It takes a whole village of folks to keep HHF running and running well! NO person is paid at Hickory Hill Farm. Being 100% volunteer driven, our Board works diligently and could not do it all without our wonderful volunteers.  
Within our board and active volunteer group we are proud to have FEMA Credentialed DART responders, Certified Teachers, a Childhood Trauma Certified counselor, Pet Partners Registered Therapy Teams, an Animal Control Officer, volunteers with degrees in Equine Science, and many active volunteers that are CPR and First Aid Certified. Our team is dedicated to continuing their education and training in all aspects of the programs HHF provides. 

Board of Directors


Stephanie Cox

Though Stephanie was born in Shreveport, LA, she grew up right in Lebanon, TN With 30 years of experience owning, showing, and caring for horses and other livestock, she brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. Her family has raised and shown cattle for over 10 years on their Lebanon area farm. A 4H alumnus herself, Stephanie is proud of the work her eldest daughter has put in to showing their cattle and they were the 2017 Wilson Co Commercial Heifer Grand Champions. Stephanie is an advocate for the humane treatment of all animals and is the Director of the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter where she works to improve the lives of local cats and dogs as well. She is an active member of the Wilson County Disaster Animal Response Team, Wilson Co. County Mounties, and Wilson Co Search & Rescue.  When Stephanie is not saving the world in animal control or at HHF, you can find her caring for her 2 horses, rescued goats, 2 dogs, 2 cats, pig, chickens, cattle, rabbit, and fish on her family farm, or trail riding and kayaking!

Vice President

Frank Duncan

Frank resides in Sumner county with his wife, Danielle and their three, soon to be four, children; Hallie, Levi, Wyatt, and baby Maggie who is on the way.  Frank is a local Realtor and enjoys spending time with his family on their working farm.  Duncan Farms is home to horses, donkeys, pigs, chickens, geese, dogs, and a handful of peacocks.  The farm has grown everything from Christmas trees to tobacco and is currently a hay and CSA operation.


Rhonda Hasting

Rhonda grew up in Ohio with every type of farm animal.  Upon moving to Lebanon in 2018, she dreamed of owning a farm and establishing her own little herd.  Today she has 2 full size horses (Cody and Honey), 1 mini (Grace aka Sissy), 2 goats (Gilbert and Willie), 2 cats (Punky and Chloe), a golden retriever named Teddy with 4 grandchildren to enjoy all of the activity..
 When she is not enjoying the farm, Rhonda works as a full time real estate agent. She currently is the Treasurer for HHF and annual fundraising banquet facilitator.


Rescue Director

Kathy Adams

Kathy has been involved with horses and farm life for over 30 years here in Sumner and Wilson counties. She has been very active in 4-H programs and enjoyed training and showing in AQHA. With her vast experience in the equine world, she brings considerable knowledge to our Team at Hickory Hill Farm, and is a great asset leading our Rescue Division as the Rescue Director. Kathy and her family have enjoyed helping with many types of rescues . When she’s not caring for her own horses or our rescues, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their grandkids, traveling and biking!


LeeAnn Weatherford

LeeAnn moved here from Arkansas in 1996 with herself, and everything she owned in a horse trailer – minus a horse. Has either had or been around horses her entire life – she started back in the saddle 5 years ago and has been involved with HHF the last 4 years. 

She is the hospitality of HHF – our “go to person” for thank you notes, follow up calls.


Brenda Lees

Brenda got my first horse when she was in the 4th grade and have never looked back to a time of not being involved in the equine industry. Graduating from UT with a Medical Technology degree in 1985, she retired from the Oncology field in 2017. She got my feet wet in the rescue world with Volunteer Equine Advocates, where she wore every hat from intake to adoption. From there she served as the Middle TN Equine agent for Horse Haven of TN, and am currently on the advisory board for another East TN rescue. In 2011, She enrolled in the Code 3 Equine Cruelty training program through University of MO and Colorado State and graduated as a Level 2 Equine Cruelty Investigator. She recently received her equine master certification through University of TN. Brenda’s passion is being involved with seizures and rehabilitation. Her rescue doesn’t stop with horses, and routinely foster puppies.  She  has been married for 37 years and have 2 beautiful daughters, several horses n donkeys, and a couple of cats. Brenda feels blessed to be able to do what she loves.

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