Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

Jerry TuckerJerold V. Tucker – Chairman of the Board Jerry is the founder of Global Coaching. He is an executive coach as well as a learning development professional with over 30 years’ experience in a wide range of education, training, and executive development areas. His innovations in leadership development and organizational transformation have been highlighted in numerous publications, including Harvard Business Review.

As Chief Learning Officer for GTE, Jerry provided leadership to executives during the time when the corporation became a global telecommunications competitor. He led a business transformation process for domestic and international businesses and the reengineering of GTE’s education and training processes. His successes were profiled in bestsellers such as Reengineering The Training Function, Extraordinary Gurarantees, and Mass Customization. In addition, his culture change initiative to align and integrate key strategic business initiatives in GTE received the American Society for Training and Development’s “Excellence in Practice” award. An advisor for the Training and Development Handbook, he has authored and co-authored numerous manuals and guides for executives and managers.

Jerry’s achievements have been widely recognized. His efforts in business development for a nature center were recognized with a CLIO award in the non-profit sector. He also helped develop the Arizona Accord, a set of guidelines for ethics in amateur athletics, spearheaded by the Josephson Institute of Ethics. Jerry also serves on the Advisory Board for Pepperdine University’s doctoral programs in the College of Education and Psychology.

Karen Pomroy – Board President Letter from the President Like many young children, I grew up loving animals, especially horses. I remember spending hours with my horses, brushing them, hugging them, jumping on their bare backs in the open field. My best memories were just being with them. I graduated from college with a BS in Business and Marketing which led me to various positions in the corporate world. The love of animals, and the need to help them continued to grow over the years. I would wake up every morning thinking of ways I could make a difference in animals’ lives, especially in the lives of horses. I knew the world was full of animal abuse, and knew that some day I needed to make a difference.In 1994, I quit my job and backpacked around the world for 18 months, primarily in third world countries. As I traveled, I saw how so many animals were mistreated, and realized that it was time for me to follow my heart. This trip changed my life. I knew I had to follow my path and leave the corporate world behind.I began by volunteering for a wild horse sanctuary in California, becoming part of the grass roots movement to help wild horses. The experience I gained from working with the horses, and being part of this new organization, was beyond my imagination. During this time, I learned about the plight of horses, all horses in America. I learned about the Premarin industry, the plight of Premarin mares and foals, and knew in my heart, that some day I would have a rescue and sanctuary to help the horses and to educate women about Premarin and natural alternatives to Premarin.Our companion animals are suffering needlessly, and because of this I have decided to start Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary™, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping save Premarin mares and foals from slaughter. The four babies we rescued in April, 2004, have brought so much joy to our lives. Like us, they are all very different, in color, personality and needs. I feel blessed to have saved them from a terrible fate, and welcome all of you to view them on our web site and to come and meet them in person

.Cindy MarcotteCindy Marcotte – Vice President A graduate from Cornell University with a BS in animal science and communications, Cindy has balanced a career in advertising in New York City and is dedicating her free time to the arts of dressage and eventing. Cindy’s passion for animals started at a young age. Her first horse, Smokey Joe, taught her how building a relationship with horses can be the most gratifying experience for a human and how they can truly become our best friend. Today, Cindy has a Throughbred and a Canadian Sporthorse as part of her circle of friends.

Cindy is also active in local animal welfare organizations, including Pegasus Foundation, and takes a strong interest in the BRLA and Westchester Land Trust whose purpose is to retain open land for equestrian activities.

Her appointment to the board of Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary™, Inc. is an honor and she welcomes the opportunity to help the organization succeed in its mission to educate individuals of the truth behind the Premarin industry.

JackieCheddarJackie Cuyler – Board Secretary is currently serving as Equine Voices volunteer coordinator. A lifelong resident of northern Virginia, Jackie began volunteering with Equine Voices in 2004 during a short stay in Arizona. After retiring from twenty years in law enforcement she has two passions, a love for every living creature, which she learned from her mother, and a love of history. Jackie currently has two feline friends, Katie Scarlett and Bobbie Lee.

Dr. Carolyn CrowderDr. Carolyn Crowder – Board Member Carolyn Crowder, PH.D is a licensed psychologist and has lived and practiced in the Tucson area (now in Tubac) for the past 30 years. She received her doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1980. Since then she has worked in many different settings including juvenile court, public schools, university counseling centers, Las Familias and the Department of Corrections.

