Our team is the foundation of our community, and their efforts in support of the organization make our mission possible.

OPERATIONS TEAM

Our operations team leads the facilities and equine management, as well as the business operations, including finance, marketing and communications, and more.

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Jodi Messenich

Jodi Messenich

Founder, Executive Director

 

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Jodi manages all aspects of the business, including finance, operations, fundraising and marketing. Through the organization and her vast network of equine professionals, she has participated in the rescue of hundreds of abandoned, abused and neglected horses. Prior to founding Zuma’s, she was the owner and operator of American Sport Horses, a hunter and jumper show barn here at the property Zuma’s currently occupies.

Jodi holds certification in Equine Cranial Work and Reiki and is knowledgeable about all things natural horsemanship.

Mallory Nicklas

Mallory Nicklas

Zuma's Equine Assisted Learning Director

 

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Mallory like much of our staff comes with a life time passion for horses. Mallory too comes from the English Hunter/Jumper world where she continues to persue her craft. Mallory is currently a therapist for Denver Springs Hospital full time while persuing her masters degree in Social Work. Mallory has worked in the animal assisted therapy word for many years and has vast experience working with troubled kids. Here at Zuma’s Mallory is the head of our ZEAL programs.

Paul Messenich

Paul Messenich

Founder, Chairman of the Board

 

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Paul is a Network Engineer in the IP Engineering division for the Global IP Network (GIN) Business Unit of NTT America and has more than 25 years of systems engineering and information technology experience.

Paul graduated with honors from Rockford College in 1986 and was awarded B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. He is a philanthropist who spends his free time advocating for animals, mentoring children and running marathons in memory of his family’s first horse, Zuma.

Mica Graves

Mica Graves

Zuma's Equine Assisted Learning LPC

 

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Mica Graves, MA, who is certified through PATH, Int. as an Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She also holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Mica works with individuals and families who are looking for effective, out-of-the-box therapy. She uses an understanding of how the brain and body work together to impact behavior. Specialties include trauma, loss, disability, attachment, and adoption. 

Carmen Brander

Carmen Brander

English Equine Program Instructor

 

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Carmen’s passion for horses started in the English Hunter/Jumper world where she rode and competed as a child through high school. Carmen also having a passion for teaching kids, obtained training in both the EGALA and PATH equine profession. Carmen is head instructor in the English riding program as well as camp director, leads birthday parties, hosts volunteer groups and assists with the ZEAL programs.

Gia Mandole

Gia Mandole

Equine Program

 

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Gia is a dynamic equine and fitness enthusiast with a passion for life. Gia rode and competed in the Hunter Jumper worked for years befoer becoming a certified fitness coach and ultra marathon competitor.

Gia will be helping Carmen out with the English riding lessons, horse camps and horsemanship 101 classes.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our board is made up of dedicated volunteers with professional expertise in leading both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Their guidance is crucial to the success of our mission.

Paul Messenich

Founder, Chairman of the Board

 

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Paul Messenich is a Network Engineer in the IP Engineering division for the Global IP Network (GIN) Business Unit of NTT America. With more than 25 years of systems engineering and information technology experience, Paul plays a key role in the engineering team responsible for the evolution of the network and the architecture used to handle customers’ most demanding requirements.

Beth Mankamyer, JD

Board Member, Legal Chair

 

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Beth has been a supporter of Zuma’s RR since 2010 and is an advocate of animal and human rights. She is an attorney practicing in Denver, specializing in real estate law. Beth served on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley in Littleton, CO from 2011 to 2015, giving her experience with a non-profit organization benefiting animals. She is also involved in the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, serving as the 2014-2015 DBA Young Lawyers Division Executive Council Chair, and supports several local charities benefiting animals, children, and those in need. Beth’s horse, Dakota, is a member of the riding program, and her two children are often seen at the barnyard.

Jean Terese

Board Member, Treasurer

 

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Jean has been a weekly volunteer with Zuma’s for since 2009, giving her an inside view of the organization’s operations and joined the Board of Directors in 2012 as Treasurer. Jean owned a property management company for ten years and is currently employed at MAXX Properties as a software trainer and data analyst.

Helen Weiss

Board Member

 

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Bio coming soon!

Tracy Vroom, EBW, CST

Board Member

 

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Tracy Vroom is the founder of The CranioConnection, providing health, healing, and performance solutions for horses and dogs for over 15 years. She grew up on a farm in Iowa surrounded by animals of all kinds and today loves sharing her passion and making a difference in the lives of animals and their humans. The CranioConnection offers individual sessions for animals as well as workshops. In her quest for learning as much as she possibly can, she has attained a broad range of certifications, including: craniosacral therapy for horses and companion animals (Upledger Institute, Milne Institute, Equine Craniosacral Workshops, Shaman’s Light;) Equine Body Work (specialty in sports massage) the Tellington TTouch Method; Shamanic healing work;  Reiki, essential oils and herbalism. Tracy maintains that animals have been her most profound teachers. She has written articles, contributed to several books. Her work has been featured in newspapers and on radio. She teaches massage for dogs and horses at the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage in Colorado. She is also on the Board of Directors for Team Thoroughbred, or Team TB, and is a foster home for horses coming off the track. She is the caretaker of 4 OTTB’s: Finn, Emmett, Sonqo and Maestro. She also shares her life with two fabulous dogs, Rowan and Raven, and a magical orange being; Cedar the kitty.

Philip Devin

Board Member

 

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Philip has over 20 years of business, sales and operational experience while working for technology companies ranging from VC funded start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Currently Philip works for Oracle Corporation as Chief of Staff / Director of Operations for the North American Technology Division which supports over 6500 employees.

Philip joined the Board at Zuma’s for very personal reasons: to give back to the community of both animal rescue and under privileged children as well as a way to get his family and children involved in charities where you can see the impact of volunteering – and it really helps that the entire family is in love with horses!

Philip and his wife Becky live in Parker, CO with their 3 children: Luke, Madeline and Jake along with Louis the family yellow retriever.

ADVISORY BOARD

Our advisory board is made up of dedicated professionals who have spent their careers working in equine and mental health services. Their expertise and unique experience is crucial to the success of our mission.

Gary Pallaoro, DVM

Advisory Board Member

 

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Dr. Pallaoro of Golden Animal Hospital is a second-generation veterinarian with an emphasis in equine science. The scope of his practice ranges from general wellness assessments to the surgical suite. The experience gained from a veterinarian that has such a broad area of focus is extremely beneficial in the area of horse rescue. Rescued horses have been exposed to wide ranges of neglect and abuse, rendering them more challenging to say the least. Having an advisor with Dr. Pallaro’s experience in the field, as well as in surgery, is imperative to ensure the health and welfare of our horses.

Hilary Wood

Advisory Board Member

 

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Hilary serves as the President of the Board of Front Range Equine Rescue and serves on an advisory capacity. As the founder of FRER, she brings her vision and years of corporate experience to successfully lead both organizations into being the leading rescues in the country.

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