Our Board



Fronda Harris

She holds a license to teach in the State of Hawaii, and has previously held licenses to teach in Oregon and California.  She taught high school health as well as physical education at the elementary school level and served as the Education Director for her private career school.  She was a Hawaii 4-H leader, and taught private horse riding lessons to students for several years prior to Heart Ranch’s inception.

Tony Harris

He has worked with youth for many years as a coach for high school and college track athletes.   He has a passion for just being a kid and loves to mentor youth.  He has handled many aspects of ranch life in dealing with cattle and other livestock over the past 30 years.  He loves to volunteer each year in the catch pen at the Panaewa stampede here in Hilo.  He has a heart to serve others.  

Dawn Patterson

Dawn has owned and worked with horses for many years.  She owns her own Barbering business, and has taught dog obedience in Hawaii for several years prior to joining Heart Ranch as a Director and mentor.  Dawn has worked as a veterinary technician, a volunteer at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care, a volunteer at the Hawaii Humane Society , and as a volunteer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Fisheries Service.   Dawn has worked with youth as well, as a piano teacher, a volunteer at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, as a volunteer for a variety of youth programs at her church, New Hope, Hilo.  Dawn is also a member of the Hawaii Island Dressage Eventing Association (HIDEA), and has attended many clinics in Hawaii.  She currently teaches and works with participants at Heart Ranch and has a passion for horses and teaching kids how to care, love and respect animals.

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