Board & Staff

Our Staff

Our staff is committed to doing whatever it takes to care for the hundreds of horses, donkeys, mules, and other animals that come through our gates.

  • Originally from Huntington Beach, CA , Robin has now planted roots here in East Tennessee. She has a passion for animals, people and is excited to be working with like minded individuals in Knoxville. A proud mother of 2 adult sons (one an English teacher in South Korea and the other graduating MTSU in May '19) Robin loves the outdoors, you can usually find Robin mountain biking, hiking, or on the water.

  • Bethany moved to Knoxville in 2017 with a heart to serve and support organizations that embody compassion and build community. She has always loved horses, but is most passionate about her husband, Chris and their 3 young children (Jonah 7, Connor 6, and Cecilia 2). She actually believes we can make the world a better place.
    "We may not always know the extent of the generosity of others, but we will always be impacted by it."

Our Board

Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.

  • Hillary RaubachPresident
    Hillary made her way to Knoxville in January 2015 after growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. An attorney, Hillary is in-house counsel at Cellular Sales Management. She spent her youth around horses on a Nebraska ranch and wrangling at summer camp. She and her husband live on a 60-acre farm with their 12 horses, including two mules and three mini horses…not to mention dozens of other farm animals. Her first horse was an Arabian mare, named Tupelo Honey – that first love has extended to hundreds of animals that Hillary has cared for over the years.

  • Jacqui PearlVice President
    Jacqui has called Knoxville home for 11 years. She serves as Executive Director for the Koinonia Foundation. Though never having owned a horse, Jacqui has always marveled at their beauty. As an animal lover, she believes that all animals deserve to be treated with respect and care. Working hard for compassionate organizations is what drives her and she loves the opportunity to raise money to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals that need our help.

  • Sandy ReesTreasurer
    Sandy is an East Tennessean, born and raised in Cleveland, TN. She has lived in the Knoxville area since the late 80s and moved to Loudon in 2006. Sandy works as the Chief Encouragement Officer at Get Fully Funded, a business she started in 2005 to help small nonprofits learn to raise money. Her dream of horse ownership was realized as an adult when she found a fat, cranky Appy named Harley. Sandy loves to be in the presence of horses and knowing that so many of their lives are made better by this organization.

  • Janet JungclausSecretary
    Originally from Minnesota, Janet has been a Knoxville resident for 24 years. She serves as Director of Human Resources and Business Strategy for US Cellular. She appreciates the honesty of horses, says “They are what they are and have helped me be a better person”.

  • Sara Branson

    Sara grew up in Dandridge, Tennessee. Currently, Sara works as a Marketing Officer at Bankers Title of East TN and serves as VP of Finance for Farragut Baseball, Inc. (a local non-profit). Sara grew up showing Arabians and working at various breeding/training farms. She served as Captain of the IHSA Equestrian Team at UNC Chapel Hill. She still judges local ETHJA hunter/jumper shows and even announces them! Sara has been married for 13 years and is raising 3 children, Connor (11), and twin girls, Ella and Elizabeth (7).

  • Kristi Daniels

    Kristi Daniels grew up in Cookeville, Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee for undergrad and law school. Ms. Daniels is an Attorney Advisor at the Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations. Kristi’s relationship with horses began at an early age and over the years has grown into ownership of a beautiful Thoroughbred mare named Tess and a love for riding. Kristi was a volunteer at Horse Haven of Tennessee for 3 years before being asked to join the board. She and her miniature dachshund Buster live in Knoxville.

  • Gregory Goodman

    Gregory Goodman, is a Tennessee native – born and raised in Nashville, but has been a proud Knoxville resident for the past 11 years. Mr. Goodman is an attorney with a national telecommunications retailer. His love for horses comes from a place of admiration and a natural draw to their beauty and power. Greg’s most excited to be part of an organization that serves his community with compassion.

  • Amanda Hara HansenAmanda is originally from Seattle, Washington, and has lived in Knoxville for 6 years and Nashville 4 years before that. An Emmy, Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press award winning Journalist; she currently serves as a main Anchor and Executive Producer of Digital Content for the CBS affiliate, WLVT - TV in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Her horse experience is extensive, ranging from hunter/jumpers, eventing, collegiate polo, and breaking thoroughbreds for the track. Her passion for horses comes from the bond that is built between animal and rider as athletic partners.

  • Monty Houk

    Monty was born and raised in Knoxville and has lived in the area his whole life. A servant hearted leader, Monty recently retired from the Knoxville Police Department as Deputy Chief after almost 29 years to accept the position of Tennessee State Coordinator for the Appalachia HIDTA. He and his wife Gina have a son and a daughter both of whom are in college.

  • Susie LonesSusie was born and raised in Farragut. She works as a pharmaceutical representative for Sanofi.  An equestrian her whole life with a wide array of experience; from hunters, dressage and western pleasure... and even has some experience roping. Her life-long love, appreciation and admiration of horses is why she serves…and now with a daughter of her own sharing the love, it is a family affair.

  • Karen Williamson

    Karen Williamson was born in Knoxville, grew up in Greenville, SC and returned to attend University of Tennessee and completed her Masters of Architecture. She now works as an Architect in Knoxville. She and her husband Jeff have 2 children – ages 9 and 11. Their daughter, is a Hunter/Jumper at Fiesta Farm and it was her love for the sport that brought the family on board. Her appreciation of the Horse Haven mission stems from the belief that trust can be re-established that is lost when an animal is abused or abandoned. In between horse shows and baseball tournaments, you’ll find her family together outdoors, preferably on a beach!