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Meet Our Team

We are so grateful for the dedication of our team members & volunteers. Learn more about our passionate and hardworking team members below.

Board of Directors

Dave

Dave serves as the President of CVHR.

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Annette

With 18 years on the board, Annette is committed to providing a safe haven for animals and people. She wears many hats at the rescue: horse trainer, riding instructor, program director and more. Annette has always had a passion for horses and feels blessed to aid in their rescue & rehabilitation - giving them a chance to heal and trust again. 

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Francine

A Coachella Valley native and mother of two. Employee of Riverside County Social Services and valued volunteer at the rescue. She fell in love with horses at age 5 and is living proof thtat  equine therapy can make a huge impact on someone's life.

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Dave DiMeno

Annette Garcia

Francine Carnick

President

Rescue Director

Treasurer

Riding Instructor

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Rebecca

Rebecca grew up on a farm in Maine. She brings a lifetime of horsemanship experience to the team as well as administrative savvy. The horse rescue has literally saved her life and she strives to give back as best she can. 

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Rebecca Ivie

Secretary

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Analyse

Analyse, raised in rural California, is a homeschool mom to two children & a special needs advocate. 

This hippie heart has a passion and calling for animals, children and teaching. With an MBA in business and marketing and being blessed by a child with a disability, she has a drive and calling to make a difference in children’s education.  

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Analyse Averett

Marketing Director
Youth Program Coordinator

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Cherie

Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, and a local Office Manager. Cherie volunteers at the ranch in any capacity that is needed and co-sponsors one of our rescues (Clay).  She is a true advocate of how the experience of unconditional love for our rescues and the dedication of our team can be life-changing!

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Cherie Dunham

Vice President

Linda
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Linda Dondero

Rescue Operations Specialist

Advisory Council

Sean

Sean volunteers his time to mentor our veterans. He is a spokesperson and advocate for the veterans. He also assists with any videos for the veterans on the ranch. Sean served in the Army from 2001-2013. He was a Cavalry Scout who attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, and completed 4 tours of combat duty in Iraq during the Global War on Terrorism

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Sean Harrington

Veterans Mentorship Program Director

Stacey

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Volunteer Coordinator

Brian

Brian is an IT professional with over 30 years of experience who runs his own business in the Coachella Valley area. 
Brian helps CVHR with computer issues and is a great networker.

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Brian Rouley

IT Manager

Stevi

A registered nurse and lifelong animal lover, Stevi is a devoted ambassador of the rescue. She is devoted to bringing awareness to the community, getting people involved, and finding ways to raise money to support the ranch. 

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Stevi Lamey

Tour Director

Janet

Janet, a six-time Emmy award-winning TV  journalist, certified nutritional consultant, and author, helps the rescue in so many ways including volunteering, sponsoring, emceeing fundraisers, and more. With her passion for the horses and love of giving back, she finds that CVHR is one of her favorite places to be. 

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Janet Zappala

Television Journalist 

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Brenda got involved with the CV Horse Rescue to pursue her passion for horses.  She volunteers her business experience to pursue new funding sources to help CV Horse Rescue thrive. Brenda spends half the year in the Coachella Valley, and the other half in Minnesota.

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Brenda Vatland

Grant Writer

Karen

In her business Vidolci, Karen creates video greeting cards that became a desire to show people they could create their own, and thereby control their own content. Karen creates beautiful videos for us that help promote awareness and funding for the rescue!

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Video Creator

Paul

From IT to finance to filmmaker: Paul has transitioned from a “now what” career choice back to his first love of making videos in his business Vidolci. Paul creates beautiful videos for us that help promote awareness and funding for the rescue!

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Paul Brisson

Video Creator