Who We Are
Director / Co-Founder
Valery graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BA in Psychology and a BS in Criminal Justice. She earned a Master’s degree in forensic psychology from Arizona State University and is currently working on her second Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
She spent 12 years as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer until 2020 when family needs at home outweighed her career. She has been a military wife for 13 years and knows how tough it can be living with, supporting, and raising kids in a house with a veteran that struggles with their inner battles.
Establishing Warhorse Ranch is not just her and Mike’s dream, it’s also their therapy. Their past careers have always involved serving their communities and country, and to be able to provide that same passion and help to military, first responders, and victims of trauma through their ranch, is something that they feel they were meant to do.
Mike served in the United States Marine Corps from 1991-2004 and the United States Air Force Reserve from 2004 to present. He also served as a federal law enforcement officer and a firearms instructor with the Department of Homeland Security for 10 years.
The most memorable of his deployments was in 2003 in which I served as a TOW section leader, Anti-Tank Platoon, 2d Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, 1st Marine Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2011 it took his wife as well as other fellow vets to help him understand that he had a problem. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, anxiety and severe depression, all of which he knew nothing about. In 2014, Mike attended a Wounded Warrior Project Odyssey retreat in Park City, Utah. It was here that his life was changed by being introduced to equine assisted therapy. In 2019 he was diagnosed with having an AVM (arteriovenous malformation) on the right frontal lobe of the brain. After a successful craniotomy, Mike still struggles with residual side-effects, but still has the drive and passion for helping fellow veterans who are experiencing similar difficulties in life.
Secretary/Director of Marketing/Equine Specialist
Jo has spent her entire life in the company of horses and horseman. Since the 1960s, she has been an active participant in the horse industry, training horses, instructing riders, etc.
As of the 1970’s & 80’s, the pinnacle years of that industry’s success. She was marketing and promotions manager for more than a dozen Arabian stallions, each of which achieved National acclaim and million dollar plus value under her direction. She enjoyed the experience of being production coordinator, script writer, and marketing director for numerous multi-million-dollar Arabian horse auctions. She was the editor of seven internationally distributed equine publications, and editorial contributor to many others. And she was Publisher of the award winning Arabian Horseman Magazine; Founding board member of the Arabian Professional Horsemen’s Association; and co-writer and marketing director of the Arabian Horse Show industry’s primary prize money program.
Advisory Committee/Equine Specialist
Cheri and family have called the Yampa Valley home since 1995. In 2000 Cheri founded the of Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center. As a licensed Physical Therapist, Cheri initially partnered with horses to provide equine therapy for individuals with physical challenges.
As the center grew and collaborative community relationships were formed, Cheri’s focus expanded to include Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
After 20 years of witnessing and experiencing the healing power of horses, Cheri is excited to be a part of Warhorse and their important mission to empower veterans, first responders and trauma survivors.
Jennifer served in the Marine Corps as an Aviation Electronic Technician on the Blue Angels and EA-18G Growlers. She moved from her home town of Austin, Texas to Steamboat Springs to start a new life and career path. She currently works at THPK CPA’s where she was connected with Warhorse Ranch. Jennifer has a passion for helping others and serving her community.
Tori grew up in Massachusetts where she spent most of her days at the barn with the horses. In 2016 she graduated from a small university with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
During her last semester Tori interned at a PATH certified equine assisted therapy farm where she volunteered as a horses handler. She moved to Colorado in 2016 after graduation and hasn’t looked back. Currently, she works for the Sheriff’s Department in the detention division and has been a deputy for three years. Tori has been working with horses in some fashion whether that be taking lessons, giving lessons, wrangling at a dude ranch right up the way from Warhorse or riding with the mounted patrol. She is very excited to have the chance to put her love of horses and helping people in the same arena.
Advisory Committee/Equine Specialist
Karen is a retired school teacher and is a PATH certified Equine Therapy riding instructor. She was the lead therapist at Humble Ranch and also worked for the STARS program and now brings her knowledge of equine therapy to the Warhorse Ranch.
Grant Writer/Marketing Advisor
Amy Gamet is a professional writer with a background in grant writing for non profits and feature writing including the Herb Brooks Foundation. She is currently authoring her first two books.
Having worked in the hockey industry for over two decades, she spearheaded non-profit youth hockey programs for Thunder Youth Hockey at Trine University and for the Herb Brooks Foundation. Amy has served as a USA Hockey professional trainer for coaches teaching safety protocol and positive mindset.
Coming from a military family with a mother who served in the Airforce, a father who served in the Army, she has a heart for veterans. Amy has volunteered for non-profits that support Suicide prevention including SAVE since 2002. The most meaningful project for her was lobbying for the mental health parody bill on Capitol Hill.
She has a passion for creating a strong sense of community and encouraging others to live their most fulfilling life. Her passion for writing is expressed in poems, songs, a blog and she is publishing a children’s book on grief. She has enjoyed being a contributor to Let’s Play Hockey newspaper for several years utilizing her journalism background.
Amy is originally from Minnesota and resides with her husband Jonathon Gamet in Steamboat Springs, CO. When not working on a project, Amy enjoys paddleboarding, waterskiing, downhill skiing painting and studying optimal health practices. As a lover of the country lifestyle she enjoys horseback riding, time at the lake, country dancing and ending the night with a campfire. On her mind always, is their next adventure.
Roger is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. He has been on the Horizons and Partners board of directors in the past. He brings his knowledge of therapy, non-profit organizations and fundraising to the Warhorse Ranch board of directors.
LCSW, EMDR/BSP-Trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships