Board

Toni Erickson – Board Chair 

Somer Brady – Vice Chair and Business development director

Bonita Esquibel- Treasurer 

Amy Ronzani- Secretary

 

 

Steve Bennett – member

Marian Hobbs – member

Shauna White – member

Rhonda Hatfield – member

Kim Swaney

Founder/ Executive Director

Kim grew up in a military family, frequently moving from place to place until she was 12 years old with an older sister, and a special needs little brother who has since passed. Settling in Colorado was a blessing as this was where she eventually met her husband, Chris, of 29 years. Together they are raising 3 beautiful, smart and talented daughters. Kim is compassionate and heart centered.

Kim is the founder of Happiness Through Horses. She finds the work challenging and very rewarding. Her life and professional experiences with children solidifies her passion to spending life dedicated to the well being of children, and young adults in her community.  We started this foundation to bring much needed resources to families that normally would not have the opportunities to heal and learn through horses. This work allows Kim to bring her favorite things (Horses) together with her calling and passion which is kids. Our work with at risk youth has just begun. “We are so excited to be on the path to changing many lives for the better that will not only impact families but whole communities.”

Kim has worked in many professional worlds, banking, retail, childcare, veterinary assistant, Property inspection and preservation and held many nonprofit volunteer positions.  Her life experiences have helped her become an expert in the field of youth development. In 2016 Kim was honored to be nominated and chosen as one of the Women of Vision through The Women of Influence in northern Colorado. In her spare time, Kim likes to spend quality time with her family and friends traveling and creating life experiences. Being Philanthropic at heart, Kim believes strongly in collaboration and being involved in various ways to be of service to other people with challenges in life.

Rhonda Hatfield – member

Rhonda is the mother to a 25 year old daughter who is employed by CSU and also a host mom to a 17 year old Canadian exchange student. Rhonda see’s the value in helping our kids who don’t always have resources to get them through the daily processes of being a kid.

She possesses several years of nonprofit, and management experience, has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources. Rhonda has a passion to assist those kids in our community to be healthy and happy and is committed to providing to HTH any of her personal skills and knowledge to help bring this opportunity to our community.

Rhonda currently serves as the National Director of the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

Steve Bennett – member

Steve was born and raised in St Augustine Florida, where he lived until joining the Army in 1991. Steve was in for a total of 10 years and served in a variety of locations across the globe, up until 2001. Due to injuries whiles serving he was rated as a disabled veteran. Steve used his veterans benefits to earn a BS degree in Environmental Management.  He currently teaches wildland fire for Colorado State University, on military installations around the country who have wildland fire and urban interface issue. In between classes, Steve actively deploy on wildfires in a variety of leadership roles. He am married and has a 25-year-old daughter who still lives in Florida. Steve’s beautiful wife, Heather, is a realtor with The Colorado Real Estate Group.

“My interest in HTH is primarily rooted in the organization’s focus on teaching leadership. With so much of my work being rooted in leadership training and my own struggles with PTSD and finding purpose, I am equipped with a unique set of mental tools that could help these kids understand the concept of resistance and how to combat it through mindfulness and regaining their self-esteem. These kids need tools to help get themselves re-centered and find a sense of purpose. Whatever situation they are in, it is simply not their fault. They need to know that, and I want to help ensure that happens. “

Toni Erickson – Board Chair

Toni Erickson, MSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist, life and relationship coach, educator, and writer. Currently, she is very excited to be part of Happiness Through Horses serving as Chair of the Board of Directors.

Between the ages of eight and thirteen Toni’s family owned seven horses which were boarded about an hour’s drive from her home in Salt Lake City. This began her love affair with these wonderful animals. Her favorite horses were Peanuts, her very own brown and white Paint, and Sport, a retired race horse of her father’s.

Toni raised four outstanding children who now have families of her own. Many of those years were as a single parent. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and worked as a medical social work at the University of Utah Hospital.

In 1990 she married her wonderful husband Eric and moved to Boulder where she has had a private practice for the past 28 years. Professionally, Toni has worked with children, couples, and families. She was a mediator and child custody evaluator/special advocate for several years; and she also created and taught a program for divorcing parents for over six years called “Hope for Our Children.”

Now semi-retired, she has an opportunity to pursue many of her varied interests which include: family, music, writing, art, pottery, nature, gardening, reading, her spiritual path, and of course horses.  Her book, Keeping Romance Alive After Children Arrive, was printed and released in early 2017.

Somer Brady – Vice Chair and Business development director

Somer is a skilled business manager who serves as operations director for a large 24/7 veterinary hospital, a position she has held since 2007. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and is a certified Professional in Human Resources. She is determined to help others find their inner strength and allow that strength (rather than past or present struggles) define and drive them. 

As a teen and young adult Somer experienced firsthand the life changing effects of bonding with horses when she was fortunate enough to own two of her own. She believes those horses and their associated friendship, responsibility and trust, played a huge role in helping her develop the leadership skill set she has today. Somer is thrilled to be a part of Happiness Through Horses and to be able to help children find fulfillment in the same way she did. 

In her spare time, Somer spends as much time at our barn as possible! She lives in Frederick with her husband and two children. She has a special interest in nutrition, and runs a small business promoting health and wellness in her community. She enjoys camping, fishing, running, traveling, and experiencing life with her husband and kids by her side. 

Shauna White – member

21 years old, raised in Cheyenne Wyoming. Graduating from Skyline High School May of 2013. Currently attending Colorado state university continuing her journey in becoming an Agricultural Education teacher. Shauna has served as president of the St. Vrain Valley FFA chapter with a deep love for all agriculture. She has been riding and working with all kinds of horses from top race horses to neglected and abused horses for the past 9 years. Her love for them led her to a mustang 400lbs under weight and untouched by humans, which she has trained to be her partner in crime and teacher to all.
– My goal is to make a difference in someone’s life every day!
– My dream horse is a Dark Bay Thoroughbred Gelding.