Our Team

The JoyRide Team is the engine behind “making the impossible possible” for our clients. The staff is a caring group invested in the success of the clients and horses, and they use the highest levels of professionalism in their work. Riding instructors are certified through PATH Intl. as Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors (CTRI). Our day program instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, and provide high quality instruction to all their clients.

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Director of Operations

CARRIE KENNEDY

Director of Operations
 

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director@joyridecenter.org

Administrative

Staff

SHANNON BEATY

Office Manager

Shannon is a 6th generation Texan. Her love of horses began young, with her Shetland pony, Chigger. Her passion for working with different abilities started while focusing on Early Childhood Education & Development, and her time as a Special Ed Aide and assistant/admin at a Day Habilitation Program were rewarding. Ultimately, her focus became Higher Education office administration. She has fostered & volunteered with Frisco Humane Society for 20 years and supporting the NSA (National Stuttering Association) is important to her family. Shannon enjoys kayaking, hiking, and touring vineyards.  She, her husband, Kevin and senior Boston Terrier, Quasi reside in Magnolia. Their grown children are in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. 

officemanager@joyridecenter.org

PEGGY WAGNER

Bookkeeper

Founding Member

Peggy graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Elementary Education. She taught elementary, Jr. high and pre-school for 10 years. She spent 25 years as a volunteer staff member of SIRE, Therapeutic Horsemanship, serving as a board member for 16 years and receiving the Lifetime Humanitarian Award in 2008. She was a volunteer staff and board member at JoyRide until 2017, when she took the job of Office Manager, handling billing, database management and other administrative tasks. Peggy has owned and ridden horses for most of her adult life. She currently is owned by Nugget, a palomino gelding. Peggy enjoys attempting dressage, getting away to the Texas hill country with husband, Roger, and visiting family in Colorado.

pwagner@joyridecenter.org

KATHERINE BURNS

Development

She is a native Texan, and brings with her over 20 years of experience in non-profits and a wealth of knowledge and resources. Her passion for helping the community is infectious and she has a special place in her heart for everything equine.

fundraising@joyridecenter.org

CRAIG ARNY

Volunteer Coordinator

Craig grew up in Houston with a love of both horses and volunteering. He discovered the combination of both at SIRE in 2002, where he volunteered for a few years until JoyRide was founded in 2009. He has been a volunteer at JoyRide since the beginning. After being laid-off from his corporate job as a staff and account manager, the opportunity to join JoyRide’s staff as the volunteer coordinator presented itself in 2019. Craig is married to artist Sam Sartorius, and lives in Magnolia with a rescue Great Dane and one cat. He is also a doting father and grandfather.

volunteer@joyridecenter.org

Horsemanship

Programs

Corinna Roberts

Equine Coordinator

Corinna has always loved working with and being around horses, especially her horses, Karl and Jackson. She grew up in Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor’s degree in Waxahachie, Texas. After graduation, Corinna moved to Eureka, Montana to work as the Equine Coordinator at an Equine Therapeutic Boarding School working in mental health with girls with behavioral issues. During her time in Montana, Corinna worked with the girls on horsemanship, horse therapy, taming and TIP training wild mustangs. Corinna is pursuing her PATH certification and is excited to share the joy of horses with all. When she is not at JoyRide you can find her exploring the outdoors with her husband Kyle and adopted pup Pretzel!

croberts@joyridecenter.org

REGINA LONGWELL

Horsemanship Program Manager

Regina will be joining our team in early September. She has been a PATH Intl. certified riding instructor for 6 years. She recently received a master’s degree in Crisis Counseling and Trauma. She has been riding most of her life, and she is passionate about connecting with people and therapeutic animals.

horsemanshipmanager@joyridecenter.org

STEPHEN FREEZE

Facility Coordinator

Originally, from Aransas Pass, Stephen is a dad, horse owner, and all-round animal lover. After graduating from Texas Bible Institute, Stephen worked in the oilfields before becoming ranch manager for a Texas facility. His lifelong love of horses and wide range of experience, including tractor and electrical work, along with plumbing repair make him a perfect fit as JoyRIde’s Facility Assistant.

sfreeze@joyridecenter.org

Day

Programs

KRISTI PIERCE

Prep Day Program Manager

Kristi has a masters of Education and a teaching certificate in special education. She has a special interest in utilizing outdoor classroom spaces and the natural world. Her family includes her husband, children, dogs, cats, chickens, bees and horses. Kristi will be reaching out to our Prep families with more information on the upcoming semester.

prepmanager@joyridecenter.org

ALICIA CAMPBELL

Day Program Mentor

Alicia came to us as an intern student from Lone Star Montgomery College, where she volunteered in both the riding and day programs. She graduated in 2019 with an Associate's Degree in Human Services and plans to continue her education to become a certified special education teacher. Once Alicia completed her hours as an intern, she was offered a permanent position working in the day program and has enjoyed every minute of it. When she isn't working at JoyRide, Alicia enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as taking care of her many animals, which include 3 cats, 4 dogs and 2 bunny rabbits! (Fondly referred to as the Campbell Zoo)

acampbell@joyridecenter.org

AMANDA WEBER

Day Program Mentor

Amanda graduated from Klein High School in 2009. That fall Amanda began riding lessons at JoyRide. In recognition of her skills and commitment she trained to as a volunteer as both a sidewalker and a horse handler. Once the day program was formed, Amanda began working with the young adults as a mentor. Amanda provides individual assistance to several Prep participants and supports the teacher with instructional activities. Amanda, an avid equestrian competitor has won many trophies, belt buckles, and ribbons galore as an Equestrians with Disabilities Rider in Quarter Horse shows. Still committed to learning, Amanda is currently taking reining lessons. She loves taking care of her 3 horses, Forrest, Bella, and Bodemeister.

aweber@joyridecenter.org

Board of

Directors and Board  Members

Jake Leissner

President

Bryce Speer

Member

Bill McDonald 

Vice President

Rick Hornsby

Member

Roger Wagner 

Treasurer

Scott Vann

Member

Steve Rohr

Member

Mary Brezina

Secretary

boardsecretary@joyridecenter.org

Guy Hunter 

Member