MEET THE TEAM
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SCR is seeking to expand our board of directors by inviting key business professionals in the Spokane community to provide strategic planning and direction.
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 34 year career as a professional animal trainer, behaviorist, and author.
Valerie Burgess, Vice President –Valerie is a member of, and works at the corporate offices of, the Tulalip Tribe. She is the owner of three SCR adopted horses. Valerie and her husband Jay serve as a foster facility and provide technical assistance for our website.
Jessica Hoppe, Secretary – Jessica now lives in North Carolina was formerly a writer for Thurston Talk.com and an anchor person for NBC Montana. Jessica has three adopted SCR horses.
Diane Tice, Director – Co-Founder of The Pacific Institute. Global speaker. Diane and her late husband, Lou Tice, pioneered teaching the concepts of basic psychology in a platform for achieving your potential. Over the past four decades Diane’s work through TPI has driven significant transformation, helping to establish infrastructure in post-apartheid South Africa and to foster peaceful discussions in Northern Ireland; empowering the education sector of Guatemala and the Mo tribe of Ghana; and leading Olympic athletes to victory. Diane serves as an advisor, mentor, and benefactor to SCR.