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.
 Amanda FINAL
  • 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!
 Cynthia FINAL
  • Name: Cynthia Wakley
  • Position: Development 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: Christina Pescatore
  • Position: Full-time Instructor
  • Email: christina@palstherapy.org
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
  • Christina was first introduced to therapeutic riding in 2004 in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Parks and Recreation Administration with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. She worked at a therapeutic riding center for three years in Wyoming as an instructor. Christina received the PATH Intl Certified Professional of the year in Region 10 in 2016. Her background with horses is in hunter jumpers, saddleseat, dressage, and western. In her free time she enjoys hiking, playing with her dogs, and cooking.


  • Name: Kazuko Matsusaka
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
  • Position: Instructor
  • 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. ​
Barn Staff

  • Cameron Logan – Barn Assistant
  • Pat Carroll – Barn Assistant
  • Jamie Springer – Barn Assistant
  • Katherine Thomas – Barn Assistant
  • Gracie Wendling – 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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