Meet the Team – Building Impact

Governed by a volunteer board of community leaders, Hiatus Ranch of Idaho is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Hiatus Ranch relies on donations to carry out our lifesaving work in the community.

Board of Directors

Our board represents leaders from our region and beyond.
We are proud to have these dedicated and experience leaders helping to grow Hiatus Ranch to its full potential.

Joshua Burnside
Founder/CEO

Joshua founded Hiatus Ranch of Idaho in 2020 to fulfill a promise to himself to help other veterans at risk of suicide and needing a hiatus from life to regroup and reenergize.

Read Josh's story...

Eric Butterworth
Cloverleaf Creamery

A combat veteran, Eric is co-owner and operations manager for Cloverleaf Creamery. Cloverleaf runs its own grass-fed dairy and supplies their own feed to their pedigree Holsteins. They are a very close-knit operation.

Kelli Greene
Member

Kelli Greene has been a marketing and public relations professional in the outdoor, fishing, and hunting industry for 22+ years. During that time, Kelli designed and launched two outdoor apparel lines for women. She built and managed guide and outfitter programs for Sitka Gear, Kryptek, and Abel Reels. For the last few years, Kelli has been doing business development and marketing in the professional sports industry. 

Kelli is an accomplished outdoor writer, television guest host, and an internationally recognized speaker on wildlife conservation. She founded Inyathi Productions, an event & production business that launched an All-Africa hunting and fishing show on the East Coast.

Kelli has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for conservation efforts. In addition, she is self-taught graphic designer, passionate photographer, and professional fly-fishing guide. She resides in Bozeman, MT with her husband Jeff, their twin boys, and pups.

 

Bonnie McBride
Member

Bonnie Mcbride has been involved with Hiatus Ranch since its conception and is very excited to see this program grow and help those in need in a relaxed nonjudgmental way.

She brings with her over 40 years of experience with horses.  Teaching the horse to except the rider as well as helping the rider understand the horse. Her professional training started at the B Bar B Ranch in Picabo, Idaho for Katie Breckenridge. After working at the B Bar B, Bonnie opened her own training facility back on her family’s farm. She also has a life time experience in farming and ranching.  The property that is now Hiatus Ranch is where her family farmed.   

She has been in involved in her local and state programs volunteering in 4-H, 4-H Leaders counsel, FFA, ISHA, MVGRC, MVTSA, MVRCHA, and the Higher Ground Horse Veteran program. She served on the board of many of these groups as well as President of the 4-H Lincoln Co. Leaders Board for 3 years, and President of the MVTSA for 2 years. 

Her passion is horses and gets excited when sharing her knowledge of communication between the horse and rider that she has gathered over the years and is still gathering every day.  

Deida Runswick
Sky Ranch Idaho

Deida was born and raised in the Wood River Valley, where she still lives with her husband Duane and daughter Skylar.

The Runswicks own and operate Sky Ranch Idaho, a rescue for donkeys and miniature horses in Hailey. Hiatus Ranch donkeys Ruth, Naomi, Emma, and Moses were adopted from Sky Ranch. The Runswicks also have six horses, two miniature horses, three donkeys, a mule, three dogs, parrots, barn cat, two sheep, and poultry. Animals are a huge part of their lives.

Deida enjoys trail riding as a family, camping, hiking, and traveling. This year, she and her family are learning to pack and get more into the wilderness. Deida loves art and in her free time makes jewelry and works with wool.

This is Deida’s second board position, previously she has sat as a board member for Mountain Humane during their capital campaign of the new shelter.

Officers

Joshua Burnside
Founder/CEO/Exec Director
Joshua founded Hiatus Ranch of Idaho in 2020 to fulfill a promise to himself to help other veterans at risk of suicide and needing a hiatus from life to regroup and reenergize.

 

Read Josh's story...

Bonnie McBride
Secretary

Bonnie Mcbride has been involved with Hiatus Ranch since its conception and is very excited to see this program grow and help those in need in a relaxed nonjudgmental way.

