Welcome to Solid Ground
Shelley Trumbly, Executive Director, founded Solid Ground Equine Assisted Activities & Therapy Center in September 2016. Solid Ground strives to enhance the quality of life of individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional or behavioral challenges by providing them with therapeutic horseback riding and associated activities. Equine-assisted therapy is a relatively new form of therapeutic intervention which recognizes that the bond between animals and humans fosters emotional growth and healing. Solid Ground EAATC is a PATH International member as of September 2017.
Who Is Solid Ground
The mission of Solid Ground Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy Center is to inspire and empower individuals by equipping them with the skills necessary to enhance their ability to overcome challenges through equine centered activities.
Solid Ground envisions a community where individuals have improved wellness and live an active fulfilling life with confidence and maximize their potential.
Equine Therapy is experiential in nature, meaning that participants learn about themselves and others by taking part in activities with the horses, and then processing or discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. But EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings.
Meet The Board of Directors
Shelley founded Solid Ground in 2016. Shelley was born and raised in Klamath Falls and has 4 boys. She has been a Registered Nurse for 20 years and is now a PATH Certified Equine Therapy Instructor. Shelley grew up showing horses in 4-H, open shows and on the paint horse circuit. Her most recent accomplishment is her yearling filly winning the Triple Crown Lounge Line Futurity in Albany. Shelley hopes her love of horses, and her experience as an RN can merge together to bring therapeutic value and healing to many individuals in our community. She obtained her teaching hours for Equine Certification through HOPE Equestrian in Medford, and her official certification at Giant Steps Equine Center in Petaluma, California.
Matt grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He obtained a BS in Psychology from Oregon Institute of Technology as well as a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Portland State University. Matt brings a vast knowledge and experience to this role – and also serves as the technology manager for Solid Ground. He has nearly a decade of experience working with individuals with severe behavioral health disorders. Matt enjoys spending his free time attending concerts and experiencing new travel destinations.
Harold and his wife Linda have been married for 44 years and have 4 children, and 9 grandchildren. Harold serves as the Government Affairs Coordinator for Klamath County Association of Realtors. His extensive work history includes time as a Forester, Consultant, Smokejumper, Farmer, and Construction for 35+ years. Harold is the founder and served as Director of the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum in Cave Junction, as well as Airplane Project Manager and Grant Writer for multiple local, state and federal grants. He was recently awarded the “Last of the Mohicans” award for outstanding service to 501C3 organizations. Harold has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Management with minors in Economic and Political Science, and a Master’s Degree in International Natural resource Economics.
Jordan is an instructor in training for Solid Ground, a nursing student, a rancher, a business owner, and wife. While Jordan was born in Klamath Falls, she spent the majority of her childhood moving all around the country. As a teenager, her family settled their roots back in Klamath Falls and she has loved her small town ever since. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her husband, cook new recipes, and spend time with her family. Jordan believes her love of horses and passion for helping people can combine to lend a helping hand to those in need throughout our community.
Debi was born and raised in Klamath Falls. Debi is an Enrolled Agent and Licensed Tax Consultant with 29 years of experience. Debi is currently employed at Isler Group, LLC as a staff accountant. She has been married for 34 years to Randy. They have two daughters, Stephanie and Christina, and a grandson, Robert. Their family has also been blessed with Candice and Hunter. They also have a farm in Merrill, raising hay and cattle. Debi is very involved in church and horse activities that foster and support children. Her motto is “it takes a village to raise a child.” She says she will do all she can to help a child or horse as they are all part of “my village”.
“This house could be fixed with 2 sticks, a stick of dynamite in the front door and one at the back.” Were the comments from a nearby neighbor as newly married Brad & Dori Staub were moving into a sight unseen house in Tulelake, CA. After moving from Alturas to Tulelake, Dori started working in the family business along with commuting back to Alturas for 25 years to work as a dental hygienist. She received her Dental Hygiene degree from OIT. Dori has always loved running for fitness, and in 2007 Dori’s love of running transformed into running marathons for soldier charities. She has completed 4 Marine Corps Marathons on the FISTS team for TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) in Honor of fallen soldier SSG Christopher Webb. In Dori’s first Marathon, the Marine Corps in Washington DC she qualified to run the Boston Marathon and in 2008 ran on Team Homes For Our Troops in the Boston Marathon. Dori appreciates the courage of our brave soldiers. Dori has coached several successful teams while head track coach at Tulelake High School.
Brad & Dori reside in Tulelake and have been married for 31 years. Dori currently works as a project manager for her family business. She enjoys volunteering and has spent tremendous amounts of time visiting with and caring for countless elderly people. Her affinity for older folks has enriched her life tremendously. Dori enjoys coffee with her Scripture and notebook every morning. She enjoys spending time with her sons and daughter-in-law’s Alicia and Lexie. Jared and Alicia’s two and a half-year-old daughter, Alivia, brings her unspeakable joy.
Angela was born and raised in rural Oregon and is a passionate supporter of programs that empower and build strong families and communities. Her journey, alongside her husband Gabe, has spanned across three states and brought them to Klamath Falls for 11 wonderful years. During this time, she served as Executive Director at Friends of the Children – Klamath Basin and enjoyed working closely with a number of collaborative partners, including Solid Ground, and funders for the benefit of Basin children facing the greatest obstacles.
Angela and Gabe now reside in La Pine, Oregon with their two energetic boys. Angela serves as Director of Strategic Impact and Grants for Friends of the Children National, supporting expansion across the US. She is excited to leverage her years of non-profit experience to support the growth and mission of Solid Ground. Angela graduated from Portland State University and is a Leadership Klamath and Ford Institute leadership alumnus. In her free time, Angela enjoys outdoor activities, watching her boys play sports, home projects, reading, and sewing.
Dena Keppen has worked as a physical therapist for 29 years. The majority of her focus has been working with children with special needs. She also has been engaged in the development of therapeutic horseback riding since she was in graduate school at Pacific University. Dena owned and managed a pediatric rehabilitation clinic for twelve years in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She also was the sole pediatric physical therapist for all of Modoc County for 15 years. Dena and her husband Dan are committed to activities that assist in improving our community. Dena and her husband have two children who graduated from Henley High School and are now actively pursuing their life dreams. Dena loves all the wonderful outdoor activities the Klamath Basin has to offer, and in her free time enjoys hiking, skiing or kayaking with her husband and two dogs.
I have one wife (Cathy – married 40 years), three daughters, one boy, and one granddaughter. We came to Klamath in 1980. I retired from the Oregon Air National Guard in 1989 and since then have been employed by several companies at Kingsley Field including Boeing, Hughes, and Lockheed. To avoid retirement status, I became a Klamath County school bus driver and enjoy hauling the little buggers around. I have been associated with search and rescue, dive rescue, posse, food bank, horse and carriage society, and OIT dental clinic as a victim for the students. My hobbies are horses, dogs, cats, home maintenance, hiking, and canoeing with my wife. I think the Solid Ground mission is a noble one and I am honored to be a part of it. My motto is: KEEP SMILIN’.