Rhonda Smith

Founder and Executive Director

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For native Texan Rhonda Smith, her life's work became clear to her following a near fatal accident involving an 18-wheeler in 1999. After the wreck, she left her job as Corporate Benefits Manager for Dell Computer Corporation and founded Spirit Reins in 2003.

Kris Weixel

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

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Kris has a B.S. in Business Administration from Minnesota State University - Moorhead. A former fiscal analyst for the Texas Department of Commerce and software engineer for IBM, Kris is in charge of the operations of the organization including financial controls, technology and budgeting. 

Gaylen Kimbell

Development Officer

Gaylen has a B.S. in Regional & Community Development from the University of California, Davis. She served as Director of Constituent Relations at Rice University for 6 years where she managed the Campaign Communications and Donor Relations offices. Prior to joining Rice University, she was the Director of Annual Giving at UC Davis for 5 years. Gaylen is also a former chef who operated her own catering business in San Francisco, has a passion for horses, and a deep appreciation for how mental health care can transform lives.

Amanda Scoggins

Clinical Services Administrator





Amanda has over six years of experience in the customer service field working with clients face-to-face and over the phone. She has a passion for problem solving, organizing, office work and loves thinking of ways to make a process easier for everyone involved. Amanda has immersed herself in the medical billing field and has become Spirit Reins' resident Medicaid expert.


Ryan Authier

LPC- Therapist


Ryan earned his B.A. in Psychology from Texas Wesleyan University and his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from St. Edwards University. Prior to Spirit Reins, he served as Program Manager for Communities in Schools of Central Texas. 


Mallory Stover

MA, LPC, NCC- Therapist


Mallory graduated from Texas State University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has her M.A. in Professional Counseling from Texas State Unversity. She is trained in Community Counseling, Family Counseling and Play Therapy and has provided crisis intervention and trauma therapy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse as well as group therapy in schools. Since childhood, she has competed in team roping and breakaway roping. 



Jenna Pywell

MSW - Equine Professional/ Co-Therapist


Jenna has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and a MSW from The University of Denver. She has six years of case management experience working with youth and and years of horse experience. Before Spirit Reins, she served as an Employment Specialist at LifeWorks.


Kate Van Norman

Equine Professional/Co-Therapist



Tim Jobe

Clinical and Training Consultant

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Tim Jobe is truly one of the pioneers in this field. Natural Lifemanship evolved from Tim’s work of over 40 years training horses, and more than 25 years using horses to help youth and families overcome adverse life circumstances.

Bettina Shultz-Jobe

MA, NCC, LPC - Clinical and Training Consultant

Bettina Shultz-Jobe 

Bettina Shultz-Jobe has 10 years of experience utilizing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. She has her M.A. in Counseling, is a National Certified Counselor, National Certified Mental Health Counselor, licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas, and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New Mexico.

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Spirit Reins

2055 County Rd. 284
Liberty Hill, Texas

Fax - 512.582.8366