Our Staff

The People who Make the Barn Wonderful!
Hannah Acker

Hannah Acker began as a student at the barn, but now she's a certified PATH and CHA IRD instructor.  Growing up in a large family has given her a love of children, which combined with her love of horses, makes working at the barn a dream come true.

Ted Ludvik

Ted Ludvik is our JIT - Jerry in Training.  Ted has been a policeman, private investigator, worked as an independent security guard in Iraq, and substitute school teacher!   

Wyspr Black

Wyspr Black has been horse crazy since she was eight years old!  She has a master's from Auburn University in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Education, with a special interest in traumatic brain injuries.  She's a CHA IRD certified instructor and definitely has the coolest name at the barn!

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Ashley McDonough

Ashley McDonough has a psychology degree from Auburn and specializes in autism. She started at the barn by bringing our first student Reid and has learned so much we decided to hire her!

Alexis Braswell

Alexis Braswell graduated from Birmingham-Southern College majoring in religion, with a psychology minor. She loves horses, horses, and working with children as they learn about horses. 

Joy O'Neal

Joy O'Neal has her Master's Degree in Public Administration and is a certified consultant through the Standards for Excellence for Nonprofits.  She's also been certified as a CHA instructor and been trained by OK Corral and Natural Lifemanship.  But, it's her years as a barn mom that are most useful.

Danielle Burroughs

Danielle Burroughs loves fishing as well as horses!  She graduated from William Woods University with a degree in Equine Science and is a PATH certified instructor.  She was born up north, but got to the south as soon as she could!

Jerry Phillips

Jerry Phillips is a man of few words.  Luckily for us, it doesn't take words to keep everything at the barn working!  He is the quintessential "grand-daddy" and loves seeing smiles and listening to laughter.

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Grace Butler

Grace Butler's name fits her perfectly!  She grew up in Mississippi and California before settling in Alabama.  From scheduling and training volunteers to putting on events, Grace can do it all!

Debbie Prewitt

Debbie Prewitt keeps the grounds immaculate!  When she's not playing golf, you can find her at the ball park watching her grandchildren at the ballpark.

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Ellen Davis

Ellen Davis is an Occupational Therapist and PATH certified riding instructor.  But, she says that her horses Strawberry and Hank have taught her more than an formal education ever could have!

Jordan Reynolds
When Jordan Reynolds first began volunteering in Winter 2013, she says that a "bell" went off in her head because she was in the exact place God wanted her to be.  Since joining us as staff in Fall 2014, Jordan has earned her CHA IRD certification as a riding instructor.
Courtney Day

Courtney Day has a degree in equine management and is a CHA IRD certified instructor.  She's probably the quietest person at the barn, but has a great love for both horses and children.

Barratt Rudulph

Barratt Rudulph rocks!  Literally.  Barratt majored in geology at Whitman University.  She loves horses, rocks, and adventure.  She's climbed Rainier, Baker, and even Kilimanjaro! 

Elisabeth Grandstaff

Elisabeth Grandstaff interned with us in May 2016 and returned as staff in August 2016 after graduating from Judson College.  She's a PATH certified riding instructor and can speak Romanian.  

Connor Samples

Connor Samples never thought he'd be working at a therapeutic equine agency, but knows that he's found his calling in life!  Where else could he combine his history degree from Furman, outdoor play, and working with children?

Shannon Horsley

Shannon Horsley loves The Red Barn so much that she commutes electronically all the way from Mississippi to help us with our database and financial records.

Miranda Wagstaff

Miranda Wagstaff is an OT student at UAB and has been volunteering at the barn for several years.  She's now joined the Sunday-Funday team to get a break from her studies.

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Brandi Jordan

Brandi Jordan began as the mom of two volunteers, Austin and Trent.  Then, she began volunteering herself.  Then, we found out she knew how to drive a tractor so we hired her!  She's great with the kids, as well as equipment.

More staff information for Jason Wells, Carl Prewitt, and Sylvie Daggett coming soon!