Want to Join Our Management Team?

Contact Molly Scannell,
Interim Executive Director,
at 415-662-2488 or email.

“It is a blessing to have a place for my son to ride a horse with such care and love. We cherish the smiles of the people at the ranch, especially adult riders who are comfortable just being themselves. They are beautiful and I see my son’s future smile.”

Meet Our Management Team

Our Staff

Molly Scannell, Executive Director.
Molly was a volunteer with Halleck Creek in her youth. She has an Animal Science degree from Cal Poly and served an internship with Hoofbeats, a therapeutic riding program in Virginia. She came back to Halleck Creek as a part-time instructor, working her way up to Program Director in 2007 and Interim Executive Director in December 2016. She brings a long history of community service, horsemanship and passion for therapeutic riding to her position. She is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

Brenda Falco, Program Director.
Brenda is a CHA certified riding instructor, teaching both English and Western disciplines, and is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. She brings over 30 years of equine experience to Halleck Creek, including teaching, riding, training and leading trail rides. She enjoys spending time riding on the trails of Marin with Reno, the Quarter Horse she has owned since 2010. Her favorite part of being on the Halleck Creek team is seeing her students succeed in achieving their riding goals and feeling confident with their equine friends.

Saga McIsaac, Instructor.
Saga has had a love for horses ever since she took her first riding lesson at the age of four. She joined Marin Country Pony Club shortly after, learning about horse management and continuing with riding lessons. She has 3 horses of her own – Pretzel, a quarter horse, Daisy, a draft and rescue horse, and Andy, her retired 37 year old childhood pony. She joined the Halleck Creek team in 2012 as a Saturday instructor and a summer camp instructor.

Julia Clayton, Instructor.
Julia began volunteering at Halleck Creek in 2013. After lending a steady hand on weekends and special events such as the Annual Horse Show and Marin County Fair, she became an assistant riding instructor in October of 2016. Julia is an avid equestrian, having grown up doing 4-H with her Arabian horse, and currently rides with a top hunter/jumper show barn on the Peninsula. Julia is honored to work with Halleck Creek because she understands the enormous physical and emotional benefits that come with being around horses and loves being able to help our riders experience the same.

Timothy Dempsey, Instructor
Tim served in law enforcement as a San Francisco police inspector and Sonoma County district attorney investigator for over 35 years, combined. He volunteered at Equi-Ed (Therapeutic Riding Program) for 5 years, helping them with their facilities construction and maintenance. He is now semi-retired. He has a professional certificate in Equine Science, is a sitting board member with the California Mounted Officers Association and is on the statewide mounted police training staff, certifying new officers to mounted patrol duties. He is an avid rider, competing in extreme cowboy challenge races, team penning, team sorting, ranch cutting and trail trials.

Jordan Stanton, Volunteer Coordinator.
Jordan has been passionate about horses and helping others all of her life. She has over 17 years of nonprofit experience, including co-founding and running organizations and building volunteer teams. She is also a community educator and through this has worked with diverse populations ranging from youth in the juvenile justice system to leaders in corporate America. She is an avid horsewoman and teaches riding lessons to youth at Morning Star Farms in Novato, CA. Five years ago, she discovered Buck Brannaman’s style of horsemanship and has been attending his clinics ever since. Her love for horses and people is at the heart of all she does and she is thrilled to be part of the Halleck Creek Ranch team.

Tyler Poppe, Ranch Caretaker
Tyler is a West Marin native who joined the Halleck Creek team as a volunteer in February 2015, proving early on his commitment to helping make a difference. Working alongside the ranch caretaker at the time, he learned how to care for Halleck Creek’s horses and about the necessary upkeep of a 60-acre ranch. In November 2015 the ranch caretaker decided to step down and Tyler took her place and joined HCR as an employee. He enjoys contributing to Halleck Creek through his knowledge and understanding of construction and his dedication to hard work.

Olivia Falco, Youth Intern
Olivia has been a volunteer at Halleck Creek since 2013 and has loved building relationships with the riders and horses here at the ranch. She has been working with horses for over ten years, spends much of her free time riding her own Quarter Horse, and has served as President of her local equine 4H club in Novato. Olivia is a senior at Marin Catholic High School and hopes to continue serving her community through organizations like Halleck Creek throughout her life.

