Hearts is pleased to have such a skilled group of employees!

Pamme Mickelson
Executive Director

Pamme brings more than 30 years of experience and a passion for non-profit development, marketing, and management to her position at Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

Prior to joining Hearts Therapeutic in May 2017, she worked at the Alano Club of Santa Barbara and the William Sansum Diabetes Center. Pamme was in Austin, TX before to that, first attending The University of Texas and then working for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and serving as the director of development for both the ZACH Scott Theatre and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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Devon Sachey
Program Director//PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Devon was born and raised in Santa Barbara, where her family owned and operated Raintree Ranch Equestrian Center. Devon grew up competing Eventing horses, instructing riding lessons and summer camps, and participating in the local Tecelote Pony Club. Shortly after high school, she served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years, where she was commended for her superior performance as a Sergeant and flight mechanic on the KC-130 Aircraft. After earning a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Marketing from Northwood University, Devon served as Interim Director and Riding Instructor at the YMCA Camp Carter Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas and later as Operations & Marketing Director of Bardsley Products, Inc. in Santa Barbara.


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Community Development Director
ShallonShallon Dusebout
PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor//PATH Intl. Equine Specialist//Program Administrator

Graduating from Westmont College with a BA in Social Science, Shallon has been teaching equitation for the past ten years. With PATH certifications both as an Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, she is thrilled to bring her love and knowledge of horses to the Hearts Community.


Morgan Kastenek
Development & Marketing Coordinator

Morgan was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She moved to Santa Barbara in 2008 to attend UC Santa Barbara, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. After graduating from UCSB in 2012, Morgan began working at Dog Adoption & Welfare Group (DAWG), where she really fell in love with nonprofit work. She left DAWG in 2015 to pursue real estate and currently has her real estate license. After working in real estate for a short time, Morgan realized she missed working with nonprofits and began working for a nonprofit, independent school in downtown Santa Barbara. Soon afterwards, she realized she what she was truly missing was working with animals. Morgan grew up riding horses and is so happy to be joining the Hearts team as development and marketing coordinator, where she can be around horses everyday, and help support an amazing organization! She is passionate about social media marketing and fundraising and looks forward to helping Hearts grow into the future. Morgan was recently married, too! She and her husband live here in Santa Barbara and have two dogs. They enjoy spending most of their time outdoors or doing yoga.

Duane Harsh
Barn Manager

Susan Weber
Lead Instructor & PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Amanda Dwyer
PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Diana Ferrari

Lily Garcia
PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Haley Giz
PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Amado Inda
Barn Assistant

Ashley Newton
Equine Specialist

Mary Pat Paulson
PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Darcie Simpson
PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor