Board of Directors
Carla Faison — Founder and PresidentCarla began her career in the aerospace industry in the early 60’s when women were rarely part of the management team. She gained recognition when she developed a powerful, program-wide management system that enabled her company to make major strides in its multi-million dollar missile program. Her upwards progression eventually led to directing missile and aircraft programs.
She retired as a Program Manager, directing all activities necessary for the initial contract award, design, manufacturing, and delivery of a variety of missile programs.
Carla has a Master’s Degree and Licensure in Counseling. Specializing in Trauma, she took extensive studies to work with severely traumatized individuals, utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Critical Incident Stress Management while spending time in New York at Ground Zero providing counseling and support to those working on the “Mound.”
Operating her own counseling agency for 15 years, she wrote numerous booklets and articles, held workshops, seminars, was interviewed on a television program on teen challenges in today’s world, and was interviewed on the radio a number of times. She retired in May 2014 and moved to Marion County, Arkansas.
Carla is a co-founder of Hope for Horses, along with her daughter, Jo Ann Joseph. Carla has been interested in horses since early childhood, focusing on the pure pleasure of riding. Due to Carla’s extensive business background, her focus at Hope for Horses is creating a well-structured operation that will ensure its longevity as a trusted rescue organization. Her extensive background in organizational systems and budgeting make her a perfect fit for developing business systems, grant applications, forms and policies, websites, and communication systems to maintain a seamless flow of information.
Jo Ann Joseph — Vice President and Marketing
Jo Ann Joseph is a co-founder of Hope for Horses and has had a lifelong love of horses since age three when she first sat on a pony at a local fair. From that point forward she spent her extra time drawing horses, dreaming of horses and learning about horses. She studied their body structure and care, along with taking riding lessons and gaining increasing proficiency as a rider.
She is the proud owner of Misty, a 10-year-old retired racing Thoroughbred and Fred, an 18-year-old Foxtrotter. Jo Ann has spent many years training in English and Western riding. She has shown both English and Western pleasure, trail and hunter jumper classes, winning numerous ribbons and trophies.
Jo Ann traveled over 200 miles each week on her weekends off to obtain volunteer hours as a teacher for disabled children on horseback at a large therapeutic riding facility. She found this very rewarding and plans to continue this endeavor by becoming a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.
Jo Ann is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with 30 years’ experience working with critically ill patients in Intensive Care and Emergency Room environments. She previously held senior positions at emergency rooms in large hospitals in Dallas and Fort Worth before moving to Arkansas.
Jo Ann enjoys her life in the country on a 27 acre ranch with 7 dogs and two horses. She was inspired to become actively involved researching equine welfare and the care of endangered horses after observing the large number of neglected horses in her community. She has spent a great deal of time investigating equine nutrition, malnutrition, equine digestion, refeeding, and rehabilitation.
Jo Ann has developed a good relationship with national and local animal welfare agencies, which have assisted her in this study. She is dedicated to continued improvement in the health and living conditions of equines in her area.
Treasurer — TBA
Lori Barlow — Member At Large
Lori Barlow's love of horses started in grade school. After several years of begging for a horse and riding borrowed mounts, her parents finally agreed she could have a horse of her own when she turned 13. Horse shows and trail riding filled her teenage years, but then it was off to college, and horses were put on the back burner until 1999 when Lori and husband Greg established Lil' Windy Ridge Farm in Mt. Vernon, Arkansas.
They were actively involved in the Arkansas Paint Horse Association and the American Paint Horse Association and showed in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri and Louisiana, winning several state, regional and world titles. They also bred and raised Paint horses. The Barlows moved to Marion County in 2012.
Lori has a degree in advertising/commercial art and has owned The Graphic Design & Web Shop, Inc. since 1998. She is involved in the Marion County Master Gardener program and volunteers at the Bull Shoals Food Pantry.
Today, her four-legged family includes her Paint mare, Boo, who was her horse show partner for 10 years, and Border Collie, Gus.
Mary Thrash — Member at LargeMary Zito Thrash is married to her genuine cowboy, Don Thrash. Although transplanted to Marion County, Arkansas, for eight years now, they are proud of their deep Louisiana roots. Mary and Don have three children, thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mary's early entrepreneurial spirit lead her to explore her inherent talent as a restaurateur/chef. In addition, an opportunity to join an elite national hotel management group made it possible to further her education in the hospitality industry in the field of sales and marketing. Going forward, this valuable training allowed her to join Don and his associate in a consulting firm specific to the appraisal of construction minerals. This unique niche in the mineral industry lead them all over the North American continent.
In 1997, Mary realized a life-long dream to breed, train and show her own Missouri Fox Trotting Horses — a girl’s dream to look out of the window and see her own mares and foals! Mary is truly living that dream today (with Don) on the farm she was destined to find in Arkansas – Chaseland Farms. There have been many foals, many hours training for shows, trailering, and gaining valuable equine experience from the ground up.
Mary is a Lifetime Member of The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association and Elder of The First Presbyterian Church of Yellville, Arkansas.