Staff Therapeutic Horse Riding Santa Barbara


Pamme Mickelson Hearts Riding Santa Barbara

Pamme Mickelson 

Executive Director
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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 Sansum Diabetes Research Center. Pamme was in Austin, TX before 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.

Susan Weber Hearts Riding Santa Barbara

Susan Weber

Program Director 
PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor 
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Susan Weber moved here from Connecticut in 2013, where she had launched two different therapeutic riding programs – one for a school devoted to children with autism and the other at an established able-bodied barn. She has been a PATH instructor for over 14 years. Susan is also a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, a Mentor Instructor, and an Equine Services for Heroes Instructor. She lives in Santa Ynez with her 6 horses and 2 dogs.

Duane Harsh Hearts Riding Santa Barbara

Duane Harsh

Equine & Facilities Manager
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Laurie Barene Hearts Riding Santa Barbara

Laurie Barene 

Campaign Director
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Laurie was born and raised in Santa Barbara and is proud to call herself a Santa Barbara Don and a UCSB Gaucho. Her background includes the financial industry, business development and marketing and advertising. 

For over 25 years Laurie has served on various non-profit boards such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties, PAL (Police Activities League), the Advertising Federation of America and Cox Cares Foundation. She has also served as the Publicity Chair for the Goleta Lemon Festival, Event Committee for the United Boys & Girls Club, Executive Leadership Team for Go Red for Women and is a member of the Circle of Red committee. She most recently served as the Development Director for Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County.

Laurie is a mother to two children, Brandon and Ally, who are her pride and joy.

Morgan Kastenek Hearts Riding Santa Barbara

Morgan Kastenek

Development & Marketing Manager
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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. She has been working with different nonprofits in Santa Barbara since graduating from UCSB in 2012. Morgan grew up riding horses and is so happy to be a part of the Hearts team as development and marketing manager, where she can be around horses every day and help support an amazing organization! She is passionate about social media marketing and fundraising. She and her husband live in Santa Barbara and have two dogs. They enjoy spending most of their time outdoors or doing yoga.


Kristen Kallai

Program Manager
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Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kristen has always had a passion for horses. She moved to Santa Barbara in 2008 and made it her home. After being a stay-at-home mom for 4 years, she came to Hearts as a volunteer. Before long she found herself happily involved in the Hearts volunteer program most days of the week! And while the horses are what she initially came for, it was the people of Hearts that captured her heart. Kristen enjoys all types of athletics, especially Olympic weightlifting, as well as spending time at the beautiful beaches of Santa Barbara. 

Kari Oslie Hearts riding Santa Barbara

Kari Oslie

Program Coordinator
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Kari was born and raised in Santa Barbara where she attended college at UCSB, earning a B.A. in psychology. She spent many years at Hearts as a volunteer and eventually went on to get her instructor certification in order to teach therapeutic riding. After taking a break to do some traveling in Europe, she is happy to be back on the Hearts team.

Amanda Dwyer
PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor 

Diana Ferrari, M.A. 

Lily Garcia
PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Lauren Hayes
PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist

Amado Inda
Barn Assistant

Mary Pat Paulson
PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist; PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Darcie Simpson 
PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

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