Tonya Danielly-Executive Director
Gale Nichols-Administrative Assistant
Ana Baez-Teacher's Aide
Amanda Chico-Teacher
Samantha Chico-Lead Teacher
Ericka Entler-Teacher's Aide
Loretta Murriel-Teacher's Aide
Cynthia Renteria-Teacher
Frank Phillips–Grounds Manger
Mikayla Cazin–Equine Caretaker
Marci Francis-Relief Equine Caretaker
Bridget Banner
Mercedes Belasquez
Samantha Chico
Stephen Deagle
Amber Lee Dolan
Lindsay Garbry
Azin Hatefi
Ofelia Hernandez
Maryann Noll
Stephanie Valdez


Equine Staff


Samantha Chico – Riding Instructor

Samantha Chico – Riding Instructor
Samantha graduated from California State University San Marcos with a B.A. in Human Development. During her undergraduate years, she started volunteering at Ivey and is now currently working toward becoming P.A.T.H certified. Working in different departments here at Ivey has broadened her horizons and she hopes to enter the teaching credential program at CSUSM specializing in Special Education, in the near future.



Savannah Hayward – Instructor



Missy Hiebert – Lead Instructor

Missy Hiebert – Lead Instructor
Missy has over twenty years of experience with horses in all disciplines. She graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in animal science, and competed for the university on MSU’s equestrian team. While working at Ivey, she has become a PATH certified, registered level instructor. She believes correct horsemanship and equitation are the foundation for a good relationship between horse and rider, and enjoys sharing her love of horseback riding with both new and experienced riders.



Elizabeth Marg – THR Instructor


Amy Sheets – Riding Instructor

Amy Sheets – PATH Intl. Master Level Instructor and Lead Faculty/Evaluator for Registered, Advanced, and Master level certifications
Amy has over 25 years of experience teaching therapeutic riding, is a past committee chair of the PATH Intl. Riding Instructor Certification Sub-Committee, and has conducted workshops and instructor certifications across the United States and in Israel. Her equestrian background includes hunter/jumper, dressage, western pleasure, western trail, and cowboy challenge.
Quote from Amy: “I am thrilled to be a part of the Ivey Ranch team. The work environment is open and friendly and joyful! I feel like I have come home – teaching riders with special needs is truly where my heart is.”


Wendy Sears – Riding Instructor
Wendy has trained with International Grand Prix winners and Olympic Show Jumping qualifiers over the past 20 years. She has instructed children and adults in hunter/jumper equitation. Wendy associates the horse’s subtle ability to teach us about ourselves and eagerly shares her knowledge of horseback riding.



Board of Directors

Chair: Traci Zell
Traci holds a B.S. in Biology from York College of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan. She spent 14 years at the University of Minnesota involved in immunology research and moved to San Diego in 2008 to begin a new phase working in industry. She is currently Director of Research and Development at Tonbo Biosciences, a company that develops and manufactures research reagents. Traci found the Ivey Ranch in Spring of 2012 when looking for a volunteer opportunity for her family to participate in together. She and her kids have been regulars since that first orientation and her son and daughter participate in weekly riding lessons. As soon as some free time presents itself, Traci plans to embark on her own weekly riding lessons.

Traci Zell

Vice Chair: Allan Roth– Alliance Resources, Spec. Ed. Consultant
Allan is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Special Education/Elementary Education as well as a M.S. in Special Education/Administration. Allan currently works with Alliance Resources as a Special Education Consultant and holds the position of Core Technology Adjunct with the Dept. of Special Education and Technology at National University in San Diego. He has a vast range of experience in the field of education, holding positions such as Director of Special Education, Director of Student Programs, school Principal and Assistant Principal.

Allan Roth

Treasurer: John R. Todd
John is a Southern California native and settled in Oceanside following a 34 year career of various command and staff positions with the U.S. Marines. His last tour of duty was as the Chief of Staff of MCB Camp Pendleton where he became involved in community organizations and events. John joined the Southern California Edison Company where he was the Manager of Site Security for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and retired in February 2011.

Upon retirement from the Marines, John participated on several non-profit boards and civic groups. He is a former Board Secretary for the North County Economic Development Council (now the San Diego North EDC) and former appointee to the San Diego Regional Housing Task Force. John was appointed to the County’s Blue Ribbon Commission to evaluate the San Diego Chapter of the Red Cross following the Alpine Fire. He has served on both the Oceanside Housing and Planning Commissions and he is currently serving on the Rehabilitation Loan Review Committee and the Treasurer’s Investment Oversight Committee. In January 2011, he was appointed to the County’s Board of the San Diego Capital Asset and Leasing Corporation. He Joined the Tri-City Hospital Foundation Board in December 2013.

