Shannon is the founder of Sunny Creek Ranch “Horses For Heroes." She earned a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy and worked many years in Trauma and ICU. Her husband served 20 years in the USAF, they raised two beautiful children in the midst of multiple combat deployments and duty station changes. She saw the way horses were able to reach her husband during difficult times which prompted her to become Eagala certified in 2016 and start her own program, the very first Veteran Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program in Montgomery County. She has facilitated hundreds of Eagala Equine Therapy sessions to date. It is her passion to assist Veterans and their families become closer and stronger together. Shannon also serves her community as an Executive Board Member of the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Commission as Director of Veterans Affairs, and is a member of Lake Conroe Area Republican Women and VFW Post 4709 Auxiliary.
Jay proudly served 20 years in the United States Air Force. He received two Meritorious Service Medals while in service. The Air Force has taken him all over the world, including multiple combat tours in Iraq, four years in Germany and a year in South Korea. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master’s Degree of Business Management from Webster University with a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. He currently works as VP of Texas Operations at EconoChannel West, Inc.
Marianne served 30 years as a professor and researcher. She received the Distinguished Professor Award, published numerous articles/book chapters, and received many grant awards. She has made international and national presentations for the International Association of Violence, Abuse and Trauma and the American Research Association. While serving at the University, she and her students conducted service projects for military personnel stationed in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Her father gave her a Welch pony at age 5, and she has spent a lifetime of showing ponies, and partnering with them as therapy teams to promote the highest quality of life for children and adults.
Linda is a dedicated go-getter and hardworking team member who also oversees safety and horse health at the ranch. Linda’s husband is a Navy veteran who is also a retired Houston Police Department Lieutenant. Together they share a son and three beautiful grandchildren. It is her mission to keep the horses healthy and happy so they can serve their role in our therapy sessions.
Mike Hopkins is a small business owner in Montgomery and holds position 1 on the MISD Board of Trustees. Previously in his career, Mike held management roles with Schlumberger and United Airlines prior to retiring and starting his own company. Mike is also a retired U.S. Air Force veteran with over 23 years of service on both Active Duty, and on the Reserves as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer. Mike has an MBA from Texas A&M, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and an Associate of Applied Science from The Community College of The Air Force in Aerospace Systems Maintenance Technology. Mike is also a Licensed Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant Technician.
Maureen actively served in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 2010. An MST survivor and advocate, she is very vocal about the needs and importance of the female service member and is always willing to serve her fellow veterans in any way she can. Maureen is an equine photographer and life long “horse crazy girl” and knows the special healing power of an equine relationship. As a board member, it is her hope and goal to provide a female service member perspective and creative mind to support Sunny Creek Ranch and its veterans. In her spare time, Maureen enjoys spending time on her homestead with her husband and two children and riding her horse, Chap, out on the trails.
Deana earned a Bachelor‘s Degree from SFA, which led to a 12 year career at the Better Business Bureau, culminating in VP of Operations. Together, with her family, she then lived in Indonesia for 4 years. Overseas, her appreciation for what it means to be an American, and the sacrifices and amazing service provided by our military became even more appreciated. Her grandfather, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, and cousin are all United States Army veterans.
Janet Coe, M.Ed., serves as the Director of Middle School at The Woodlands Methodist School in The Woodlands, Texas. She has been an educator in private and public schools for over 28 years, serving as a teacher and administrator. Janet holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education degree from Sam Houston State University. As many family members are veterans, including her husband, she seeks to give back to those who have given us all so much. Having participated in the equine therapy with Horses for Heroes at Sunny Creek Ranch, Janet appreciates the value of the service offered there. As a board advisor, her goal is to promote and support the mission to serve veterans, first responders, and their families
Thom is a graduate of Pace University where he earned a BBA in business management. He was selected for a position with the US Secret Service. His 25-year career with the USSS began at the White House where he worked his way through the ranks to become a team leader with the elite tactical unit. He then served as a Special Agent in the Washington and New York Field Offices before being selected for an assignment with the Presidential Protective Division. Mr. Bolsch spent five years as an instructor at the USSS training facility where he taught other Special Agents and recruits the USSS protective methodologies, weapons handling and tactics as well as investigations. Mr. Bolsch concluded his long and distinguished career as a supervisor in the Houston Field Office.
Kody served 8 years as an Infantryman in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed multiple times overseas throughout the Pacific and Middle East, including OEF in Afghanistan. In his last 3 years of service he was stationed at Paris Island, training recruits in combat marksmanship. He currently works for Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. Through sharing his story and connecting with other veterans during group sessions, Kody is committed to reducing the 22 a day statistic.
Wayland served as an Air Force Chaplain in the Texas Air National Guard for eight years. He deployed to Saudi Arabia during the no-fly operations over Iraq. While serving in the Air National Guard, Wayland was also the Senior Pastor at an Episcopal church in Houston. He retired from active parish ministry in 2005 due to medical complications that left him legally blind. Today, Wayland works part-time for a small Anglican seminary. He is thankful for the opportunities Horses For Heroes offers veterans and their families.
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Marla, the daughter of an Army Sergeant, is a Sam Houston State University graduate with a Master’s Degree in counseling. She also has 27 years’ experience working with children as an Occupational Therapist. She is Eagala certified and feels blessed to be at a point in life where she has the opportunity to work with such amazing creatures and the veterans and their family members in our community.
Bob is a University of Houston graduate who has spent over 30 years helping people overcome obstacles that have kept them from achieving their full potential. His ultimate goal is to provide veterans and their families the skills necessary to help resolve conflict and create positive, real life solutions through the horse-human connection. Known as Scuba Bob, Bob is also a scuba instructor and avid outdoorsman.
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Nolan is a military brat who has lived in 4 different states. Nolan loves to code and make movies. He volunteers his time on the ranch caring for the horses and land as well as making movies to promote the important mission of serving veterans and their family members. Nolan enjoys meeting other military brats who share a love for their country and the sacrifices they’ve made.