Board of Directors

Dan Steadman, President
Novato, CA
Dan first became involved with Halleck Creek Ranch when he was asked to be a judge at the annual Halleck Creek horse show. He has been a local business executive in Marin County since 1985 and currently serves as an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors of Hennessy Advisors in Novato, CA. He joined the Board in June of 2012.

Rick Lind, Vice President
Santa Rosa, CA
Rick is a professional potter whose son Ben has been riding at Halleck Creek Ranch since 1987. He has been a member of the Halleck Creek Board of Directors since 1993.

Roger Peters, Treasurer
Mill Valley, CA
An attorney retired from PG&E, Roger is involved in various environmental and energy projects and in non-profit activities. He is currently on the Board of the Valley of the Moon Alliance and a member of the Audit Committee at The Redwoods. Roger has been a member of the Halleck Creek Board of Directors since 2008.

Selina Wajnowski, Secretary
San Rafael, CA
Volunteer for ranch and facilities. Her son Zachary has been enjoying the therapeutic benefits of riding at Halleck Creek since 2000, and especially enjoys the trail rides. She and her husband love Halleck’s welcoming and inclusive community and the uniquely beautiful setting of the ranch. She has been a member of the Board since 2010.

Nancy Brookshire
Mill Valley, CA
Volunteer for ranch and facilities, Nancy first came to the ranch in 2000 looking for a place to keep an abandoned donkey she had adopted, and has been an integral part of Halleck Creek ever since. She spearheads Halleck Creek’s recycling program, bringing in thousands of dollars each year to support facilities repairs as well as scholarships for riders. She joined the Board in 2002.

A.J. Hennessy
Petaluma, CA
Vice President at Hennessy Funds, A.J. began his philanthropic work by volunteering in local classrooms and charity events. He was introduced to Halleck Creek in 2013 when he was asked to be a judge at Halleck Creek’s annual horse show. He serves as a committee member for the Novato Community Hospital and is a member of the Sonoma Country Trailblazers. A.J. joined the Board in 2016.

Dino Ielmorini
Hicks Valley, CA
Dino comes from a fifth generation dairy ranching family that still maintains a dairy in Nicasio Valley. A certified welder and mechanic since graduating from college, he has been a licensed general contactor for almost 20 years specializing in steel-covered horse arenas and ranch barns. Dino was introduced to Halleck Creek when he was asked to give an assessment of the ranch structures. With a large animal, ranch maintenance and construction background, he hopes to bring that knowledge and experience to help the Halleck Creek facility continue with its forward movement. He joined the Board in 2014.

Pete Irving
Petaluma, CA
Son of Duane Irving, a founder of Halleck Creek Ranch, Pete was born and raised on the Halleck Creek property until he was 18 years old, when he went off to college. After graduating from San Diego State with a degree in Environmental Economics, he has worked for United Van Lines for the last 22 years. He joined the Board in 2013.

Claudia Johnson, Director Emeritus
Covington, WA
Claudia started as a rider at Halleck Creek in 1979 and has provided critical input to the program from a riding and historical perspective. She joined the Board in 1995 and was Board Secretary until May of 2016. She continues to assist staff with program and volunteer communications.

David Lambert
San Rafael, CA
Dave first heard about Halleck Creek from his daughter Jennifer’s physical therapists. They have been coming to the ranch since 1997 and have watched the Ranch grow and become an outstanding facility for all persons with disabilities to enjoy being outdoors and around horses and other animals. He has been a board member since 2005.

Jean-Denis Ncho-Oguie
Novato, CA
Novato native Jean-Denis and his wife became part of the Halleck Creek family in 2016 when they brought their 4 year old daughter Elena to ride at the ranch. He and his family feel blessed to have found an organization as inclusive as Halleck Creek Ranch. A licensed CPA at Deloitte & Touche LLP, he joined the Board in 2016.

Bob Reyff
San Rafael, CA
A Deputy Attorney General in California’s Department of Justice, Bob began volunteering at Halleck Creek with his daughter Libby and wife Sydney in 2006. He joined the Board in 2008.

Advisory Council

Dr. Bill Barboni, DVM
Hicks Valley, CA

Patrick J. McNeil, Esq.
San Rafael, CA

Dennis O’Connell
San Rafael, CA

M. Hunter Spencer
Nicasio, CA