Our Board of Directors is an amazing group of dedicated volunteers who provide leadership and promote our programs throughout the greater Spokane area. Click on the + sign to read our board members’ bios.
Lisa Olson - Board Chair
Lisa was born and raised in Colorado and moved to Spokane in 2011. She grew up riding horses and greatly enjoyed volunteering at the therapeutic riding center in Colorado. Upon moving to Spokane, she was looking for a volunteer opportunity with a similar organization and found Free Rein. She joined the Board of Directors in 2014, works as a Project Manager for a software development company, and enjoys spending any free time with her husband, three kids, and two dogs.
Carol Granly - Board Secretary
Carol is a founding Board Member who joined the Free Rein Board in 2008. She has owned Fjords for 15 years and her horses have been used in the program. Loki was a foal of hers. She is a Dental Hygienist in Spokane. In addition to her work on the Board, she leads and side walks along with a variety of other duties that help support the organization. Carol’s husband Robert is also a frequent supporter. Their daughter Amy is a veterinarian in Deer Park, WA.
Britt Abel joined the Free Rein Board in 2016. She moved to Spokane from Phoenix, Arizona in 2014 with her husband, who grew up in Spokane. Britt has worked as an accountant for a Phoenix, Arizona CPA firm for the past 17 years.
Susan Cairy was born and raised just south of Pullman, Washington on a wheat farm. She grew up with horses and 4-H, and graduated from WSU with a bachelors degree in Social Work. Susan has two sons, Kevin, a firefighter in Boise, and Jeff, a pilot in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She worked for Spokane County Juvenile Court for 30 years and spent the last 23 years of her career recruiting volunteers to advocate for abused (CASA) and delinquent children. Susan retired in 2013 and has enjoyed much travel with her sweetheart since then. She started volunteering at Free Rein in 2010 and joined the board in 2016. Susan also serves on the advisory board for The Salvation Army, is a CASA volunteer, and is active in Our Kids: Our Business, a network of agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals whose interest is in the prevention, rather than treatment of child abuse and neglect.
Joy joined Free Rein in 2012, primarily volunteering with our youngest riders. She is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist who recently retired from the Spokane Guilds School and Neuromuscular Center (SGS). With her expertise, she provides an enriched riding experience for our young riders.
Kelly joined the Board of Directors in 2017 after looking for an opportunity to get more involved in our community. She is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a degree in Elementary Education. While searching for employment in the education field, she took a job in the finance industry and discovered an interest in lending as well as leadership. She is currently an Assistant Manager of Lending at STCU, where she has been able to utilize her education background while leading her team. She enjoys spending time with her husband, young daughter, family and friends.
Bobbie joined the Free Rein Board of Directors after retiring from her position as Planned Giving Officer/Donor Relations, twelve years, with the Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center (SGS) in 2015. Before her employment with the SGS she had been an active volunteer in fundraising activities, on many levels, since 1995 with the school. Prior to her position at the SGS she had been the Founder and Director of Certification, for fifteen years, in the School of Education at Gonzaga University. Bobbie holds a B.A. in Speech Pathology and an M.A. in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction both from Gonzaga University. Bobbie worked as a Speech Therapist for Head Start in central Washington and holds a Washington State teaching certificate and has taught grades one through eight. She has a long history, forty years, of fundraising and development activities for many non-profit organizations. Since retiring she has also joined the board of Embrace Washington, a 501(c)(3), focusing on meeting the tremendous needs of those impacted in the Foster Care system. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. Bobbie was born in Ohio, raised in Texas and California. Bobbie, with her husband Richard, has owned Mother’s Cupboard Nutrition stores for the past forty years in our region. Bobbie and Richard have four children scattered about the country and seven wonderful grandchildren.
Chris was born and raised in Spokane and joined the Free Rein Board of Directors in 2016. Chris is the branch manager for a local real estate company and was a past school board president for Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center. Chris and his wife Jean have 8 children and 7 grandchildren.
Mary joined the board of Free Rein in January of 2012. She is a native of Minneapolis and retired in 2009 after a 32-year career in nursing. After she retired, she moved to Spokane with her spouse who was a native of the Paciﬁc Northwest. Within months of the move, she began a second career as a volunteer. She has also served on the board of Spokanimal and worked with the Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant. In addition to her volunteer hours at Free Rein she is an active volunteer at KSPS Public television.
Patty has been involved with Free Rein virtually since its inception. An Occupational Therapist at the VA Medical Center in Spokane, Patty became interested in OT after volunteering at a therapeutic riding program while a teenager in London, Ontario, Canada. As soon as she heard Sandy speak about her plans for Free Rein at a local OT meeting, Patty said: “Sign me up!”. She has been excited to see the program grow and volunteers as a leader weekly. Patty trail rides with her own horse Stewball whenever she can, skis, hikes, camps, and lives in Spokane with her husband and tween daughter.