MEET THE TEAM
As the founder of SCR , formed in 1999, Katie continues to be the visionary for the organization’s direction of growth and program development.
As the on-site caretaker, Katie manages all daily aspects of ranch operations and welfare of the horses and dogs.
She has enjoyed nearly 4 decades (Since 1983) as a professional animal trainer / behaviorist, and has led this nonprofit since 1999.
MORE COMING SOON
SCR is seeking to expand our board of directors by inviting key business professionals in the Spokane community to provide strategic planning and implementation.
Katie Merwick, President | Executive Director As the founder of SCR, Katie continues to be the visionary for the organization’s direction of growth and program development. She has enjoyed a career as a professional animal trainer, behaviorist, and author since 1983. She has served as the Founder and Executive Director of Second Chance Ranch since 1999.
Valerie Burgess, Vice President –Valerie is a member of, and works at the corporate offices of, the Tulalip Tribe. She has been involved with SCR since 2013. Her home in northern Washington has served as a foster and rehabilitation facility for SCR, and she also contributes to marketing concepts and technical assistance for our website. Valerie is the owner of three SCR adopted horses.
Jessica, Secretary - Jessica has been involved with SCR as a volunteer, adopter and board member for since 2006. She was formerly a writer for Thurston Talk.com and an anchor person for NBC Montana. Jessica has adopted four SCR horses, and now lives in North Carolina.
Ali Sutton, Treasurer - Ali has been involved with SCR since 2018. She has one adopted horse boarded at the ranch, and is here daily to assist with feeding and care of the horses. Ali uses her background in accounting to help with budgeting and accounting tasks.