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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.

  • Ashley is a Knoxville native and began riding when she was a child and her passion for horses has grown ever since. She believes that horses teach us more about ourselves than anyone ever could. She found Horse Haven in 2011 and has been volunteering ever since. Her love for this organization is her motivation for finding all our equine residents the perfect homes!

  • 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. Robin loves the outdoors, you can usually find Robin mountain biking, hiking, or on the water.

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.

  • Lee Williams - President
    Lee Williams - President

    Lee grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She rode her first horse (a strawberry roan, TWH) at two years old and was hooked. After completing her bachelors degree, she left the farm life behind and enrolled at MTSU, where she earned a masters degree in clinical psychology. Following graduation, she became employed with Knoxville City/County Schools as a school psychologist. She retired from that position in the Spring of 2015. Lee became involved with Horse Haven in the Fall of 2014 as a volunteer on the Sunday morning shift. She is no longer mucking stalls, but has shifted her interest to working with Twinkie and assisting with events at the barn. Lee has two sons, two grandsons, and two Yorkies.

  • Ami Whiddon - Vice President
    Ami Whiddon - Vice President

    Coming soon!

  • Mike Cox - Treasurer
    Mike Cox - Treasurer

    Michael E. Cox, born in 1964, graduated from the University of the South in 1987, receiving his BA in Economics. Mike is President/Chief Compliance Officer of CW Securities, LLC a Registered Investment Advisor and Broker Dealer Firm. Mike is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), a licensed insurance agent and hold a Series 24, Series 51, Series 66, and Series 7 licenses. He began his investment career working with Capital Analysts Incorporated from June 1990 through April 1992. From May 1992 through April 1996, he worked with Equity Services Inc. He was then registered with LandOak Securities, LLC from April 1996 until forming CW Securities, LLC in 2000. He served on the board of The Episcopal School of Knoxville from 2005 to 2011. He served on the Finance committee all six years and was treasurer the final year.

  • Rebecca Moses - Secretary

    Coming Soon!

  • Jimmy Carter

    Jimmy Carter grew up in Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from Karns High School. He attended The University of Tennessee Knoxville where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Jimmy attended Lincoln Memorial Duncan School of Law and graduated in May 2013 as part of the inaugural class. Upon graduation he was awarded the President Abraham Lincoln Pro Bono Award. Jimmy lives in Knoxville with his wife, Kristi, and their two sons, Gavin and Grayson. Jimmy enjoys attending UT football and basketball games with his family and spending time outside with his sons at his parent's farm.

  • Denise Pennington

    Denise is a graduate of Marshall University and has one year of service on the Go Red for Women American Heart Association. She has two adult children and several grandchildren. She and her late husband owned several horses over the years and her son has a passion for Bashkir Curlies.