Samantha Martin

Samantha feel in love with horses as a young girl and sought out horses throughout her life. While in college Samantha did her internship at a Therapeutic Riding Center in Ontario, Canada. She started volunteering in the TR Program at STARS in 2019 and soon after started the process to become a PATH Certified Instructor. Samantha joined the full time staff as the Program Director in February 2022 and will become a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor in 2022 and EAGALA Certified in October of 2022. 

Samantha currently manages the Participant Coordination & Programs, Donations/Salesforce manager, EAP & EAL Facilitator, and teaches Therapeutic Riding Classes.

Operations Director  

Path certified TR instructor - EAGALA Certified Equine specialist

Certfied Equine Massage Therapist

Shelby Mosier - PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Sierra Lundberg - Path Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Tova Natwick - Path instructor in-training

Bryana Mendez - Chore Assistant

Jaidyn Moorhouse - Weekend Chore Assistant

Brooke has a degree in Psychology from Grace University in Omaha and was introduced to the world Equine Therapies during her time in college. Having grown up with horses, Brooke sought out a volunteer opportunity with STARS in 2015 then became PATH certified in January 2016.  Brooke accepted the Executive Director position in May of 2017 and became EAGALA certified in July of 2017.

Brooke currently manages the day to day operations at STARS, Head PATH Instructor/Mentor, Participant Billing, Event/Fundraiser planning, Grant opportunities, EAP & EAL Facilitator, and continues to teach Therapeutic Riding Classes. 

Executive Director

Path certified TR instructor - EAGALA Certified Equine specialist  

Certified Equine Massage Therapist

President: Jaclyn Paulson - Licensed Mental Health Counselor | EAP & EAL Facilitator

Vice President: John Quade - General Manager, Plains Mechanical Services

Treasurer: William Conner - Retired Financial Executive

Secretary: Lori Marx - Great West Casualty Company: Insurance Underwriter


Doug Marx - Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Gladys Smith - LISW, Mental Health Associates

Arnie Fleck - North Central Consulting

STARS Staff & Board of Directors

Brooke Mcbride 

Program Director  

Path certified TR instructor In Training

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Jerusha Goulette

Jerusha began coming to STARS in 2012 to assist with the Equine Assisted Learning program and soon found the passion for Equine Therapies. Jerusha accepted the position of Volunteer Coordintor in May of 2017, became EAGALA Certified in July of 2017, and began managing operations in July of 2019. 

Jerusha currently manages the Herd & Barn at STARS, Volunteer Coordination, EAP & EAL Facilitator, and teaches Therapeutic Riding Classes.  

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