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Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary Board of Directors

Teresa Jacobs, MPH, Esq., President

Teresa has worked to prevent violence against animals, women, and children for the past decade through state government and national and regional nonprofit organizations.  She has a comprehensive understanding of the root causes of violence, effective primary prevention strategies including social marketing, violence prevention program development, and implementation and evaluation experience.  She has extensive experience facilitating multidisciplinary work groups and is a skilled strategist and effective consensus builder. Teresa is coauthor of The Vegetarian Manifesto. She holds a master's degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the University of Oregon, where she focused on Environmental and Natural Resources Law.

Elizabeth Rice, Vice President

Elizabeth Rice was born in West Texas and lived in different cities within Texas into her early twenties. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration-Accounting in the mid ’70’s from the University of Texas. For the next twenty-two years she completed brief stints in both government & public accounting, although the majority of those years was spent working for Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company in a variety of positions;i.e accounting, distribution/fulfillment and human resources to name a few plus holding a position on the Board of Directors until the Company was purchased in 2002.  

Elizabeth also kept balance in her life by rearing a son and playing a variety of sports from rugby to golf. She is still actively involved in sports and is quite proud of the man her son has become. 

For the last several years, Ms. Rice has focused on mentoring young men & women and sitting on various boards of non-profits and foundations in both Texas and Santa Fe.  She believes passionately in creating community and making it stronger both locally and statewide.

John Verheul, Esq., Co-Founder, Secretary & Treasurer

John has worked for several non-profit organizations as well as two major technology firms where his focus was on transition and project management. He has extensive experience in project analysis, planning and management, and business development. John is the founder and president of JBV Coaching, LLC, a company that specializes in coaching athletes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York and a law degree from the University of New Mexico, where he graduated with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. John practices in the area of Environmental Law, and in 2014 presented on the topic of wild horses in New Mexico at a CLE organized by the Animal Law section of the State Bar of New Mexico.

Russell Lynde, MBA

Russell Lynde is a Financial Analyst with Park West Asset Management, a San Francisco based hedge fund. Prior to Park West, Russell was an Analyst at Copper River Management and Investor Relations manager at General Mills. He has an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in English from Iowa State University. Russell lives in Oakland, CA with his wife, Renske, his two daughters, Myla and Ani, and his dog, Barley.

Karen Lupton

Karen brings over 25 years of experience navigating a variety of business management positions, as well as experience in strategic planning, business systems and process development, project management, small business management. She has served on several non-profit boards and is an advocate of strategic philanthropy, especially in her local community of Santa Fe, NM.  She is a lifelong equine enthusiast having been a horse owner for 21 years and now brings that passion and enthusiasm to the wild horses of Northern New Mexico.

Karen Herman, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Karen has worked in academia and community and governmental organizations as an adjunct professor, clinician, researcher, and administrator to promote action on poverty, violence, animal and human rights, and for progressive social change. She has extensive experience in research, strategic planning, program development and evaluation, teaching, and fund development. Karen currently serves as the director of sexual assault services for New Mexico. She is the author of Art, Violence, & Social Change: Challenging Violence Against Women & Girls Through Entertainment Education, VDM Verlag Press, 2008. Karen brings a deep love of children, animals, and wilderness to the sanctuary.


June 2010 Board retreat in New Mexico


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