Venetia Doster is proud to serve on the Bee Happy Advisory board. She lives in Kaufman and recently retired from teaching special education. She has always found happy times in her classroom. With the help of kind people and God’s blessings, she envisions that same “happy” place at Bee Happy!
JANA EWING SYVRUD
Jana Ewing Syvrud is the founder of Jake E's Riding Round Up. Jana lost her 3-year-old son, Jacob Eli Ewing, in a tragic non-equine related accident in April of 2010. Within days of losing her young son, she began to think about how she would ever find peace again and how she would like to reach out to other dealing with personal challenges. Jana's desire to help others living with special needs, tragic loss and daily challenges brought her to found Jake E's Riding Round Up in honor of Jacob. Today, she is thriving with her husband Paul Syvrud, her two sons Caleb and Hayden, her bonus daughter, Andrea, and is an active member of Glory of Zion Church in Corinth. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education and music from Lamar University. Jana has extensive experience working with those seeking to find courage, peace and hope through prayer and the therapeutic value of a horse-human partnership.
Chad Brookins is excited to be part of the ministry his family was called to by God many years ago. He is an advocate for the amazing families of Kaufman County. Chad is a Veteran of the USMC. He holds a BA in science and economics and a master’s in business administration with a focus on accounting. He acts as the volunteer CFO for Bee Happy. He seeks God in all decisions as he helps the ministry work to provide for our amazing families and be good stewards of donated funds.
Julie McDougal lives with her husband and son in Terrell. She has a degree in marketing and has spent the past 20 years working in different volunteer positions with her children's school and non-profits. She currently serves as the children's church director at her church and is excited to see all God has in store for Bee-Happy.