Our Staff

  • Name:  Tamra Ranard
  • Position: Executive Director
  • Email: tamra@palstherapy.org
  • Tamra is a lifelong learner with extensive experience in K-12 public education, technology and business. She has always dreamed of finding a career that combines her learned business skill set with her love of horses. For Tamra, the PALS Executive Director position is a dream come true. She earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is married with two children, a granddaughter, a dog and horses, Bindi and Diesel, and she loves spending time each and every one of them.
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  • Name: Amanda Fisher
  • Position: Program Director
  • Email: amanda@palstherapy.org
  • Amanda has spent most of her career working in the field of education. She moved to the marketing department during her time at an edtech company and found that she really enjoys marketing! She has been a horse lover since childhood and is fortunate enough to own three horses of her own. Originally from northern Indiana, she has called Bloomington home since 2002. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, volunteering at church, and trail riding with her family!
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  • Name: Cynthia Wakley
  • Position: Operations Director
  • Email: cynthia@palstherapy.org
  •  Cynthia was first introduced to PALS in 2011 when she began volunteering as a side walker, horse leader, and stable manager. In 2016, she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Event Planning. With her love of horses and event planning, PALS is the perfect fit! Cynthia is very happy to be a part of the PALS family and community. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys taking long walks with her dogs and husband, scrapbooking, photography, and baking.


  • Name: Tyler Moorman
  • Position: Facility Manager
  • Email: tyler@palstherapy.org
  • In 2017, Tyler graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Animal Science and a concentration in production. Tyler is originally from Brookville, Indiana but now calls Bloomington home. She grew up on a small farm where she had her first horse experience, breaking her horse. She also worked for the #1 Quarter Horse Racing Breeding farm in the nation. In her spare time, Tyler enjoys playing with her two dogs and cat, playing softball, going to amusement parks, and doing DIY projects with her husband.


  • Name: Leanna Hamm
  • Position: Outreach Coordinator
  • Email: leanna@palstherapy.org
  •  Leanna started with the Pals team in 2018. She has associates in Social Science from Vincenness University. She was with Sunrise Greetings for 15 years and KeHE for 9 years. She has always had a passion to work with adaptive individuals. This passion has been fueled by her brother Steven who had a neurodevelopmental disorder with autistic traits. Though out her life she has worked at Stone Belt semi-independent living program (SILP) and group home program. Leanna and her family are a pro-UTV race team and they love to use this status to fund-raise and give opportunities to work with adaptive individuals who would love to race but are no longer able too. Leanna is a huge animal lover with four dogs of her own.


  • Name: Christa Arthur
  • Position: Lead Instructor
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
  • E-mail: christa@palstherapy.org
  • Christa was first introduced to horses by a friend in high school. It was at this time she began showing in 4H. After high school in 2014, Christa found PALS and started volunteering as a side walker, horse leader and stable manager. Since then, she has become a Barn Assistant and a PATH Intl.-Certified Instructor. Christa also gave PALS’ two retired miniature horses, Rocky and Shorty, a home where they are loved by her little brother and two other horses. In her free time, Christa enjoys baking, cake decorating, and riding her horse, Star.
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  • Name: Cindy Linsenbardt
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
  • Position: Instructor
  • Email: cindy@palstherapy.org
  • Growing up Cindy developed her love of horses through riding lessons, 4-H, and by leasing a horse. Cindy attended the University of California at Davis where she graduated in 2007 with a BA in Studio Art and Minors in Equine Science and Spanish, and completed a Foal Management Internship at the Animal Science Horse Barn. In addition Cindy holds a Certificate of Experiential Teaching as well as a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University. After volunteering at several therapeutic riding programs in Illinois, Cindy became a Certified PATH Registered Level Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor in 2012. When she and her husband moved to Bloomington, Indiana, she immediately started volunteering at PALS, and the rest is history! In her free time Cindy enjoys training her horse Zella, being outdoors, doing gymnastics, reading, writing and traveling.
  • Name: Kazuko Matsusaka
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
  • Position: Instructor
  • Email: kazuko@palstherapy.org
  • After a twenty-five year career in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kazuko retired to Bloomington in 2016. She started riding horses in 1991 and purchased her first horse Dublin as her skills developed. Kazuko became interested in therapeutic horseback riding after attending a Boston therapeutic horse show. Because of her passion for using the power of horses to teach, she became a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor in 2006. Kazuko still continues to play and teach viola, and she loves learning as much as she can about horses and people. She also owns two other horses, Nino and Cassio.
  • Name: Joshua Apanavicius
  • Position: Indiana University Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE)
  • E-mail: japanavi@iu.edu
  • Josh is a student at Indiana University studying Biochemistry and Physics in hopes of one day becoming a physician so he can change the lives of others. In his free time Josh likes to work on his car, ride bicycles, and read poetry. Some of his favorite poets are Edgar Allan Poe and Pablo Neruda. He is super excited to be at PALS and learn as much as he can from all of the wonderful people here.
  • Name: Josiah Zintsmaster
  • Position: Indiana University Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE)
  • E-mail: jzintsma@iu.edu
  • Attending Indiana University, Josiah is studying Business Management and Marketing. Growing up on a farm Josiah has been around livestock but has had limited exposure to horses. However, he is excited to be involved at PALS and encourage others do the same. Josiah is an Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE) at PALS, meaning he will act as the link between PALS and IU students in service learning classes. With his leisure time, he enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, and being outdoors. ​
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  • Name: Kat Wallace
  • Position: Indiana University SPEA Fellow
  • E-mail: fellow@palstherapy.org
  • Kat is a current graduate student at Indiana University getting her Master’s in Public Affairs and Environmental Science. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in New York where she studied History and Environmental Studies. Kat calls the suburbs of Chicago home but is very excited to experience living in Bloomington. She does not know much about horses but is looking forward to learning a great deal while at PALS! Her hobbies are travel, reading, and watching dramatic television shows.
Barn Staff

  • Cameron Logan – Barn Assistant
  • Pat Carroll – Barn Assistant
  • Jamie Springer – Barn Assistant
  • Jessica Cox – Barn Assistant
  • Brianna Barbato – Barn Assistant
  • Kelly Holland – Maintenance Worker

*** All PALS instructors are PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors or are supervised by a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor at all times.



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