Board of Directors
Are you passionate about using your experience and knowledge to help people in your community? The Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center Board of Directors is actively recruiting seasoned business leaders with expertise in any of the following areas: Investment Management, Governance, Legal, Estate Planning, Marketing or Real Estate, to fill four open seats. The Board currently has eight dedicated members and is looking to increase its capacity. For more information about preferred qualifications and expectations of service, please contact Moe Carrick, Vice President, at or 541.408.6654.
Robin Kenney – President
Robin Kenney retired in 2006 after a 27-year career in commercial banking, commercial property management and finance. Born in Tennessee, Robin graduated from the University of Tennessee and Stonier Graduate School of Banking. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1987 and relocated with her family to Bend in 2006. The Kenney family has personally been touched by the phenomenal services of Healing Reins. Robin’s husband, Jon, suffered a massive stroke in 2008. Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center has been a key element in Jon’s recovery, both physically and motivationally. The Kenney’s own “Cowboy”, an important member of the Healing Reins herd, and sponsor both “Cowboy” and “Hannah Mae” as well. Robin is passionate about all of the horses that give 100% every week of every year to strengthen adults and children with all types of disabilities. Robin’s non-profit experience includes Arizona Interfaith Counseling (Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona).
Moe Carrick – Vice President
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.
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!
Gunnar is the Chief Operating Officer for G5 Digital Experience Management. Gunnar has served as 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
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 for15 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 “Major”, 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.
Mindy Laidlaw, OTR-L
Mindy Laidlaw is an Occupational Therapist and has worked for St. Charles Health System for twenty-five years. A graduate of Pacific University, she is the Therapy Supervisor for Inpatient Rehab and Acute Care. Mindy has served for fifteen years as the Regional Representative for Central Oregon on the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon team. Mindy is passionate about helping people reach their highest potential and offers a depth and breadth of experience to those seeking to improve their quality of life through rehabilitation and experiential learning. She is proud to be a member of the Healing Reins Board of Directors and believes that educating the community about the many opportunities equine-assisted programs offer to support people with special needs can help to change lives. In her spare time, Mindy is actively engaged in fundraising to support schools and nonprofits in Bend and is the mother of two amazing daughters that are currently on the path of furthering their college education.
Keith Krueger, DMD
Dr.Krueger is a native of Central Oregon who grew up with horses on his family’s dairy farm. His father’s hard-working and well-loved draft horses made a lasting impression about the multiple positive impacts horses can have on people of all ages and abilities. Dr. Krueger graduated from Oregon State University in 1985 and then attended Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry where he received his doctorate in1989. He completed his internship while serving three years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Krueger then began his four year residency, pursuing his passion for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, completing his training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1997. He practiced in Portland, Oregon for three years before establishing his practice in Bend in 2000. Dr. Krueger is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is an active member of the Medical Staff at St. Charles Medical Center. He is thrilled to lend his expertise and enthusiasm to the Healing Reins Board of Directors to ensure that accredited equine-facilitated activities and therapies are available to everyone who can benefit in our community.