TROT Staff

Connie Petri
Interim Program Director
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Meet Carolyn Ohrel
Carolyn Ohrel
Administrative Associate

Growing up in Alabama, horses were the focal point of Carolyn's life, including pony club and eventing. She migrated to Arizona for college and later worked as a sign language interpreter, paralegal, and fitness coach before finally finding her dream job at TROT where her passion truly lies.
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Meet Sierra Ohrel
Sierra Ohrel
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Equine Specialist

Sierra has been in the presence of horses all of her life and has witnessed their healing powers. She holds an advanced therapeutic riding certification from PATH and views horses as barometers that provide feedback to allow humans to explore the mind, body, spirit and emotion. Sierra is also an iRest Yoga Nidra and LifeForce Yoga Practitioner and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her office is the beauty that is all around and the horses are her co-therapists. Horses live in the present moment and teach non-verbal communication, life skills, new behaviors, teamwork, empathy, and so much more. It is through their partnership that she is able to guide people on their journey.
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Meet Margaux DeConcini
Margaux DeConcini
Development Manager

Margaux is a native Tucsonan and her belief in the power of TROT first stemmed from her volunteer experience at TROT when she was in high school. During her Master of Social Work program at USC, Margaux focused on social change and innovation with a specialty concentration in equine-assisted therapies. Her experience in grant writing, program evaluation and events will help to propel TROT’s legacy.
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Denice Angerhofer

Denice became involved with TROT by volunteering as a horse handler and side walker in 1983. She is a NARHA certified therapeutic riding instructor and a special education teacher in the Sunnyside School District. She is thrilled that she has been able to provide her classroom students with the opportunity to ride at TROT for the past 15 years.

Cathy Schreiber


Meet Sophie Clymer
Sophie Clymer

Sophie was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and spent most of her childhood in Stowe, Vermont. She is a recent graduate from Lake Erie College with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Facility Management and Therapeutic Horsemanship. Sophie was a four-year member of Lake Erie's IHSA Hunt Seat team as well as an officer for two years. In addition to showing in IHSA, Sophie has competed in both the Hunters and Jumpers. 

She was also member of the Beach Haven Ocean Rescue for four years and is an avid snowboarder. 

She recently moved to Tucson to join TROT.
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Meet Dora Kafkaridou
Dora Kafkaridou
Program Assistant/Instructor

Dora was born in Cyprus but has been a Tucson resident for the last 23 years. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and has been involved in behavioral health and non-profits for over ten years.  Dora has worked extensively with children in the foster care system providing behavioral management and de-escalation training, as well as grief and loss work.  She is certified with Eagala as an Equine Specialist and was most recently the program director for Desert Dove Farm, a non-profit equine assisted therapy program. She is a recent newlywed and a mother of an energetic little boy.  She began riding as a hunter-jumper at age seven and has had the pleasure of assisting in training different types of horses, as well as complete barn management duties of caring for the nutritional and medical needs of the horses.  She is currently pursuing her PATH Intl. Instructor Certification and looks forward to becoming a TROT certified instructor in the Fall.
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Meet Laura Bissing
Laura Bissing
Volunteer Coordinator

Laura is a licensed physical therapist and has prior experience as a volunteer side walker and horse handler at a PATH center in North Carolina. Tucson has always been her home and she is happy to be back in the desert and sunshine and she is thrilled to be a part of the TROT team.
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Meet Steve Ozee
Steve Ozee
Barn & Property Manager

Steve joined the TROT team in March 2018.  He and his wife Nancy relocated from central Illinois to be closer to family and get away from the cold winters.

Steve grew up with horses, cattle and other farm animals and has always had sensitivity to the needs of animals of all shapes and sizes.  For many years he has been involved with farming and equipment management.  These skills make him a valued member of our team.  Steve and his wife live on the TROT property and look after the herd and the ranch.

Nik Busarow
Assistant Barn Staff


Kim Kime
Assistant Barn Staff