Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors who oversee the operation, fundraising, management, and direction of the NWTRC.

Christine Coder, Board Chair - Christine Coder Interior Design

Christine, along with daughter Natalie and son Merrick, recently immigrated from Vancouver, BC. Christine completed the Interior Design program from British Columbia Institute of Technology and has consulted for design firms in the lower mainland and owned and operated her own Interior Design business for 12 years. Natalie, born with Spina Bifida, has been longing to ride for many years. Natalie is thrilled to get the opportunity to ride with Julia Bozzo and the Northwest Riding Center. Christine has been looking for an opportunity to be involved in Bellingham and joined the NWTRC Board of Directors after seeing first-hand how riding and the connections made at the Riding Center make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities and their caregivers.

Dr. Brooke Lucas, Secretary - USDA

Brooke is a  veterinarian with the United States Department of Agriculture. Additionally, she specializes in equine and chiropractic care, and is involved in keeping the NWTRC therapy horses healthy and living at their peak. Besides caring for horses and other animals, Brooke likes to kayak, hike, sew, read, cook, and explore the Pacific NW with her husband, Timothy. Brooke is a 2001 graduate of Oregon State University, and a 2006 graduate of Cornell University.

Perry Davids, Treasurer - Corben Inc.

Perry Davids was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and graduated from the University of Calgary in 1969. He has over 10 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry and 30 years of experience in the Pet Food Manufacturing industry as founder of Corben Inc. Perry volunteered with Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center before selling his businesses and moving to Bellingham in 2014. He has many Interests – skiing, hiking, cycling, antique autos, woodworking. Perry shares his home with 3 dogs and 2 goats (goats live outside). Perry has a strong connection to all animals and takes joy and pride experiencing the positive results he sees at the NWTRC.

Mike Bozzo - Whatcom Transportation Authority

Mike has a degree in Civil Engineering from Chico State University. He worked for many years in the construction industry specializing in marine construction. He was the Maintenance and Facilities Manager for the Port of Bellingham for 15 years. In 2014 Mike became the Fleet and Facilities Director for Whatcom Transportation Authority. Mike designed and built most of the Center's facilities and dedicates many hours a week as a volunteer maintaining the grounds, structures, and waste management. In his spare time Mike loves to garden, fish, ski and participate in autocross.

Warren Monroe - WebRodeo

Warren, co-owner of the design company Web Rodeo, has been a board member since 2006. He and his wife, Karen (who also designed our logo), created and maintain the NWTRC's website and assist with various design projects. When not coding computer programs, Warren is continually striving to be a better horseman.

Greg Sieg - Ledcor Industries

Greg earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Missouri, Masters of Science in Forest Science from Virginia Tech, and a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Greg has held a number of Senior Executive positions within the Forest Products, Telecommunications, and Construction Industries. Greg is presently working as the CIO of Ledcor Industries. Greg and his wife Mechelle, along with their dog "Sandy" and six horses, moved to Lynden in 2012. Mechelle has a background in social work and counseling and did her undergraduate and graduate studies at Stephen Austin State University. Additionally, she has a background in wellness/fitness and taught as an adjunct professor in the SFSU Department of Kinesiology department. Mechelle also received her NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) registered instructor certification. Greg and Mechelle are combining their efforts to support NWTRC.

Terri Plake - NW Indian College

Terri has been volunteering at the NWTRC for several years and loves working with the riders and horses. She says that her life is enriched in such a special way as she sees the riders learning, growing, and having fun with their horses at riding lessons and how their lives are enriched through their experiences at the Riding Center. It was a natural step for her to serve on the Board of Directors. She is still a "horse crazy girl" after all these years. She has an Appaloosa mare named Katie at home and they enjoy trail riding. She is a member of the Mt. Baker Ski Patrol for over 20 years now. Having earned a master's degree in geology at Western Washington University in Bellingham, she is a science faculty member at Northwest Indian College. In her "spare" time she can be found hiking and walking with her dog, Nui.

Danielle Shimota

Danielle has been riding horses since she was 9 years old. When her mother found out about the NWTRC in 2006, Danielle didn't hesitate to get involved. She has been involved with the NWTRC for seven years, from volunteer to instructor to horse exerciser and stall cleaner extraordinaire. She has ridden many different disciplines and is always game for trying new ones with her partner in crime Zorro, a Norwegian Fjord, who was owned by  NWTRC. Aside from her passion for working with horses, she also has a passion for helping people and works as a Registered Nurse at St. Joe's Hospital. Education has played a big part in Danielle's life, she has a biology degree from Western Washington University, and a nursing degree from Whatcom Community College.  She also has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Washington. If you don't find her in the barn or at the hospital she might be playing soccer, relaxing on the lake with her family, reading a good book or plotting ideas of how to acquire more animals.

Connie Albrecht - Cain Lake Stables

Connie Albrecht was born and raised in Madison, WI, where her family was involved with the dairy industry. The family company made milking equipment and food processing equipment. She also sits on the board of DEC New Zealand, a family company that makes goat milking carousels for up to 100 goats. They also manufacture a product for cows to control the estrous cycle. She built and opened Cain Lake Stables in Sedro Woolley, WA in 1997. She has two daughters that both train and teach at the family facility. Connie loves the outdoors, her horse Titan, her dog Nadia, and her boat Take Five.

Past Board Members

We would like to thank everyone for all their efforts over the years.

  • Dorene Moors
  • Mary Wister Rawlins
  • Arline Fonda
  • Kaler Crane
  • Josh Wilund
  • Gene Zande
  • Dr. David Sauter
  • Skip Ness
  • Phil Simmons
  • Gary Burlingame
  • Jack Ludwigson, ESQ.
  • Annette Boothe
  • Jeri Davis
  • Kate Simmons
  • Mary Jansky
  • Pete Wells
  • Audra Rosen
  • Matt McCoy