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Meet Our Staff
Deb DeHoff Founder/Executive Director Surrounded by horses, children, staff and volunteers is where you can Debra of Serenity Farm working on the farm. The true magic happens where ever the horses are involved with kids and families. No stranger to working with horses or families, Debra is a PATH Certified Instructor, (named 2014 PATH certified professional of the year) an EAGALA Advanced Equine Specialist, Associates of Science degree in Managing Integration of Information Systems, extensive work in Social Work, Certified in Mediation practices, and Directed CASA program/investigation of child abuse. An avid student to adding and applying horse knowledge to the therapy business, Debra brings top clinicians to the farm for staff and volunteers to experience. As a previous barrel racer and team penning, Debra enjoys bringing horses, people and healing together to a whole new level of experiences.
Michelle Reiter PATH Certified Instructor With over 25 years of teaching and 35 years of riding experience, certified instructor Michelle Reiter offers a unique combination of talent and passion to the mission of Serenity Farm. “To combine my love for children and horses, that’s the reason I joined the Serenity Farm family,” said Michelle. With undergraduate degrees in Elementary and Special Education, and a Master’s Degree in Reading, Michelle uses her extensive teaching experience to foster stronger relationships with clients. “I started my career as a teacher of developmentally handicapped children,” Michelle states. “That experience guides my interaction with the children and helps me respond to their needs in an understanding and caring way.” Riding horses has been part of Michelle’s life since the age of 10. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the emotion in a child’s face as they connect with one of the horses. Even more gratifying is seeing the positive emotional reaction of a loving parent.”
Abbe Bombrys Certified Equine Specialist Abbe is currently studying at Bowling Green State University where she plans on earning a Bachelor degree in Social Work, with a minor is Sociology. She has a competitive career in horseback riding as a barrel racer. She also competes through IHSA representing Bowling Green State University’s Western Equestrian Team, and also is the captain. Volunteering for the farm since 2012, she transitioned to employee as Certified Equine Specialist working diversion groups and Equine Assisted Learning sessions for various different populations. Serenity Farm has given Abbe an opportunity to combine her passion for working with clients and her love for horses into a professional career.
Dr. Krista Shirley, PT, DPT Physical Therapist/ PATH Instructor Horses have been a cornerstone for the majority of my life as the motivation for learning experiences. Early riding lessons grew into volunteering at a local therapeutic riding farm. This lead to spending my college years earning a Bachelors in Therapeutic Horseback Riding and participating in many extracurricular horse-related learning opportunities and riding teams. A passion for life-long learning took me from the field of therapeutic riding back to the classroom.
I graduated from the University of Toledo with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy with an interest of incorporating horse’s movement into my treatment strategies, known as hippotherapy. Serenity Farm is the perfect environment to fulfill not only my interest in hippotherapy, but also life long learning. The high standard of care given to every individual from our four legged team members, to the volunteers and clients families encourages continuous education from taking courses to taking time with the Serenity family.
Monica Gottfried Horse Manager I have been involved with Serenity Farm since the very beginning. I had the pleasure of donating one of the first equine therapists, Ringo, to the program and have had a front row seat to the amazing growth.
I currently own 2 horses of my own, Demi and Eddie, and spend my free time barrel racing competitively. I have been actively studying the Parelli Natural Horsemanship methods and am an official graduate of Level 3 Freestyle and hope to complete Level 3 Online and Liberty, by the end of 2017.
Married to my best friend, Kraig, for 12 years and we have a beautiful blended family of 5 adult children. We are expecting our first 2 grandchildren in 2017 and we could not be more excited. Looking forward to serving the equine therapists at Serenity Farm, so they can in turn take care of our wonderful clients.
Kathleen Warrington Team Thunder Coordinator/Lucky Rider Volunteer
Kathleen is a retired school teacher, joined the Serenity Farm Team in 2005. With training over the years, she became a barn buddy, side walker, horse handler and team captain in the Therapeutic Riding Program. As the Team Thunder Coordinator she organizes visits to many establishments such as care centers, senior centers, special needs classrooms, hospice, libraries, and others. Kathleen is also involved in fund raising and EAL Sessions.
Pam Hoch Graphic Designer/ Lucky Rider Volunteer
When I was a kid I honed my artistic skills drawing horses. So, it is no wonder that I am a graphic designer by profession and spend my weekends with horses for fun. Serenity Farm is a place where where I nurture both my passions. Since 2009, I have been happy to share my skills to help Serenity Farm Equestrian Center project an image consistent with the quality of services offered and the friendly professionalism of the volunteers and staff. There's always something going on at the farm and good communication keeps everyone "on the same page".
Cheryl Sondergeld Program/Volunteer Coordinator
Cheryl brings 15 years of lay ministry experience with you and families to Serenity. Her passion for helping people and her experience working with volunteers of all ages in a variety of settings, lends support and adaptability to our staff. Cheryl holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science with a specialization in Administrative Assistant. A life-long horse enthusiast, she loves to ride and be on the farm. Married 26 years to Jeff, they have three children.
Dave Claydon I.T. Support David has over 25 of years of experience in the IT field and currently the Manager of Applications Development at HCR ManorCare. He uses this experience to support Serenity Farm in any of their IT needs. David holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Toledo in Information Technology. David is married to Karina and they have two children.