Marc has been a member of Healing Reins board since 2015, when he returned to the Pacific Northwest after many years in the Midwest / East Coast working in leadership roles with the U.S. Army, Lucent Technologies and, most recently, SiemensHealthineers. He grew up in Eastern Washington and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his graduate degrees (Masters of Engineering Management – McCormick, Masters of Business Administration – Kellogg) from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Marc is currently working on several start-up entrepreneurial opportunities in the outdoor industry while supporting the local community as board chair with Healing Reins and as a volunteer with the Deschutes County Search & Rescue team.
Albert King – Vice President
As Vice President of Business Development for Techlink Services, Albert is a strategic sales professional with a passion for building relationships and driving value to customers. He is a leader and role model for his team that develops and implements strategies to achieve sales goals. His role requires a lot of travel, so he is always pleased to be home in Bend spending time with his wife and three children and enjoying the outdoors. His youngest son has been a participant at Healing Reins since 2015, starting with the Hippotherapy program and then transitioning to therapeutic riding. He has seen firsthand the benefits of equine therapy to his son’s balance, coordination, and strength, as well as self-confidence and mental well-being. He is grateful to be part of this organization, and looks forward to using his expertise to help achieve Healing Reins strategic goals.
Heather McMeekin – Treasurer
Heather is a CPA with Price Fronk & Co and has experience in a wide range of areas including individual, business and not for profit tax preparation, commercial, municipal and not for profit audits and financial statement preparation. Raised in nearby Sisters, Heather graduated from the University of Oregon and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a Minor in Economics. Outside of the workplace, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyler, and their two boxers, Diesel and Jax, savoring the Central Oregon outdoor lifestyle or having barbecues in their south side neighborhood. She loves having the opportunity to build a lifelong career in a community that truly feels like home.
Heather was a member of the Leadership Bend Class of 2018 and had the opportunity to visit Healing Reins to hear more about the organization and to watch a session in action. She was immediately moved by their unique approach to therapy for a multitude of individuals and their pride and compassion in changing lives. She is excited to give back to her community by using her experience as a CPA to serve on the Board of Directors to help Healing Reins grow and change as many lives as possible.
Ben is an attorney atLynch Conger McLane, LLP in Bend, Oregon, where he works as a litigator and trial attorney. Some of his practice areas include business, employment, contract, construction, and education law. Before moving to Bend, Ben was a prosecutor in Klamath County and Crook County, and before that, Ben represented school districts and community colleges. Ben found Healing Reins through a close friend, who invited Ben and his wife to the annual Diamonds and Dust event. Because of his experience with education and accreditation bodies, Ben was immediately impressed with Healing Reins’ professionalism, organization and commitment to maintaining its premier center accreditation through PATH International. Ben is committed to helping Healing Reins provide horse-centered therapy through 21st Century methodologies, while staying true to Central Oregon’s historical connection to horses and frontier spirit.
Dawn Cofer is a Vice President Retail Bank Manager with First Interstate Bank, and serves individual and business clients and partners all over the region. Dawn is a native Oregonian whose love of horses and commitment to community service made the Healing Reins Board a natural fit. Drawing on her expertise garnered over a 20+ year career in finance, Dawn serves as the Healing Reins Board Treasurer. She is a graduate of the Leadership Bend class of 2014, sits on the First Interstate Bank Commitment to Community committee, and has volunteered in a variety of leadership and support capacities with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, United Way of Deschutes County, Deschutes Children’s Foundation and The Giving Plate. Dawn is married with two grown daughters and enjoys tending to her menagerie of horses, dogs, goats and chickens in her spare time. An avid horsewoman, she knows firsthand that working with horses helps heal and empower people of all ages with all kinds of challenges. The Cofer family proudly sponsors “Bella”. Dawn is committed to helping Healing Reins sustain its vital programs so that anyone in need can access these life-changing services.
Lee is an independent financial advisor with E.K. Riley Investments, LLC. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Lee manages money for families and small business owners. Lee originally started his practice in Sacramento, CA in 1994, after graduating from Chico State University and built a successful business where he now has clients all over the United States. In 2011, Lee and his wife of 25 years, Lisa, moved their family to Central Oregon to be closer to the outdoors. With Lee’s two children now out of the house and attending college, he has focused some of his free time on giving back to the community he loves to live in. Upon learning about Healing Reins, Lee was impressed with its many programs and its unique, horse-centered therapy model. Lee is excited to bring his financial background and investment knowledge to the Healing Reins Board of Directors and help extend the organization’s success in the community for the long-term.
Mickey is the Senior Oncology Account Manager atSeattle Genetics. Her fourteen years of experience in biotech include global clinical trial development through the commercialization sales and marketing process. Mickey emulates her company’s passion for helping patients through collaboration and an innovative spirit. Mickey’s philanthropic background includes service to Junior Blind of America, Special Olympics, and Oregon Adaptive Sports, and she looks forward to combining these passions by living the Healing Reins mission as a member of its Board of Directors. Born and raised in Kentucky to a loving family, Mickey explored the Midwest as a student athlete at Michigan State relocating to Santa Monica as an intern for Amgen. Mickey is extremely appreciative of the Bend community and enjoys a strong faith, friendships, and her partner Jake.
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 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 “Axel,” Barbara believes in the unspoken bonds that develop between horse and rider, as well as the unique relationships which make Healing Reins’ programs so important to the well-being of its riders, instructors and volunteers.
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.