President Cyndi Hutson has been an occupational therapist working with children and adults with emotional, physical and developmental disabilities since 1983. She discovered the therapeutic potential of a horse while helping a friend overcome her fear of riding after a severe riding accident. This led Cyndi to the American Hippotherapy Association where she discovered her passion of doing therapy on a horse. Cyndi has been doing hippotherapy since 2011. Cyndi is a member of the Kiwanis club of Camp Verde, the American Hippotherapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is dedicated to bringing hippotherapy to special needs children and adults in northern Arizona.
Vice President Jerry Whiteley was raised on a ranch in Nebraska and has been competing in rodeos since age 14. For the past 20 years Jerry has lived in Cottonwood Arizona raising his daughter and son. He is an active supporter of youth agricultural programs. Upon discovering the magic of equine assisted activities Jerry was hooked! He has been volunteering with Equine Assisted Therapy programs for the past 12 years. Jerry is a CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) instructor.
Treasurer Jonna Randall Murdock is the owner and operator of her Farm Bureau Insurance Agency since 2004. She is a member of the Camp Verde Business Alliance. Jonna is a supporter of the local Future Farmers of America, the Verde Valley Fair animal program, and local horse clubs. As a community volunteer with Leg Up Therapy she reports “I have had a lifelong passion for horses and am now experiencing a new level of appreciation for the power of the horse through therapy.”
Secretary Betty Mendoza comes to Leg Up Therapy after volunteering for Horse Feathers Therapeutic Riding Center in Lake Forest, Illinois for 9 years. Betty is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified riding instructor with thousands of hours teaching therapeutic riding sessions. Betty is also an Arizona State Certified Caregiver working full-time at Rainbow Acres, a residential Christian community serving adults with developmental disabilities.
At-large Board Member Christy Fullerton is a second generation horse breeder, and drill team competitor. Raising her three children in Cottonwood, Christy is active in the Future Farmers of America and 4H where her two daughters have participated the past 10 years. She has a 15 year-old son with special needs and is a caring advocate for children with special needs.