John’s credentials include 30 years in youth development, a private practice as a landscape architect, co-founder of Swan Center Outreach and executive director and founder of Blue River Horse Center for Education. His 40 years as a business entrepreneur, life coach/youth mentor, working with clients nationwide, equips John with an in-depth understanding of the demanding world we live in today. His compassion, skills, and “lessons learned experiences” help guide youth and adults navigate the world with a personal focus, while maintaining a sense of balance and peace in their lives.
Nancy Spears – Board of Directors, Marketing and IT
Nancy is now retired from IBM, and has lived in Summit County for 15 years. Her search for meaningful volunteer work led her to the Blue River Horse Center, where neglected and abused horses regain their trust in human beings and many find forever homes. People of all ages and abilities who interact with the horses in educational programs learn leadership and self-confidence and find new ways of dealing with life’s challenges. Helping horses and people while contributing her marketing and computer skills to this successful nonprofit has been very rewarding.
Julie Seracuse – Board of Directors, Secretary
An interior designer, Colorado native and lifelong horse lover, Julie has spent the last 15 years working with horses and people for mutual fulfillment. As a 4-H Club leader and volunteer with TRIO and Blue River Horse Center, Julie has been fortunate to be a part of the beautiful connection between horses and people. Helping people transform their lives by joyful relationships with horses and vice versa has become her life’s focus. “I love BRHC because of the life lessons we teach through partnering with rescued horses.”
Amy Young – Board of Directors, Treasurer
Amy Young is a Summit County school teacher and 12-year resident of Summit County with BA and Master of Education degrees. She brings her special talent as an educator for 40 plus years and her lifelong love of horses to the Blue River Horse Center, where she combines her love for children and animals. Amy understands that the connections we make with horses are directly related to the connections we make with others and most importantly with oneself. Amy is a firm believer that animals teach us responsibility, leadership and help develop our inner strength.
Carole Weller – Board of Directors
Carole is a retired Executive Recruiter who is originally from the UK. After moving to the US in 2005 she lived and worked in San Francisco for 8 years. Carole and her husband learned to ski in Breckenridge in 1991 and have loved Summit County so much they moved here in 2013. By 2015 they were lucky enough to retire from paid employment and concentrate on skiing, hiking, and biking as well as walking their two Bernese Mountain dogs. Carole volunteers for the Frisco Animal Shelter, the Breckenridge Theater, the Summit Foundation, and is on the board of the Breckenridge Music Festival. She has volunteered at BRHC since its inception and enjoys sharing her love of horses with others. She finds it rewarding to help the BRHC program participants realize their potential whilst assisting in the rehabilitation and adoption of rescue horses.
Carmen Vives - Thrift Store Manager
Carmen has been the manager of our ReSaddled Thrift Store in Silverthorne. Carmen is a native of Guatemala and is bi-lingual in English and Spanish. She has a wealth of retail experience with COACH, Bath and Body Works, Gap and Dressbarn. She holds degrees in Psychology and Education and is ready and willing to help our customers find what they need at our wonderful Thrift Store.
Braun Horner – Ranch Caretaker
Braun has been with BRHC since 2016 as animal caretaker and class assistant. He is new to the high country having been born and raised in Hugoton Kansas. Braun has excellent skills as a horse handler and a father of 3 young boys, which makes him a great addition to our staff. He is also the chief “Chicken Wrangler” introducing the visiting kids at our camps to our flock of chickens and ducks.
Catherine Rix – Board Member
As a 21yr resident of Summit County Cathy has raised 2 daughters as a single mom. Her first introduction to the Blue River Horse Center was through an SOS service day with her daughter Brianna. Because of her experience that day she became a regular volunteer and has enjoyed spending time at the ranch loving on the horses and increasing her skills communicating with and training them. As a board member Cathy brings with her 25 years of hospitality and management experience and 12yrs of accounting experience. She plans to utilize her work experience to help BRHC to attain it’s goals for growth and community service. In addition to horseback riding she enjoys hiking, biking, camping, shooting, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, boating, and all the area has to offer. Beside the ranch horses, Cathy loves her dogs Augie a Brittney Pointer and Romeo a Shih Tzu.
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