The buildings at VERITAS have existed as part of the Grimes-area community for several years, and the center has been previously operated under several different names. In November of 2013 a committed and highly energetic group of individuals took ownership as VERITAS Equestrian Center, LLC. We have an expanded vision for this important and long-standing part of the community. In addition to environmental improvements and general maintenance and safety related activities, the VERITAS team continues to work to enhance the conditions of the property and the experience of our customers. We live immediately adjacent to the VERITAS property and all four of us are part of the community served by the VERITAS facilities. We are part of the local community and are invested in providing committed, personalized, high quality service to those who choose VERITAS as their barn home.
Suzie Berregaard graduated from Iowa State University with an undergraduate degree in Forestry and worked in that field for the Student Conservation Association in New Mexico, the US Forest Service in Colorado, and the US Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake. She is a graduate of Drake University Law School and spent eight years working as a litigation attorney for the Iowa Attorney General’s office--followed by several years as corporate counsel specializing in healthcare compliance, non profit governance, healthcare ethics, risk management and personnel law. She completed professional graduate studies from the George Washington University in Healthcare Corporate Compliance. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, is certified in Healthcare Compliance, and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. She currently works as the Chief Quality Officer for VA Central Iowa Health Care System. Suzie was born and raised in Iowa and has grown up riding horses. She rode bulls during college at ISU, worked for Jim Dudley Quarter Horses and Reisinger Farms Paints, and has ridden hundreds of miles of natural trails all over the United States. She owned and operated a flower shop and a dance studio in Grimes 1995 through 2002. She also holds a certification in Enology (the science of wine making), sits as a member of the Sensory Panel for the Iowa Quality Wine Consortium, Midwest Grape and Wine Institute, is a former Board Member on the Iowa Wine Growers Association, is an introductory level sommelier, and judges commercial and regional wine competitions. She is currently a member of the Polk County Conservation Board Advisory Committee.
Suzie has two children, Shianne Thomas, a 2017 double major graduate of Drake University Schools of Business and International Studies, and Chase (Sam) Thomas, who a service member with the United States Marines.
John Nuhn was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY. He holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Social Work from Sienna College in Albany, NY and a Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University. He is a licensed social worker and also a Certified Case Manager. John worked in child protective services early in his career and has specialized experience as a youth substance abuse counselor, and working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. He has been in Iowa for over 20 years and currently works at Unity Point, Methodist West Hospital. John is a huge sports fan and sports trivia wiz, so you may frequently see him with an ear bud in listening to a game. John has three children, Jake who achieved his Doctorate in Biochemical Engineering at Iowa State University, Charlie, who graduated from the University of Iowa with a communications degree and works in in a Marketing Firm in West Des Moines, and Rachel who is a Senior at Iowa State University, studying to be a teacher.
Suzie and John have been married for eight years and live on an acreage directly across the road from VERITAS Equestrian Center.
Kyle Findlay was born on his family’s farm in Harlan, Iowa; though he lived all over the country growing up. Kyle graduated from Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids with an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design, but he quickly learned that sitting behind a desk was not for him. He worked in the construction industry after graduating and started Findlay Flooring, LLC in 2010. He is thrilled to get back to his rural roots.
Nicole Findlay was born and raised in Carroll, Iowa. She has an undergraduate degree in Health Administration from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids and Masters of Public Administration from Drake University. She has worked for VA Central Iowa Health Care System since her graduation in 2005, currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer.
Kyle and Nicole are the parents of two lively daughters, Claire (13) and Erica (10). Their free time is spent camping, kayaking, coaching soccer, volunteering for PTO functions and spending time with their very large extended family.