About Us

Board of Directors

Gwen Justis, President

 

Gwen Justis founded Cimmaron Sanctuary in 2010 after more than twenty years' hands-on experience rescuing and rehabilitating horses as a hobby. 

 

She is a sales and marketing veteran of the computer software industry, an entrepreneur and an inventor.  She holds a BA in foreign languages, minors in English and humanities, as well as an MBA from Pepperdine University.  She is the registered inventor of two United States patents.

Ray DeVisser, Secretary

 

Ray is a retired policeman who has spent the last twenty-five years working with kids and horses.  He has supported and guided them every step of the way as they progressed through the various stages of horsemanship - from beginning to intermediate to advanced to performance. 

 

You name it - Ray has been out there steadfastly helping kids and their horses.  He's tough, fair and supportive;  he demands high standards and a commitment to doing the job well, qualities which build character and self-esteem.  Ray is particularly compassionate toward the horses.

 

For the past twenty years through CGA and CSHA, Ray has coached countless numbers of kids, supervised their activities with horses, and supported and judged the kids and their horses participating in gymkhana events.  He has also served as a barrel racing judge in Northern California for nearly two decades.

James Lucas, Acting Treasurer

James Lucas brings many successful years of experience in marketing, public relations, advertising and sales to Cimmaron Sanctuary. He is currently writing his third novel, and recently, he consulted with a Nevada nonprofit, Helping One Family at a Time. 

 

He has served as an executive for companies like General Electric and Eastman Kodak, as well as numerous technology startup ventures. 

 

James grew up on a cattle ranch in Colorado, where the cowboys working the ranch would gather wild horses, "break them," and then James and other kids would put time on the horses, neck reining and riding in the corrals.  At this time James serves as Acting Treasurer.

Advisors

Chris Hanson and Robin Hood

 

Chris Hanson, President of Skyline Stables Corporation, Millbrae, California, has agreed to serve as Advisor for Acquiring Premises. 

 

For sixty years, Skyline Stables has been a tradition for children, their families, and horsemanship in the Millbrae area, where they were based on land owned by the PUC.  Recently, they were forced to disband operations as the PUC decided to use that land for different purposes.

 

From her experience working with various governmental agencies concerning land use, Chris has acquired considerable knowledge that she is now willing to contribute to Cimmaron Sanctuary.

 

Chris is shown here with her horse Robin Hood, obviously a magnificent and elegant horse spirit.

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy serves as General Advisor for Equine/Land, which includes many equine and land-related issues. 

 

Michael's experience in equine-related matters and the land are vast, including equine management, equine facility layout, good horsekeeping practices, land management, manure waste management, and land knowledge. 

 

Michael is an authority on these and many related matters concerning good stewardship of the land, local community equine programs, and the wide range of intricacies about individual properties and ranches.  He wrote many of Sonoma County's regulations which govern these issues.

 

Michael is a professional real estate agent with CPS, Sebastopol.  He will be instrumental in assisting us to evaluate prospective landleases or permanent land locations.