Our Board of Directors
Jean Gath is a founding member of Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary. She is currently a principal at Pfeiffer Partners Architects Inc. where she oversees campus, cultural, and community master planning and programming assignments. She additionally oversees urban design and strategic development efforts. From Pfeiffer Partners’ website: “Her strengths include an ability to implement visionary solutions in ways that are cost effective and allow for future flexibility.” This strength plays a key role in helping to guide Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary to a sustainable future.
Dr. Carolyn Karlson is a longtime supporter of Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary. She is currently the vice president of the Retired Racehorse Project, an organization dedicated to facilitating the placement of ex-racehorses into new, rewarding careers. She owns racehorses through Bourbon Lane Stables, one of whom currently lives at Tierra Madre. Another of her horses – Bourbon Courage – was the 2012 winner of the Louisiana Super Derby. Dr. Karlson is the past director of the Hillman Entrepreneur’s Program at the University of Maryland and current Trustee of the University of Maryland.
Rev. John E. Maracle
Rev. John Maracle is currently the president of the Native American Fellowship in Phoenix, Arizona. A longtime friend of the ranch’s founder, Jim Gath and a supporter of Tierra Madre’s mission, Rev. Maracle offers a unique perspective in community outreach with regard to the connection between horses and humans.
Dr. J Brent Rollins, DVM Emeritus
Dr. Rollins – Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary’s veterinarian for over a decade – founded Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center in Cave Creek in 1971 and retired in 2012 after 45 years as a practicing veterinarian. His love of horses grew out of his dad’s Thoroughbred racing business, where he started out at the end of a pitchfork and ended up holding a trainer’s license before he began veterinary school.
Dr. Rollins is a 1967 graduate of Colorado State University where he received his DVM. He grew up in Phoenix where he attended Osborn grade school, Washington High School, and Arizona State University. After receiving his DVM, he served for three years as a captain in the U.S. Army in Fort Detrick, Maryland. After his service, Dr. Rollins completed an equine internship at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In July 1971, he entered the private equine practice in North Phoenix.
Dr. Rollins feels his greatest accomplishment is his family. He and his wife, Francie, have been married since 1963. They have five children and twenty-five grandchildren (at last count), and his days of retirement are spent keeping up with all their activities.
Dr. Rollins currently teaches equine reproduction at Scottsdale Community College.