Meet Our Team
Our Two legged Team Members
Shanna Dozier, Founder & Executive Director
Shanna has a passion to see Bridges’ grow and help as many families as possible. Her dedication to the program since 2007 has ensured that it is a constant resource for those in need for North West Arkansas and beyond. She has over 25 years experience working with horses, is currently working on her Master’s degree at John Brown University for Marriage and Family Therapy with an Emphasis in Play Therapy and also pursuing her Certification with Path, Intl. as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Her upmost priority is keeping the Non Profit and it’s programs held to the highest standards in professionalism. She is married with two young boys, Haven and Leo, which love coming to the stables with her!
David Helm, Equine Specialist and Facility Director
David has recently retired with 36 years of manufacturing leadership. He has had a relationship with horses since he was a toddler. He started his Natural Horsemanship journey 20 years ago after seeing a horse being beaten for refusing to load into a trailer. His thoughts were, “there has to be a better way”. Since then he has spent time with Dennis Reis and Chris Cox to gain that horsemanship knowledge. David has volunteered his expertise for Equestrian Bridges in the training and development of our Therapy Horse team for 7 years, he has now decided to join the organization full time and we are blessed to have him.
Jamie Fonden, PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Jamie is currently a Master of Social Work student at the University of Arkansas where she also earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work. Jamie is certified in the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International in therapeutic riding with 7 years of experience working and volunteering with Equine Assisted Therapy programs. Jamie started riding hunter/jumpers 20 years ago and started combining her passion for horses and helping others as a teen. Her focus is on safe horsemanship and improving the skills and life of her clients inside and outside the arena.
Lindsey Ruther, PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Community Outreach Coordinator
Elayna Wells, PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Speech Pathologist
Elayna is a PATH Therapeutic Riding Instructor and a Speech-language pathologist working in the Springdale School District. She grew up riding saddleseat, western, and trail in Little Rock. Elayna loves working with the clients, volunteers, staff, and horses at Equestrian Bridges and seeing the wonderful positive impact on everyone involved.
Beth Salmo, Therapist
Elizabeth A. Salmo, MS, LAC is a licensed counselor in the state of Arkansas. Originating from St. Louis, MO, Beth moved to NWA in 2012 and has fallen in love with the activities Equestrian Bridges has to offer. Beth’s experience has mostly been working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families in agency settings though she loves working with people from every walk of life. Beth adores creatures large and small and is enchanted by the transformative and humble power of horses. She strives to enhance the lives of all those who walk through the doors of Equestrian Bridges, whether human, hooved, or with furry paws and whiskers. She is the loving “fur-mommy” of a Maine Coon cat named Clover, a beagle mix named Jack, and several fish
Molly Nolden, Volunteer Coordinator and Equine Team Lead
Molly grew up in western Illinois and moved to Arkansas to work for State Farm. She has been around horses since she was ten years old. She started her venture in Natural horsemanship training at age eighteen. Since then she has worked as a farrier assistant, horse trainer, and wrangler at Wind River Ranch in Colorado. She has volunteered for Equestrian Bridges for 2 ½ years before becoming a staff member and values how the program helps families.
Our Smaller 4 Legged Team
Our Larger 4 Legged Team