Dan Rike, President

Dan has lived the majority of his life in the Puget Sound area and has a lifelong journey and connection both with horses and working and volunteering with nonprofits. One of the organizations that Dan has been proud to be a member of is the Washington Civil War...

Deanna Thronson, Vice President

Deanna has a lifelong compassion for animals on land and in the sea. A Pacific Northwest native, she enjoys all the outdoor beauty of our region. She’s also an avid diver who has explored many areas of the world underwater.  A friend introduced her to SAFE, and...

William Carrel, Secretary

As a lifelong resident of western Washington, William has always cared a great deal about animals and nature. He learned to ride in his early twenties in preparation for a horse trekking excursion Ireland. He has ridden in hunter/jumper events, as well as dressage...

Wendy Colebank, Treasurer

Wendy grew up in Southern Oregon on a home with just enough acreage for a couple horses. She was a longtime 4‑H member, riding through the hills and along the rivers of the Umpqua Valley near Roseburg. She practiced equitation, trail, and gymkhana, hoping that–if she...

Ani O’Hara

Ani O’Hara has always had a connection to animals — she says she’s never met an animal she didn’t love! During her teenage years, she spent summers on her Aunt Mary’s farm in Cordoba, Argentina, tending to the farm and riding horses. These are Ani’s best childhood...

Jennifer Vierling

Jennifer is a Washington native with a love for horses and a drive to help those in need. SAFE was a natural fit for her. Jennifer was introduced to SAFE with an invitation to be a guest to our annual Heart of the Horse auction four years ago. She was so taken and...