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 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
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798 ext. 18
  • 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
  • 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! 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 dog and husband, scrapbooking, photography, and baking.


  • Name: Tyler Moorman
  • Position: Facility Manager
  • Email: tyler@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798 ext. 16
  • 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: Christa Arthur
  • Position: Lead Instructor
  • 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: 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: 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: Kazuko Matsusaka
  • Certification: PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
  • Position: Instructor
  • Email: kazuko@palstherapy.org
  • Phone: (812) 336-2798 ext. 11
  • 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@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

  • Cameron Logan – Barn Assistant
  • Pat Carroll – Barn Assistant
  • Jamie Springer – Barn Assistant
  • Jessica Cox – Barn Assistant
  • Tessa McAfee – 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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