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Our Board

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Kathy Sanders (she/her)

PATH Instructor - Equine Specialist & Certified Riding Instructor
Co-Founder & President

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Favorite Quote:

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
~ Lao Tzu

Kathy has been a horse owner for 20+ years, and a horse fanatic for her entire life!  She is PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She loves bringing horses into the lives of others who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience these beings up close! Professionally, she worked as a Senior Project Manager leading diverse teams toward the completion of a common goal. 

Sue Eulau (she/her)

PATH Instructor - Equine Specialist
Co-Founder & Treasurer

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Favorite Quote:

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted
~ Aesop

Sue has likewise been a horse fanatic her entire life and has volunteered in other adaptive riding programs. She is also a PATH Intl. certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.  Professionally, she has been an Oncology Nurse for 30 years and has worked as a daycare director for special needs children.  She loves to volunteer and has worked at Bailey Bouche House with HIV-positive clients and was a Washington State Foster Parent.  

Barb Pardee (she/her)

Vice President

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Favorite Quote:

Peace begins with a smile.
~ Mother Teresa


Barbara was born and raised in Washington and had a love for horses at a very young age. After growing up she was able to have horses of her own and became more aware of their capabilities. When wintering in the Palm Springs area she volunteered for a Therapeutic Riding organization called Pegasus for 3 years. There she learned the essence of a connection between a horse and a participant. In April of 2019 she found CC, has volunteered with them, and believes she is attuned to their mission and vision as she has seen many success stories.

Lisa Hillis (she/her)

Volunteer Manager

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Favorite Quote:

Sometimes what we think is coincidence is really the whisper of Angels speaking to us.

Lisa spent her career in the insurance industry with many in product management. Roles as program manager in the for-profit sector, and her business consulting experience for a variety of nonprofits, has provided her the benefit of experiencing many different perspectives and backgrounds. Lisa joined Courageous Connections as a board member in 2018 and it has exposed her to greater diversity. Courageous Connections leverages her professional experience and she reports “the experience leaves me filled with hope and a desire to continue to learn through others”.

Shelley Lovell (she/her)

Secretary & Equine Specialist (PATH)

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Favorite Quote:

Love is really more of an interactive process. It's about what we do, not just what we feel. It's a verb, not a noun. 
-bell hooks

Shelley is Washington transplant from Anchorage, Alaska where she grew up enjoying the great outdoors. Her love of horses began at the age of three while visiting family in Oregon and Washington, often riding horses in the summer months, into her teen years. That love of horses was reignited as an adult once she came to Courageous Connections a year ago where she herself had been a participant, parent, volunteer and a soon to be instructor.  Professionally, Shelley is an elementary school teacher and has found a profound passion of combining both worlds of horses and teaching while working on her Equine Specialist in Mental Health Certification! She absolutely loves being a part of one's journey; the learning and growing that transpires while working with people and horses. 

Board Member Position

Do you love helping others, watching positive change happen in people’s lives, and sharing meaningful stories? If you answered yes to these questions then this volunteer opportunity is for you!

Courageous Connections is searching for an additional Board Member. Our current board of directors consists of 4 individuals with experience in program management, volunteer management, equine welfare, and social work. We are looking for at least one additional person with business, fundraising, or marketing expertise. 

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