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NARHA Board Appoints New CEO

DENVER, CO - The NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) Board of Trustees announced today that Carol Nickell has assumed the position of CEO in NARHA’s national headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Nickell most recently served as Executive Director of the Nonprofit Support Center—a regional training, consulting and resource center for board members, staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations—in Santa Barbara, California. While there, she led an 8 member staff and developed policies and procedures for the operations of the management services organization.

"We are thrilled to have found a person of Carol Nickell's talent and record of achievement to lead NARHA into our future," said Teresa Morris, president of the board of trustees.

Carol Nickell’s career has included not only 14 years as a program and executive director in the nonprofit sector, but 14 years in the for-profit business world and 3 years managing government social service programs and projects. She has a BA in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino.

Nickell has moved to Colorado with her grey Arabian gelding, Shah, with whom she enjoys pleasure and trail riding.

About NARHA:

The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association was formed in 1969 to promote equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs. At over 700 member centers, a total of 36,000 children and adults find a sense of independence through involvement with horses. These member centers range from small, one-person programs to large operations with several certified instructors and licensed therapists. In addition to therapeutic equitation, a center may offer any number of equine assisted activities including hippotherapy, equine facilitated mental health, driving, vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work, or stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful equine assisted activities programs for individuals with special needs. There are more than 24,000 volunteers, 2000 instructors, 5,700 therapy horses, and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at NARHA centers.


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