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DIRECTORS

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Virginia McCarthy,
President of the Board & CEO

I’ve been a social worker in the field for 10+ years with experience in mental health, early intervention programs & geriatrics. I have a Bachelors in Psychology. My passion for horses goes back to when I was a child & stayed with me into adulthood where I acted on the passion & began volunteering, learning, teaching, managing & experiencing the truly powerful effect of nature, especially horses with humans.

In 2015  this endeavor took shape from lessons to a therapeutic approach incorporating a partnership with an occupational therapist & training  through PATH Int. From there the mission has been to partner with the community to assist people of all ages & abilities to experience horses.

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Ronda Beery,
Vice President & Secretary of the Board

  I am retired from 35 years in the grocery retail industry where I managed a successful team through leadership and customer service.  I am a lifelong horsewoman whose passion for horses has included owning, showing, and learning about horses through many different ventures.

In 2018, while recovering from Breast Cancer,  I began to look for a way to give back to the  community. Barn Yard Equine has given me a chance to serve my community while continuing to learn about the magnificent connection between humans and horses.

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Luane Merkley,
Volunteer Coordinator

I am retired from a lifetime of being a 911/Dispatcher & Dispatch Supervisor. I worked at agencies in Montana, Arizona  & the Oregon Coast.

I retired from Law Enforcement and moved to Mesa, AZ, with my husband to care for his aging parents.

I have enjoyed volunteering in leadership positions for Gilbert Fine Arts & The Miss Gilbert Pageant.

My lifelong experience and love of horses lead me to Barn Yard Equine and the opportunity to put all of my skills to the best use. 

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Dean Beery,
Treasurer /CFO

I have an extensive financial background with over 23 years of experience and would like to use my skills to assist your organization.

I am an Accountant by profession and possess a broad range of financial skills including budgeting, inventory control, audit and financial  reporting. I also have a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Arizona State University.