Our current staff members are Joyce Scott, Katie Cooper, Merry Logan, Evelyn Crumb, and Suzanne Nebeker. Also imperative to our organization are Ann Kossler, Intake Specialist, Steve Drippon, Facilities, Melissa Burley, Intake Coordinator, Jill Henry Volunteer Coordinator, and Kim Browne, Volunteer Mentor .
JOYCE SCOTT, Executive Director
Joyce G. Scott was raised on the Geary Brother’s Ranch in Helmville, Montana where she rode horses, herded cows and raked hay. After a formal education as a speech therapist she worked for over 25 years as a Developmental Specialist, Sr. and Early Intervention Specialist throughout Idaho. In 1994 she was able to merge her love of horses with her knowledge of disabilities when she and a friend founded Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Association in Salmon, Idaho. Joyce is an Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She currently lives in Missoula, MT and travels monthly to Salmon to support WTRRA. Favorite quotes: “Nothing you do for a child is every wasted.” Garrison Keillor and “Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln
KATIE COOPER, Lead Instructor and Horse Manager
Katie grew up on a cattle ranch here in Lemhi County. As a 5th generation rancher, her love of horses came early and stuck. After graduating from Salmon High School she moved to Bozeman, MT and earned a teaching certificate in Agricultural Education and secondary English. She went back to school following graduation and earned her Master’s degree in Agricultural Education. While at MSU-Bozeman Katie was very active in the Equine Program, taking and assisting with classes, as well as showing on the IHSA show team. After graduation, she and her husband Jeff managed two different equine facilities and coached the MSU IHSA show team, as well as gave lessons, raised and trained horses, and operated a 4-H club for disadvantaged youth. Upon moving back to Salmon in 2008, Katie became very involved at WTRRA and earned her Register Instructor status in the spring of 2011. Katie enjoys working at the High School as an Agricultural Education instructor, but her true passion will always be horses and children, so a perfect match for Whitewater!
MERRY LOGAN, Registered Instructor, PATH Certified Mentor and Community Relations
Merry B. Logan was born in Salmon, Idaho. She cannot remember ever learning to ride horses, because she has just always been doing it from growing up on her family’s beef cattle ranch. After graduating from Salmon High School, she attended U of I and obtained a B.S. of Education degree. She taught all the English, Spanish and Girls’ Physical Ed classes for Leadore High School for 4 years. She also started and coached the Girls’ Basketball Team for Leadore High. She and her husband, Dave, took over the management of her family ranch and raised their 3 children there. She was a 4-H Horse Leader for 20 years. She and her children spent many years competitively showing their horses in the Central Idaho Horse Show Association, and that tradition now continues with her grandchildren. She is now employed as the Manager of the Salmon office of the Idaho Dept. of Labor, but her passion has always been education for youth. She served 6 years as a Trustee of the School Board for the Salmon School District. She has also served as a board member for other community organizations. She believes WTRRA is where she can best use her dedication to education, her love for working with teenagers, her belief in making a positive difference in the lives of others, her love of horses, her years of horsemanship experience and her history of community involvement. Her favorite quote is “There is much pleasure in accomplishing things others say you can’t.” Walter Bagehot
SUZANNE NEBEKER, Registered Instructor and Community Outreach
Suzanne Nebeker, NP was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a child, Suzanne, along with her parents and two younger sisters, had the opportunity to live throughout the Intermountain West as a result of her father’s job with the Forest Service. She began college at the age of sixteen, attending Eastern Montana College for a short time. In 1978, she received her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Interpersonal Communications. As an associate professor for both BYU and MSU, Suzanne taught communications in addition to attending college. With the initial intention of becoming an attorney, Suzanne, whose family has a long line of physicians and healthcare providers, enrolled into the Pre-Masters Law Program at BYU, but soon found that she was drawn to nursing. She earned her Registered Nursing Degree from Montana State University in 1982 and in 1984 returned to Brigham Young University to obtain her Masters of Nursing Science. Suzanne continued her training at Graceland College and received a Post Masters Certificate in Nursing.
In 1999, Suzanne, along with her family, moved to Salmon, ID to accept a Nurse Practitioner position at Steele Memorial Medical Center (SMMC). She volunteers as a Regional Faculty Member for the American Heart Association and is currently a Board Member for the Lemhi County Mahoney House & Family Safety Center. She is also a founding member and the medical representative for the Lemhi County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Team. Outside of work, Suzanne enjoys living in the country and spending time with family. She has been blessed with two children and three wonderful grandchildren. She appreciates Salmon’s small town atmosphere and enjoys the rural aspect of Lemhi County including the mountains and wide open spaces it provides. She has many interests including her love for horses. On her country property, Suzanne raises, trains, and shows Missouri Fox Trotters. She has trained multiple world champion horses in many disciplines and currently cares for twenty-five horses. During her free time, Suzanne frequently judges horse shows both at a national and international level. She is a board member for the Utah Fox Trotting Horse Association and serves on the Judge’s Committee and the Show Committee for the National Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association. S Other leisure time activities Suzanne enjoys with her family include: being outdoors, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, mountain climbing, hunting, gardening, and practicing yoga, a discipline she has been instructing since 2003.
STEVE DRIPPON, Facilities Management
Evelyn grew up as a little girl riding horses in a small town in Upstate New York however most recently she joins us from Dallas, Tx.. She spent two years in Dallas training at a therapeutic riding center and earning her instructor certification. She has a degree in Agricultural Business with a focus in education from the State University of New York at Cobleskill. She currently serves WTTRA as an instructor, schooling horses, and maintaining the website. She has experience with several riding disciplines, including Hunter-jumpers, western equitation and reining, and has dabbled in dressage. She is very excited to be living in Salmon and a part of the WTTRA team!
JILL HENRY, Volunteer Coordinator
Upon retiring Jill has learned to knit, embroider and quilt with the guidance and patience of new friends. Most Saturday mornings are spent ‘yard saleing’ for bargains. At whitewater I am trying to overcome my fear of horses while focusing on the small young riders who show me the way to engage these huge, powerful animals.
MELISSA BURLEY, Intake Coordinator