SHANNON JOHNSON PERSONENI ~ VICE PRESIDENT
Shannon is the founding member of T.R.O.T.R. and has been here from its inception. She is always smiling and encouraging and is the backbone to our organization. Shannon is a Woodland native and has been involved with horses since the age of five.
She rode on the UCD Eventing team during her senior year in high school and then on the University of Oregon Hunter/Jumper team throughout college. She continues to ride English and pursue personal goals in 3-day eventing. Shannon can be seen around the ranch teaching lessons, driving the tractor and is always available if the need arises.
Professionally, Shannon has her MBA and is the full-time director of the WISE Foundation, a non-profit, international educational program.
KATHLEEN WALTON ~ VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Kathleen began English riding lessons in the hunt country of Virginia at age 6 and as a teenager she competed in neighborhood horse shows in equitation classes on the flat and jumping 3 ft. fences in the Green Working Hunter division. At age 8, she received her first pony, 28 year-old Cupcake, veteran of many summer camp programs, and from him she learned pretty much all the ways a horse can remove its rider and, most importantly, how to fall off safely. After Cupcake, she learned patience while training negative behaviors out of other people’s’ horses.
She continued riding classes in college, but once she was on her own economically, riding lessons didn’t fit the budget. She and her husband moved to Woodland in 1994 for his job at UCD and she was a stay-at-home mom to her 3 children for 15 years, volunteering for the Woodland Toy Library, Formerly Employed Mothers At the Leading Edge, American Association of University Women, the Jane Austen Society, and as a helper in her children’s elementary classrooms, in Cub Scout summer twilight camps, and did her shifts in the snack bar at Cal Ripken baseball games.
In 2006, she was co-organizer of the all-donations food tent during the Ferns Park rebuild in Woodland. She has worked as a lunch lady at Pioneer High School since 2010 and has supervised Saturday morning stall cleaners at T.R.O.T.R. since 2011, joining the board of directors as Volunteer Coordinator in 2013.
DEBBIE SHOUP ~ VOLUNTEER CO-COORDINATOR
Debbie has a lifetime love of horses, starting with jumping lessons in elementary school, summer ranch camp, and one glorious summer with a pony at her grandparents’ house. Once she and her husband Bob had their son Joseph, she didn’t have as much free time, but still managed to get in a couple of visits a year to her parents’ house in Western PA where they have a couple of horses and the whole family would go on long dreamy trail rides throughout the neighboring countryside.
Debbie is a lifelong volunteer having tutored at-risk youth in Chicago, served on the Davis Junior Blue Devil and then Davis High School football boards during most of Joseph’s long youth sports career, facilitated youth job internships, sewn several hundred COVID-19 masks, and dressed up as the Easter Bunny for kids in her grandmother’s costume each year (which she still does!). Debbie also really enjoys her work life, where she has worked since 1997 at CaseTrakker helping to create medical care management software.
Once Joseph went off to college, Debbie started getting more and more involved with her horse heart place: TROTR! There she relishes working with the animals and the people and says they both “fill her bucket to the brim.” She is pictured here with a couple of her good buddies: Joe and Horace.
SHERRY SUE MACKAY ~ TREASURER
Sherry has been a lover of horses her entire life. As a young woman she and her best friend, who had horses, would ride everyday after school and all throughout the summer.
She grew up in Ukiah and moved to Woodland in 1979. In the 80’s and 90’s she had two beautiful children and in 2001 welcomed her first Grandchild and became an official Grandma. She is now the Grandmother of five Grandchildren and one
Great-Grandchild. She returned to school, worked various jobs, all the while hoping she would one day have her dream horse.
In 2010 she started volunteering at T.R.O.T.R. every Saturday. During that first year she found her dream horse in Havana! (Havana was a rescue from the PMU Mills and was one of T.R.O.T.R.’s residents.) Shortly after meeting Havana she decided to adopt her.
That same year she was invited to live on the T.R.O.T.R. site as the Daily Feeder. That was in 2010 and to this day she is still with her dream horse, Havana. She had a second horse, Ella, who passed in 2014. Her equine family now includes a mini, Firefly. 2014 was challenging, as she was also diagnosed with Breast Cancer. 2019 brought her a fulfilling position with Walter's House, a residential treatment facility, working as staff support.
Sherry is a valuable asset to our T.R.O.T.R. team serving on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer. She’s been a Vegan since June of 2017. “Living her Dream, Feeding her Soul…”