Our Board of Directors
Valerie Buck worked 28 years in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and while she worked in top stables, sitting aboard some of the best horses in her generation, she also found value in horses no longer able to compete. Valerie uses the same patient touch she had for champions to retrain horses for other careers. She’s found success locating forever homes and useful careers for several horses. Her ongoing education in Natural Horsemanship creates well mannered, balanced horses ready for bright new futures.
Through ACTT Naturally, Valerie readied and supplied horses to a local veterans program from 2011-2014. It was here that Valerie steeled her determination to begin a program for women. A program designed to help women through tragic losses, major setbacks, large or small disappointments, or to overcome the challenges that visit every life sooner or later. She and her team help horses and humans heal together.
Valerie’s volunteer efforts have bolstered many of the charitable organizations that support people and horses in the racing industry. Her concern for women and understanding and compassion for Thoroughbreds makes her a natural leader for an organization offering experiential learning with horses.
“Combining my passions for horses and women is not just a dream, it’s a way to help make the world a better place for horses and humans.”Learn More
Julie KroneBoard Member
Julie Krone won 3,705 races during an illustrious riding career, which saw her set records not just for a woman, but for all riders. Her list of injuries would have stopped most but Julie kept coming back.
She was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2000, Julie became the first woman to be inducted into the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame. Her accomplishments led her to The National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Michigan Hall of Fame. The champion jockey is noted for her compassion for both horses and people. Despite the injuries and the PTSD that followed, Julie’s passion for horses continued. She stepped away from riding races into working as a racing analyst, motivational speaker, conducting clinics and private tutoring. Her next Hall of Fame is almost certainly going to be affixed to her participation in Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
Julie lives in Carlsbad CA with her husband Jay Hodvey, a columnist for the Daily Racing Form and their beautiful daughter Lorelei
“The work at ACTT Naturally is more important than any of my winning rides or accomplishments.”Learn More
Kristina Dallas DVMSecretary
Dr. Kris Dallas is a holistic veterinarian specializing in traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She completed a Master in public health with a focus on health policy and health administration. Dr Kris’ professional interest and skills intersect nicely with ACTT Naturally’s mission. Kris serves on several not-for-profit boards.
Katrina ClayBoard Member
Katrina Clay publishes the Healing Springs Journal, which has become New York’s original resource for healing. She has a wide range of knowledge of healing modalities and a vast network of expert colleagues. Katrina received her Shapeshifter Practitioner certification in 2004 by John Perkins and has taught a variety of workshops of her creation.
- Editor of the Healing Springs Journal
Andrea NeimanBoard Member
Andrea Neiman believes in living life as your message to the world! She earned her Master of Art in Liberal Studies degree from Skidmore College, where she created a visual arts curriculum to teach young people about sustainability and social justice. She has been teaching art at Columbia High School since 2007.
Andrea is excited to bring her experience as an art educator to the ACTT Naturally Women’s Wellness Programs. The focus will be on quieting the left side of the brain (the analytical, critical side) and allowing the creativity that lies within us all to flow as we create personal, expressive, meditative works of art.Learn More