Board of Directors

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Kimberly Henry                                                                                                                   

Founder and CEO of Mane Support, Author, Speaker

Kimberly’s passion of 15 years of hospice work with children and adults allowed her the vision for a different way of healing.  With horses always being a part of her life, she developed Mane Support, an equine assisted grief counseling program for those who have experienced a death, who are anticipating the death of someone they know or who have experienced other types of trauma and PTSD issues.  Whether in the schools, in the community or at the barn, Kimberly’s business model allows for learning, growth and healing.

Being certified through EAGALA, Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association at the Advanced Level pursuing Advanced Standing and ADEC, Association for Death, Education and Counseling, she is also an international speaker and educator regarding equine assisted counseling and nonprofit development.  Her experiences have led her to share the knowledge that she has gained from the horses and those she has met through her books, Hoof to Heart, Henry the Horse and His Very Special Gift and Looking through the Eyes of Hope. 

Kimberly considers all that she has learned, continues to learn from both people and horses and the opportunities she has to share those experiences to assist others, a God given gift and her life’s greatest honor.

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Captain David Graves, Chair

David is a thirty-year veteran of the Maryville Police Department and currently serves as the Captain over the Patrol Division.  In that position, he is in charge of police response to all special events in the city.  He was the recipient of Spirit of Good Neighbors award in 2014 for his work with the Welcome Table over the last eight years.  Now he is eagerly anticipating working with Mane Support to make a difference in our community and hopefully help fulfill a need.


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Ariane Schratter, Secretary                                                                                                             

Ariane received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (University of Tennessee) and has been a member of the Maryville College faculty since 2000. She teaches courses focused on Child Development, the Psychology of Exceptional Children, and International Child Welfare. Her special areas of professional interest involve the use of animal-assisted therapies to support children and families in need. She is married, with one child and two basset hounds.


Melody Hoover

Melody grew up in middle Tennessee and has been involved with horses for over 20 years. After high school, she went to MTSU and during her freshman year, enlisted with the Tennessee Army National Guard. Melody served seven years with the 278th as an aviation operations specialist.

Several years ago, Melody got involved in volunteering with a Horses for Heroes program. It is one thing to volunteer, but it is another to be taken to meet someone that you had served with.Just seeing how much that person had changed was heartbreaking.It was at that point that she started writing a program that could be therapeutic for people and horses both. It seemed like things weren’t leading in that direction any longer and those plans were set aside.
Melody started a small herd of Skipper W Quarter horses and has been showing, breeding, training and the occasional trip to Big South Fork for a good day trail ride. It was at Big South Fork that another change happened for her. On Labor Day in 2009, she was involved in a riding accident that left her badly injured. Melody wasn’t sure that she would ever be able to ride again, but her love for horses overcame the injuries & fear that were a result of the accident.


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Amber Edie

Amber moved to Tennessee in November 2013 from Branson, Missouri. She has worked for Dixie Stampede for 7 years and is currently the Human Resource Manager. As the HR Manager she helps plan and organize company events and fundraisers. She is married and a very proud aunt of 4 nephews and 2 nieces.