cathy strange

chairperson of board

Cathy was elected to the Board of Directors in June of 2013. She has been involved with Ride for Joy, having donated her horses to the program, since 2008. She worked on the First Annual Barn Party in Spring, 2013. Cathy has experience in Real Estate, banking and teaching. She received her BA from UC Davis and currently works in property management and other volunteer positions.


lisa grover


Lisa is an Idaho native who received her BS in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Idaho and received her CPA license in 1984.

She has held Financial and Internal Audit positions for Boise Cascade Corp., Micron Technology, Micron PC and taught English in a language school in Switzerland. She is currently the accountant for a local restaurant.

She and her husband Brad have been married for more than 30 years and have two sons.

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desiree smith


Desiree was an equine 4-H leader for many years and was a manager in the corporate world for over 20 years. Thanks to her early retirement, she has been able to volunteer at Ride for Joy since early 2017 and began serving on the board the end of 2017. 

Desiree is the mother of three daughters and has two grandchildren.  Working with individuals with disabilities and veterans has been a goal of hers since she was a child.


christi king

executive director

Christi was elected to become a part of the Ride for Joy Board in 2015. This is the second program where she has worked as a board member, PATH Intl. Certified Instructor, in fundraising and marketing. With her diverse education in psychology, instructing and fundraising, Christi dedicates her experiences to help propel Ride for Joy into the future.


steve waters

Steve Waters was born in Oakland, California so he was used to the city life.  When he was 8 years old, his older sister married a rancher from Baker, Oregon. 

On his first visit to Baker, his new brother-in-law, Bob, said he would be able to meet a bull.  Steve was excited and envisioned a huge bull with dangerous horns that he could challenge with a red cape. He was disappointed to see a quiet, white faced Hereford bull with no horns.

Despite the initial disappointment, Steve spent many summers in Baker riding horses, helping with the cows and building fences. Those experiences led him to love the outdoors. 

Steve spent 27 years with Unisys Corporation as an Account Executive in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento and has held other positions in the computer industry.

In 2017, the Waters family decided it was time to get out of California and moved to Eagle, Idaho. With an interest in volunteering for an organization that works with horses and kids, Steve joined Ride for Joy. He has enjoyed supporting the organization as a volunteer and as a member of the Board of Directors to help wonderful kids and veterans.

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Louis Miller

Louis grew up with horses in a small town outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. With a desire to move out west, he went to Gonzaga University where he received a BA in Human Resources and a minor in Economics. He completed his MBA at Gonzaga while teaching undergraduate Economics.

Louis spent 30 years with Boise Cascade in a variety of positions living in various parts of the country including Portland, Oregon; Kansas City, Missouri; and Casper, Wyoming. He and his wife, Patti, moved to Boise in 1989.  Louis and Patti have been married for 38 years and have two daughters and one grandson. They currently live in Eagle and spend time hiking, camping and tending to their six horses. 

Louis started volunteering at Ride for Joy in 2014 and joined the Board in 2018.


Paulette Henderson

Paulette Henderson is a life long Idahoan and both of her parents are from the Long Valley. She has been married to her husband, James Henderson, for more than 24 years.  She is very proud to call herself the wife of a veteran as James has 20 years of service to our country. 

The couple have five children, three girls and two boys. Paulette has had a life long love affair with horses and some of her first memories are of horses. She has been a 4-H leader in Ada County for almost 20 years, spurning a passion for horses in numerous young people.

Paulette loves the values that Ride For Joy represents and looks forward to spending time helping this amazing program grow.

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Cierra Dedeker, DVM

Dr. Cierra Dedeker is the owner of Peak Performance Equine, a mobile veterinary practice located primarily in Boise, Idaho. Her practice focuses on sport horse medicine with state of the art diagnostic imaging and treatment options. She also offers regenerative therapies such as PRP, ProStride and Stem Cell when necessary.

In 2018, Dr. Dedeker joined the RFJ board, because she loves the mission of the organization. She is aligned to assist with primary care of the horses in the program as well as biosecurity for herd health.

Dr. Dedeker makes regular wellness visits to Ride for Joy to ensure the health of the horses in the program.

Peak Performance Equine Website