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. Teresa feels that equine therapy is a wonderful way for participants to achieve their goals, and the reason we love being a part of Horses of Hope Oregon.

Addie EschTherapeutic Riding Instructor

Addie developed a passion for equines at a young age, not knowing that someday she would have an opportunity to work alongside these gentle giants. She began volunteering with an equine assisted therapy program in 2009 and fell in love with it. Addie believes that teaching participants the movements and exercises, as well as seeing the emotional connection that a horse can provide, is far superior to what any machine or weight training program can give. She is very excited to be a part of Horses of Hope Oregon and to be helping to improve lives every day.

Marjorie KnausOffice Manager

Marjorie is the heart and soul of HOH. As the long-time Office Manager, she knows just about every client and volunteer by name. She keeps our operation running smoothly – and also makes sure those barn cats are well taken care of! Marjorie does a lot of behind-the-scenes work that is so important. Her years of experience have made her the resident go-to person, with an answer for almost everything. When she is not working, she loves to play the piano and give lessons to people of all ages. Marjorie lives in rural Marion County with her husband, a goat, and 2 dogs.

Allie MartinProgram Coordinator

A graduate of Willamette University, Allie has a degree in Psychology and Spanish and started at HOH in 2012, as a Stable Assistant and then Student Intern. She found her passion working with the clientele and being a part of these programs that so clearly change lives. Allie is responsible for volunteer coordination and works on new program development with Teresa. She collaborates with staff to create individualized therapeutic lessons to benefit each client. Allie is continuing her education in Psychology by obtaining certification in EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). She enjoys being a part of the supportive mission and mindset of HOH. Allie claims that the best part of working at HOH is fostering independence for those who have not been able to experience it until now.

Garrett MuellerStable Manager

Garrett has tremendous empathy for people with disabilities. His family has taken care of special needs foster children for his entire life, and recently adopted four children with a variety of emotional needs. Garrett is responsible for the care and feeding of our therapy herd, as well as the flawless operation of our Stable. Garrett never hesitates to take the initiative for new projects to better the Stable grounds. In addition to Garrett’s talents of keeping our horses happy and healthy, he is invaluable as a ‘pinch-hitter’, filling in whenever needed.

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.