About the Founder
"Though she be but little, she is fierce." -Shakespeare
Since before I could walk, I was on a horse. I spent my whole life in love with horses, and in awe of their healing powers. My parents fed my desire to save, nurture, empathize with, and save the animals who were abandoned, neglected, abused, or otherwise unwanted. I have always been the amateur rescuer. In school, I was the friend everyone came to for advice, and I loved it, Public service was my calling. I graduated high school, and in 1995, I met my soldier. In 1996, I married my hero. He nurtured every wish I had to rescue, own land for the animals to live out their lives, and be a safe place for all. This place was his dream, and he was so proud. In 1997, I had our first and only son. We raised him to be a loving and empathetic being and to love all beings. I was a vet assistant, and then, suffering with compassion fatigue, I went back to school to be a teacher. I spent 16 years as an educator. From CONUS to Non-Conus tours, we stood steady, waiting for Rob to come home, short as the visits were, we looked forward to it. In 2013, after sharing my hero with the nation, he lost his life after his 3rd tour in Iraq. Three times in OIF/OEF, we said goodbye, until November of 2013, when we said goodbye for good. I returned to school again after seeing how he suffered post-war deployment. It was my choice; wallow in anger and resentment, and wither away, leaving my son feeling alone and afraid, or be a part of the solution. I chose the latter. I stood up, put my head down, and powered through the storms my son and I had to weather. I graduated with my Master's in Military Psychology and opened Destinacion's Therapy. Here, military, retired, and their families came to resolve their trauma, need for reintegration, worth, regulation and emotional-regulation, finding family, love, calm and safety again. 22 a day is not ok! They are seen free here, so money is never an object and insurance audits do not leave them afraid to ask for help. Together, these men, women, and children walked with the horses to find hope, yet again, in the shadow of horses who also have had to overcome great obstacles. in 2019, I opened Maybell's Mission to take in horses in need, any horse in need. We sanctuary and rescue horses of all needs here in the picturesque setting of Black Forest, Colorado. For Rob, and all our military, I stand ready to serve you as you have served us. For the horses who need me, I now will carry you as you have carried us.