Our Team

The Folks Behind the Work

Our staff of dedicated professionals, ranging from equine specialists to licensed counselors, keeps our well-oiled machine running smoothly day in and day out. Meet them now.

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Our Staff

Our staff

Heather Brewer

Heather Brewer

Manager of Mental Health Services
Heather earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2006 and completed her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in 2010. She is a NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (#S9391) and a NC Child Treatment Program trained provider in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). She has been an Eagala Certified Professional since 2018 and has completed training through Natural Lifemanship. Prior to coming to CORRAL, Heather provided counseling to youth and families in outpatient facilities, group homes, schools, hospitals, and juvenile detention. Since joining CORRAL in July 2018, she has greatly enjoyed seeing the young women here grow by building healthy relationships with the horses and all of the community members who consistently support them on a daily basis!
Jennifer W. Brown

Jennifer Brown

Community Relations Manager
Jennifer W. Brown was raised in Chicago, IL and has resided in Durham, NC since Aug 2013. After receiving a BA of Science in Recreation Management from Chicago State University, she has worked in the Event Management/Marketing field for the past 11 years. A mother of three amazing children, Jennifer has discovered a love for herself and for Christ that is infectious and persuasive! As a passionate lover of Jesus Christ and a dedicated servant of the work God has placed in her hands, Jennifer is excited to bring her outgoing personal and ability to network to CORRAL as the Community Relations Manager.
Lauren Clements

Lauren Clements

Managing Director, Neuse River Campus
Having grown up riding and showing hunter/jumpers, Lauren loved showing young horses and horses are a part of her very core. Lauren started teaching lessons at 15 and, three years later — at 18 — began volunteering at CORRAL. A dedicated volunteer, she was at CORRAL every weekend to teach. Six years later, Lauren is in charge of our equine program. A certified Equine Specialist through both OK Corral and Natural Lifemanship, Lauren is trained in Buck Brannaman style Natural Horsemanship and Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
Joy Currey

Joy Currey

Founder and President
Joy grew up on a farm around horses and learned to ride at the age of six, eventually placing on UNC Chapel Hill's Equestrian team. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in School Leadership. After college Joy taught for two years in inner-city Philadelphia through Teach for America and for two years as a founding teacher of a highly successful college preparatory school for disadvantaged youth in Brooklyn. During her time teaching, Joy developed curricula which succeeded in bringing underperforming, middle-school children up two to three grade levels in one year. Before CORRAL, Joy was the director of a large riding school in Raleigh, NC. In this capacity, Joy was responsible for managing a small business grossing revenues over $1M annually and overseeing a herd of 50 horses and 200 students. In 2008, Joy founded The CORRAL Riding Academy based on Christian faith and a desire to better the lives of young girls faced with adversity. From humble beginnings, CORRAL has grown to become a healthy, well-established community-focused non-profit, and recently expanded to its second farm (with plans for further expansion in CORRAL's 5 year strategic plan). Aside from running CORRAL, Joy carefully balances her roles as a mother, partner, family chef, adventurer, and homeschool teacher.

Shera Everette

Education Manager
Shera is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor degree in journalism and psychology. In 2009, she began Borrowed Pieces, which was a nonprofit organization that served teen girls in the Wilson/Rocky Mount area. Her passion for molding young people led her to the classroom, and she was a teacher and instructional coach for 11 years. A mother of one very energetic toddler, Shera is excited to join the CORRAL family and help the program continue its mission of changing lives and brightening futures.

Dakota Getrouw

Equine Manager
Dakota started riding horses when she was eight years old in the Cary, NC area. When she was 12, she published a novel called 'Flash of Freedom' about a young girl who connected with a wild horse. By the time she was a teenager, Dakota had decided to pursue a career in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Following that goal, Dakota graduated from Carroll College in Montana with a B.A. in Anthrozoology, which is the study of human-animal interaction, with a focus on horses. She came home to NC, married her college sweetheart, Tariq, and in 2019 joined the CORRAL Team as the Equine Manager for Kildaire Campus. Dakota has a deep passion for helping people connect with God, and her favorite avenue to do this is through horses.
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Christina Lashley

Program Assistant/Executive Assistant
Christina is a CORRAL alumni and first started in CORRAL ten years ago. So, she knows more about CORRAL that some of us do! She is attending Wake Tech to obtain her AS in Cyber Security and then will transfer to A&T for her BA next year. Christina plans to join the Navy after school for Cyber Warfare and computer engineering. A graduate from Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, Christina was on the varsity track team and with her experience at CORRAL, loved competing in horse shows, especially barrel racing events.

