Meet Your New Best Friends
Conley has been here since the beginning of The Masterson Method®. Beginning with Jim working on horses on the show circuit to teaching the Weekend Workshops and beyond, she’s been there for support. She has helped grow the business and has seen the exponential growth from a 2 person office (Conley and the bookkeeper) to a committed staff, many Instructors, Mentors, Coaches and MMCP’s.
Conley has been ridden and shown; Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Eventing and continues to enjoy trail riding. Conley’s horse, Primo, was used in the Dressage Horse Optimized book and was the star in the Light to the Core video. Conley’s horse, Raindrop, is well known for the Phase II videos given out after the Advanced 5-Day. course.
Shipping and Receving and Seminar Support
You will find Jo Bartruff in the Masterson Method office Monday through Friday. Her duties are many, but she’s mainly responsible for processing product orders and course registrations.
As a kid, Jo was obsessed with horses. At one point, with the help of her neighborhood “gang,” she saved up five whole dollars so they could buy a pony to share. So that never happened. She is now content with painting horses instead, along with other things. As an “older than average adult student”, Jo studied eastern religions at Iowa State University, and has lived in Iowa most of her life, except for a couple of brief stints in Wyoming and Missouri.
For 12 years, Jo was an instructor of Iyenger hatha yoga, and, who knows, she may go back to that one day. She has worked in an office most of her life, but her real dream was always to be either a jazz singer or a stand-up comedian.
When she’s not at the office, or caring for her elderly mom, Jo loves to take long walks, paint with pastels, and watch movies. If you’re interested, you can check out her art on her Facebook page under J.C. Norris and click on Photos.
Marketing and Event Architect
Tamara joined the Masterson team in September 2016 as Marketing and Event Architect. She is the primary contact for individuals wishing to organize a weekend or Advanced 5day seminar, as well as organizer of Jim’s expos.
Professionally, she comes to us with a toolbox chock-full of education and experience in the human resources recruiting, office operations, and investment management worlds, and has also been known to practice Transcendental Meditation, instruct chi gong, dance a swing, salsa, or two-step, and host blessings group at her house every Tuesday evening. Having kept journals since age 5, she freelance writes periodically, and has poetry and other errata published on various outlets throughout the web. She is also vegan, belongs to a number of Star Trek groups, and has one Star Trek convention under her belt. The name of her next horse will, of course, be Scotty.
Executive Assistant to the Founder, Marketing, Social Media, Special Projects Coordinator
Kait joins the Marketing Team in moving all of the keys to orchestrate our social media symphony. Usually with a coffee in hand and a cheery spirit, she comes into the office Monday through Friday. Kait is Jim’s Executive Assistant, helping him with projects as needed. She coordinates Masterson Educational Conferences held in North America. She also posts on all of our Social Media sites, gives Customer Support through emails and phone calls, and helps with website management.
With a gypsy soul, Kait loves to travel. Always learning from the experiences around her, she loves to find herself in new environments. Seeing the adventure in the smallest tasks, she is optimistic and joyful. She has a great love for the beautiful, magnificent creatures that are horses. They have taught her much in different periods of her life and she is excited to enjoy time with them whenever the opportunity arises.
A natural seeker of knowledge, life, and spirit; Kait enjoys dancing, yoga, moving with life and the breath, meditating, rocks and crystals, flowers, trees, mountains, nature, and anything that brings brightness to her life.
If there is only one moment, make this one beautiful.
Kelsey, originally from Madison, Wisconsin, is a recent University graduate here in Fairfield, Iowa. She joined the Masterson Method team in May 2017, bringing years of experience in customer service, retail and office life. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her dog in various natural settings, watching movies and traveling whenever possible.
Field Work Coordinator & Equine Specialist Training Coordinator
Megan Dushin currently coordinates The Masterson Method fieldwork program and promotes and coordinates the new Masterson Method Equine Specialist (MMES) trainings in equine-assisted learning or therapy programs. Megan grew up on a horse farm in New York State that was the headquarters of one of the earliest United States Pony Clubs established in the US in the 1950s. She competed at the national level and taught riding from a young age. In college, Megan left the horse world and studied body-based therapies and movement modalities and has continued to explore mindfulness and the body. Discovering The Masterson Method has brought new meaning to her interest in mindfulness, the body, and connecting with horses.
Megan’s background in IT, project management, and communications prepares her well for managing fieldwork student data and facilitating student progress through field work. Her academic and experiential background in equine-assisted learning and therapy programs prepares her for communicating about and coordinating MMES trainings around the US.
When not at her computer, Megan enjoys connecting with and serving horses with The Masterson Method, exploring movement and body-based therapies, and raising two teenagers with her husband in Minnesota.
Weda is our in-house accountant and is in the office usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. After years of beach living in Florida, California & Hawaii, this Mississippi born wanderer settled down in Iowa…of all places, and now wouldn’t consider living any place else. Though new to the horse world, she is a born animal lover with a history of multiple dogs, cats, birds, one monkey and a goat – not to mention her aquariums and Japanese koi pond. Weda’s years of accounting experience has been dotted with various other livelihoods too numerous to mention, but now she is happy just taking care of Masterson’s finances and living the sweet, simple, small town Iowa life.
If you are an MMCP you may encounter Kyla if you decide to do a demo, or perhaps if you are a magazine publisher you might converse about featuring a Masterson Method article, or if you are on Facebook she may be the one helping you find answers to your thought provoking questions. Like so many others involved with The Masterson Method, Kyla had a love and interest for horses as a child that she still finds mystifying today. Accompanied by her best friend, they planned to have a horse ranch, drew horses, collected horse figurines, pretended to be horses… you know the rest. Besides the much prized handful of rides and occasional pets over the fence, Kyla never spent much time with horses until she took the plunge in 2017 and bought a little black mare named Bella. With plenty of good guidance all around them and possibly also from above, Kyla and Bella are forming a strong bond and finding their way quite nicely. Kyla is not yet an MMCP but hopes to become one someday. Kyla likes to spend her time away from the office learning more about The Masterson Method and educating herself in other ways to deepen her relationship with Bella and her dog, Easton.