John Fink, M.D. was elected President. Dr. Fink is a retired OB/GYN doctor and now calls Hondo, Texas home. Dr. Fink brings extensive board of director experience to his new leadership position. Dr. Fink is a Navy veteran and served during the Vietnam War. Dr. Fink is graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School where he earned his medical degree.
Beth Anderson was elected Secretary. Beth is an avid horse owner and brings a wealth of horsemanship experience to the board, as well as, serving on numerous board of directors. Beth holds a Masters Degree from the University of Houston in Exercise Science, and is a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist
Dave Howell was elected Treasurer. Dave, who hails from San Antonio, Texas is a previous finance director and brings extensive board experience, as well as, served as audit committee member for the American Heart Association. Dave is an Air Force veteran earning combat medals in the Vietnam War and Gulf War. Dave earned his Masters of Science Degree in Quality form the National Graduate School.
Kirstin Shine was elected to the board and subsequently appointed as Volunteer Program Manager. In this position Kristin recruits new volunteers as walkers and leaders for riders. Kirstin attend Texas A&M, and has worked diligently in the field of civil engineering ever since. Kirstin hails from Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas and is also an avid horse owner, participating in riding competition.
Cody Friesenhahn was elected to the board. Cody, originally from Devine, Texas grew up around horses. After Junior College he went on to become a champion bull rider on the PBR Circuit. He has awards from across the State of Texas, and now devotes his time to family and business. Cody is currently engaged in the sales and integration of commercial HVAC systems, and now lives in Helotes, Texas.
The mission of Upward Transitions is to enhance the lives of people with physical, emotional and mental challenges through horse-related programs and a dedicated community. The goal is to provide the environment and program that allows the rider to achieve a maximum independence their circumstances will allow.
For individuals with mental or emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self esteem.
Everyone who volunteers at UTTH is dedicated to serving children and adults to achieve the success that comes from horsemanship. UTTH recently held their Warrior Day for the Wounded Warrior Project, and a special event for Ms. Wheelchair America 2013, Mariah Kilbourne of Converse, Texas.
Fro more information about serving, donating or learning more about Upward Transitions Therapeutic Horsemanship, contact UTTH Executive Director, Amber Higgs at amber@upward-