Dr. Crowder specializes in parent training and is an Adlerian practitioner. She works with families to establish respectful, effective childrearing methods that are neither autocratic nor indulgent. She also maintains a small private practice and enjoys giving lectures about Adlerian principles to groups of parents, teachers and mental health professionals. Her current interest is the excesssive psychotropic drugging of children for behavioral problems.

Dr. Crowder has appeared on 20/20, Today, The Early Show, Dateline, NPR, and Liftime Live as well as many local TV and radio programs throughout the country. She is the author of three parenting books, the national bestseller Backtalk (1998), Whining (2000) and Eating, Sleeping and Getting Up (2002.)

Mike Duffy Mike Duffey – Board Member Assigned to the Community Outreach Department for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), Mike brings his vast expertise to bear through field investigations, speaking engagements and law enforcement training. Mike spent thirty four years with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department before his retirement in 2007. During this time, Mike served thirty two years as a SWAT member and instructor, twelve years as a paramedic and eight years as a hostage negotiator.

Mike is a founding member of the Arizona Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona (ACT), the state’s first and largest animal protection coalition. Under Mike’s leadership, ACT received the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s Pet Protector Grand Prize Award for 2003. Mike also won the prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association’s Humanitarian of the Year Award for 2004 for his dedication to protecting animals.

Michael Hutchison, DVM – Board Member Michael D. Hutchison, DVM, cVMA, left Arizona for the first time to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University. Following his graduation in 1993 he and his family moved to Tucson. After working in a private practice for two years he ventured out on his own to start Madera Veterinary Hospital, a mixed-animal practice in the Rita Ranch area of Tucson. In 2008 Michael branched out to specialize in veterinary medical acupuncture, returning to Tucson to start Pegasus Equine Veterinary Service. As Pegasus, Michael currently treats horses in the greater Tucson area with acupuncture and holistically conventional veterinary medical care.


Ted Wilson – Ranch Manager
Ted Wilson grew up on his family’s cattle ranch on the border in southern Arizona where he developed a deep love and respect for the outdoors and animals of all kinds. After his school year, he found and married his best friend in 1981. Over the years has enjoyed working as an on air radio personality, communications technician and finally owner of a woodwind manufacturing shop. He and his beautiful wife moved back to the Santa Cruz Valley in 2001 and thankfully found Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary. Their family has grown to include a beautiful Arab gelding named Mikey and a young sorrel mare named Lacey, both of which they adopted from Equine Voices. Ted states that every moment at the ranch is a joy and privilege and is very fortunate to be able to stand alongside the greatest coworkers and volunteers he has ever known.

Angie Wilson – Executive Assistant
Angie Wilson has worked in a professional office environment for over thirty five years and has extensive experience with managing people, accounting, real estate and various administrative and managerial duties. Angie brings with her a strong attention-to-detail, strong organizational skills, and a passion for all life, especially the innocent. Angie began volunteering for Equine Voices in 2009 and since has adopted two special horses, Mikey and Lacey who are now part of her family. Angie is delighted to be working at a place which has a higher purpose and looks forward to helping those equines in need.

Advisory Board

Photo courtesy of Lori Faith Merritt

Photo courtesy of Lori Faith Merritt

Anna Twinney
Anna Twinney is a Natural Horsemanship Trainer, certified Reiki Master and animal communicator. Since being discovered by world-renowned Horse Whisperer “Monty Roberts”, Anna became the only person ever to be entrusted with the title of Head Instructor at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center in California. As the founder of the Reach Out to Horses® program based in Golden, Colorado her expertise is sought by equestrian centers, trainers, managers, breeders, sanctuaries, therapists and amateurs alike. Anna travels world-wide conducting classes and clinics to educate people & horses on gentle communication techniques while showing them how to have a true trust-based relationship. Anna has been featured on Martha Stewart’s “Living” TV show and in a BBC documentary, she also writes for national & international equine magazines. Anna brings a wealth of knowledge to her clinics – drawing upon a life-time of equine experience, and a decade of coaching thousands of international students. Anna is unique in her field as she solely works in the horses’ own language. She is not only one of the world’s leading teachers, but her interest in the “Language of Equus” has led her to focus increasingly on the power of animal communication to strengthen and deepen our relationships with all species. Her DVD series “Reach Out to Natural Horsemanship” launched on Horse TV January 2007.

