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Our Board Members

The Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Joe Caribe’s Restaurant in Auburn. The meeting is open to the public.

Meet Our Board:

Marcy Schaffer EgotMarcy Schaffer-Egot, Board Member and PATH Certified Instructor

Marcy is Horses for Healing’s lead certified PATH International instructor. She passed her certification in June, 2010 and worked diligently toward her PATH certification for nearly a year. Marcy began by volunteering at Horses for Healing and was hired as an Instructor in Training as she worked toward her certification.

Marcy is also a California Credentialed Special Education teacher who has worked in both the Roseville and Twin Rivers High School Districts for the past 10 years. However, due to health conditions following a near fatal car accident in 2008, Marcy decided to take a long term leave of absence from her full time teaching job.

In light of Marcy’s lifelong involvement with horses and special needs individuals, working at Horses for Healing was a perfect match. According to Marcy, “It’s just what the doctor ordered; I help others through equine-assisted therapy and they help me to serve a purpose!”

Marcy’s favorite pastime is trail riding in the beautiful public lands. She loves to ride her favorite horse Sunny, a 9 year old Palomino Mustang she adopted and trained from the BLM. Marcy says horseback riding is both relaxing and therapeutic for her as well as her clients. She believes whole heartedly that her horses helped her to rehabilitate from her accident.

Marcy and her husband Raul have a mini ranch in Auburn where they enjoy their horses, dogs, cats, chickens and ducks. Their two sons, Blake and Ryan, recently graduated Placer High School and are attending Sierra and American River Colleges, respectively.

Diana WelshDiana Welsh, Secretary

Diana is a freelance web designer and developer located in Newcastle, California. She has built websites for Fortune 500 companies, one man start-ups, and online retailers. Diana has managed online marketing programs for high tech companies, as well as consumer goods and financial services firms.

Diana is the Placer Union High School District Parent Representative for the Placer SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The SELPA CAC is comprised of parents and administrators, dedicated to raising awareness and education on special needs issues in the Placer County SELPA.

Diana first became involved with Horses for Healing in April 2010, when her daughter, Sedona, became a rider. She saw firsthand what an impact therapeutic riding made on Sedona’s motor development, coordination, and sensory integration issues.

She is the proud mother of Sedona (15), who loves jamming to music while riding at Horses for Healing; and Austin (18), an energetic young man who loves sports and building fun structures.

Diana received an M.A. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (M.I.I.S) and a B.A. in French Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara.