Tammy grew up just around the corner from Magical Meadows on a farm where her love for horses started with a pony named Flicka. After high school, she began working in the medical field as a receptionist and medical transcriptionist for 30 years. During her free time, she drove a school bus, and in 2007, she was approached by the family of a young man with autism who rode her bus asking if he could meet her horses. After researching the connection with horses and people with “different” abilities, she began the journey of what is now the Magical Meadows!
Tammy enjoys walks on the beach, boat rides, photographing sunsets, and spending time in nature. She is blessed to have one amazing son, Adam, who lives in the area.
Why Magical Meadows: “Growing up around horses my whole life, I was blessed to begin Magical Meadows to change the lives of those who need us most through therapeutic horseback riding.”
Pastor Carl Adams first visited the Magical Meadows 10 years ago as a caretaker for two residents of Cardinal Services. After seeing the difference that Magical Meadow’s services made, his passion ignited, and he decided to become involved with the organization.
As the Executive Director, Pastor Carl is in charge of the day-to-day operations and he enjoys assisting the riders as they discover the joy of horseback riding.
Pastor Carl is a resident of New Paris and he enjoys spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, and their six children, seven grandchildren, and two cats.
Why Magical Meadows: “Having a love of horses for most my life, I enjoy witnessing the power of healing Magical Meadows brings to people of different abilities.”
Brent is currently working for Columbia City/ Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Department. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Business-Marketing Management and has 20 years of experience in Agriculture and Outdoor power equipment sales. Brent is married to his wife Cindy, and they have two teenage daughters, Nataley and Kendal, and one dog named Willow. Brent’s hobbies include fishing, hunting, and golf.
Why Magical Meadows: “I know firsthand what a positive impact it can have on the riders, including my youngest daughter. The joy, confidence, peace, and inclusion that the riders get from participating is amazing. I feel very fortunate to work with this group at Magical Meadows.”
Barry is 77 years young and has been married to his wife Kathleen for 53 years. They have two adult children and four grandkids. Barry has a 2 year college degree with extra classes and worked for RRDonelley for 48 years.
Why Magical Meadows: “I started at Magical Meadows as a horse walker nearly 15 years ago and have enjoyed serving on the Board ever since.”
Kayla works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Parkview Physicians Group. She graduated with her BSN from Goshen College in 2009 and her MSN from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2015.
Kayla has been married to her husband Nathan for nearly 11 years, and they have two daughters, Adeline age 7, and Blair age 4. They also have one adorable cat named Phyllis. Her family loves playing board games, taking family vacations, and being involved in their church. Kayla also enjoys crafting and creating things such as cross-stitch.
Why Magical Meadows: “My relationship with Magical Meadows started when my youngest daughter began riding weekly. I quickly saw how much of an impact this amazing organization is making. I was honored to be a small part of what they are doing in our community.”
A highly driven sales and marketing professional with over 25 years in the industry, Angie has proven success in management, communications, public relations, and has a true love for nonprofit work. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Management.
Angie currently resides in Warsaw, IN with her husband and two boys. In her free time she enjoys interior design, gardening, time on the lakes, and traveling to new places with her family. In addition to her corporate job, she has a creative marketing business where she loves bringing client dreams to life.
Why Magical Meadows: “Magical Meadows truly touched my heart when I heard the life-changing testimonials that brought hope and healing to people each day.”
JT graduated from Grace College in 2013 where he received bachelor’s degrees in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration. He is currently a financial advisor with Edward Jones. JT is married to his wife, Katie, and they have a son, Theo.
A fun fact about JT is that he is related to Colonel Sanders and an orchid enthusiast. He also enjoys sports (basketball, soccer, spikeball), gardening and houseplants, and running.
Why Magical Meadows: “During high school, we took a class trip to a therapeutic horseback riding center. It was my first exposure to this world and it had a profound impact on me. I always knew I wanted to be able to help at a place like that one day and why I joined Magical Meadows.”
Amy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville, and is currently the Insurance Manager at Miller’s Health Systems where she has been working for over 22 years.
Amy is married to her husband Rob, and he is a United Methodist pastor at Front Porch ministries and Leesburg. They have 3 children—Beth, Brittany, and Anna. The oldest child, Beth, is married to Brad Troyer, and they have 2 children. The middle daughter, Brittany, is married to Matt Ely, and they are expecting their first child.
Why Magical Meadows: “Magical Meadows is a big part of our lives. It is the place where my daughter learned to walk on her own and truly our home away from home.”