Our Staff

  • Name:  Tamra Ranard
  • Position: Executive Director
  • Email: tamra@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798 ext. 12
  • 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 skillset 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 a horse, Diesel, and she loves spending time each and every one of them.
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  • Name: Lindsay Nash
  • Position: Associate Director
  • Email: lindsay@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798 ext. 18
  • Lindsay is a graduate of Indiana University’s Master’s in Public Affairs program and has her Bachelor’s from Loyola University Chicago. She is a recently-converted Bloomington resident with roots in Northwest Indiana. Lindsay enjoys being a part of the PALS team, engaging with new people and remaining involved in the community. She is new to riding horses due to her dreadful allergies, but has found a friend in PALS therapy horse, Tux. In her spare time, you will find her playing her guitar, exploring culinary interests or pursuing artistic endeavors!
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  • Name: Lizzie Cochrane
  • Position: Program Director
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
  • Email: lizzie@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798 ext. 14
  • As a child, Lizzie experienced the unique impact an animal can have on a person. She is committed to sharing this connection to enrich the lives of others. Lizzie is a 2012 graduate of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) where she received her B.S. in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Business Management. While at UNH, she lived on the university farm gaining hands on experience in farm management, riding instruction, and equine care. In 2009, she earned her PATH, Intl. Registered Level Certification and began working as an instructor for the UNH Therapeutic Riding Program. She spent a year in Winter Park, Colorado, working as the riding instructor for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Lizzie joined the PALS family in March 2016 and is excited to share her passion for teaching and riding with the Bloomington community. Outside of the horse barn, Lizzie is an avid runner. She also enjoys other outdoor adventures and coaching others to reach their health and fitness goals.
  • Name: Cynthia Wakley
  • Position: Outreach Coordinator
  • Email: cynthia@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798 ext. 15
  •  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! She is super excited to be a part of the PALS family and community. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys taking long walks with her dog, scrapbooking, and baking.


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  • Name: Katie Correia
  • Position: Facility Manager
  • Email: katie@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798 ext. 16
  • Katie graduated in 2016 from The University of Findlay where she majored in Equestrian Studies with an English Riding/Training Emphasis. She has volunteered and worked for multiple therapeutic riding locations across the world while she traveled as a military child. She began riding at age seven while living in England; her parents were hoping it was just a phase, but instead her passion continued to grow. In each new location her first objective was to always find a barn. Katie has lived in six different states and three different countries where she showed hunters and Jumpers. In her spare time she likes to ski, hike and ride her personal horse, Coal.


  • Name: Christa Arthur
  • Position: Instructor & Special Programs Coordinator
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
  • E-mail: christa@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798, ext 17
  • 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.
  • Name: Fern Goodman (Bonchek)
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor
  • Email: fern@palstherapy.org
  • Fern, founder and former Executive Director, has been at PALS from the beginning. Before she started the organization, Fern obtained a B.A. degree in Psychology with a specialization in Human & Animal Interactions and worked at other therapeutic riding centers from California to New York since 1995. Fern started PALS because she wanted to bring her experience in therapeutic riding back home to Indiana. Fern served as the chair of the Higher Education Committee of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) from 2004 – 2006, is a PATH Intl. Registered On-Site Workshop/Certification Associate Evaluator, an adjunct instructor at Indiana University School of Public Health (formally HPER) and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County (LBMC). Fern’s life isn’t all work, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, camping, and of course riding her horse “Sunny”.
  • Name: Annie Cornett, MS, CTRS
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
  • Position: Instructor
  • Email: annie@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798 ext. 11
  • Annie was first introduced to therapeutic riding when she began volunteering at PALS in 2005 as a sidewalker, horse leader, and barn manager. The passion she developed for the field only grew as she spent more and more time with the program, and in 2009 she became a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor. She is a two-time graduate of Indiana University, most recently completing her Masters of Science in Recreation, with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. She received her professional certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification in 2011. Annie was recently named one of Bloomington’s “10 Under 40” award recipients for her work in our community. Check out her video from the award presentation here! In addition to her time at PALS, Annie enjoys showing her 6 year old OTTB Bubba, running, walking her dog, and reading.
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  • Name: Cindy Linsenbardt
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
  • Position: Instructor
  • Email: cindy@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798 ext. 11
  • 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: Holly Foster
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
  • Position: Instructor
  • Email: holly@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798 ext. 11
  • For at least 50 years, Holly has had horses in her life and has ridden different styles. She has trained in English and Western riding, and is currently training in natural horsemanship. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a Masters Degree in Special Education. After graduation, Holly worked for the North Lawrence County Schools as a Special Education Resource Teacher. She served children with many disabilities in grades K-6 for 34 years and has recently retired. Holly began volunteering at PALS as a horse leader when they were first established in 2000. Now as a retired teacher, she has chosen to stay involved by combining her special education background and all that her past experiences have taught her with her lifelong commitment to horses.
  • Name: Joshua Apanavicius
  • Position: Indiana University Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE)
  • E-mail: japanavi@umail.iu.edu
  • Phone: (765) 635-5123
  • 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.
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  • Name: Kat Wallace
  • Position: Indiana University SPEA Fellow
  • E-mail: fellow@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (630) 247-9174
  • 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

  • Eli Bakies – Barn Assistant
  • Pat Carroll – Barn Assistant
  • Claire Burdette – Barn Assistant
  • Erika Fields – 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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