Dana Cooke has been an elementary public school teacher since 2000. She had a lifelong dream of owning her own horse, and that dream finally came true when Hank came into her life in May of 2018. With her teaching experience and Hank by her side, she wants to share the healing power horses can give back to kids and adults with life challenges. Dana is currently working toward her certification with PATH International to become a certified instructor in equine therapy.
Hank is a 20 year old quarter horse. He was used as a children’s camp horse in Florida during his younger years. Since then, he has been used for pleasure riding under an english and western saddle. He has a lot of personality and LOVES to eat!! Hank is very gentle and loves attention as he is groomed, bathed, and ridden.
Board of Directors
Lindsy Lassere is originally from Louisiana but has called North Carolina home for more than 10 years. After several years as a teacher, she transitioned to a new career in finance in 2020. She is married with 2 daughters and 1 dog. When not busy with them, Lindsy loves to volunteer, hike, read, and watch movies.
Alix Yokabitis is originally from Michigan but has lived in North Carolina since 2010. She received her Masters in Social Work from NC State University in 2012 and worked with adults and children with disabilities for 7 years before deciding to stay home with her two boys in 2017.
Alix loves spending time with her family, cooking, reading, watching true crime shows, and playing with horses every chance she gets!
Tricia DeBenedetto is a resident of Willow Spring since 2015 after moving from the Boston area where she had lived her whole life. Tricia has three grown children and 2 grandchildren with more to come! Tricia’s love of horses and their healing ability is what drew her to Five Hearts!
NC State Student
Major - Communications/Public Relations