Retired educator Judy Mackey of Terrell, Texas, believes her years working with children initially helped pull her toward volunteering with Jake E’s Riding Round Up, a Kaufman-based therapeutic horseback riding facility. Judy holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Education from Texas A&M Commerce, and finds her more than 30-years working in multiple school districts a great resource when looking at ways to serve the non-profit.
Judy was recently elected to the seven person leadership Board after helping with a grant writing project. She hopes to expand her involvement with the clients of Jake E’s Riding Round Up, and believes joining the Board was a perfect way to broaden her contribution to the organization in a leadership capacity. " I hope to help with more grant writing, and expansion seeking donations. As a Board member I plan to speak to groups about Jake E’s Riding Round Up and the fabulous work being done here."
Jake E's Riding Round Up is a Christian non-profit healing center offering P.E.A.C.E. – People thru Equines Achieving Courage & Empowerment. The Center was established in memory of founder Jana Ewing’s 3-year-old son, Jacob Eli, who died in a tragic, non-equine related accident in April of 2010. The non-profit offers services to a variety of clients in Kaufman, Van Zandt, Smith, Rockwall and Dallas Counties including veterans and at-risk youth as well as elderly and special needs individuals.
"Every life should be valued and each person treated with dignity," says Judy."I have a vested interest in helping further establish the Jake E’s therapeutic programs for veterans because my son is a Marine."
Involved with Jake E’s Riding Round Up for more than a year, Judy's grown daughter Paige Nolan, a Jake E's Riding Instructor, initially introduced her to the Kaufman, Texas-based therapeutic healing center.
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