Board Of Directors

Deborah S. Rocha

An educator with Saugus Union School District

Of course, after retiring from teaching full-time for 33+ years and running the foundation, Deborah has created a great team, each with their specialties, to serve the youth both on the ranch and in the community. The fact that horses and the ranch life provided an additional five years for her daughter, Samantha, to spend time with family and friends, before she took her life, solidified the power of horses.

Deborah has used her unusual amount of energy and passion for providing hands-on experiences that develop the youth’s confidence through simple tasks of horse grooming and care, equine assisted learning workshops for communication skills, equine assisted psychotherapy for those dealing with more severe needs, as well as workshops that help create healthy self-care habits for parents and caregivers.

 

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Board Of Directors

Maritza de la Cruz

Speech and Language Pathologist with
Saugus USD

Janine Ragen Jones
Janine Jones has been a resident of Santa Clarita Valley since 1972. She received her B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz in Sociology and continued her graduate at California State University Northridge.

After teaching 4th grade for the Sulphur Springs School District, she moved into the business of insurance and became an Attorney Negotiator for State Farm, where she remained until her first child was born in 1993. After 18 years as an active, civic-minded, and community volunteer; “Stay at Home Mom”, she enrolled in Paul Mitchel Cosmetology school. Janine now works as a licensed makeup artist and hair stylist in Valencia. 
Janine has been happily married to her husband, Daniel Jones, for 29 years, and together they have raised three amazing children.
Janine has been an active volunteer for many non-profit organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley over the past 46 years and has sat on the Board of the American Cancer Society (currently Pres. Chair), American Diabetes Association, Betty Ferguson Foundation, and a proud Board Member of SRD-Straightening Reins.

 

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Dana Bradford
A mother of three, Dana earned a BFA at The University of Florida, and an MFA in theatre design from Penn State University. She worked as the Charge Scenic Artist in Miami’s Coconut Grove Playhouse for 3, later working as a scenic artist painting scenery for commercials, movies, Opera, and residential murals in Miami and Georgia. A Jersey girl who was born in the Bronx, NY, Dana, and her young family settled in Los Angeles in 2003 to give her 6-year-old son the opportunity to express his creativity through acting. When he was acting, her boy came alive with creativity, something that was shut down after being teased in school. When she was not painting murals or taking the kids to auditions, Dana worked as a temp at the Art Directors Guild which eventually earned her a full-time staff position where she oversees accounts receivable and the membership database for over 2800 members.

“Our children are all different and special and when given the chance to find their voice, they can learn to make positive choices here at the ranch. I’m watching my 2 younger children grow as people and find themselves. This is what SRD~Straightening Reins is all about.  Children who have lost hope learn that they are unique, special, that they matter and that they can contribute. We make a difference in young lives so that they can be a vital part of our community.” Dana Bradford

In 2016, Dana and her family found SRD and Debbie Rocha, at the suggestion of her family therapist who was looking for an alternative approach for kids with ADHD, kids on the spectrum as well as for the siblings of special needs kids. Her young children were diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety, to name a few, and SRD was a place where they could be themselves and relax with the animals. Through the programs at SRD, Dana learned how depression and anxiety manifest itself in young children. Her younger children expressed suicidal thoughts at the young ages of 5 and 7, which she did not fully understand.  One of her children later actively engaged in suicidal ideation so Dana turned to Debbie Rocha who guided her and her family with what to do and how to get help. After this terrible experience and the critical help that her family received, Dana wanted to get involved so she volunteered for Saturday Ranch Crew. When the foundation was at risk of closing last year, Dana became actively involved in community outreach to get the word out about the critical services that SRD provides, and the need for funding. This eventually led her to a position on the SRD Board of Directors.

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Susan Lopez
A graduate from the University of Southern California, Susan is an enthusiastic and goal oriented individual with 26 years’ experience implementing and managing technology solutions, facilitating business process improvements, executing change management, and achieving cost savings initiatives for her customers. As Vice President, Susan directs and oversees the day to day operations of the Business / Technology Integration Department including all aspects of project management activities and process improvement opportunities within Logix Federal Credit Union. When she isn’t glued to a computer screen or attending meetings, Susan spends time at SRD Straightening Reins with her son Eric. A foodie wannabe,

Susan enjoys seeking out and dining at new restaurants with her husband Carlos. “It’s been almost two years since my son and I began volunteering at the ranch. I know life presents challenges and being part of something that promotes teamwork and a strong work ethic has helped my son understand the importance of making positive choices when faced with those challenges. I truly enjoy working with everyone, young and not so young, in supporting a place where we can be ourselves and build lasting friendships.”

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Andrew Galvan Macias
Andrew Galvan Macias is the founder of Danny’s Shoes Foundation, General Contractor and Owner of AMMAC Services, as well as Head of Construction and Maintenance @ Roque and Mark Corp. Andrew shares life with his 2 adult children, Stephanie, our ranch photographer, and Andy Jr. and his dogs, Lola and Baloo. His commitment to the community spans from a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Mens Charitable Organization, to serving as one of our regular ranch mentors.

“I am happy to become part of the SRD board. As one of the weekly staff in attendance at the ranch, I have become very aware of the benefits that the ranch environment offers the children. The unique way that children react to the combination of staff that cares for them, and the animal friends that are new to them, providing challenges to deal with, create an environment that helps them develop the confidence necessary to deal with the sometimes difficult world.”

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