Our Team

Dee Danmeyer

Dee Danmeyer

Executive Director

Dee joined the SMART team in March 2019 and hit the ground running with her enthusiasm, her organizational skills, and leadership capabilities. Dee has 17 years of experience in the non-profit arena where she has held Executive Director and CEO positions for Habitat for Humanity in Frederick (MD), Orlando and South Sarasota. Dee relocated from Maryland in 2005 with her son, Douglas, who is a Game Designer with a leading interactive entertainment company in London, Ontario. Dee is no stranger to the horse community as she owned and showed Tennessee Walking horses when she lived in Maryland.

Samantha Toomey

Samantha Toomey

Barn Manager | Lead PATH Int'l Riding Instructor and PATH Int'l Driving Level I Instructor

Sam joined the volunteer team in 2002.  Her dedication to the riders and horses at SMART  was so great that she became a SMART instructor in 2003 and SMART’s full-time Barn Manager in 2005. Samantha is not allowed to retire. Ever.

Stacey with Magic (Resized to 300)

Stacey Volpe

Administrative Assistant

Stacey and her husband relocated to Florida from Maryland in March of 2019. She joined the SMART team in May of 2019. Stacey spent the past 15 years working as an Administrative Assistant for a private school where her children attended. While she has no previous experience being around horses, she instantly fell in love with the special horses at SMART. All of us are THRILLED that Stacey has joined the SMART family!


Melissa Spillenkothen

Volunteer Coordinator

Melissa joined the SMART volunteer family in 2012 soon after she moved to Florida. When Diana Staab, the former Volunteer Coordinator moved away, Melissa stepped into that role. And are we glad she did!! Melissa loves working with the SMART horses and is involved in many other SMART activities that include volunteering for lessons, programs, and fundraising.

Volunteer Staff

Jacquie Denman, Susan Hartman,
Deb Hornbeck and Nicole Holt

Admin Assistants

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