NWESC Board of Directors


Trisha Newell works in business administration at Microsoft and enjoys finding ways to use her career to give back to the community, particularly in ways that focus on animals. She has spent most of her life around equines, riding and caring for them. Over the past few years she has developed a passion for creating deep relationships with equines and teaching them through positive reinforcement training that they have a voice. What seemed like just stepping into a new training philosophy has entirely changed the way she looks at and interacts with equines, opening her eyes to a seemingly different world. Trisha will forever be grateful that her mare Tess was smart and persistent enough to teach her a new way of life. Read more about Trisha here!


Dr. Hannah MuellerDr. Hannah Mueller - President and Founder

Dr. Hannah Mueller is a 2004 graduate of Oregon State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2008 she founded Northwest Equine Stewardship Center (NWESC), a non-profit equine rehabilitation and education center dedicated to helping rescue horses and humans in need. With this organization, Dr. Hannah works to create a community of compassion and understanding for all lives, and believes this is her way to give back to society, and make a difference here on Earth. In 2010, Dr. Hannah opened the beautiful Cedarbrook Farms rehabilitation center facility, where patients can haul in for dental floats, bodywork and other needs, or come to stay for a few weeks to a few months for rehabilitation treatment plans. Read more about Dr. Hannah here!


Kim SgroKim Sgro - Executive Director

Kim has been a Marine Biologist and Conservation Educator for over 20 years. She comes to NWESC with experience as the former Executive Director of Pasado’s Safe Haven. She is a disaster first responder and has been deployed for two months of animal rescue to New Orleans in 2005 post-Hurricane Katrina. There she managed a facility which processed over 1,200 rescued animals and trained over 400 volunteers. Read more about Kim here!


Rita MorganRita Morgan - Secretary

Rita Morgan is an Independent Contractor who has worked/volunteered for a number of area animal rescue organizations and worked to successfully pass a number of state animal cruelty laws. Giving a voice to the most vulnerable among us through legal protections is a powerful force for driving change in society and reducing animal neglect and cruelty cases. Read more about Rita here!


Emily Bullard-CloughEmily Bullard-Clough

Emily Bullard-Clough is a Professional Groom, Graphic Artist and Administrative Receptionist for a leading Seattle architecture firm. She has been involved with horses since a very early age. She volunteers with many rescue organizations and is passionate about all things animals. Read more about Emily here!


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