Board Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month and are open to the public. Contact us to ask for an RSVP.
Kristy grew up with her family in the Grande Ronde Valley in Oregon. She opened her first business in Hermiston, OR – a Sears Catalog and Retail Store at the age of 20. Honing her business and administrative skills over the years, she discovered her passion for the Ag Industry as an Owner/Operator of the family run winery, C.R. Sandidge Wines, which began in Zillah, WA. Kristy developed a love for the Washington State Wine Industry, her fellow winery colleagues, staff, and customers. She is currently the Operations Manager for the Mid-Columbia Symphony in Richland, WA.
Adding to her repertoire, Kristy became a Business Consultant in 2002, realizing that her love of learning and helping others could go hand in hand. She is a member of the Richland Rotary Club of the Tri-Cities, active in the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce and crochets and donates hats during the winter months to various local service centers. TROT has been a new passion since 2020 and she is excited for the growth that is happening, the lives touched, and the overall commitment of the board, staff and volunteers.
Kristy lives in Kennewick with her husband Casey and two rescue dogs, Maiya and Burnie. They have four children between them ranging in age from 23 to 35 and one six-year-old grand-daughter.
An archaeologist at Hanford. She began taking lessons and volunteering at Monterey Bay Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center (MBHTC) in California at 12 years old. At 19, she became the barn manager of MBHTC, managing between 30 – 40 horses and teaching therapeutic riding lessons. She has worked with kids and adults of all ages and abilities. In grad school, she was on the University of Idaho Varsity Women’s Polo Team and served as their horse manager for over a year. She has an Irish Thoroughbred named Dub, and an orange tabby cat named Tubby.
He has worked in Finance and Accounting for most of his business career primarily in San Antonio and Austin, Texas where he and his wife Lisa raised 2 girls, one a graduate of the Air Force Academy and the other a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Both girls have gone on to earn their master’s degrees. In 2014, they moved to the Tri Cities where he has worked at the Hanford site as an Accountant for MSA while counting the days until retirement. Since leaving Texas and moving to the Tri -Cities he has volunteered for the Benton Franklin County Fair as the Home Brew Superintendent and a horse leader for TROT. He grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains which surround the Monterey Bay area where his family raised horses. In addition to his accounting education and experience he has a degree in Animal Science and was a licensed Farrier in the state of California.
Jessica is a native of Southeastern Washington, born and educate in the tight-knit communities of Walla Walla and Waitsburg. Family is important to her, so when her husband was offered a dream job opportunity “down the road” in the Tri-Cities area she knew that change was inevitable of her family of 4 (6 if you count their dogs). Jessica and her husband of 16 years are raising two teenage boys. She’s always enjoyed volunteering on boards and committees, especially if it had to do with her two sons. As her boys got older she found that she had more time on her hands to seek out her own interests. A lucky opportunity arose for Jessica to volunteer at TROT as a side walker and she’s been addicted ever since! She’s developed a desire to help TROT succeed, as well as an inkling to learn more about horses. Jessica’s background includes a BS in Accounting, 16 years in finance, and Treasurer roles on various boards in Walla Walla and Richland, WA.
A George Strait fan and small business owner focusing on life insurance and retirement services. In that order! He is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management as well as various financial certifications. His passion for the outdoors and dogs is only eclipsed by his passion for his family. He is married with two young children. “I have friends and family members who have special needs, who have really impacted my life in such a positive way, that I’d like to be able to reciprocate that to others in our community.”
Executive Director and Board Member
She is the founder and Director of TROT. “It has long been my dream to pair my love of animals with my experience as a speech therapist. For over three decades I’ve enjoyed helping people of all ages with a variety of communication disorders. In 2013, I knew the time was right to carve that dream into a reality. With the support of many talented, powerful, and dynamic women TROT was born. It is now a vessel for God’s love and hope to shine through to bring healing, self-fulfillment and joy to all those involved.”
Jen is a native of Tri-Cities, graduating from Washington State University Tri-Cities with a Bachelor’s degree focused on Accounting. Her chosen career is as a tax accountant for CliftonLarsonAllen, a Certified Public Accounting firm. She enjoys helping clients with their taxes, and has helped establish a training program for new accountants. She enjoys spending time with her family especially her teenage son, Kyle. She has a great passion for people and her volunteer experience includes working with Life Skills class in the Richland School District, and The Arc of Tri-Cities. She was introduced to TROT a few years ago and has enjoyed attending Mane Event and is looking forward to helping with TROT as they continue to grow and provide services to their clients.
He was raised in the Pacific Northwest and he is blessed with an awesome family. His wife Tracey, daughter Taylor and amazing grandson Kaden. He has a very diverse background as a criminal deputy sheriff, many years in retail and an extensive background in Safety. He spent four years as a city council member. All these adventures have given him great life experiences. He spent years working with United Way and spent 4 years on the Umatilla County United Way board. He also spent many years as a D.A.R.E. instructor and raised over 50,000 dollars for the program. His background and leadership are in money raising and is looking forward to a long relationship with the TROT board. He has a lifelong passion for safety and helping others. He enjoys the Oregon coast, golfing and spending time with family. His amazing grandson enjoys life everyday with autism and his family learns about working with autism every day.
Vicki has worked with TROT in a supportive role since its inception. Their therapy successes inspired her to be a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of the Desert and she currently works with Ruby, her registered therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. She volunteers with her Captain’s license at the Antique Boat Museum in the Thousand Islands region where her and her husband summer with their family. In the non-profit sector she was Vice President on the founding board of the Community Foundation in Grand Terrace. She served as 1st and 3rd Vice President and Treasurer for the Grand Terrace Woman’s Club. Her business consultant career started in the 1980’s, when she combined her computer science degree with an MBA. She was part of the Claremont Graduate University and Cornell team in her graduate research in remote work environments. She has been adjunct faculty in the Cal Poly and Cal State system.