Board of Directors

Christy Swanson  Board Member

My family owned horses for as long as I can remember. I think I was probably riding on a shetland pony before I was walking. I grew up around horses and have always had a great love for them.  I currently work for the Bureau of Prisons and have been there for 16 years. 

Tamie Semler  Vice President

Tamie Semler was the previous President and Founder of Angel Horse Rescue in Inola, Oklahoma. She has recently ventured out on her own starting her own business. Tamie also acts as a satellite facilty for emergency intakes not needing intensive medical care.

Viet Nguyen  Treasurer

Viet Nguyen obtained his bachelors degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma in 1999 and followed up with an MBA in finance in 2003. He worked for several years as an analyst and bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank in Oklahoma City. He currently works for MidFirst Bank as Vice President of Servicing Acquisitions, evaluating potential mortgage banking acquisitions. 

At Horse Feathers, Viet keeps track of all the donations, expenses, and financial documents related to the rescue operation. He is an inspiration to everyone who comes to visit and contributes to the care and well being of all the horses here.​

Cheri White Owl-Nguyen  President/Founder​
With more than 25 years of experience caring and handling of rescue horses, Cheri White Owl is the Founder/President of Horse Feathers Equine Center located in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Ms. White Owl moved to Edmond, Oklahoma in 2005 from Sturgis, South Dakota then to Guthrie, in 2007 where she re-opened her rescue efforts after attending an auction seeing the need for her specialized experience. Ms. White Owl is a former 4-H member and Leader, former State Co-Ordinator with the American Mustang & Burro Assn. She is also listed as a Wild Horse Mentor and in 2015 was accepted as a TIP(Trainer Incentive Program) trainer through the Mustang Heritage Foundation to work with BLM Mustangs. Ms. White Owl also has additional experience in the medical field of nursing which she utilizes in assisting with the rehabilitation of horses. She also was prior Correctional Officer which helps her in working with the juvenile system and those doing Community Service. In 2007, she was named as one of the five finalists for the 2007 Oklahoma Spirit Award, sponsored by Channel 9, the Daily Oklahoman and Remington Park. Ms. White Owl is also a CPRSS-Credentialed Peer Recovery Support Specialist through the Dept. of Mental Health and Substance abuse in Oklahoma City working with those who have PTSD, Trauma, Mental Health disorders as well as Drug & Alcohol Recovery. Ms. White Owl is also an Equine Specialist with EAGALA- Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. She is also a Volunteer with the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corp and working on certification through FEMA. Ms. White Owl is also a member along with Horse Feathers in the Logan County Long Term Recovery Group assisting where needed during disasters as well as receiving certification from the Emergency Equine Response Unit, in Basic Equine Awareness and Rescue.