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 does it all with a smile and his Schipperke, Yami, trailing along side. When he is off work he enjoys reading,political discussions and nurturing his beautiful flock of chickens. He keeps a special pen for two disabled hens. On dark and rainy days outside doing chores he sometimes yearns for the tidy confines of the Easy.

Ellen Felsenthal
Advisory Board Member

Ellen's hunger for animal interaction has always been powerful and touching. She currently lives with an animal family which includes horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, sheep and goats. Ellen is the founder and executive director of New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary in Arlington. She is a tenured faculty member in the Photography Department at EVCC. When not working on the farm, she rides her rescued mares Eclipse and Harmony, accompanied on the trails by dogs Toby and Maizy.

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
Executive Director, Co-Founder

Geri has been fortunate to always have animals in her life. She has worked as a veterinary assistant, Assistant Manger at an Arabian Farm, for Woodland Park Zoo and in Fisheries Research. 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.

Scott Slaght
Facility Operations

Scott has volunteered with us for three years and joined us living at the farm in January of 2013. His forte' is feeding the horses and bear hugging any equine within reach. He works hard caring for them every day. He is a senior at Monroe High School this year. He aspires to be a police officer and big dog owner. His favorite horse, Stewie, is filling the bill, for now. Scott is an easy-going guy who has never met a stranger. He can usually be found doing chores, asleep on the hay or texting his friends.

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.

Kira Graves
Board of Directors: Secretary

Kira is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in Psychology and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional. She is passionate about bringing people and animals together to build relationships that are caring, responsible and enduring. In her professional career, Kira hopes to help build lasting relationships between not-for-profit animal rescues and the communities that they serve. Her love for community collaborations is also evident by the household she fondly shares with 6 people, 3 dogs, 3 cats, a bird, a snake and a fish.

Mara Ingram
Board of Directors/Events Coordinator

Mara has always had an affiliation towards other animals. She graduated Washington State University with a B.S. in Zoology with an emphasis in animal care. Since then, Mara has worked in both animal rescue and veterinary medicine. She hopes to continue to build on her experience and use it to improve the welfare of all animals. Mara currently lives in Seattle with her two canines Dewey and Diego.