About Our Team

About Our Team

Our Board of Directors

Sariah Hopkins: is our Executive Director, and Manager of our Cottontown Foster Farm.  This facility includes 13 stalls and an indoor arena, and provides an event space for Safe Harbor events as well.  She has loved horses her entire life and rode for the first time on the King Ranch in Texas when she was 14 years old. However, she spent most of her life away from horses, living in bigger cities like Chicago and New York. When she moved to Gallatin, she re-connected with her farmgirl roots and quickly got involved with equine rescue; with a passion to learn all she could about proper rehabilitation, guided by AAEP principles.  She has pursued lessons in equine training and riding for the past several years.  Sariah balances rescue with work as a Chief Financial Officer in the private sector, and utilizes her business acumen for development and best practices in the non-profit environment. Sariah holds certification in Equine Nutrition from the University of Edinburgh, Royal School of Veterinary Medicine.

Shannon Kreiger: Is our Development Director and manager of a foster farm.  As Director of Development, Shannon assists with the fundraising efforts by conducting research and prospecting multiple donor sources, manage capital campaigns, and oversees ongoing development efforts.  Project management, communication and collaboration are all integral parts of what she does for Safe Harbor.   She also works closely with the volunteers and board of directors to identify staffing needs for capital campaigns and ongoing development, recruit and train available volunteers, and oversee each project team, once formed.  Professionally, Shannon is a began her career as a Network Engineer, started and sold two business and currently freelances as an interactive media consultant and designs and builds websites.

Allison Speck: Is our Adoption Director.  Allison leads and mentors our adoption coordinators and helps keep the adoption process streamlined to assure the right fit between horse and adopter.  Allison enjoys spending time with the Safe Harbor horses, and hopes to adopt in the near future.  Incidentally, all the streets in her neighborhood have horse names, so you may find her strolling the cross roads of Filly Ln and Clydesdale Crossing.

Kathy Adams: Is our Accreditation and Policy Director.  Kathy is a lifelong resident of Tennessee, and very active member of the Sumner County horse community.  She has trained horses, and worked as an equestrian leader for 4H.  Kathy owns her own herd, and fosters for Safe Harbor as well, working with challenging medical rehabilitation cases and keeping horses that are cleared for adoption under saddle and ready for the adoptive future.

Benjamin Fillmore:  Is our Director of Technology.  Benjamin has extensive experience in systems design and technology and has worked with corporations in the public and private sector; including those requiring high end government clearance.  Benjamin guides us on all things database and technology related and is a voting member of our board of directors.

Our Advisory Board

Stephanie Leaman: Is our Foster Coordinator.  Stephanie helps with appropriate foster placements for incoming and transitioning horses, approval and onboarding of foster homes, and works with our foster liaison team to assure all foster home needs are met on a day to day basis.  Stephanie is a pre-veterinary student at Austin Peay State University and also works at a veterinary clinic that provides services to all species of animals, including livestock animals.  Stephanie rides level 1 dressage, and enjoys continued development in her sport as well as introducing her children to the wonderful world of horses.

Jenny Eastep: Is our Donkey Education Specialist, and is part of our cruelty and neglect task force. Jenny has years of experience with donkeys, animal husbandry, and health management.  She provides expert guidance on the health concerns of our long eared friends and works closely in the training process for donkeys.   Jenny’s farm includes resident donkeys and mules and she fosters horses and donkeys for Safe Harbor.  We all recognize the differences between management of donkeys and horses, and Jenny’s expertise has been a phenomenal addition to the Safe Harbor team.

Jessica Lyons: Is our Training Director.  Jessica hails from upstate New York and trained from youth in equitation and huntseat.  She works as a full time professional trainer and teacher, both at South Palmer’s Chapel and with Mountain Creek Farm at Antares Stables.  Jessica uses natural horsemanship methods with a strong focus on solving problems from the ground to make riding safe, fun and relaxing.  Jess enjoys spending time with her husband, son, dog, and horse Max when she is not saving the world through rescue and teaching the world through training.

Allison Huckins: Is our Volunteer Coordinator.  Allison started her Safe Harbor as a volunteer and fell in love with foster horse Marley–who she adopted.  She followed that adoption up with Baby the pony, and still is very active in the care of horses at our foster farms–as well as at her farm.  She is part of our After The Track program, fostering Standardbred Ex-Race horses and helping them find new careers after racing.  Allison has a vibrant personality and strives to make volunteering fun and enjoyable for everyone who comes to our barn.

Our Volunteers

Our team is comprised of a great group of advocates that give of their time to support our cause.  We hold volunteer orientation six times throughout the year, and welcome all who would like to get involved.

We would also like to acknowledge the following critical members of our team:

Debbie Schuld – Foster Liaison

Dawn Roberts – Foster Liaison

Courtney Noel Alexander – Head Trainer (Trains professionally, and offers riding lessons)

Elizabeth Howe – Volunteer Trainer (Trains professionally, and has an equine therapeutic massage business)

Sterling Bishir – Volunteer Trainer

Kensington Bishir – Volunteer Trainer

Hilary Hoffman – Volunteer Trainer

Valerie Story – Volunteer Trainer

Kelli Boyd – Volunteer Trainer

Mandy Howe – Volunteer Trainer

Nikki Wyatt – Volunteer Trainer

Barbie Howell – Volunteer Trainer

Pennie Reese – Mentor

Michelle Elaine Martin – Reiki and Qigong Healing Master Teacher

Kathy McQuiston – Correspondant