Danna Dahl, LCMFT, LCP – Mental Health Program Coordinator
Danna is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University and a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been the Clinical Coordinator of Mid America Nazarene University’s Community Counseling and Play Therapy Center since 2000. In addition to her administrative duties at the Center, Danna supervises counseling interns and maintains a client caseload of her own. She also teaches in MNU’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program.
Danna is relatively new to the horse industry but is very intrigued by the amazing partners they are in Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy. While she does not have her own horse, she enjoys referring to the NHR horses as her own. As she continues to work with and learn more about horses, these majestic animals are quickly gaining a special place in her heart! Danna is trained through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) to co-facilitate as the Mental Health Professional.
Danna is married to Kevin and they have two busy boys, TJ and Trevor. When she is not busy serving others, she enjoys scrapbooking and spending with her family
Jessica Freund – Educational Enrichment Director
Jessica was born and raised in Gardner, Kansas. A 2008 Baker University graduate, Jessica thoroughly enjoyed her 6 years of teaching 1st and 3rd graders at Heritage Elementary in Olathe. After volunteering at NHR for 4 years, she decided to extend her love for molding young learners and began to pursue her training as a PATH Int’l Certified Riding Instructor. She joined the NHR Staff in 2014 and is excited to combine her experience as an early elementary teacher, her love for kids and her passion for horses to change lives at NHR. She has already begun incorporating her educational expertise into summer camp, incorporating IEP goals into therapeutic riding and in Giddy Up and Read. It is fabulous to see her use her God given skills as she interacts with the riders! Jessica is married to Clint; they reside in Gardner with their son Austin. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family (including two adorable nieces) and crocheting.
Joy Miller – Vice President & Program Director
Joy received an International Agribusiness degree from Mid America Nazarene University in 1999. She and her husband, Brian, bought their first horses later that year, unaware that one of those horses would soon be serving riders with disabilities. After seeing a therapeutic vaulting demonstration in 2001 they pursued God’s prompting and began volunteering at a local therapeutic riding center. Excited to combine her love for horses and passion for people, she and Brian co-founded New Horizon Ranch in 2006. Joy became a PATH Int’lCertified Riding Instructor and an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist in 2006 and completed the O.K. Corral Series Green Training in 2008. She uses her love for details to develop and oversee the programs at NHR. Joy enjoys the smiles and independence she sees from riders with special needs.
In whatever free time she can find, Joy enjoys serving at her church, riding horses, spending time with her kids, Sara and Stetson, gardening, and using her creativity to scrapbook.
Brian Miller – President, CEO
Brian is a graduate of Mid America Nazarene University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Agribusiness. He has been in the Therapeutic Riding industry since 2001, and became both a PATH Int’l Certified Riding Instructor, and an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist in 2006. Brian also completed the O.K. Corral Series Green Training in 2008. He and his wife, Joy, answered God’s call to found New Horizon Ranch in 2006. Brian left his position of 21 years at College Church of Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas to take the Executive Director position with NHR in 2010.
He previously served as the Co-Chair of the PATH Int’l Center Advancement Committee and still enjoys finding ways to assist membership in effectively managing centers that provide quality equine assisted services.
He and Joy have two children, Sara and Stetson. In his free time he enjoys riding horses, teeing up a round of golf and fishing with his kids.
Volunteers are the most crucial members of our staff team. Each week riders depend on barn staff, sidewalkers and horse handlers to provide assistance, safety and support to the riders they work with. Countless volunteers are dedicated to impacting the lives of individuals with disabilities and mental health concerns. Whether serving with lessons, fundraising, special event committees or on the Board of Directors volunteers are changing lives.
If you are would like to get involved and help change the lives of some amazing individuals contact us today!
New Horizon Ranch has 16 horses that are used in lessons. They do an amazing job at connecting with NHR’s riders long before anyone else.