Who We Are

Doug Arneson
Farm Operations Manager, Co-Founder

Doug chose to leave his cozy and beautiful sailboat for farm life and a never ending whirlwind of mucking, fence building, hay bucking and whatever else gets thrown at him. He enjoys reading, political discussions and anything that has to do with airplanes or boats. He keeps a flock of chickens and two ducks, Marley and Dora.

PETEY The Donkey

Petey is a small standard donkey who was seized by Skagit Animal Control in June of 2007. He arrived as a lice infested jack with a very forward personality. Once gelded, he became one of the most charming donkeys to live here. He prefers interacting with people over other donkeys almost as much as he enjoys vandalizing the farm. He is very 'busy', leaving nothing unexplored. When we attend events that welcome his presence he is patient and delighted to be part of any activities that include attention and possible food.

Geri Vincent
President, Co-Founder

Geri has been fortunate to always have animals in her life. She has worked as a farrier for twenty five years, as a veterinary assistant, Assistant Manger at an Arabian Farm, with exotic animals and in Fisheries. She is grateful for the support of her husband, Doug, friends and family who have made it possible for Equine Aid to exist and move forward through their support and encouragement. She is thankful for the animals who have shared their home and teach us lessons every day. The photo is of Geri and her beloved Paloma.

Melanie Sears
Board of Directors: Treasurer

Melanie is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in Psychology and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She loves spending time with her critters: Farley (a 5 year old black lab) Oreo (a double-stuffed cat) and Mamba (a 3.5 foot long corn snake.) Melanie has been involved with animal rescue and welfare since she was a young teenager and throughout her professional career hopes to improve the efficiency of nonprofit organizations as well as reduce as much animal suffering as possible.

Chelsea Facey
Director, Volunteer Coordinator

I have got 18 years of horse experience and I'm here to create a better life for all the horses and donkeys.

Jacinda Guenthner
Director, Fund Raising Coordinator

I have been riding and working with horses for 20 years, starting in Snohomish County 4H and continuing to show in performance. I have worked with adults with developmental disabilities in numerous capacities and with nonprofits for eight years. I have a BA in community psychology from the UW Bothell. Horses are my passion and I began rescuing in 2014. I currently have four wonderful horses. My picture is myself and Joy, my very first horse we purchased when I was nine. She crossed the rainbow bridge three years ago.