Our Team

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Molly Scannell, Executive Director
mscannell@halleckcreekranch.org

Molly was a volunteer with the program in her youth. She has an Animal Science degree from Cal Poly, and served an internship with Hoofbeats, a therapeutic riding program in Virginia. She came back to Halleck Creek as a part-time instructor, working her way up to Program Director in 2007 and Interim Executive Director in December 2016. She brings a long history of community service, horsemanship and passion for therapeutic riding to her position. She is Certified in Therapeutic Riding from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

Brenda Falco, Program Director
bfalco@halleckcreekranch.org

Brenda is a CHA certified riding instructor, teaching both English and Western disciplines. She  is certified as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Mentor, and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. She brings over 30 years of equine experience to Halleck Creek, including teaching, riding, training and leading trail rides. She enjoys spending time riding on the trails of Marin with Reno, the Quarter Horse she has owned since 2010. Her favorite part of being on the Halleck Creek team is seeing her students succeed in achieving their riding goals and feeling confident with their equine friends.

Sara Gallagher, Development & Communications Manager
sgallagher@halleckcreekranch.org

With a background in marketing and design, Sara has worked with numerous non-profits focused on underprivileged youth and the arts and humanities. With experience as a volunteer, Board Member, and Co-Founder, she’s loved her work in program development, fundraising, and community outreach.  A Bay Area native, she moved to Nicasio in 2016 where she rapidly fell in love with West Marin. In 2020 she joined Halleck Creek Ranch as their Volunteer Coordinator before moving into her new role as Development & Communications Manager in 2021. A dedicated artist, she connects to others through her interactive community projects, discussions, and visual storytelling. Music being another passion, you can catch her playing around the Bay Area, including at one of her favorite venues – Rancho Nicasio!

Dana Cook, Volunteer Coordinator
dcook@halleckcreekranch.org

Dana was born and raised in the San Geronimo Valley where she began riding horses at the age of three. She rode, competed, and trained horses into her early 20s riding a variety of disciplines, but competed primarily in hunter/jumpers. After high school she began a career in the fire service working as a seasonal firefighter and paramedic for Marin County Fire Department, eventually being hired full time with Pinole Fire Department. An on the job injury lead to her having to retire from the fire service in 2007. Wanting to get back to working with horses, Dana started volunteering with Halleck Creek at the start of 2021 before moving into the role of Volunteer Coordinator. When not at the ranch she can often be found hiking the trails in West Marin with her rescue puggle, Chester.

Sarah Coukos, Ranch Caretaker
scoukos@halleckcreekranch.org

Having volunteered at Halleck Creek Ranch nearly every Saturday from 2007-2011, Sarah discovered a wonderful place to gain confidence with her horsemanship skills and be involved in the local horse community. As a senior in high school, she purchased her first horse, and by college she was taking equine science classes, focusing on equine anatomy, adaptive kinesiology, and hoof structure. Today, Sarah is excited to return to the HCR community and works closely with both the horses and the volunteers to keep our ranch in working order.

OUR INSTRUCTORS

Saga McIsaac, PATH Certified Instructor

Born and raised in West Marin, she joined Pony Club and took her first lesson shortly after she was four. She has been teaching lessons and working with horses for over 24 years and owns a rescued horse named Daisy. In 2017, she became a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. Horses have been in her life for a long time, and she hopes they will always be.

Robyn Moyer, PATH Certified Instructor

Robyn was fortunate to grow up with horses and benefited from their strong, loving and generous spirit. In her youth, Robyn was involved with 4-H and enjoyed Western Pleasure horse shows as well as riding her horse Lily on the hills of Novato. Coming to HCR almost four years ago, Robyn has enjoyed the opportunity to share that experience with so many others. Robyn says that witnessing the joy and confidence the riders feel and show through their smiles is simply the best! In 2017, she became a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. Robyn says she can’t imagine doing anything else, anywhere else.

Lucy Viscardi, Instructor

Nancy Foster, Assistant Instructor

Nancy is a retired nurse practitioner, and though she had a rewarding career, she is loving retirement and her time at Halleck Creek Ranch. She began volunteering at the Ranch in 2018, and has come to love all of the horses and riders there. She has 30 years of riding experience, mostly trail and pleasure riding. She currently owns a Tennessee Walking Horse named Jake. Nancy was born and raised in Ohio, but has called California and the Bay Area her home for about 45 years. In addition to horses, Nancy loves travel, music and sewing, and she has started making quilts since her retirement. Working at Halleck Creek, helping disabled riders and watching them grow in their confidence, strength and abilities on horseback is what keeps her coming back to the ranch every week.

OUR ADMIN TEAM

Claudia Johnson, Admin & Tech Support

Raised in Marin County, Claudia Johnson began riding at Halleck Creek Ranch in 1979, finding freedom from her wheelchair while on the back of a horse. An athlete in numerous ways, Claudia won a gold medal in freestyle swimming in the Pan-Am Cerebral Palsy games in 1987. After teaching herself how to use a computer, she became a computerized bookkeeper and has been a whiz with technology ever since! In 1997, Claudia joined the Halleck Creek Ranch Board of Directors, serving as a representative for HCR participants.Shortly thereafter, she was elected as Board Secretary, and held this role for over nineteen years. As a participant and a disability advocate, she assisted in helping educate and train HCR volunteers in Disability Awareness. In 2016, Claudia moved to Washington, where despite the distance she continues to volunteer her time by supporting the HCR admin team with technology, website development, outreach and communications, database management, session invoicing, and systems development five days a week.

Ruby Shemaria, Admin & Tech Support

Hi my name is Ruby. Graduated from Terra Linda High in 2020. I am in my sophomore year of college at College of Marin. I am studying to become a Web Designer and Developer. I have been a rider at Halleck Creek for over 10 years. My favorite horse is Fin. Riding helps me to get out of my daily routine and do something different in my week.  Apart from riding horses I am also a national Power Soccer player. In my spare time I love to read and look at my computer. I’m thrilled to become part of the team now.