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, most of whom have been with TROT since its inception.

We currently have several 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

CEO & Clinical Director

(Staff bio coming soon!)

Melanie Williams

Program Manager, Barn Manager & Lead 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

​Teresha Jones-Hamilton

Allyson McNeill

Dr. Forrest Scogin

Jim Waltman

Tracey Wharton

Melanie Williams

Lauren Wilson