Meet our Friendly Staff
Project R.I.D.E.’s tiny but mighty staff consists of an Executive Director, an Office Manager, a Community Outreach Manager, an Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, three PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and a Ranch Caretaker. Our beloved and hard-working four-legged employees include our amazing team of therapy horses and four official therapy cats, Baker Jr., Hobbs, Mowgli, Piper, Nilly and Twilight. All other duties are handled by our dedicated army of volunteers! To find out how you can help, click here.
PATH International Certified Therapeutic Recreational Riding Instructor since 2015 Meet Genell Csik, our newest PATH Certified Instructor. She's been volunteering with us since August and just passed her test in April 2015. "I was that horse-crazy kid who just never...read more
Office Manager since 2012 Lori rejoined staff in 2014 as an Executive Assistant after previously serving as interim Volunteer Coordinator and volunteering. She now manages the office and makes sure our operations run smoothly. Lori moved from the Bay Area in 2010 and...read more
PATH International Certified Riding Instructor since 2014 Tamara Lipanovich is a wife, mother to five, and grandmother to a small herd. She has ridden horses most of her life and enjoys riding a variety of disciplines ranging from Western trail riding to English...read more
PATH International Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor Lauren fell in love with horses early on in her life, but it wasn’t until she volunteered at a center in Fresno that she knew she was going to make a long term career out of therapeutic riding instruction. She...read more
Volunteer Coordinator of the Year Suzi joined Project R.I.D.E. as a volunteer in August 2008 and now works in our offices as an Outreach Coordinator, ensuring we have the volunteers we need for our program. With a past career in finance, Suzi has a passion for...read more
Ranch Caretaker since 2008 Realizing that he had a lot of spare time on his hands, Darren started volunteering at Project R.I.D.E. in February of 2008. When the ranch caretaker position became available he expressed his interest, was accepted and has been at the ranch...read more
Community Outreach Manager Since 2008 Marisa DeSalles started volunteering with Project R.I.D.E. in 2003 and returned as a staff member in 2008. Marisa's favorite part of her role at Project R.I.D.E. is watching new riders overcome their fears. She lives with her...read more
Executive Director Tina began working with Project R.I.D.E. in 2002 as a volunteer. She was intrigued that anyone would be crazy enough to place a child with special needs atop an animal period, let alone a 1200 pound horse. On her first day as a volunteer, all of the...read more
Kind of a Big Deal
On the backs of these purple shirts it reads, “My boss thinks I’m kind of a big deal.” Tina’s says “Director of Positive Mojo.”
The staff recently took a professional development day at Giant Steps, another therapeutic riding center located in the Bay Area.
Tina with Alex riding Stella at one of our fundraiser events.
Marisa loves big, tall horses like drafts, thoroughbreds and warmbloods, and has a soft spot for mules like Maddie here.
Little Bundles of Cuteness
Tina enjoys all things small and cute. Here she is with Hope the therapy mini horse and Bethany, another staff member’s child.
Tina Goes Above and Beyond
In 2013, Tina was awarded Elk Grove’s Above and Beyond award to celebrate those making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Here she is with family and staff with her well-deserved award.
Volunteer Coordinator of the Year
Suzi was awarded the Director of Volunteers in Agencies Volunteer Coordinator of the Year award in fall of 2014.
On the Trail
Tina and a former board member enjoying our Trail Ride event in 2010
We Moustache you to Volunteer with us
Tina with Karis and Neela
Lauren with Blue the miniature horse