Our Founder


Jodie Diegel RN, MBA, is the Founder and President of the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program (2018-current), as well as past Founder and President of Mane in Heaven (2012-2017).

The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program, located in Barrington, Illinois, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich lives by promoting the unconditional love and healing of the human-animal bond, while advocating for animal therapy standards of excellence. We offer the Barrington-area’s most experienced and comprehensive animal-assisted therapy teams, which includes registered therapy dogs, registered miniature therapy horses and miniature therapy donkeys. Our registered therapy dogs started visiting as early as 2010, and our registered miniature therapy horses started visiting in 2012.

Jodie believes that a difference is made when there is a soul-to-soul connection between humans and animals. People often ask, “What is a visit and what do therapy animals do?” Jodie’s reply: “At every visit , when others meet our special animals, there is joy, laughter, smiles and sharing of unconditional love…that is true healing.”

It is through Jodie’s passion for animal therapy and the selfless love of the SOUL Harbour Ranch volunteers, that individuals throughout the Chicagoland area are able to experience incredible SOUL: Sharing Of Unconditional Love.

Jodie and the “SOUL team” visit those in need with their registered therapy animals, partnering with locations such as Rush University Medical Center, The Garlands,  Markland, GiGi’s Playhouse and Barrington High School. They also offer on-site visits at SOUL Harbour Ranch.