NEIGH HORSES WITH FLAG

OUR BOARD

DAWN SAMUELSON, BS, EAL/EAP

 Founder & Executive Director

Dawn's specialty is shaping behavior patterns, implementing positive reinforcement, keeping the horse and human safe, and treating everyone with dignity.  Her years of experience and equine behavior methodology skills make our programs unique and will continue to help our organization grow and succeed.

KIM WARNER, LCSW, CASAC-T, EMDR CERTIFIED

President

Kimberly Warner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York as well as a Credentialed  Alcoholism and Substance Abuse trained counselor, and has 8 years of experience as a clinician and a supervisor in the field of chemical dependency.  Kim also has credentials as a trauma certified therapist with use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for four years.  Kim holds certifications in Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy through the O.K. CORRAL as well as gaining a certification in PATHS International, ESMHL certification this fall.  Kim has a passion to give back to the veterans and works and volunteers for several organizations such as T.A.P.S. out of Arlington, Virginia as a Peer Mentor and Care Group Facilitator, and the NEIGH, Inc. organization. 
 
Kim is opening her own PLLC, private practice, to serve others who are dealing with challenges such as PTSD, depression, grief/loss, anxiety, and adjustment issues.  Kim is also a Gold Star Wife, and she volunteers for organizations to pay it forward and help those who have served our country.  Kim’s personal life experiences of being a caregiver of a war veteran, allows her to understand what the veteran and caregiver(s) are dealing with when working through their own trauma and/or secondary trauma, and has given her a better understanding of how to help others. 

KIRK ALLEN

Vice President

Kirk served with the Navy as a Helicopter Crewchief and Aviation Rescue Swimmer for 21 years.  Upon retirement from active duty in 2007, Kirk was again hired by the Department of the Navy, this time as a Quality Assurance Technician for the Naval Nuclear Power Program.  After nine years with Naval Nuclear Power, Kirk decided to leave Federal Service for Graduate Studies. 

 

Kirk is a graduate student with California State University San Bernardino, with the goal of a Masters in Veterans Advocacy.  His research continues with ongoing assistance from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he is a SCUBA Diving Assistant.

 

Kirk earned life membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars early in his naval aviation career, and currently serves his community in an elected position as the Junior Vice Commander for the Chautauqua County Council of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

GREG GIBBS

Secretary

Graduate from SUNY Buffalo with a Ph.D. in organization, administration, and policy. Served as a public school teacher, principal, asst. superintendent before going to St. Bonaventure University as a professor. Became acquainted with NEIGH through work with veterans and university students in 2006. Since then has served as elected National Commander for the Sons of The American Legion (a program of The American Legion) some 370,000 members throughout the country. Supporting veterans, their needs, and their issues. Working with legislators to move forward veteran friendly legislation. His interest in NEIGH comes from the good that equine therapy can do for veterans, their children, and families suffering from PTSD, loneliness, fears, etc.  Has served on board since inception.

WENDI LODESTRO

Treasurer

President, Jamestown Advanced Products, a metal manufacturing business. 

My husband (Lee) was in the Navy and we moved to San Diego, CA.  In San Diego I worked for Hawkins and Scott CPA, as a staff accountant.  After my husband left the military we moved back to Jamestown, NY.  I started working with my father, who started Jamestown Advanced in 1986.  My father sold the business to my husband and I in 1999. I am the proud mom of Joshua, who just recently decided he wants to be a third generation owner of Jamestown Advanced. I love anything financials, reading, dirt biking, cooking and traveling.

THOMAS DOODY

Director

Tom is a financial advisor with over eighteen years of industry experience. He oversees the financial strategies for a select group of families and small businesses primarily in the Phoenix, AZ and Buffalo, NY areas. He began his career in 2002 with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, and joined Edward Jones Investments in 2015.

Prior to beginning his career in finance, Tom worked with both the Buffalo Bills Football Club (Media Relations Department) and the Town of Hamburg Police Department (as a Community Liaison in the Detective Bureau). Hailing from a family with strong law enforcement ties (father and paternal grandfather were both officers), it was an experience that meant a great deal to him.

He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Hilbert College in 1997, where he was named ‘Man of the Year’ for his graduating class. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2002.

Tom works closely with many non-profit organizations and charitable causes, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Ride for Roswell. However, he is most proud of his work with the Pat Tillman Foundation, where he has served on the Tillman Military Scholar Selection Committee, Tillman Scholar at Arizona State University Mentoring Program, and on the Pat’s Run Race Committee Staff.


He lives in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife Tracy and daughters Ava and Violet.

BRITTANY GREEN

Director

I was raised on a horse farm in Ashville, NY where I grew up training and showing Morgan horses with my family. I was a member of the Warren County 4-H and Chautauqua County 4-H where I exhibited riding horses, draft horses, and beef cattle. I attended Stony Brook University and competed on their Intercollegiate Equestrian Team where I qualified to compete at the National Horse Show. I received two associate degrees from Jamestown Community College once I returned home; an A.A. in Humanities and an A.S. in Medical Office Technology. I have worked in a couple different hospitals assisting patients in emergency and office settings. I then moved to Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa where I oversaw the concierge desk and supervised our canine guests during daycare and overnight stays.

Currently, I am a Project Manager for Jamestown Advanced Products overseeing welding personnel and maintaining an organized production schedule for a portion of our campground equipment division. I have been with Jamestown Advanced for four years also holding roles as an assistant in our sales department, and a bid specialist working with construction contractors on project specific bids. This is also where I met my husband, Jeffrey. Jeff and I have our own little hobby farm, Kismet Farm, where we raise Miniature Horses, goats, sheep, hogs, and soon chickens! I am also the chairman for the Warren County Fair Miniature Horse Department, a brand-new division at the county fair I grew up at. I am eager to use my equine knowledge and professional experiences to help our organization support not only our military families, but others who benefit from equine assisted activities.

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National Equine Institute of Growth through Healing, Inc.
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