She brings with her over 40 years of experience with horses.  Teaching the horse to except the rider as well as helping the rider understand the horse. Her professional training started at the B Bar B Ranch in Picabo, Idaho for Katie Breckenridge. After working at the B Bar B, Bonnie opened her own training facility back on her family’s farm. She also has a life time experience in farming and ranching.  The property that is now Hiatus Ranch is where her family farmed.   

She has been in involved in her local and state programs volunteering in 4-H, 4-H Leaders counsel, FFA, ISHA, MVGRC, MVTSA, MVRCHA, and the Higher Ground Horse Veteran program. She served on the board of many of these groups as well as President of the 4-H Lincoln Co. Leaders Board for 3 years, and President of the MVTSA for 2 years. 

Her passion is horses and gets excited when sharing her knowledge of communication between the horse and rider that she has gathered over the years and is still gathering every day.  

Kelli Gant
Treasurer

Kelli Gant has long history of starting and helping nonprofits and as an elected, public, and nonprofit board member.

Kelli has 23 years of experience in the software industry, including 15 years in upper management. She has a BS in Agriculture Managerial Economics from UC Davis and continued education credits in water law, land use compatibility, and environmental compliance. Her career in the computer industry included technical writing and product release project management.

In her volunteer career, Kelli has been a board member and officer of the Trinity County Visitors Bureau (CA), UpStateCA tourism marketing organization, and Trinity County Chamber of Commerce (CA). She was appointed to the State North Coast Region Water Quality Control Board, serving for six years and elected to the Trinity Public Utilities District Board in 2011. She served on the American Public Power Association's Policy Makers Council for three years representing power utilities in Arizona, California, and Nevada.

Kelli enjoys time in Hailey with her husband Mike. She loves all types of travel, including flying with Mike into the Idaho Backcounty and long cross-country adventures.

 

Leadership Council

Our Council members are active ambassadors for Hiatus Ranch and help us advance our mission in various ways.

Dr. Nina Ericson
Equus Coach Coordinator

At Hiatus Ranch, Nina leads participants through Equus Coaching®,  a powerful experiences with horses (on the ground, no riding). Nina helps Veterans learn how to be present, calm their nervous systems, and unwinds limiting beliefs that create obstacles in their lives. Nina is a certified Master Facilitator Equus Coach®.

For over twenty years, Dr. Nina Clark Ericson has helped people live more empowered, authentic, happier lives. She integrates several different methods: psychotherapy, life coaching, and Equus Coaching (coaching with horses, not riding).

Dr. Ericson (or Nina) loves working with Veterans. Nina says “Our Veterans are heroes, yet we don’t treat them that way. My Uncle served in the Vietnam War, and returned to the U.S. with severe hearing loss. And PTSD. He died by suicide.

I believe every Veteran deserves the treatment and care that they need to become empowered in their lives. Hiatus Ranch does that, and I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Hiatus Ranch team.”

Bonnie McBride
Riding Instructor/Equus Coach

Bonnie Mcbride has been involved with Hiatus Ranch since its conception and is very excited to see this program grow and help those in need in a relaxed nonjudgmental way.

She brings with her over 40 years of experience with horses.  Teaching the horse to except the rider as well as helping the rider understand the horse. Her professional training started at the B Bar B Ranch in Picabo, Idaho for Katie Breckenridge. After working at the B Bar B, Bonnie opened her own training facility back on her family’s farm. She also has a life time experience in farming and ranching.  The property that is now Hiatus Ranch is where her family farmed.   

She has been in involved in her local and state programs volunteering in 4-H, 4-H Leaders counsel, FFA, ISHA, MVGRC, MVTSA, MVRCHA, and the Higher Ground Horse Veteran program. She served on the board of many of these groups as well as President of the 4-H Lincoln Co. Leaders Board for 3 years, and President of the MVTSA for 2 years. 

Her passion is horses and gets excited when sharing her knowledge of communication between the horse and rider that she has gathered over the years and is still gathering every day.  

