Our Board of Directors
Officers & Board Members
Bill "Cowboy" Miles
Bill is a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force during Desert Shield & Desert Storm. background includes, Firefighter, EMT, Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue.
His passions include the cowboy code, Respecting the Flag, the constitution, Firearms, Helping Veterans & 1st Responders!!
In his spare time, Bill loves riding horses, hunting, writing Cowboy poetry and serving the community.
I was born in a small town in Colorado. I had the typical country upbringing of hunting, outdoors and the love of horses. After I graduated high school, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Infantry where I completed two overseas combat tours. After completing my enlistment, I stayed in California and worked on a world famous horse ranch while I attended college. I met my wife Jordan and together we moved to Northern California where I began my career as a Police Officer. I worked as a SWAT member, K9 Handler and everything in between. After finishing my Master's Degree, my wife and I both wanted to give our kids the "county lifestyle" so we packed our belongings and moved to Montana. We currently reside in Kila where my family and I train BLM Mustangs during our spare time and enjoy everything MONTANA.
Tracy Finn, Secretary
I grew up in Whitefish MT on a small ranch with horses and many other critters. We were always riding, if not with my other siblings, with the neighbor kids. After graduating from Northwest Nazarene University, I felt the calling to serve my community. I have been a 911 Dispatcher since 1991. I dispatch Police, Fire, EMS, and other miscellaneous agencies, along with answering 911 calls. I am married to a Viet Nam War Air Force Veteran, my father is a Veteran of the Korean War, and I had an Aunt and two Uncles serve in WWII.
I come for a long line of patriots who served my country and I am proud to have the opportunity to serve them by being a part of Valor.
Wayne Appl, Vice President, Operations Manager
45 years in the horse industry. Including 23yrs. as Head Wrangler/Foreman on 3 guest ranches, 12yrs. as Camp/Operations Manager & Packer for 3 outfitters. Served on the board of directors for Back Country Horsemen of the Flathead, Hooves & co. competitive distance riders. A Defensive horsemanship instructor for the U.S.F.S. Father & Mother both served during WWII, Brother served in Vietnam.
Shelby Nash Hunter is the Principal Broker/Owner of Westward Bound Real Estate LLC. She’s been serving the Flathead Valley as a sales executive and business owner for over 35 years. Shelby is very involved in community and has served in leadership positions of many local associations and organizations. She especially enjoys working with non-profits. “My participation in serving on the board of directors for VALOR (Veterans Equine Therapy Services) has been beyond a blessing and truly life changing to see and experience how horses can heal broken people. As the daughter of a
veteran and having a sister in law enforcement, I consider it an honor and privilege to work with this amazing program and be a small part of helping veterans and first responders heal. The horses are the real heroes of Valor!” I come for a long line of patriots who served my country and I am proud to have the opportunity to serve them by being a part of Valor.