Our Team

Executive Director

If you are interested in leading an organization that offers a unique therapeutic service to children and adults with special needs, we want to hear from you. You need to be an effective, self-directed and entrepreneurial leader. We are seeking an individual with strong fundraising and leadership skills to successfully implement the mission and programs of SMART as we continue to grow and move forward.

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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.


Samantha Toomey

Dana Cornell

PATH Int'l Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

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 spent two and a half years as SMART's Administrative Assistant and is now focusing on our Equine Assisted Learning Programs.

Volunteer Staff

Melissa Spillenkothen
Volunteer Coordinator

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