The equines in LEAD’s equine assisted learning and equine assisted psychotherapy programs are the heart and soul of the team. LEAD has a variety of horses, carefully screened for the programs. Each horse brings unique attributes to which certain clients may be able to relate. The job of the horses is to be themselves.
The human half of the LEAD team brings education, experience and expertise to the educational and therapeutic processes.
Tiffaney Snow, BS - Instructor
Tiffaney has over 20 years professional experience with children and youth. She has worked in the Juvenile Justice System, school system, and foster care. Tiffaney has a B.S. in Human Services as well as 42 graduate hours from Texas Tech University in Counseling and clinical hours at the Texas Tech Psychiatric Clinic. She is currently training in play therapy, animal assisted therapy, and group work as she finishes her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Equine Assisted Therapy at Prescott College.
Jeane Spada-Allgood, MA - Executive Director, Instructor
Jeane has been in the field of education for over fifteen years, and has worked with Northern Nevada youth since 2008. She is an EAGALA certified equine specialist, Parelli student, and horse enthusiast. She understands first hand the power of horses as teachers, companions, and guides. Jeane received her Master of Arts in Youth Development from Michigan State University.
LEAD Board of Directors
Robert Lacey Damron, Chair
Lacey is an Executive Casino Host for the Silver Legacy. His work includes creation and execution of VIP special events and marketing. Lacey recently completed his counseling degree and is now a practicing MFT Intern. He is also involved with the management of a local AA group.
Sarah is a middle school teacher and volleyball coach for Dilworth STEM Academy, and is a former drug addictions counselor. Sarah has previous nonprofit experience with Greyhound Connection in San Diego, CA as a board member, volunteer coordinator and foster for Greyhounds. She is a horse person and has participated in Epona workshops for Equine Facilitated Learning.
Amy holds a BS and is a Senior Program Manager for Scientific Games. She has extensive business development and operations experience. Amy is active in the community, volunteering with Washoe County Parks, serving as a mentor for Washoe County high school students and working on special projects with foster and military youth.
Brittany is currently a manager with CostomInk and has served in several leadership and trainer roles for the company. Her experience includes peer coaching and development in addition to administrative skills such as project management and analysis. Brittany’s volunteer work includes organizing the JDRF Walk and as a mentor with the Microsoft's DigiGirlz program.
Lisa is a registered nurse with Quail Surgery Center and a freelance graphic designer. She is an experienced horse owner and is active in the Reno community. Lisa has volunteered in several capacities with area schools and was active in Junior League of Reno for 15 years.
Casey is a small business owner, former therapeutic equine instructor and one of the founding members of LEAD with Horses. Casey holds a Master of Arts in Special Education and is a graduate of Project Mosaic, a unique program based upon serving the needs of children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.