Meet Our Volunteers

Apr 23, 2024Blog, Volunteer Spotlight

Becky Thormhalen

Becky Thormhalen

Becky has been instrumental in getting us “noticed” by all kinds of media! We asked her if she could do anything to help with future fundraising and with her 10 year experience in having her own dog rescue in Panama, she knows what to do to widen our reach to the public by getting us a story in The Astorian and a recent letter that she wrote to KGW TV that prompted them to come interview us for a story! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHYYYGvhMS8)

Westside Goat Girls

Linda Williams

Owner of Westside Goat Girl LLC and her friend (now ours, too!), Laura Bujjoni, have volunteered  by being  “goat farriers” to our 4 goats several times in the last year. Linda also found us a stanchion that was donated which keeps the goats contained while having their hooves done by our team of two, Linda and Laura!

Linda Jones

Linda Jones

Shown here with her friend Becky Thormhalen, Linda has been out several times to groom and socialize with our horses and minis along with Becky. She and Becky also bought and donated halters for our mini donkeys!

Gordon Sahnow

Gordon Sahnow

After reading about us in The Vernonia’s Voice, Gordon reached out to us to donate his vast building experience by helping to build structures, gates and more. He had never been a “horse person”, but has found that he really loves being around them in the barn in between projects. He has also helped with our Community Outreach program when fences needed to be repaired for an older local resident with two horses.

Devon Burton

Devon Burton

Devon is very familiar with some of our original rescues, as she was a caregiver for them for about a year before they came to our sanctuary. She loves to come and walk our minis, Annie and Sophie, but her real heartthrob is Jethro, our mini donkey! 

Aubrey Johnson

Aubrey Johnson

Aubrey’s mom, Tiffany Steinweg, is one of our care provider staff and Aubrey has an extensive working knowledge of horses and is very flexible in what she can do for us at OGR. Grooming, walking, socializing, setting up food, and other menial tasks in the barns. When she’s not doing these chores, she’s also watching our “youngest” volunteer, her 1&1/2 year old sister, Irelyn, who also helps by walking our minis with her mom! 

Sue and Bob

Sue Mohnkern and Bob Bevan

They are local neighbors from Fishhawk Lake who have worn several hats since they started volunteering for OGR. They helped set up our WIFI system in our office. They help with animal care whenever needed; grooming, walking and Sue sometimes pitches in to help prepare the feed and mucks stalls, too.

Lisa Freselli

Lisa Freselli

A local neighbor of ours living at Fishhawk Lake, Lisa has a kind and gentle spirit that works well one-on-one with the animals here at OGR. Walking them, grooming them, she also does various jobs in the barns to support staff. The mini donkeys are especially fond of her!

Kim Magee

Kim Magee

A longtime friend of Barbara Lebl, our Animal Care Director, Kim brings a great knowledge of therapeutic support for some of our medically compromised equines. BEMER therapy is particularly good for one of our older horses, Elvis, who has a neurological disorder, called EPM (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis). She has also served as Barbara’s “right hand” when she comes to visit us at OGR.

Lois Tivey

Lois Tivey

Former owner of Elvis, she comes to groom Elvis and love on him when she can make the trek. Each time she has also brought treats for all of our animals at our sanctuary.

Lois Tivey

Mike McKay

Barbara’s husband has been there as an emergency back up for us when we haven’t got the strong people here to help lift one of our animals into a trailer, or rig for an emergency transport to the vet’s office. He will drop everything at a moment’s notice to come when we are in desperate need of another pair of strong arms! He has also been an emotional support for us when one of our goats had died naturally and suddenly, offering to help us move him after he passed. 

Jasmine Peterson

Jasmine Peterson

Jasmine Peterson, daughter of our care provider, Ashley Cavett is Ashley’s back up when she is working at OGR on the weekends. Jasmine assists with rounding up the horses and donkeys for meals, cleaning of food bowls and water buckets, and filling water for all of our 20 animals.