Bayan Lewis - President
(Bio coming soon)
Debbie McFadden – Vice President
A horse lover for forty plus years, I have been around horses since age 10. I showed horses through my youth and have trained and given lessons to both children and adults. I currently own and operate a Pilates studio from my home and use the principles of Pilates and movement in my lessons with the children and the horses.
Barbara Slade – Past President, Director, Program Manager, Equine Manager
Was President of the Carson Valley Trails Assn. for 4 yrs. and on their board for 7 yrs. My equestrian experience expands over a period of 50 years, 40 of which were as a professional horseman. It was common, during the early years of my “horsin’ around” to learn numerous equine disciplines from a variety of trainers and I gained an extensive education regarding all aspects of owning and caring for horses, learning to be an equine instructor and trainer.
My career encompassed a great deal of giving instruction and training for both horses and humans. Currently I have been teaching and working with children and adults for close to 40 years. I was on the Board of Advisors for the state of NJ’s 4-H program. I was a horse judging coach and judged at many competitions, as well as competing at the upper levels in the discipline of Hunter/Jumpers. I managed horse shows and show horse facilities. I even had the incredible opportunity to ride races as a jockey of thoroughbred race horses for almost 5 years.
Tracy Gross – Treasurer
I graduated from Sam Houston State University, in Texas, with a Bachelor of Business Administration. I have worked in the Accounting field for more than 30 years. I have a great love for children and a passion for helping to create change in their lives.
Since moving to Nevada, I have spent several years in Douglas County, substitute teaching in the middle schools and high school, volunteering with the Community Partnership-STOP Program, and volunteering with Carson Valley Middle School-Making a Difference-Showing Acts of Kindness.
Our family has experienced the challenges of a child with High Functioning Autism. Looking for resources in the community to help, I found Barbara Slade. Barbara introduced me to Between Horses and Humans and showed me the power of the relationship between a horse and a child. For the past two years, I have volunteered my time to support Between Horses and Humans to bring hope, confidence, and leadership skills to children in our community.
Nancy Downey – Secretary
I’m a Native Nevadan who grew up owning and loving horses, and I continue to enjoy trail riding to keep me grounded and connected to nature. Since receiving my Master’s Degree in Sociology from UNLV, I have owned a social research consulting firm and taught college courses for the past 30 years. After moving to Carson Valley in 2005 to teach at UNR, I have been assisting several non-profit organizations with fund-raising events and have seen first-hand how much the children benefit from participating in the Between Horses and Humans programs. I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with this incredibly talented and dedicated group of individuals to further the mission of such an inspiring organization. I’m excited to get down to the business of helping both horses and humans!
Denise Lewis – Director
I was born and raised in Southern California. After a rewarding career in law enforcement, in 2003 my husband and I built our dream house and moved with our daughters to the beautiful Carson Valley. I love living in the country and continue to work as a consultant from my home office.
My experience with horses began with trial riding (other people’s trained horses) in my mid-30’s, but my heart was fully captured by the mysteries of the horse when I adopted a mustang 6+ years ago from the BLM - he'd been injured in a fight with a stallion on our property. The process of gentling "Henry" taught me so much about the effect horses can have on our human emotions, and just as importantly, that the opposite is true. Horses teach me something new every day. Most of their teachings are not about how to keep horses, but about me and how my emotions affect others. To me, this is one of the most important lessons of the horse.
I was an active BHH volunteer as a barn hand and teacher’s helper a few years ago, and giving my time to such an amazing program was one of the most rewarding and edifying experiences in my life. I’m looking forward to another retirement soon so that I can continue to share more of my time, energy and those valuable horse-lessons with the kids at BHH!
Sue Knight – Director
I grew up on a farm in the South of England. My grandfather bred and trained steeplechasers. I moved to San Francisco in 1963, then Woodside, CA, and then to Genoa, NV in 1998. I've worked with children and college students for over 30 years. I taught child development classes at Cañada College (Redwood City) and De Anza (Cupertino) and am now retired from WNC. My favorite class was “The Exceptional Child” - focusing on children with special gifts and needs. I also:
** Have an MA in Child Development and Leadership (Pacific Oaks College)
** Was owner/operator of the Wild Rose Inn in Genoa for 16 years.
** Served on the following boards: Genoa Town Advisory Board, Greater Genoa Business Association, Reno-Tahoe Territory (Nevada Commission on Tourism), Carson Valley Trails Association, Friends of Genoa and Friends of Snowshoe Thompson.
Living in Carson Valley reminds me of my childhood - cows and horses! The bonding between humans and animals never ceases to amaze me. I am privileged and proud to be invited to be a part of Between Horses and Humans.
Elisabeth Fricke – Director
(Bio coming soon)