Board of Directors


Are you passionate about using your experience and knowledge to help people in our community? The Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center Board of Directors is actively recruiting seasoned business leaders to fill three open seats. The Board currently has ten dedicated members and is looking to increase its capacity. For more information about preferred qualifications and expectations of service, please contact Gunnar Hansen, President, at

Gunnar Hansen – President

Gunnar is the Vice President of Finance & Operations at Tech Soft 3D.  He has served as the Chief Operating Officer for G5 Digital Experience Management; the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for Clear One Health Plans; the Chief Financial Officer of The Corvallis Clinic, a multi-specialty medical clinic in Corvallis, Oregon; and the Associate Administrator and Chief Financial Officer for Arizona Medical Clinic, a multi-specialty physician group in Peoria. A graduate of Oregon State University, Gunnar worked for several years in public accounting for Ernst & Young, and Perkins & Company in Portland, Oregon. Gunnar is a member of the Greater Bend Rotary and joined the Healing Reins board because he wants to help the program grow to meet demonstrated community demand with fiscal, philosophical, and leadership sustainability always in mind. He believes that Healing Reins programs are unique and its professionally accredited equine-assisted programs (the only nationally recognized and certified programs in all of Central Oregon) are vital to our community of individuals who experience disabilities and special needs. He lives with his wife Lori and their two children in Bend where the family participates in many community activities, doing their part to keep Bend the livable and vibrant community it is today.

Barbara Newman, MD –  Vice President

Barbara Newman is a Board-Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, who is the Medical Director of Outpatient OB/Gyn Services in Redmond for St. Charles Medical Group. She was the senior partner in a six member OB/Gyn practice in California for 26 years, and has had a home in Central Oregon for 15 years. Appreciation for community service and organization arose from her active-duty military service as an Army physician, both in the United States and Korea. As a horse owner and sponsor of “Traveler”, a new addition to the Healing Reins family, Barbara believes in the unspoken bonds that develop between horse and rider, and the unique relationships which make Healing Reins’ programs so important to the well-being of its riders, instructors and volunteers.

Kathie Gedde – Treasurer

Kathie Gedde grew up in Western Colorado and settled in Bend in 2006 and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has worked in the field of public accounting since 1990, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration, with double emphases in Management and Small Business. Kathie joined SGA CPAs & Consultants where she was introduced to Healing Reins through co-worker and long-time HRTRC Treasurer, Judy Van Nice. Kathie’s specialties include assisting closely-held businesses and their related individuals with analysis, planning, reporting and tax issues. She has also been involved with mentoring and supervising staff, training, and planning firm technology programs, along with assistance in private company audits and litigation support. Kathie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. Along with her experience in accounting, Kathie brings to Healing Reins many years’ involvement with horses and kids through 4-H, both as a member and leader.

Lori Slaughter – Secretary

Regional Philanthropy Advisor, Excellence In Giving, LLC. Lori Slaughter brings over 20 years of non-profit experience and service to Excellence in Giving clients. Throughout her career, she has focused on the unique needs of major philanthropists and is a tireless advocate for the preservation of donor intent.  Over the years, Lori has advised individuals on a variety of philanthropic investment opportunities within significant educational, research and health care organizations. Her areas of expertise include gifting to Colleges and Universities, Medical Research, and Hospitals. A native of North Carolina, Lori earned her B.S. in Sociology from Portland State University.  Lori lives in Redmond, Oregon and spends her weekends horseback riding and caring for her growing animal family.  Areas of philanthropic interest are women¹s health research, equine therapy and education.  Lori says she has been blessed many times by the healing power of horses which is what Healing Reins offers clients each and every day!

Tansi Brown

Tansi Brown is Vice President and Business Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo & Co.  With 22 years of commercial banking experience, she is a trusted advisor and serves the financial, strategic and banking needs of her business customers in the Central and Eastern Oregon regions.   A native Oregonian and alumni of Bend Senior High School (go Lava Bears!), she has lived in Bend or Portland most of her life.  Growing up on horses, she understands the spiritual power a horse can have on someone and appreciates the impact that these gentle giants can have on one’s soul.  “I contribute my time to Healing Reins because of the tremendous impact the horses, instructors and therapists have on the folks in our community.”  She lives in Bend with her boyfriend, Geno and their 4 dogs, Henry, Bella, Mona and Penny.

