Instructors, Therapists and Coordinators

TONI HOOVER

Riding Instructor & Equine Manager

She grew up with horses, learning on her own, in a small-town north of Seattle. She took a 15-year break from horses while enjoying USAF funded “travel” with husband and four boys, except for those two short trail rides through the German countryside. When they settled in the Tri-Cities five years ago, she jumped back in as soon as she could. That included volunteering at TROT. She started as a TROT instructor in 2016. She spends happy times on local trails with her horse Cosmo. Her miniature horse Blue pulls a cart in many of the area’s parades. She relishes learning and growing in knowledge and horsemanship. Sharing her love of horses and riding brings her great enjoyment.

SIERRA SHIPLET

Riding Instructor

WENDY DAVIES

Riding Instructor

Richard Alan

RICHARD ALAN

Riding Instructor

He has been involved with horses and equine activities for several years including past president of the Lake Washington Saddle Club and Mounting Judge for the Equestrian Phase of the Modern Pentathlon of the 1990 Goodwill Games. He has been with TROT for three years as a sidewalker, horse leader and instructor. Now retired he hopes to get back in the saddle more often.

Lauren Gibler

LAUREN GIBLER

Advisory Instructor

Lauren Gibler has been teaching for over twelve years for all ages and riding styles. She will be providing traditional riding lessons weekly here at TROT with the equipment and horse provided. She is certified by PATH as a Registered Instructor.

Terry Schultz

TERRY SHULTZ

Physical Therapist

He is the Business Owner of Balancing Act and is employed full time by NFSD, per diem, at Lourdes. He is the proud father of 7. He is a Registered Level 1 Hippotherapist from the American Hippotherapy Association.

MELISSA PORCARP,
OTR/L, SIPT

Occupational Therapist

She is an OTR, SIPT and a 1990 graduate of The Houston Medical Center branch of Texas Woman’s University’s Occupational Therapy program. She is Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certified, two-time pediatric practice business owner of CAN-DO Kids Pediatric Therapy practice in Richland, WA, with over 30 years’ experience in the field of Occupational Therapy. She is a mom of three amazing young adults (Clayton, Anthony, and Nicole) whom she has named her clinic after. She works with children and families addressing developmental delays, sensory processing impairments and behavioral challenges. As a mom, she has experiencing firsthand the negative behaviors associated with technology addiction and its impact on the developing brain. She is currently involved in Faith Based Security Training and speaking on aggression and violence associated with video gaming addictions.

Cynthia Macfarlan

CYNTHIA MACFARLAN

Speech Therapist

She is a Speech/Language Pathologist for over 33 years. She has worked with all ages, in all settings, & across all levels of care to help people with communication disorders.

Lauren Gibler

LAUREN GIBLER

Advisory Instructor

Lauren Gibler has been teaching for over twelve years for all ages and riding styles. She will be providing traditional riding lessons weekly here at TROT with the equipment and horse provided. She is certified by PATH as a Registered Instructor.

Julie Ray

JULIA RAY

Family Coordinator

She is the Family Coordinator for TROT since March of 2016. She has worked as a speech therapist at Kadlec hospital for the past 9 years. She is married to her husband Josh and they have two kids: Hadley and Wyatt. She likes to go camping, do outdoor activities, go to concerts, travel, and spend time with my family and friends. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and love helping people. She grew up around horses and animals here in Tri-Cities and loves how TROT benefits our communities!

MARILYN LANCOME

Program/Volunteer Coordinator

She is the Program/Volunteer Coordinator for TROT since February 2017. She has worked for several profits and nonprofit organizations in different capacities: Spanish teacher, executive assistant, office manager, event planner and owner of two small businesses. Throughout her business career she has opened successful businesses and helped others do the same. Her favorite pastimes are spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, coloring and helping people. She is married to Matthew and they have two kids. Her love for horses started when she was young in the “jungle” of Puerto Rico; and she is excited to be a part of this amazing non-profit organization.

Natalie Abersfeller

NATALIE ABERSFELLER

Path to Success Director

She is a high school science teacher and track and field coach in Kennewick and has been part of TROT since summer 2017. She has been riding and working with horses for as long as she can remember including a short time riding competitively. She has a passion for sharing her love of animals and providing educational and therapeutic resources for her community. In her spare time, she participates in many outdoor and sporting activities including riding her horse and playing with her dog, Darby.