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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.

  • Jocelyn is a graduate of ETSU with extensive horse knowledge and a passion for rescue. With a background in social work and human resources she brings valuable insight and skill to the team! She received her first horse as Christmas present 7 years ago, and currently has a herd of 4.
    She has been married for 20 years; with 3 children (2 sons and a daughter). In addition to her horses, she raises mastiffs and corgis!

  • 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.

  • Dave Cooke

    President - Coming Soon!

  • Bonni McDonald

    Vice President - Coming Soon!

  • Ami Whiddon

    Coming soon!

  • Denise Pennington

    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.

  • Lee Williams

    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.

  • Michael Baltzell

    Mike retired from Alcoa in September of 2005 after more than 34 years of service in the Aluminium Industry from the position of President Primary Growth for Alcoa. In that position he was responsible for developing organic growth opportunities in the Primary Group from initiation through start up. Mike is currently President of Baltzell Management Consulting, LLC. He received his bachelor of engineering science degree in operations research and industrial engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1971 and a Master of Science degree in operations research from George Washington University in 1976. Mike also conducted postgraduate studies at Hood College and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Program. Mike currently serves as a counselor for SCORE: America's Counselors to Small Business in Knoxville, TN.

  • Mike Cox

    Coming soon!

  • Rebecca Moses

    Coming Soon!