Our Team

Brandi Ezell

Brandi Ezell

Executive Director

Brandi, originally a lesson volunteer, was hired as Administrative Assistant in 2014 and promoted to Assistant Executive Director in July 2016. Having come up through the ranks, gaining an in-depth knowledge of all the ins and outs of the organization, she is now serving as the Executive Director. Brandi is also  a parent of a child with autism making her a passionate advocate for the program.

Samantha Toomey

Barn Manager

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.

Samantha is also Lead PATH Int'l Riding Instructor and
PATH Int'l Driving Level Instructor

Samantha Toomey

Dana Cornell

Administrative Assistant

Dana joined the SMART team in July 2016 after moving from a small town in Missouri. While volunteering at a therapeutic riding center up north, Dana became a certified therapeutic riding instructor through NARHA (now PATH) and taught for a couple of years. She went on to become a Case Manager for individuals with disabilities and she and her horse, Lucky, became involved with a disability awareness program. Dana brings to SMART her experience and passion falling instantly in love SMART's mission.

Dana is also a PATH Int'l Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

Volunteer Staff

Samantha Toomey
Lead PATH Int'l Riding Instructor, PATH Int'l Driving Level Instructor

Melissa Spillenkothen
Volunteer Coordinator

Jacquie Denman, Nicole Holt, Deb Hornbeck and Susan Hartman
Admin Assistants