Karen Gustin

Executive Director

Karen has been the Executive Director at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center in Nicholasville, KY since April 2012.

Kathleen Donovan

Development Director

Kathleen started as Development Director in November of 2017, and is responsible for fundraising, grants, planning events, and marketing the Kentucky Equine Humane Center.

Lydia Cassady

Office Assistant, Take the Reins Logistics Coordinator

When Lydia started out as a steady volunteer in April 2012, she showed interest in all aspects of the rescue, so she gained experience working in the barn with the horses as well as in the office.

Mary Simons

Administrative Assistant

Mary assists with fundraising activities, record keeping and correspondence at KyEHC and began as a volunteer in 2007.

Carolyn Huffman

Volunteer Coordinator & Adoption Application Processor

Carolyn has been with the Kentucky Equine Humane Center since May 2011.

Julie Cooper

Barn Manager

Julie has been the barn manager since 2011. Having a love of horses from an early age, she started taking lessons at the age of seven, and her passion grew from there!

Virginia Madelung

Assistant Barn Manager

Virginia came to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center in December 2011 with over 30 yrs of practical experience in the equine industry.​

Olivia Dixon


As the head trainer, Olivia is key to helping the horses that come to the Center get ready for the next chapter of their lives.

Paige Metcalfe


Paige started ride at only 3 years old in her home country of Kyrgyzstan and has extensive training experience

Hannah Long

Barn Crew

Growing up, Hannah read everything horse related she could get her hands on. She got to pick out her first hoof at age 16, and the rest is history.