Karin Stoll, MSW, DCSW – HHK Founder
Executive Director - Diane Bendtro
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President - Karin Stoll
Karin Stoll was born and raised in New York. She was educated in Boston, MA., receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Lesley College and her Masters in Social Work from the Boston University School of Social Work. Ms. Stoll is a licensed clinical social worker in New York, Massachusetts and Hawaii and has a Diplomate Board Certification from the National Association of Social Workers.
Additionally, Ms. Stoll’s is an avid horsewoman. Her love for horses began at age fourteen, leading her to an instructor position at seventeen in upstate New York. Ms. Stoll has become a strong voice in the Pet Therapy movement, having incorporated her own pets into her therapeutic practice since 1992. Presently, a Jack Russell Terrier (Sadie) and Rescued Airedale/Whippet Cross (Izzy) provide Pet Facilitated Therapy in her own private practice.
Vice President - Lenny Rapozo
Lenny Rapozo learned about horses later in life than most. He was in his 30's when he met a horseman named Les Milnes. Les mentored Lenny and taught him most everything he knows about horses. Lenny developed a passion for horses. But when in his 40's, Lenny suffered a stroke, losing use of his left arm. Lenny had heard about Healing Horses Kaua'i, so once able, he became a participant with their program. Lenny was blown away at how patient and supportive the team was in getting him back up on a horse as he never thought he could ride again. Lenny took lessons for weeks and rebuilt his strength until, to this day, despite his disability, he maintains and rides his own horses. He was so grateful, he accepted the position of Healing Horses Kaua'i, Inc., Board Vice President.
Treasurer - Judy Leong
Juday Leong came to Hawaii at the age of 14. She is married to Kurt Leong, Fire Captain, at Hanalei Fire Department. They have two daughters and two grandsons. For the last 25 yrs., Juday has worked as a School Counselor, for the Department of Education. She currently counsels young children at Kilauea School. She has attended Hawaii Loa College, aka Hawaii Pacific University, earning a Bachelors of Art Degree, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earning a Masters Degree in Education. Juday enjoys riding her horses, painting (oil and water color), reading books for her bookclub, travel, friendships, and snow skiing. She offered to volunteer for HHK board when their was a need to fill towards supporting a community program that introduces and shares the love of horses and riding to children. She also volunteers at K.O.R.E. Surf events with her family.
Member at Large - Robin Kurtz
Robin grew up in Marin County, CA, an excellent place to foster my love for horses. She spent her childhood and high school years riding horses, competing in horseback vaulting and volunteering with the Halleck Creek Ranch, the local therapeutic horseback riding organization. After graduating from University of California, Davis with a bachelor's degree in animal physiology Robin accepted a position of Equestrian Director the Halleck Creek Ranch. She held the Equestrian Directors position as well as working full time in several other sectors, most notably a similar position working for St. Vincent's School for Boys, a residential treatment home, until 2002. In 2004 Robin left California to re-join her companion on Kauai. She spent the next 13 years as the General Manager for Silver Falls Ranch, a trail ride business on our beautiful north shore. Robin has since retired from Silver Falls Ranch and now works in Kapaa but still has horses at home and a part-time business horse training business. Her life has been immeasurable improved by being with horses, an opportunity she hopes to continue to share with others through her association with Healing Horses.
Member at Large - Linda Bonds
Pursuing a quiet life on Kauai, Linda trains horses and riders with a devotion to excellence, experienced understanding and respect for the horse, and an unusually insightful and clear communicative ability toward the developing rider.
Linda began riding at the age of 6 and basically grew up on a horse. Throughout her youth and teenage years she participated every fall and spring in week long cattle round-ups with her father but at the same time pursued her real passion of jumping horses. She trained tirelessly with riding lessons and at every horse show that came along. At the age of 12 Linda had her first job training and showing horses in Southern California for MacDonald Thoroughbred Farm. Later on, as a young adult, she galloped 2 yr. old thoroughbred racehorses for Westerly Stud Farms, trained and conditioned polo ponies for Blue Hills Farm, and independently started young horses and showed in 3-day Eventing.
In 1989 her dream job came along and she became Barn Manager for owner Will Simpson, who was an Olympic Gold Medalist in 2008 for the USA Show-Jumping Team. Will also set the World High Jumping record in 1985 on ‘Jolly Good’, at 7ft. 9 ¾"in. Linda’s job description included overseeing all phases of horse care and barn management as well as assisting in training, exercising, and giving lessons. The 14 stall barn was filled with world class grand prix jumpers, many of them stallions. If not already at the grand prix level horses were there to develop to that level. During this time Linda also restarted many thoroughbred racehorses who had left the track, on her own time, teaching them to jump and selling them to new owners. Several of these horses continued on to have a very successful Show Hunter career or jump at the Grand Prix level. In 2004 and 2005 Linda had a formal Education with Charles de Kunffy, internationally acclaimed classical dressage clinician, judge and author. Course study was for Instructors only, ‘Teaching The Art Of Riding.’ and ‘The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse.’ Linda has integrated this knowledge into every phase of her relationships with horse and rider.
Today a passion and enthusiasm for the Art of Riding is still the center of Linda’s lifestyle as she endeavors to share her experience and knowledge with all of her students, both horse and rider.
The members serving on the board have been involved with social work and counselling, horse training, horse therapy and ranch management. Program volunteers work in: health care, animal science, equestrian breeding and genetics, social work, web design, retail, education, ranching/farming and are also involved with other Kauai organizations on (Burial Council, Master Gardeners, Scouts, 4-H, K.O.R.E. surf, the Surfrider Foundation, etc.). With such a diverse population of folks, we have a large pool of knowledge available to draw from to plan, coordinate and carry out a variety of projects/events.
VOLUNTEERS - COMING SOON