MMSC Staff

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Susanna Thomas
Executive Director

Susanna Thomas has a lifetime of experience in horsemanship, journalism and civic work. Raised in New York and Europe, Susanna has a degree from Princeton University in Comparative Literature. She worked at Random House Publishers and has a career spanning nearly three decades as an equine journalist writing for publications such as Equus, The Horse Journal, Spur, The Thoroughbred Times, and The Blood Horse, to name a few. She has worked in editorial capacities for EAGALA in Practice, The Horse Journal, and Bluegrass Magazine. She has been deeply involved at the state level in such civic issues as farmland preservation and context sensitive traffic design. A lifelong horsewoman, she has taught riding, competed in dressage and hunt seat, and tried many equestrian disciplines from foxhunting to carriage driving and riding sidesaddle. She developed the Horse Centered Reschooling Program® and applies this holistic interdisciplinary system to every horse at the MMSC. She and her husband live on a farm in Mercer County.


Lori Tobin
Office Manager

Lori came to the MMSC in the summer of 2012 and for almost a year donated her time in the MMSC office before she was hired in the spring of 2013. A lawyer by profession, she relocated from Washington, D.C., to Lexington in 2008 to be closer to her family and started her own law practice. She then migrated into teaching law, and ultimately found her way to the MMSC. Although she had no experience with horses or the horse industry, she found herself immediately drawn to the OTTBs at the MMSC and to the MMSC’s mission.“I saw an opportunity to apply my professional skills and my talents for organizing and minding the details to a very worthy cause.I am also excited by the prospect of helping a young organization develop and grow, especially one like the MMSC that gives so much back to the equine community.”


Catherine Flowers
Program Coordinator

Catherine came to the MMSC in 2012 first as a volunteer, then for an internship, then…for another internship! She graduated in May 2013 from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky with a degree in Equine Management and came on as a full-time staff member at the MMSC soon after. Catherine has been riding hunter/jumpers since the age of 12 at a local stable near her home in Dallas, TX. She came to Kentucky hoping to work with Thoroughbreds and is now doing what she calls a "dream job". In addition to assisting with the overall operation of the MMSC from horses to interns to the office, Catherine runs the MMSC's social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter and the website, and she can frequently be found behind the camera lens taking pictures and videos of all the goings on at the MMSC. "I feel blessed to work at the MMSC," Catherine says. "There are so many horses that come off the track every year for one reason or another, and it is wonderful to be able to help the ones that come into our barn make the transition more smoothly. I love getting to know their unique personalities and finding out what they want to be when they grow up, and that moment when they choose their person is absolutely magical!"


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Bailee Bast
Barn Manager

Bailee has been working with horses for most of her life on her family farm in Illinois. She first came to the MMSC as a Communications Intern in the fall of 2015.  After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a Marketing and Communications degree in 2016, she decided to pursue her passion with horses. Bailee joined the MMSC team full time in the spring of 2017, and adopted her horse Never Ready from the MMSC in September of 2017.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joe Miller, President

Dorothy Crowell, Vice President

Michael Michalisin, Treasurer

Alys Emson, Secretary

Nina Bonnie

Melanie Hollands

Sally Lockhart

John Pohl

Consulting Members of the Board

Dr. W. True Baker
Jerry Gonzalez
Steve Koch
Tik Maynard
Judy Miller
Rosie Napravnik
Mimi Porter
Louise Riggio
Colleen Rutledge
Fran Taylor
Bernie Traurig