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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.

  • Kelly has a passion for serving others, both people and animals. She believes we are all connected in this web of life. Kelly began at Horse Haven as a volunteer, drawn by their mission of rescue, rehabilitate and re-home, and is now proud to serve her fellow team members in this role while continuing to volunteer. Kelly has 4 children, 1 granddaughter, 8 rescue cats, a feral colony, and will soon be momma to an HHT rescue! She takes to heart Gandhi’s words “Be the change you wish to see” and believes we can all make a difference.

  • Adrienne Brown - Outreach

    Coming Soon!

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!

  • Rebecca Moses

    Coming Soon!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lee Williams-Thompson

    Lee grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She road 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.

  • Jimmy Carter

    Coming Soon!