s, health fairs, homeless shelters for veterans, and numerous gatherings where veterans will be meeting that are needing assistance with their veteran’s benefits. Additionally, he co-authored “The Expert’s Guide to Veterans Benefits”, and has worked tirelessly to assist with numerous pieces of legislation that have protected the sacred rights for all that have served our great nation.

Most importantly though Alan as the Vice President of the “Fighting For Our Heroes Foundation Inc.” has personally been able to help hundreds of chronically homeless veterans to get off the streets of Central Florida permanently and he has worked tirelessly with each transitioning veteran to furnish their new apartments, and rebuild their lives. Through our partnership with both Alan and Robin Alford and the “Fighting for Our Heroes Foundation”, Michael’s Foundation is equipped to handle the numerous often complex issues that our veterans face after their military service has ended. This dynamic partnership continually helps numerous veterans each day to overcome the various obstacles that impact both the veterans and their family member’s lives.

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