Betsy Hillyard, CCLS
Betsy Hillyard graduated from the Univeristy of Akron (Ohio) with a bachelors degree in Child Development, and has been employed as a Certified Child Life Specialist since 1994. Betsy is also a Certified Volunteer with Children's Disaster Services and has been trained to deploy as part of a disaster response team to provide therapeutic play activities to children affected by natural or other disasters.
Betsy began volunteering in the Ranch Therapeutic Horseback Riding program in 2013, first as a side-walker, then as horse leader. She thoroughly enjoys working with both the riders and the horses and everyone loves Betsy's positive energy. In 2015, Betsy joined the Paws for Reflection Ranch Board of Directors. She brings compassion and comprehensive knowledge of children and healthcare to the Board table. Betsy selflessly gives of her time and talents at each and every Ranch event.
Originally from northeast Ohio, Betsy now lives in Midlothian with her husband and their dogs. An avid baseball fan, Betsy still faithfully roots for the Cleveland Indians & St. Louis Cardinals when they are on the field.
Stan Seremet is Co-Founder and Vice President of the Ranch Board. Stan graduated Central Connecticut State University with degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration in 1982. Following graduation, he took a two week vacation to visit his sister in Florida before getting serious about a real job. That turned into a one week vacation after reading the Help Wanted classifieds in the Sunday newspaper and interviewing for a Programmer/Analyst position at a local hospital, and getting hired to start the following Monday. This first job launched a very successful 33 year career in Healthcare Information Technology, retiring from a major North Texas Hospital System as Chief Information Officer in 2015. He was most proud of his involvement in the transformation of healthcare information systems brom back office financial systems to online, real-time, clinical systems at the bedside, making healthcare delivery safer for all patients. He often dates himself when he tells everyone his cell phone has more storage and processing power than the entire computer room in that first hospital position!
His passion for healthcare technology was superseded by his passion for helping others at Paws for Reflection Ranch. Growing up with a sister with Downs Syndrome, gave him a huge heart for God's special children and those with special needs. His focus at Paws is business strategy, marketing, grant writing, fundraising, website maintenance, newsletter publishing, volunteer coordination, and of course animal care and Ranch maintenance. He only thought he retired! Stan is also a licensed pilot.
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Dr. Kathi Perry, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
Dr. Kathi Perry is a charter Board member and serves as Secretary of the Board.
Dr. Kathi is one of the top chiropractors not only in Texas, but actross the nation. Since graduating from Parker College of Chiropractic, Dr. Kathi has dedicated herself to learning over 40 techniques so she can help her patients meet their personal healthcare needs. She opened her private practice in Arlington shortly after graduation and has built her "eclectic chiropractic" mix of different techniques which people need to get back to optimum health.
Today, Dr. Kathi is one of only a few in a 6 state area who practices the Sacro-Occiptal Technique and the Lifeline Technique. She is also an Advanced BET Doctor, Questor in the Total Body Modification Techanique, and holds a Texas State Radiology permit. In 1997, she earned her Fellow from the International Academy of Medical Acupuncturists.
Melode Seremet, LVT
Melode Seremet is Co-Founder and President of the Ranch Board of Directors. Armed with a degree in Computer Science, she began her career in healthcare. In a local Florida hospital, she quickly moved into management first in the IT Department and later in Nursing Administration, handling nursing computer systems, budgeting, staffing, construction, and special projects. Upon the Seremet's move to Texas in 1993, Melode was the Director for several non-profits, learning the ins and outs of non-profit management, successful grant writing, and marketing strategies.
Ready for an animal related career, Melode returned to school in 2003 to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. It was during this time, she experienced the powerful vision of Paws for Reflection Ranch. After extensive research, volunteering at other equine facilities, training in equine therapy, and training as an LVT, the pursuit to make the Ranch a reality began.
Today, Melode manages the day-to-day operations of the Ranch, oversees the vet care and feeding of all Ranch animals, introduces the Ranch to new clients and partners, writes grants, attends outreach opportunities, and develops new partnerships within the community and with like-minded organizations. It is important to Melode that the Ranch remain a welcoming reprieve from the stresses of the world outside the gate.
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Shelly graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies in Biology, Psychology and Exercise and Sports Studies. She went on to get her Associates of Applied Science degree from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Grayson County/Collin County Community College in 1999. Though she left the physical therapy field to help her family’s business, she never lost her love for helping others.
Following the death of her mother, Shelly found her way to the Ranch. Through the Equine Assisted Counseling Program and EMDR therapy she developed the skills needed to process the loss and grief associated with trauma, and thus her love for the Ranch was born. After completing her counseling, Shelly began volunteering with the Therapeutic Horseback Riding program, allowing her to combine her love for animals and her passion for helping others. Shelly is dedicated to sharing all that Paws for Reflection Ranch has to offer so that those in need find the help and comfort they deserve.
Shelly has been a resident of Midlothian for 16 years. She moved here from Grand Prairie with her husband and her animal entourage which currently includes her Yellow Lab Mona and a herd of rescue cats.
Our Board works tirelessly to promote and fund
Paws for Reflection Ranch. We are grateful for their service and could not do what we do without their support.
Marilyn has been a community volunteer since moving to Midlothian 20 years ago. Her love for children, local heroes (First Responders) and animals laid a strong foundation for her volunteer work in Midlothian and Ellis County.
In addition to owning a custom cabinet company for 20 years, Marilyn served on the Boards of several Ellis County non-profits, becoming aware of the many needs of Midlothian citizens. She graduated from Leadership Midlothian, the Citizen’s Police Academy, and the Citizen’s Academy. These training groups introduced her to local leaders providing a network of non-profit organizations in Midlothian and Ellis County. Marilyn also completed Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) and has served on the board for CERT. A strong supporter of the Midlothian Police Department, Marilyn served as the community chaplain and also on the board of the Midlothian Police Association.
Animal welfare is another passion for Marilyn who previously served on the board of the Ellis County SPCA and is now an active board member of the Hearts and Tails of Hope Pet Rescue. She diligently works to find new homes, both foster and permanent, for those in desperate need of care and love.
Marilyn’s passions toward Youth-at-Risk, Veterans & First Responders, as well as, animals, brought her through the gate of Paws for Reflection Ranch. Serving on the Board of Directors since 2017, Marilyn actively networks with members of the Midlothian and Ellis County communities to bring the Ranch to the forefront. She increases awareness of Ranch services, and also communicates Ranch needs. We are grateful for Marilyn’s advocacy.
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