Board of Directors

Vinnie Parentela


Vinnie is the owner of Gold Coast Landscape  Lighting based here in Vero Beach. Originally from New England, Vinnie wintered here in Vero Beach for several years until deciding to settle here permanently.  Vinnie and his wife love this community and feel honored every time they are asked to get involved with a local charity. SETC is very close to his heart as an avid Equestrian and former pre hospital emergency care provider.

Jimmy Johnson
Vice President


Jimmy works for Premier Citrus in Indian River County.

Diane Parentela


Diane was born and raised in Vero Beach and has been teaching Kindergarten at Osceola Magnet School since 1989. She loves giving back to the community she is so proud to be a product of. She became aware of the SETC program several years ago when one of her students was a rider. She joined the board with her husband to help support this great cause. 

Denise Jiruska 
Board Member


Denise is a native Floridian and has been in Vero Beach since 1967. She started volunteering at Special Equestrians in 2010 and joined the board in 2012. She is also an equestrian and horse owner.

Advisory Board Members

Beckett Horner
Advisory Board Member
Beckett is an attorney with Block & Scarpa.
Sandy Curl
Advisory Board Member
Sandy is an international horse judge.  She is also an Indian River County 4-H Leader.


Karen Johnson
Executive Director
PATH Intl Riding Instructor
Karen was born and raised in Michigan, moving to Vero Beach in 1991. Her interest and love of everything Equine started at an early age and continues today. After raising three sons, Karen found Special Equestrians and volunteered for 2 years. Becoming a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor was a natural progression. Her energy and love of children and horses evident, Karen now serves Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast as Executive Director. 
Audrey Sexton
Advisory Board Member
Audrey owns Audrey's Feed and Tack Store.

Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast, Inc (SETC),

PO Box 651312, Vero Beach, FL 32965, (772) 562-7603

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Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast, Inc is a non-profit organization authorized to do business in the State of Florida-Registration #CH16503.  A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll free (1-800-435-7352) within the state.  Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.  Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast, Inc does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Barn Location: 7065 37th St. Vero Beach

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