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

Bio coming soon. 


Malia Pack

Malia grew up East of us in West Virginia and North Carolina. She now resides here in Middle Tennessee with her husband Mark and their five children. Malia enjoys spending her time hiking, traveling.. preferably to the beach, crafting, and of course, loving on and riding Hickory Hill Farm rescues. She is a vital part of HHF in many ways as a member of our HHF Riders program, working in our youth programs, and bringing more business knowledge to the Board.  Juggling her time between her family, Hickory Hill Farm, and her full time job as a business analyst, Malia has a full plate!  


Tricia Dapelo

Bio coming soon!


Emma Jones

Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Emma actually grew up in McKinney, Texas. She was riding her family’s horses and ponies before she could walk! She carried her love for horses with her when she moved to Lebanon, TN in 2017 and began volunteering at Hickory Hill Farm. She is passionate about caring for every horse that comes through HHF. When Emma is not horsing around you can find her tending to her other hobby of baking! Her yummy creations have even won awards! 


Jenna Gibbons

Jenna was born and grew up in Plymouth, Michigan. Graduating from Michigan State with a degree in Elementary Education and with eight years of teaching experience in different parts of the country including Detroit, MI and Smyrna, TN, Jenna brings a strong educational background and desire to serve others to our leadership. Jenna has operated successful children’s camps and programs in both Michigan and Tennessee. She states, I have always wanted to find a purpose in my life that I feel truly passionate about. I enjoy being outdoors with my animals, and I feel that I have a mission to work with children. What better way to bring the two together, than to give my time and experience to Hickory Hill Farm? Jenna helped form the dream of Hickory Hill Farm in 2015 and co-founded it in early 2016. Jenna and her husband Sean reside on a small farm in middle Tennessee with their sons, Rowan and Cullen, three [adopted] horses, and one [adopted] dog.

Member /
Adoption Coordinator

Stephanie Schroyer

Bio coming soon. 

Member / Banquet Chairperson

Rhonda Caskey

Bio coming soon. 


Lee Ann Weatherford

Bio coming soon. 

Supporting Roles & Committees

Volunteer Coordinator: Position Open

Healing Director: Tricia Dapelo

Documents Coordinator: Nathan Huddleston

Donor Relations: Position Open

Pet Partners Teams: Tricia Dapelo & Dream, Teresa Fuller & Tom

Social Media Team: Shea Hutsenpiller, Jenna Gibbons, CJ Hutsenpiller, positions open

Adoption Coordinator: Stephanie Schroyer

Post Adoption Coordinator: Maegan Eldridge

Reference Verification Team: Maegan Eldridge, Teresa Fuller, Halie Abbott, positions available

Training Coordinator: Maegan Eldridge

#HHFRIDERS: Madi Robinson, Shea Hutsenpiller, Ally Smith, Mackenzie Ganter, Malia Pack, David Curtis, Maegan Eldridge, Paige Smith, Taylor Blankenship, Bert Patton, Shawn Reed, Allison Cotterman, Kathy Adams, positions open

Camp Director: Position Available

Assistant Camp Director: Kaitlin Belcher

Committee Members: Stephanie Schroyer, Pennie Reese, Shea Hutsenpiller, Jenna Gibbons, open positions

We work with and highly recommend the following veterinarians:

We work with and highly recommend the following equine professionals: 

We work with and highly recommend the following farriers: 

  • Jimmy Whitakker
  • Shane Vensel
  • Scott Sanders

Our organization would not exist without our foster families. We do not list them individually for privacy reasons. We have 12-15 active foster farms at any given time! Thank you, fosters!