Dr. Jennifer Card, VMD
Veterinary Services Coordinator

Jennifer M. Card VMD was raised with horses and James Herriot’s books. Her grandmother had a horse boarding facility and her mother was an avid horsewoman.

Dr. Card graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1990 with a BA in History. After graduation she spent time in Wyoming working in the backcountry with a horse packing outfitter - this experience cemented her love for the wide open spaces of the west and exposed her to different ways of spending time with horses, outside of the competition arena.

From Wyoming she went to the University of Pennsylvania’s School  of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 1996. At Penn, Jennifer focused on large animal and equine medicine and surgery.

Jennifer’s first job was at the University of Georgia’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital as an intern in large animal medicine and surgery. She was fortunate to be able to work on the horses at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as UGA was the referral hospital for the equine athletes.

After UGA, Dr. Card moved to Idaho for a job at Sawtooth Equine Service. She became a partner in the practice in 1999. She worked closely with a board certified equine surgeon and her original partner to offer excellent care for the horses of the Wood River Valley.

She has had the privilege of working on everything from Olympic dressage horses and high level jumpers and event horses to ranch horses and backyard pets. She loves them all.

Additionally, she was appointed by the governor of Idaho to serve a 5 year term on the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine. Currently Dr. Card is an enthusiastic, mobile equine practitioner who enjoys helping her clients keep their equine athletes and friends happy and healthy.

Jennifer volunteers for local horse youth organizations like 4H and the Sawtooth Pony Club. Anytime she can share her knowledge and learn from others, she is happy to do so. She also loves to work on cows and small ruminants if they need her help, although she admits she is not an expert on ruminants, but she is always game to try.

In her spare time you can find Jennifer in her barn, riding her horse, hanging out with her family or driving around the west to equine and volleyball competitions with her daughter. Horses are never far from Jennifer.

Tyler Peterson
Farrier/Blacksmithing Instructor

A farrier by profession, Tyler has been involved with horses all of his life, especially through his aunt, Trudy Peterson, which is how he came to know Josh and his dream of Hiatus Ranch through annual veteran’s events. Tyler’s entire family has been involved in the evolution of the ranch, and have all seen firsthand the healing power of horses.  Tyler continues to work alongside Hiatus Ranch in providing Farrier services to the ranch, as well as educational classes during retreats.

Tyler Peterson, along with his wife of 19 years, Jen, is raising a sixth generation of Petersons. Twin daughters Gracie and Devon, 18, will be heading to Boise State University in the fall.

The Petersons are all anxious to see this miraculous ranch going full throttle with Josh  at the helm leading our patriots back to the peace they fought to bring for all of us within themselves again.

Jim Laski
Lawson Laski Clark

Jim focuses his practice on real estate development, homeowners’ associations, business organizations, construction, and water law.

Jim’s Ketchum, Idaho practice also includes business development, including organization and advice to business entities, assistance with private offerings, acting as counsel to lending institutions and representing borrowers in loan workouts, and associated litigation.

Jim is also actively involved in several local nonprofit organizations, including serving on the Boards of Directors of Higher Ground (since 2008; chair 2012-2019); Hailey Ice (since 2009, including construction of the Campion Ice House); and Ballet Sun Valley (since 2016; founding member).

Monty Heath
Veteran Programs Advisor

Monty completed his first life's goal by becoming a US Navy SEAL. He served alongside America's finest in both Operations Enduring Freedom and Join Forge. Monty credits SEAL Teams Two and Six as the providers for most of his tools in his metaphorical toolbox. He has twice been awarded the Bronze Star with combat Valor designation.

After serving in the Navy for over 10 years, Monty decided to transition from active duty and instead join the ranks of veterans so that he might start a family and change his focus to the civilian sector. He claims this was one of the most difficult choices he's ever made. 

Through the years, he has managed a variety of successful programs and contracts as a civilian contractor, including being supervisor of the Navy SEAL's Mentorship program and BUD/S Preparatory program.