J'naya Marville

Education Manager
J'naya Marville earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by way of Howard University. She began her education career as a special education teacher through the NYC Teaching Fellows and then moved back home to North Carolina for the arrival of her twin daughters, Reina and Zora. She has spent the last three years as a general and special educator, teaching in Guilford, Chatham, and Durham counties. Bridging academic gaps and advocating for her students and their families are two of her greatest passions. She is excited to be a part of the CORRAL staff, who work hard to embody the mission in order to empower young girls.
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Erendira Ramirez

LatinX Community Liason
Edi is a former CORRAL Riding Academy participant who graduated in 2016 and went on to pursue a BA in Political Science and a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from Campbell University (Dec.2020), She feels blessed to have worked with the team in the past, and is very excited to be a part of team once again as CORRAL's LatinX Community Liaison. In 2020, CORRAL extended many of their services in include families, so she hopes to foster deeper connections with our LatinX communities.
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Janvika Shah

Marketing Manager
Janvika earned her Bachelor of Art degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Journalism and International Relations. With a combined eight years of marketing/public relations and international teaching experience, she joined CORRAL in December of 2019. Prior to working at CORRAL, she was a freelance consultant for nonprofit organizations and vowed to stay in the industry after finding fulfillment and joy in helping others. As an immigrant and woman of color, she feels called to CORRAL's mission and vision in empowering marginalized girls in the community. She believes real change happens first at a local level and within the community. Outside of work, she's passionate about outdoor adventures, teaching yoga, women's health, traveling, and art.
Alison Smitley

Alison Smitley

Creative Manager
Alison is an NC State College of Design graduate with a Bachelor of Graphic Design. She first became involved with CORRAL in 2011 when she learned of their need for a graphic and web design volunteer through her church, Vintage. A friend encouraged her to apply and she got connected soon after. Since then, Alison has helped establish and maintain the CORRAL creative brand. Prior to her design career, Alison taught special education with a focus on autism and verbal behavior therapy, where she witnessed the healing power of equine therapy for some of her students. After serving for six years as a volunteer, Alison joined the staff as CORRAL's creative manager in July 2017.
Neyra Toledo-Osorio

Neyra Toledo-Osorio

Director of Corporate Operations
Neyra, a Puerto Rico native, is a non-profit professional with over 9 years experience with leading and facilitating learning and organizational re-design processes in areas related to strategic planning, team management, leadership, innovation, fundraising, sustainability, social media marketing, public relations, and BOD development. Neyra earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in 2007 and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Social Community Psychology from the same university. Neyra’s greatest passion is human connectedness and enjoying life to the fullest. True to her roots, she has a passion for music, dancing, running, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Her two nieces are the loves of her life and motivate her to envision and work towards a better future for upcoming generations. Neyra looks forward to the opportunity to contribute with CORRAL's mission and be a part of making positive transformational change. Seguimos... (Always Forward!)
Katie Zucco

Katie Zucco

Manager of Mental Health Services, Neuse River Campus
Katie earned her Master of Social Work from North Carolina State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Katie has experience working with young women in different clinical setting from inpatient and residential to outpatient care. She has experience working with a variety of modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Katie is passionate about blending traditional talk therapy and experiential equine assisted psychotherapy to enhance the treatment and lives of the young women served at CORRAL.

Our Leadership

Milo Jasso

Milo Jasso

Board Chair
Milo has over 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry with various roles in operations, continuous improvement, and strategy. Milo currently serves as a global product manager in biologics supporting supply chain strategy and operations. Milo has a BA in Business Administration and Political Science from Lee University and an MBA from NC State. Milo was introduced to CORRAL in 2012 when his Marinna joined the staff, and Milo volunteered around the farm since then before joining the board in 2015.