Moe Carrick

Moe Carrick is the founder and principal of Moementum, Inc., a senior leader “unconsulting” firm dedicated to helping leaders all over the world transform themselves and their companies. With a special affinity for those in Central Oregon and the magnificent Pacific Northwest, Moementum enables brave leaders to make a positive impact through their work by unleashing the power and capacity of their people. With 25 years of experience in her field, Moe has woven a cohesive and provocative tapestry of personal leadership experiences, Fortune 100 consulting, academic and institutional learning, keynote addresses, authorship, strategic partnering, and masterful facilitation. Moe is an avid horsewoman who understands the power of the horse to not only heal but educate people of all ages and abilities, including leadership groups. Moe has partnered with Healing Reins, its program horses and staff to facilitate senior leadership team building retreats since 2009 with tremendous results.

Marc Redman

Marc Redman grew up in Eastern Washington, arriving in Bend after nearly 20 years in the Midwest and Eastern USA, including Atlanta, Chicago, and most recently New York. Marc has held multiple roles of increasing responsibility at Siemens Healthcare, where he focused on the marketing and strategy for business units focused on both in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostics technologies, with his most recent role as Vice President of Global Marketing, Chemistry & Immunoassays, at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.  Marc earned his B.S. Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his Masters of Engineering Management (McCormick) and M.B.A. (Kellogg) from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  Marc sees the HRTRC programs as a unique and effective type of therapy for clients with disabilities and special needs that can deliver life-changing results that they may not be able to achieve through traditional healthcare channels. He looks to use his experience in strategic business planning and marketing to help HRTRC continue to make these programs available to all who can benefit from them in the Central Oregon community.

Renee Alexander

Renée Alexander is a principal for BBT Architects, and has over 33 years of experience in planning and designing facilities. Renée’s passion, capabilities and experience with planning and designing various facilities make her ideally suited for working with clients through the entire planning, design and construction process. She has been instrumental in assisting clients with looking at all possibilities, helping their visions become a reality. Renee’s passion crosses over in her personal life where, through a family member’s experience, believes that equine therapy is a remarkable way to help others in crisis and in need.

Ryan Jordan

Ryan is a Financial Advisor and part of the Conklin Peterson Team at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Growing up in Bend, Ryan attended Bend Senior High School and went on to play baseball at Lane Community College and the University of La Verne in Southern California. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Social Science, Ryan worked as an educational assistant with special education students. In 2012, he combined his passion for sports and working with youth and founded Elevate Athletics, a business dedicated to strength and conditioning for youth athletes. In 2014, he created the Oregon Baseball Academy which provides private coaching and a holistic approach to the game for Central Oregon youth athletes.  Ryan’s interests include business development, client engagement, marketing and brand awareness, as well as fundraising and event planning. He and his wife Crista have an active daughter, Micki, and enjoy adventuring in the great outdoors and exploring the Northwest.  “My passion for the development of our community’s youth will always be a key factor as to how I chose to spend my time. Healing Reins has continued to prove that kids truly are first. Healing Reins provides options for families and children to take a positive step a new direction. I look forward to contributing to the overall experience of all people and families involved.”

Graham Dent

Graham is a commercial real estate broker with Compass Commercial Real Estate Services, serving clients and partners all over Central Oregon.   Graham’s work engages him in the activities of the local government and private sectors making him an important advocate for Healing Reins in the community.  Although Graham is an Oregon native, he earned his BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and spent more than 12 years of his career in Seattle working for one of the largest real estate investment advisory firms in the world.  He relocated to Bend in 2013 to realize his dream of raising his family in Central Oregon and hasn’t looked back!  He is excited about the opportunity to serve on this local non-profit board whose mission is to directly serve those in its community.  He was drawn to Healing Reins because of its unique mission to heal people with horses; a simple but powerful purpose that people can instinctively understand even without experiencing it.