Meet Our Staff
There are too many people to list that help support and contribute to the success of Living Hope. While we currently have five staff members and a student intern that are instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the program, we want to acknowledge that this program is much more than any one person or role. We are thankful for everyone that helps make this program possible.
Our founder, Tammi Wilson, has twenty-five years of experience working and competing with horses. After a full career in the corporate world, she was looking for a way to minister to people using her passion for horses. Tammi obtained her PATH certification (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) in 2017 and began using her talents to impact the lives of clients while at the same time gaining valuable experience at three therapeutic riding centers.
Tammi serves as the Executive Director of Living Hope as well as head coach, grant writer, and head of operations. She teaches lessons throughout the week, organizes the show team, and is the liaison between the board of directors, staff, and volunteer team.
Ali is the mother of two medically fragile children, Alex and Maddy. For much of the past ten years she has shared her family's story to help organizations that have greatly impacted their lives. Over the last several years Ali has seen Maddy find a passion for horses and riding. Under Tammi's tutelage Maddy has grown as an equestrian, but more importantly found riding to help her gain strength, cope with anxiety, and grow in self-confidence.
She brings extensive experience from years of advocating for other families with medically fragile children, serving on multiple hospital-committees to improve services for patients, and supporting equine therapy services. As Living Hope's Community Outreach Director, she can combine her passion for sharing her family's story with a cause that is so near and dear to her heart.
Haley has been involved with horses her whole life as her family raised commercial cattle and has always had horses and ponies. Haley began showing horses at the age of 5 through 4-H and transitioned into showing palominos at the age of 9. Haley won many awards including world titles as a youth. She was also the Texas Palomino Youth President for 3 years. Haley transitioned from youth into the amateur division in 2016 and she continues to show her horse Pete.
Haley met Tammi in 2017 and became involved with the veteran and EWD programs. We are so blessed to have Haley’s vast experience with horses and the showing arena as she helps our show team to be the best they can be!
Always having had a love for horses and a passion for serving others, Sarah began her journey as a volunteer for Tammi 6 years ago. Having a background with siblings and parents who served in the Military, as well as younger family members with cognitive challenges, she fell in love with Equine Therapy. She made it her mission to become a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor through PATH International in order to better serve her community.
She is a lesson coach and is instrumental in planning and orchestrating the show team and events. Sarah helps with social media including Instagram and YouTube content. Make sure to give us a follow!
Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Anna has been around horses for as long as she can remember. When she was five, her mother got her involved in therapeutic riding as a way to help with her Autism. After many years of riding, showing, and volunteering in therapeutic riding, Anna became a PATH certified riding instructor in 2019.
Outside of horses, Anna works as a vet assistant, and is currently in school working toward becoming licensed as a Vet Tech. In her free time, you can often find her hanging out with her horse Onslow.
Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Savannah brings years of horse experience as well as many stories of her young gelding, Rigel.
We are thankful for all the help and knowledge Savannah brings to the program.
Rachel is new to the horse world thanks to the passion of her daughter, Julia, who introduced her to Equine Therapy through volunteering in 2021. She is the mother of two teenagers, and her son's multiple disabilities created a passion for supporting and advocating for individuals with disabilities. She is currently working towards her master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at UNT with the goal of helping adults and veterans with disabilities find their optimal path to personal success.
She now uses her background in computer science, graphic design, website design, and creating promotional media to support Living Hope through development of marketing content and their digital presence.