Stephanie Melchert | Executive Director | Email: Stephanie@VictoryTherapy.org
As the Executive Director of Victory Therapy Center, Stephanie puts her extensive experience of non-profit operations to work to optimize resources and fulfill the annual program of work. In her role with Victory, she ensures compassionate services are provided to the many clients that turn to us for help with healing. With over 20 years of proficiency in non-profit development and marketing roles, Stephanie has a passion for creating awareness and funding for organizations helping others. Stephanie participates and has served with numerous professional associations; some of these include the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Advocates for Special People, Arlington Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, and Meeting Planners International. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Fashion Merchandising from Iowa State University.
Laura Hamrin | TherapeutIc Riding Instructor | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Hamrin has a passion for teaching and riding. She started riding at the age of three and competing by 5, continuing in eventing and classical dressage. She went on the attend and graduate from Morvan Park International Equestrian Institute as well as managing her family’s horse farm in North Georgia maintaining up to 100 horses and training competition horses. She had the opportunity to work with special needs and fell in love with the therapeutic industry. Laura graduated from Grace Training Center with her Christian workers degree and later received her PATH instructor certification and CHA level 3 in western and 4 in English and is currently working on her advanced instructor certification at Victory Therapy Center.
Suzanne Sessums | Physical Therapist & TherapeutIc Riding Instructor | Email: email@example.com
Suzanne has been a Physical Therapist with Victory Therapy Center since 2005. She received her physical therapy license in 1999 from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She works as a physical therapist in the Fort Worth School District, Pediatric Home Health, and PRN with Wise Community Hospital in Decatur, TX. Suzanne is a registered AHA, Level II Instructor.
Lindy Gerows | Physical Therapist & TherapeutIc Riding Instructor | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindy began working with Suzanne as a PTA at Rocky Top, and just recently returned as a PTA at Victory in 2018. She received her PTA license from TCC in 2006, and has worked in the home health setting with pediatrics since, as well as geriatrics and in the hospital setting. Lindy is a registered, AHA Level II Instructor.
Allison Watson | finance manager & THERAPEUTIC RIDING INSTRUCTOR | Email: email@example.com
Allison started as a volunteer at Victory Therapy Center in 2012. She has worked in the accounting departments for both commercial development companies and construction companies since 1984. She has owned and shown hunter-jumpers since she was a young girl so when the opportunity arose to join the staff she didn’t hesitate. She has been in the position of Finance Manager since January 2015. She has recently become a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor and a CHA certified Instructor for Riders with Disabilities with a Level 2 Physical and Level 3 Cognitive.
Charla Ann Story, M.Ed. | THERAPEUTIC RIDING INSTRUCTOR | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charla was born into a horse and musical family where showing horses and playing music was the norm. Her mother introduced her to training principles and to the industry of therapeutic riding where she remains today. She holds her Master’s degree in Education and is a PATH Registered Instructor, CHA Master Instructor and Clinician, and Certified Instructor for the American Red Cross. She is the Founder & Director of C-Bar Horsemanship Therapeutic Riding Center specializing in equine-facilitated learning, adaptive physical education, training and schooling horses, Horses for Heroes program, and collaborating with local university and their student/volunteers.
Robin Buchanan | PART-TIME THERAPEUTIC RIDING INSTRUCTOR | Email: email@example.com
Robin has a BA in Zoology and has previously worked in a zoo and was the Director of an animal shelter while living in New Jersey. Animals have been her passion her entire life. While growing up, her family had numerous foster children that she helped to care for. Robin began volunteering for Victory (Rocky Top Therapy Center) in 2006. She has recently become a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor and a CHA certified Instructor for Riders with Disabilities with a Level 2 Physical and Level 2 Cognitive.
Becca Rakow | PART-TIME THERAPEUTIC RIDING INSTRUCTOR | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Becca started working at Victory Therapy Center in September 2018. Becca graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science: emphasis in Equine Assisted Therapy, a certificate in Equine Science: emphasis in Equine Assisted Therapy, and a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor certification. Becca was diagnosed with mild spastic cerebral palsy around age two. She has grown up in the therapeutic riding community since age six. She began competing in Equestrians with Disabilities (EWD) show events in January 2007 and has been competing in various shows and classes ever since. That first show was Chisholm Challenge, were she won a belt buckle and sparked the thrill of competition and desire to learn more about all the horse world has to offer. Competing with horses has allowed her to feel able bodied and each show since has allowed her to expand her horse world knowledge and improve personal skills in order to share what she learns with those around her. Working with horses has shown her that we really aren’t that different from one another. Horses are silent teachers and building bonds with them takes time and trust, but if we take that time, there’s nothing they can’t teach us or we could teach them. That unspeakable and unexplainable bond that someone has with their horse is the key to freedom, it’s everything. It’s for these reasons, amongst others, that Becca has wanted to be a therapeutic riding instructor since age 12 and help others the way she’s been helped over the years.
Christine Terry | VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR | Email: email@example.com
Christine is what we call “homegrown”; as she came to Victory with no horse experience. She arrived at Victory Therapy Center in 2016 and knew she found a home for her love of helping others and new found joy of working with horses. Since arriving, she has attended our Instructor-in-Training course and was our “Rookie of the Year” for 2016. Christine has extensive experience in Marketing and Relationship Management in the banking industry, Public Relations, Event Coordination and being a small business owner. She holds a Bachelor of Science Business Marketing degree with a minor in Psychology. Her current responsibilities at Victory have her overseeing the training, recruitment and activities of over 250 volunteers who donate in excess of 18,000 hours per year. She has a passion for Veterans as she is the wife of an Army Veteran and assists with our Horses for Heroes Program. After being in the financial industry for most her professional career, Christine says “I found my family here at Victory and this is my bliss. Working with our riders and these amazing animals brings me so much joy.”
Karey Bourgeois | Executive Assistant/Development Coordinator | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karey began working at Victory Therapy Center in October 2015. She is responsible for the first impressions of Victory Therapy Center. She greets guests, volunteers, and clients and provides friendly assistance to all incoming phone calls. She oversees all incoming donations and manages the donor database. She also provides administrative support to the Executive Director. Her experience includes over 20 years office administration, bookkeeping, and medical insurance billing. She has been attending TCC since 2013 pursing a degree in special education and is working on her certification in American Sign Language.