Staff & Board

Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa (TROT) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization operating as a volunteer-run facility with a very small staff.


Our whole office staff has been with TROT since its inception and consists of all volunteers.


We currently have three part-time riding instructors, a licensed psychologist (available to conduct sessions), a volunteer coordinator, and 12 specially trained therapy horses.  

Want to learn more about how you can volunteer? Visit our volunteer page and volunteer testimonials page!



Marguerite Malone

Staff Psychologist

(Staff Bio for Dr. Malone is coming soon!)

Melanie Williams

Head Riding Instructor

Melanie is a Teacher Assistant in the pre-K classroom of the RISE Center in Tuscaloosa as well as our Head Riding Instructor at TROT. She attended Shelton State Community College where she earned her associate's degree in Early Childhood Development. She has a strong passion for working with children and horseback riding. She has been riding horses for over 20 years and has been giving lessons to others for nearly 15 years. 

Lori Neal-Epperson

Volunteer Coordinator

Lori was a Registered Nurse for most of her professional career. With retirement came the need to continue an active involvement with TROT. Wearing many hats, Lori serves as our Schedule Coordinator, wrangling our volunteers and staff and helping to keep a smooth flow for horse and rider alike. She helps remind everyone to come to their appointments on time, cheers from the sidelines, and enjoys watching our riders mature and grow with their horse pals. 

Board of Directors


Mark Durden

Cecil Lancaster

F. Allen Scogin

Marie Stutts


Jim Waltman

Wes Williams

Lauren Wilson

Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa

3200 Clements Rd

Cottondale, AL 35453