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Our Staff

Karen Singletary

Karen "Karey" Singletary, Founder
Karey is one of two people who began Hands and Hearts in 2000. Graduating from St. Andrews Presbyterian College with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Equine Business, she has always had a love for horses and helping others. Karey is a loving mother of two handsome boys who keep her very busy. She has successfully managed to juggle her responsibilities to family and the program.

Terrell Singletary

Terrell Singletary, Founder
Terrell was the other half of the team that made the program possible. He spent most of his equine career with Tennessee Walking Horses and has even shown with his children at the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Tennessee. Terrell was one of the original instructors when the program began and retired from the ring at age 83. He remained a vital part of everyday operations for the program until he passed away in September 2010.


Frances Mims Parker, Executive Director

Frances Mims Parker joined Hands & Hearts for Horses in July 2013 following a 20 year leadership position with the Archbold Foundation. Her goal is to build financial and volunteer support to help deliver therapeutic riding services to all special needs children who come to Hands & Hearts, regardless of their ability to pay for those services.






Marla Bowman, Program Director 

Originally from California, Marla has been a horse lover all her life. She first became involved in therapeutic riding as a volunteer in high school. Since becoming a PATH Int'l certified instructor, Marla taught both in California and Charlotte, NC before joining the staff at Hands and Hearts. She strives to share her love of horses and her knowledge of riding to all her students. 


Candace Brown, Instructor

Candace has been an animal lover all her life with a passion especially for horses and marine mammals.  Her interest in therapeutic horsemanship began in high school, where she volunteered at a center in her hometown of Baltimore, MD.  The experience of working with horses and those with special needs was so rewarding that she knew this is what she wanted to pursue. She then attended St. Andrews University, studying equine business and TH, as well as becoming a PATH Int'l certified instructor. Her dream would be to have one facility that could offer both horse and dolphin therapies!

Martha Hanna

Martha Hanna, Instructor

Martha was born into the horse business as the daughter of Terrell Singletary and continues the tradition by volunteering as an instructor. She is a fabulous instructor and loves teaching and watching her riders advance in their abilities. In her spare time, she takes lessons herself to improve as a rider and as an instructor. Lots of times you can find her sneaking extra treats to the horses.

Michael Hanna

Michael Hanna, Physical Therapist
Michael is our resident therapist who utilizes Hands and Hearts for Hippotherapy. As horses are not the most conventional dynamic surface for physical therapy, Michael uses their gait and appeal to make hippotherapy both fun and beneficial. There is never a lack of laughter in his therapy sessions.


Ashleigh Dodd, Instructor

Ashleigh has been around horses all her life and has ridden since she was seven years old. She began volunteering at a local therapeutic riding center in her hometown of Pensacola, FL in high school. When Ashleigh moved away for college, she found Hands and Hearts for Horses and became a volunteer. Not long after, she became a certified instructor. Ashleigh is a current student at Florida State University where she studies Special Education.





Jan White, Instructor

Jan has been a member of the Hands & Hearts for Horses team for a number of years. She has had extensive training in the discipline of dressage. Jan is certified as a PATH Intl. instructor. She is a dynamic teacher and volunteers her time as a teacher, for which we are most appreciative!





Lynn White, Barn Manager


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