Board of Directors

At Silver Lining Riding, our board members work as a team to help people overcome life’s obstacles through equine interaction.

Gregg Brown

Gregg E. Brown

Gregg is the Manager of Data Center Operations for Choice Hotels International in Phoenix, AZ.  He has worked for Choice Hotels for over 25 years in the IT field, the first 15 of which were at the corporate headquarters in Rockville, MD.  Prior to working for Choice, Gregg taught computer science at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and Montgomery County Community College in Rockville, MD.


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Dawn Brown

Dawn Brown

Dawn is the owner of AZ Business Consulting, a virtual accounting firm that focuses on the needs of nonprofit and small business clients.  During her more than 30-year career, she has served in the private sector as the CFO of both an educational nonprofit and a trade association.  Dawn has spent the past 19 years in public accounting, the first 10 of which were in the Washington, D.C., CPA firm 

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Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy has been a Quality Systems Coordinator for Donor Network of Arizona, the organization entrusted with carrying out the wishes of organ, tissue, and eye donor heroes in the state of Arizona, since 2009.  In the Quality industry since 1994, she is a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and earned her

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Nicki Sims

Nicki Sims was a District Manager with Total Petroleum for 20 years.  She started in Phoenix and later moved to Colorado, and after a year in Denver, she moved to Ft. Collins where she was responsible for opening and operating all-new convenience stores and truck stops in Northern Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska.

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Teri Johnson-Kelley

Teri Johnson-Kelley

Teri Johnson-Kelley is a native Arizonian and retired U.S. Navy Nurse.  She obtained her Baccalaureate degree in Zoology from Arizona State University and her Masters of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.  She is Certified in Emergency Nursing (CEN) and a Board-Certified Nurse Executive 

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Melody Ward

Melody was born and raised in Colorado, moved to Arizona with her husband in 1991. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History with an emphasis on Education. Melody taught elementary school for nearly 20 years with the last 3 years as an administrator. After her children were grown and on their own, Melody retired from Education in 2017. Now a Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Northwest, Melody also works with five of her colleagues, coordinating multiple home sales and purchases. Melody also owns and operates Dream Horse Supplements.

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As Silver Lining Riding’s Board of Directors, we work together to help steer the organization in a positive and sustainable direction. We volunteer our time to attend meetings, serve on committees, and work on various projects throughout the year.  Our Board directors and members, from varied backgrounds and from all walks of life, value diversity and inclusion in all we do.  If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please contact us at

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Silver Lining Riding’s Board collaborates with everyone in the organization—instructors, volunteers, and horses—to create a powerful team that brings our mission of helping people overcome life’s obstacles through equine interaction to life.  We also seek and value partnerships within our community to allow our organization to grow and improve.  Together, we strive to provide a positive, inclusive, healthy experience for our students and their families.