Governing Body and Staff
Small Miracles wishes to thank our voluntary Board of Directors for their continued dedication, hard work, and wise council. We are also proud of our staff, who continue to love our students, care for our horses, and strive for excellence.
Board of Directors
Stan Johnson M.S., C.S.C.S.– Chairman, Great Body Wellness Center
John E. Green– President, Asst. Branch Manager Rexel, Inc.
Brian Elpers– Vice-President, Eastman Chemical Company
Rodney “Bart” Rowlett, III- Treasurer, Attorney at Law Office of D. Bruce Shine
Denise Murray- Secretary, B.S. Business Admin.
Amanda Cole, Funding Committee, Educator/Kingsport City Schools
Kim Cox– Hospitality Committee, Owner, Royal Dental
Wendell Keeling– Facility Chairman, Projects Manager, Eastman Chemical Company
Johanna Montgomery- Funding Committee, Healthy Kingsport
Sara Riggins- – Facility Committee , Owner/Instructor/Farrier, Hawley Farms
Mary P. Smith, RN- Board of Directors Development & Funding Commitee
Jennifer Solt – Hospitality Committee, Retired Speech & Language Pathologist
John Tingle- Hospitality Committee, Owner/Operator Chick-Fil-A, Stone Drive
Tony Weaver- Funding Committee, Educator/Kingsport City Schools
Mark Wininger – Facility Committee, J.A. Street
Kent Blazier M.D.– Medical Advisor
Phil Elsea D.V.M.– Equine Advisor
Sherri Russell- Executive/Program Director, PATH Registered Instructor, E.S.M.H.L., Mentor, Equine Services for Heroes Speciality Certification
Kimberly Ladd, BSW- Program Development Coordinator/ Administrative Assistant
Natalie Swanner- PATH, Intl. Registered Instructor
Deborah Ferraro- PATH Registered Instructor, E.S.M.H.L.
Linda McBride- Finance Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator
J. R. Russell- Equine/Barn/Facility Manager
Amanda Haun- Volunteer Coordinator/Equine-Assistant
Our Miracle Herd: An Integral Part of All of Our Programs
Our horse partners at Small Miracles are an integral and beloved part of our family. Currently, our team is comprised of 12 equines.
Horses provide a multitude of sensory experiences and exemplify social skills through interaction with both humans and other horses. The horse provides ample opportunities for the participant to experience movement and sensory input. This combination produces powerful results in improved physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. Horses utilize their amazing inborn intuition to respond in meaningful ways that meet every participant’s needs. They quickly establish the trust of the participant and never judge. Horses become the teacher, gently encouraging participants to try new things, enabling the students to discover what they truly CAN do.