Board Of Directors
Jim Gath comes from a family of horsemen – his grandfather was a trick rider, trainer and horse trader, one of his uncles was a jockey and another was an owner of rather questionably talented racehorses. As a kid, horses were an important part of his life, but he began his adult life taking a different trail. He worked in a variety of occupations, such as a one of the founders of USA Today, but he always knew he’d end up with horses. Jim founded Rancho Tierra Madre in 2008 as a boarding facility and eventually took in more of his own horses than boarders. And that’s when the sanctuary was born. The rest, they say, is history.
Jean Gath is a founding member of Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary. She is currently a principal at Pfeiffer Partners Architects Inc. where she oversees campus, cultural, and community master planning and programming assignments. She additionally oversees urban design and strategic development efforts. From Pfeiffer Partners’ website: “Her strengths include an ability to implement visionary solutions in ways that are cost effective and allow for future flexibility.” This strength plays a key role in helping to guide Tierra Madre Horse & Human Sanctuary to a sustainable future.
Katherine Eauslin is currently the accountant for Tierra Madre Horse and Human Sanctuary. She graduated from University of South Florida with a BA in Business with an emphasis on accounting. She worked in public and non-profit accounting for 25 years before starting her own real estate firm. She has a doting husband of 32 years, two adult daughters, and two granddaughters she loves to spoil. She is currently a licensed Real Estate Broker in AZ, CA, and FL. Kathy volunteers her accounting services and visits in person as much as possible.
John Samsill is the owner of John Samsill Farrier Services based out of Wickenburg, AZ and has helped others with farrier service start-ups and allows valuable apprenticeships to aspiring farriers across the world. He is an APF-I accredited farrier and has been working in this field since 1985. He specializes in therapeutic services and is incredibly well versed in laminitis and many other hoof diseases and afflictions. With John watching over our horses’ hoof care, we’ve made many strides towards disease prevention and hoof education to the public.
Susan has a degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and has worked for the Glendale Union High School District for 26 years. In that time, Susan has piloted three programs for the district, a transition program, a Life Skills program, and a Sensory Integration Program. She has worked with students with a wide range of disabilities including, mild and moderate cognitive disabilities, emotional disabilities, specific learning disabilities, other health impairments, and autism. Susan has served as Department Chair for Special Education at Greenway High School for approximately 12 years. The department consists of 13 teachers and 20 instructional assistants. A passion for Susan is helping her students to learn to navigate the complex social world they live in. It was this passion that spurred her to use the setting of Tierra Madre Horse (and Human) Sanctuary where she had become a volunteer. After gaining so much personal growth through interactions with the horses, Susan decided it would be ideal for passing some of those lessons on to her students. It is anticipated she will continue this endeavor in her retirement.
Dr. Anastasia Keyser, DVM
Dr. Keyser initially received a BA in business administration majoring in business management, but realized she had a greater love for horses than riding and volunteering. She attended Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. During her time in College Station, she was employed in the large animal ICU at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. After veterinary school, she completed an internship at Reata Equine Hospital in Weatherford, TX. Dr. Keyser is an equine general practitioner who provides ambulatory and in-clinic services. She currently works at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center and is ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Dr. J. Brent Rollins, DVM Emeritus
Dr. Rollins passed away on January 27, 2018, but will remain with us forever as dear friend and guide. Dr. Rollins – Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary’s veterinarian for over a decade – founded Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center in Cave Creek in 1971 and retired in 2012 after 45 years as a practicing veterinarian. His love of horses grew out of his dad’s Thoroughbred racing business, where he started out at the end of a pitchfork and ended up holding a trainer’s license before he began veterinary school. Dr. Rollins was a 1967 graduate of Colorado State University where he received his DVM. He grew up in Phoenix where he attended Osborn grade school, Washington High School, and Arizona State University. After receiving his DVM, he served for three years as a captain in the U.S. Army in Fort Detrick, Maryland. After his service, Dr. Rollins completed an equine internship at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In July 1971, he entered the private equine practice in North Phoenix. Dr. Rollins felt his greatest accomplishment is his family. He and his wife, Francie, have been married since 1963. They have five children and twenty-five grandchildren (at last count), and his days of retirement are spent keeping up with all their activities.