Making Friends - Mending Hearts

Board of Directors 2019


Susan Shampine

Co-Founder / President / Director

  • Horsemanship
  • Facilities manager
  • Mechanical abilities

Crissey Smith

Co-Founder / Vice-President / Treasurer / Director

Crissey is the heart and soul of Mini-Blessings! Since the very beginning she has been the inspiration, extreme dedication, love and research behind what Mini-Blessings has come to be and what we hope for it to become in the future!

Judy Epperson

Secretary / Director

  • Marketing
  • Public relations

Linnea Simons


  • Legal counsel
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Experience with nonprofit organizations
  • Business writing skills

Cherina Heinitz, OTR


  • Occupational therapist
  • Horsemanship
  • 20+ years experience in hippotherapy with pediatric and geriatric clients

Jan Wheeler-Kitzman


  • Horsemanship
  • Experience in volunteer training in a horse therapy setting


Annie Schultz - DVM

Eryn Wolfwalker - Farrier


Buena Vista School District

Boys and Girls Club


High Country Bank

Grace Church

Buena Vista Veterinary Clinic