John is currently the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Ivey Ranch Park Association providing educational and recreational activities for disabled and abled bodied children. He is also a Board member and past chair of the Oceanside Charitable Foundation.

John is a graduate of George Mason University and he and his wife have two sons and five grandchildren.

John Todd

Director: Tracy Bidot
Tracy is dedicated to bringing like-minded individuals together through thoughtful and timely conferences, workshops, and networking events. She believes one of our greatest opportunities to learn and grow personally and professionally is through peer connection and support. Over the last 14 years, she has developed learning events in Marketing, Branding, Healthcare, Energy, Financial Services, and Veterinary Practice, and has created numerous networking and professional development opportunities.

Tracy is passionate about and supports causes dedicated to animal welfare, women’s empowerment, and disability services and protections. In addition to Ivey Ranch, she also serves on the Board of Girls on the Run-San Diego. When she’s not working on event development, you will find her running along the coast in North County, or hanging out with her beautiful dogs.

Tracy Bidot

Director: Jani Reilly – President/Owner of Desert Jool Farms.
Jani has served as an officer and director for Faith Based Federal Credit Union and comes to the Ivey Ranch Board after participating as a volunteer in our equestrian programs and a committee member for our events and fund raisers. Jani writes, “I believe in Ivey Ranch. I have seen first hand the joy, the compassion, and the therapy received not only for the riders, their parents and the school children, but for the volunteers, the teachers, and the riding instructors. I see the smiles and personal gains. Each person I have met has their own reason for being at Ivey Ranch and I feel I can contribute by helping to keep Ivey Ranch going and expanding to reach all who need it.”

Jani Reilly

Director: Lauri Schmelzer – Student Services Professional and Lecturer, College of Science & Mathematics, California State University San Marcos.
Laurie graduated with a B.A. in Social Science from CSUSM, while simultaneously completing the Archaeological Certification Program at Palomar College. Prior to a military transfer to Virginia, she received her California Teaching Credential in Secondary Education. She taught high school Social Studies in Yorktown, Virginia, and completed her M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision at the College of William & Mary. After returning to California, Laurie was hired as the Director of Student Services & Programming for the College of Science & Mathematics at California State University San Marcos. She is actively involved in outreach, student success and retention, STEM-related programming, and serves on the Veterans and Active Duty Educational Steering Committee (VADESC).

Laurie discovered Ivey Ranch in 2011 when her daughter, who is a Girl Scout and wants to be a veterinarian, had to complete volunteer hours for her Bronze Award. They now volunteer weekly, help with programming for special events, and ride together on Friday afternoons.

Laurie Schmelzer

Advisory Board:
Jeffrey Bloom – Bloom Racing Stable, President
Jeffrey Bloom has substantial professional experience with horses. He was a professional jockey and is now the President of Bloom Racing Stable. He is a 25-plus year thoroughbred industry veteran, serving as a jockey, marketing and media relations consultant, and broadcaster. For nine of those years he was a professional jockey, winning races at many of the major tracks in North America. He also has a BS in Financial Services from San Diego State University and substantial business experience.

Jeff Bloom

Craig Kirk - Information Technologies Executive
Craig is a technology business leader with 25 years of professional experience in the information technology industry. He has a strong background in business growth through organizational development and process improvements, team leadership, operations management and negotiations.

Craig and his wife, Marie are residents of Carlsbad, and are actively involved in community activities and with local non-profit organizations. Craig serves as a Housing Commissioner for the City of Carlsbad Housing Commission. He was previously the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Carlsbad Village Improvement Partnership, and was on the board of directors for the Carlsbad Village Business Association. Over the years he has volunteered his time and energy to organizations that serve people with special needs…Canine Companions for Independence, Challenged Athletes Foundation and HIV/AIDS organizations.

He became interested in the Ivey Ranch Association after attending the 2013 Ivey Ranch Western Hoedown, and seeing first-hand the amazing programs Ivey Ranch provides to a diverse community every day.

Craig Kirk

Daniel H. Grove, D.V.M.
Daniel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois in 2003. After graduating, he immediately went into private practice in the San Diego North County area. Since he began practicing veterinary medicine, he has earned a reputation for providing excellent service to his clients. His desire to make a difference in the community gave him the idea to start his own practice.

Daniel Grove

Jack M. Sleeth Jr. – Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz A.P.C. , Lawyer
Jack M. Sleeth Jr. is a lawyer and a partner in the San Diego law firm of Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz with over 25 years experience trying jury trials in the State and Federal Courts. He is also experienced handling appeals in all courts of the United States. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, the California Bar and the Arizona Bar. His specific experience includes cases involving disabled students in the public school system, including substantial experience with mandated investigations in schools and colleges. He primarily represents schools and colleges on issues related to education, including Special Education, disability discrimination law, employment law, civil rights and personal injury.