13620 Halleluiah Trail
Elbert, CO 80106
Phone: (719) 495-3908
Fax: (719) 494-1689
PPTRC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
• President – Chris Valentine
• Vice President – Brady Nachtrieb
• Treasurer – Nikki Herman
• Secretary – Colonel Cindi Ryan
• Mark Bittle
• Bob Book
• Nikki Herman
• Tara Nolan
• Amy Jo Rodgers
• Dr. Scott R. Ross
• Stacy Rummel DeWalt
• Huy Tran
• Kevin Estrem
• Dominic “Dom” Cimino
• Matt Grage
• Joan Lawson
• Sandi Yukman
• Stacy Basinger
• Jodie Edmonds Blake
• Sue Cooper
• Bob Book, chair
PPTRC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and at-large-members. The Board’s main role is to determine the direction of the organization. While the Board is moving away from being a working board, members still help as needed with fundraising events, volunteer/donor recognition and occasional facilities maintenance. The executive director runs the day-to-day operations with the help of staff.
All of our Board of Directors contribute financially and consistently attend fundraising events.
PPTRC STAFFExecutive Director
Graduating from Colorado State University in 1996 with a B.S. degree in Psychology, Jody received her PATH registered instructor status in 1997, completed a M.A. degree in Psychology from Chapman University in 2000 and received her Colorado License in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2006. Jody worked at Griffith Centers for Children, residential treatment facility for adolescent boys from 1996-2007 in the Trails To Trust Therapeutic Riding Program. As the Director of the Equine Therapy Program, Jody was charged the administrative oversight for the program in addition to providing equine therapy services to the centers youth and families. In August of 2008, Jody became the Clinical Director for Day Treatment and Group Home services at Griffith Centers for Children. Jody started at the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center in February, 2010. Currently, Jody is on PATH International Board of Trustees.
Jody’s husband, Aaron Enget, works at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and they have four children, Preslee, Riley, Halle, and Trigve.
Nancy joined PPTRC in 1984 as a volunteer. She experienced every role from horse leader to instructor and Program Coordinator. In 1995 Nancy received her PATH instructor certification, a competency based certification exhibiting skills in equine assisted activities with individuals with disabilities and special needs. She co-directed her own equine facilitated mental health program for nine years. She also has extensive experience working with human service agencies. Her long history with PPTRC as an instructor and as staff is a great benefit to our riders.
Nancy has one son, Sam, who lives in Colorado Springs. She shares her home in Black Forest with an assortment of four legged friends.
Equine Program Manager
Kathy began at PPTRC as a student instructor in early 2013. She got her registered level PATH instructor certification a few months later. Kathy has had a love for horses since she was small and was lucky enough to grow up riding. Jumping was Kathy’s first love but she likes to learn to ride in as many disciplines as she can, her latest excursion being learning to ride in Reining. She has worked at multiple barns and loves to learn more about horses. Kathy attended an Equine college for two years and took classes such as Equine Preventative Medicine and Conformation and Selection. She is currently pursuing a degree in Special Education. Kathy is married to Ed and together they own a dog named Moe. She also has a horse that is retired in her home state of New Jersey who is named Dude. As Equine Program Manger, Kathy gets to combine her love for teaching and passion for horses.
Diane came to us in 2007 as a parent and a volunteer and has experienced the amazing benefits of our program first hand. She has a degree in Business Computer Methods with Information Systems and is experienced in account receivables, online registration, and scheduling.
Dayna Jenkins is the daughter of Delbert and Donna Jenkins of Ordway, Colorado. Along with her sister Dawn and brother Dustin, Dayna is the fifth generation cow/calf rancher on her family’s ranch. Dayna graduated in May of 2011 from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Telecommunications. Dayna also attended Northeastern Junior College where she played volleyball for two years; she was the 2006 Most Improved Player of the Year and Academic All Region for two years. Academics are important to Dayna, graduating with honors in psychology, communications, and a student on the Dean’s List at UNC. She was a committee member and team captain for UNC’s Relay for Life for 3 years. Dayna coached the Platte Valley High School girls’ junior varsity volleyball team and assisted the varsity team for the last three years. She spent the summer of 2009 as the El Paso County Fair Queen, 2010 to 2011 as the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Girl of the West. Growing up with horses all her life Dayna loves to rope on her horse Reno and help her dad work cattle on the family’s ranch. Besides competing in many projects over her nine years in 4-H, getting to attend the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center Special Rodeo the past two summers has changed the way she approaches life. She looks forward to being your volunteer coordinator.
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Originally from Colorado and a graduate of Colorado State University, Judi says she was born with a love for horses, and found every opportunity to ride or study horsemanship. She started her Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy work when she was a volunteer in 2007 with the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in San Juan Capistrano, California, learning how to work with horses as therapy for persons with physical and emotional disabilities. Shortly thereafter Judi found her passion and her heart’s desire working with people in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning. Judi is PATH certified Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and she is also certified through Equine Journeys in Equine Co-Facilitated Psychotherapy (ECP). Most recently Judi has been working as Equine Specialist in the ECP program for Bethany’s Gait of Ladera Ranch, California. In addition she co-facilitated their Horsemanship for Homeschoolers, and trained volunteers.
Nickole started volunteering at PPTRC in 2009. She has a horse background, riding and showing hunter jumpers as a kid and working on a dude ranch in California. She joined the Air Force and continued to ride when she could. Life eventually got in the way and she was away from horses for a long time until she discovered PPTRC. She's done just about every volunteer job and has been a staff member as a feeder and horse conditioner since 2011. She feels her true equine education started here, and continues to learn as much as she can about horses and therapeutic riding. She is currently working on getting her PATH certification and is also a certified equine massage therapist.
We asked our instructors the following 6 questions:
- When did you begin volunteering and/or teaching at PPTRC?
- What Certifications and other background do you have?
- How did you get into therapeutic riding?
- Do you specialize in any area of therapeutic riding?
- Do you have your own horses?
- What do you do when you’re not at PPTRC?
- Susanne Hays, Registered Psychotherapist
- Kristen Kachel, PT
- Justin Lincoln, PsyD
- Donna Maloney, PT
- Kevin Rohrer, LPC
- Deb Sandy, PTA
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