Our Staff

Our trained and highly skilled staff are committed to use their expertise to make your involvement in these programs a success!

Teresa WhalenExecutive Director

A graduate of Rutgers University, Teresa has a professional background directing non-profit organizations, expertise in social services, and the spectrum of equine assisted therapies for people with disabilities. She brings dedication and enthusiasm to every aspect of the job, and enjoys being a part of the collaborative environment at HOH. She has competed, trained, coached, and owned horses for decades. Teresa’s goals are to enhance HOH’s capabilities and expand our multi-disciplinary programs.

Nicole IngersollTherapeutic Riding Instructor

Nikki began volunteering at Horses of Hope in 2014 and soon thereafter became an integral part of the team. She is dedicated, focused, and her background in higher education facilitates participants’ advancements towards their goals. Nikki brings her enthusiasm, compassion, and great organizational skills to each lesson she instructs at Horses of Hope.

Amelia RobertsEquine Therapy Instructor

Amelia excels at all disciplines of therapy instruction and horsemanship. Amelia has over 20 years of horse experience and volunteered with Horses of Hope for over three years prior to joining our staff. She grew up participating in U.S. Pony Club, doing three-day eventing, and competing in Dressage and stadium jumping. Through these experiences, she has learned extensive horsemanship and horse management.

Gwynndolyn McKinleyProgram Coordinator / Lead Therapy Instructor

Gwynndolyn has worked in the medical field for over 8 years and brings this experience, with her degree in Psychology, to serve the diverse needs of Horses of Hope’s clients. She has 20+ years working with horses and understands how horses can improve peoples’ well-being. Gwynndolyn’s engaging attitude makes equine assisted therapy fun for her participants at Horses of Hope. Her horsemanship skills and professional experience have helped to expand Horses of Hope’s programs and clientele.

Kyoti GaitherStable Manager

Kyoti is responsible for the care and feeding of our therapy herd, as well as the operation of our Stable. Kyoti grew up in Montana – breaking, training, and conditioning horses. She monitors the health of our horses, changing hay and supplements as needed with the seasons and individual health and needs of each horse. Kyoti is aware of each horse’s needs and also takes initiative for individual facility projects. In addition to her talents of keeping our horses happy and healthy, she also fills in leading horses and assisting with clients.

Board of Directors

Leslie A. SimpsonPresident

Leslie attended Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon and received her EMT license. She is now an EMT employed in Salem. Leslie has been a dedicated volunteer with Horses of Hope Oregon since 2007. Elected to the board in 2011

Ron RufenerTreasurer

Ron is a partner at a Salem CPA and business consulting firm with multiple west coast offices. In addition to serving as Treasurer on HOH’s board, Ron is a member of the Catholic Community Services board, and belongs to several professional associations. Ron and his wife support other Mid-Valley charities. Elected to the board in 2013

Elizabeth A. WoodSecretary

Beth has been working in special education for over 10 years. She grew up showing horses, and combines her equine expertise with community concerns and fundraising knowledge. Beth has volunteered with Horses of Hope Oregon & other Mid-Valley non-profits. Elected to the board in 2015.

Joe MeduriBoard Member

Joseph is the past president of a national and international retailer and manufacturer of specialty dried fruit. Joe and his wife Cindy are major supporters of: Boys and Girls Club, Boys and Girls Aid, International Rhett Syndrome Foundation, and Horses of Hope Oregon. His family’s company contributes to: Marion Polk Food Share, Polk/Marion Women for Agriculture and West Salem High School. Elected to the board in 2012.

Ken L. JundtBoard Member

Ken is SVP, Regional Manager of a local banking enterprise. Ken has been active within the Salem business community for many years. He has served on a number of boards, actively endeavoring to bring awareness and community support for the missions of each organization. Elected to the board in 2015.

Trevor S. DouglassBoard Member

Trevor is employed by the State as a manager, working in policy and programs. Additionally, he holds a doctor of chiropractic degree and has had significant involvement in several health related programs. He has been involved in a number of successful community health-improvement initiatives and has extensive experience with foster care programs. Elected to the board in 2015.

Breanna ThompsonBoard Member

Breanna is an associate attorney at a prominent Salem law firm. She received her B.S from the University of Idaho and then moved to Oregon and graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University College of Law. During law school, Breanna was a member of the Moot Court Board, Willamette Law Online. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dog, Henry, and horses, Frosty and Dee. Elected to the Board in 2015.

Ashley BrundridgeBoard Member

Ashley is a broker/buyer’s agent with a local real estate company that serves the Willamette Valley. She grew up riding horses, and is a former Miss Rodeo Oregon. Ashley graduated from Oregon State University and brings her business acumen and civic interest to Horses of Hope. Elected to the Board in 2016.

Ross BochslerBoard Member

Ross is employed at his family-owned construction contracting company in Marion County, and is a real estate developer currently working throughout Oregon and Southern Washington. He grew up in the Willamette Valley and received his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. He has experience in finance and business management and has worked as a volunteer for various organizations in the surrounding area. Elected to the Board in 2016.

Ashleigh YoungBoard Member

Ashleigh (PT, DPT, OCS) is the director of a physical therapy clinic in Keizer, and a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. Her passion is developing specialized treatment plans to meet individual needs to optimize outcomes. She enjoys any sport, gardening, spending time with her family and staying active in her community. Elected to the board in 2016.