Who We Are
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.
Farm Operations Manager, Co-Founder
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 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.
Executive Director, Co-Founder
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.
Board of Directors: Treasurer
I have got 18 years of horse experience and I'm here to create a better life for all the horses and donkeys.
Director, Volunteer 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.
Director, Fund Raising Coordinator
Hey yall! I am a Texas native. Fortunately, horses have been a family passion so I grew up in 4-H. As an adult I found a passion in animal rescue working with Homeward Bound and now with Equine Aid. I am a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a degree in Management Information Systems and Business. I have a passion for educating people on the needs of animals. From myself, my rescue pony Emmett and my constant companion and first rescue pup Hank thank you for supporting Equine Aid and our wonderful herd!
Director, Event Coordinator