Rob Currey

Co-Founder & Board Member
Rob is the CFO of a environmental services company with meaningful professional experience in the energy/environmental business ranging from seed-stage-startups to multinational corporations. Rob has substantive experience in finance and corporate strategy. Rob also has experience in the non-profit sector, as co-founder of CORRAL and as the former President of The ABB Foundation (US corporate donor). Rob earned a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) degree and a MBA at Duke University graduate school. He is the (lucky) husband of Joy, and the (proud) father of June Louise (7) and Mac (5).

Tracy Doaks

Board Member
Tracy Doaks is the President and CEO of MCNC, a technology organization that provides technology and community services to community anchor institutions, including K-20 education, public safety, and nonprofit healthcare. She provides leadership and guidance for the growing organization and focuses on delivering high-performance Internet and networking, cloud services, cybersecurity, and other essential technologies for a diverse set of clients and communities throughout North Carolina. She previously served as chief deputy state CIO and chief services officer for the N.C. Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) until her recent appointment as state CIO and secretary for the agency. Prior to NCDIT, Doaks held leadership positions at Duke Medicine, the N.C. Department of Revenue, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Accenture.

Joe Honeycutt

Board Member
Joe grew up on a horse and cattle farm in the mountains of NC and brings experience and passion for farming to the board of directors. He is an active member of the Cowboy Volunteer team and on the Horse and Farm committee. Joe is also an insurance professional dealing with commercial underwriting and risk management. He is currently employed as an Agency Management Specialist with Selective Insurance Company of America. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics/Marketing and an MBA from Appalachian State University.

Crystal Lee

Board Member
Crystal Chen Lee is an assistant professor of English Education and Literacy at North Carolina State University. Her research lies at the nexus of literacy, teacher education, community engagement, and marginalized populations. She is the founding director of The Literacy and Community Initiative (LCI), a university-community partnership that examines and empowers youth voices. The mission is to amplify student voices through student publications, advocacy, and leadership in community organizations. She began her teaching experience as a high school English teacher in New Jersey and a literacy instructor at Columbia University. In addition to her teaching, she has also served as an International Leadership Civic Fellow in the United States Congress and an education intern at International Justice Mission, a non-profit organization focused on human rights, law, and law enforcement. She received her B.A. in English and M.Ed. in English Education from Rutgers University, and her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University. She and her husband, Daniel, come from New Jersey and New York City, and are active in the faith community in the Triangle Region.
Dan Michael

Dan Michel

Board Member
Dan, with his wife Vicki, moved to Cary 4 years ago to be with their 2 daughters and 5 grandsons. They also have a son and 4 grandkids in Corpus Christi, TX. He has had 40 years of experience as a marketing executive and leadership consultant. That included 30 years with IBM in management consulting where he was one of the developers of IBM's next generation management development program. He holds a patent for an Internet-based application in that area. After IBM he had a management consulting practice working with small business owners to build successful businesses ranging from $1–40 million in sales. Most importantly he worked on business leadership applying Biblical principles.
Dan Pratt

Dan Pratt

CORRAL Board Member, Financial Officer
Dan is the Division Vice President of Education and Workforce Development at RTI International, an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. He has more than 30 years of experience conducting large-scale national studies of adolescent and young adult students. Dan received a BA in History from Duke University and a MS in Computer Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. Dan started volunteering at CORRAL in 2015 along with his wife, Dawn. He has volunteered as a tutor and joined the board in 2019.
Denise Huska

Denise Huska

Board Member/Treasurer
Denise Huska, CPA, is a CFO, HR Generalist, and Partner in Rankin McKenzie, LLC of Raleigh-Durham, a financial services firm that provides fractional and interim financial leadership for businesses of the Triangle. Denise’s background is entrepreneurial, having launched two start-ups of her own, and focused on small to medium-sized growth oriented businesses. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, execution, team development, forecasting and organizational coaching for the clients served amidst a wide array of industries including high-tech, staffing, clinical research, retail, e-commerce, education, professional service and real estate. Denise grew up on a farm in southwest Michigan where horses initially planted her love for animals. She received her BA in Accounting from Michigan State University and a CPA from the State of North Carolina. Her passion for serving is driven by her love for and faith in God with experiences shared within many local non-profits such as The Raleigh Jaycees, Learning Together Inc, Children of Chernobyl, and her church family and friends.

Our Partners

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