Dr. Simon Escalada DVM
Dr. Simon Escalada graduated from Colorado State University in 1973. Born in Nogales Arizona, Dr. Escalada has been practicing large and small animal veterinary care for over 35 years. He owns and runs his own practice helping small animals in Nogales, AZ and travels long distances to treat our equine friends.

Dr. Escalada has been working with Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary since 2004.

Donald Large, Attorney

Donald Large – Attorney
Donald Large is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona College of Law, and Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Or. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on land use, real estate, water rights and environmental law. He was one of the first environmental lawyers in the late 1960’s, representing the Sierra Club in cases in the United States Supreme Court and several Circuit Courts. He also served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and participated as a prosecutor in one of the celebrated My Lai war crimes prosecutions. He grew up in a family that raced trotters and pacers, including world champions Adios Don and Manton Hanover, and says he learned the valuable skill of shoveling horse manure at an early age.

Rod Raymond D.A.c.
Rod’s training in acupuncture began in 1985 at the California Acupuncture College in Santa Barbara, CA. In 1987, he received his clinical training in acupuncture and laser therapy certifications at the World Health Organization’s Open University for Complimentary Medicines, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Rod subsequently received his doctorate in complimentary medicines (specializing in acupuncture) from this same institution in 1989.

Rod and wife, Maggie, operated a human acupuncture clinic in Mulege, Mexico from 1989-91.

Rod’s equine training and experience began in Mexico and continued in Del Mar, CA, where he was under the tutelage of equine specialist, Chris Ross, D.V.M.

Maggie O’Brien E.S.M.T.
Maggie is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (EquiTouch Systems), trained laser and red light therapist, and certified Reiki Master (Sensei).

Rod and Maggie’s Bio-Energetic Therapies began on the Central Coast of CA in late 1991. They worked for seven years (1997-2003) on the “A” hunter/jumper horse show circuit, and regularly worked throughout Northern California, Oregon and Washington. In 2004, they made the decision to continue their work closer to home (Central Coast of CA). The team works in concert with a number of local veterinarians.

Janice Parker
Janice has been growing her own herbs and making her own tinctures since she was sixteen and has been rescuing and rehabilitating animals for the past 28 years.

In 1991, while Janice had a shop in Utah selling her clothing line, Canyon Clothing, she began rescuing dogs and keeping them behind her shop. Realizing there was a need for an animal control officer for the town of Springdale, Janice went to the city and offered to put kennels in her backyard in order to help abused, stray and unwanted dogs. She and a handful of individuals later formed the Zion Animal Lovers Humane Society and the first dog pound in Springdale, Utah.

Janice continued her healing work with animals by taking T-Touch Classes offered by Linda Tellington-Jones and became interested in working with homeopathic remedies, flower essences and essential oils. She not only healed herself, but healed many animals with these modalities and working with her natural herbs and home made tinctures. Realizing the incredible amount of horse abuse in her area, she then began working with horse. From 1994-1998 Janice worked in conjunction with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in the rehabilitation of mammals.

She is a graduate of the Desert Institute and is a certified Shiatzu Practitioner. Janice has also studied Chinese medicine and Chinese food cures and is a second level Reiki practitioner. Janice is also a member of the American Oriental Bodywork Association (AOBTA).

In addition to her healing work, Janice has been designing and manufacturing her own clothing line and has been designing her own jewelry since 1988. Janice resides in Oregon with her ten dogs, three horses, two cats and three exotic birds.

Scott R. Meyer, CPA
Scott has been a resident of Tucson since 1969 and is a graduate of the University of Arizona as an undergraduate in 1975 and with a master’s degree in accounting in 1984. Scott has been a practicing Arizona CPA for 22 years, the last 11 being self-employed in his own practice. Scott specializes in providing tax, auditing and consulting services for individuals and small to medium size businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Scott has been active in the community service arena throughout his career, having been a member of the Kiwanis De Amigos since 1988 and has served on nonprofit boards such as Lighthouse YMCA, Friends of Saguaro National Park and HOPE. Through his church Scott is currently active in missions-related activities, including spearheading a quarterly service project for the Tucson Community Food Bank.