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Board President Jane Heath
of Helena, Montana

Jane is the founder and past executive director of the Sanctuary. She lives next door to the Sanctuary and works at the Sanctuary every day caring for and feeding the horses as well as managing the Sanctuary ranch on a volunteer basis, giving an average 30 hours a week. Jane owns an equine therapy business which provides rehabilitation therapy to client horses near Great Falls, Helena and Bozeman. She has owned horses for 40 years and currently has 4 horses of her own, one of whom she adopted from the Sanctuary.


Board Vice-President Brenda York
Brenda, lives in Belgrade Montana and works at Montana State University as Director of Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services. She grew up in the Gallatin Valley and has been involved with animals most of her life. She has a son, Matthew, 2 dogs (aka known as the heelers) Lambeau and Maggie May, and 3 horses, Bug, Judy and Tess. Brenda currently serves on the Governor's Board of Veteran Affairs and the Gallatin County Fair Board. Brenda is very excited to be part of Montana Horse Sanctuary.


Board Secretary
Shanna Bulik-Chism

Shanna Bulik-Chism has been around horses since she was 9, and received her first horse when she turned 12 as a present from her parents. She loves western riding, especially in the beautiful mountains of Montana. Shanna, her husband Mike, and their two sons (Branden and Chayse) own four horses, and believe that once you take on the commitment of horses, that you are theirs for life. Three of their horses are over the age of 18, and all of them are a vital ingredient to a happy healthy family. Shanna is pictured with her 11 year old mare Magik, who is her pride and joy. Shanna works full time as the Administrator of the Cascade County Juvenile Detention Center.

Vic Andersen, Jane Heath

Treasurer Vic Andersen
of Helena, Montana

Vic began caring for horses when he was a teenager growing up in Simms, Montana. Now that he has retired from his state government job, Vic a full-time volunteer for the Sanctuary. He oversees construction and cleanup at the new ranch, does daily horsecare and facility maintenance and helps with fundraising and administration of the Sanctuary.

Janene GrendeSanctuary Logo Artist
Janene Grende of
Sandpoint, Idaho
Montana Horse Sanctuary will be forever grateful to Sandpoint, Idaho, artist Janene Grende for her creation of our logo, Chasing the Sun. Janene has painted for more than 30 years. She paints in gouache, a medium of watercolor-type pigments that are opaque. She also uses silk dyes on silk to create some very vivid paintings of horses, equestrians, cowgirls and wildlife. Janene was invited to show her horse-inspired paintings with the American Academy of Equine Art in 2002 and 2003 at Kentucky Horse Park.

When she is not painting she is most likely riding the trails of North Idaho on one of her horses. She also works with children and adults through the United States Pony Club, teaching them safe horse management and riding skills.

The horse featured in the sanctuary logo is Janene's beloved horse Red Sky who is now deceased. Red Sky lived a long and beloved life with Janene and her family.

See more of Janene's artwork at: http://www.janenegrende.com/

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