Susie is a registered nurse, board certified in cardiac rehab nursing. She graduated with an Associate’s degree from Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis) and earned her Bachelor’s from Indiana Wesleyan University. She worked as the manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation since 1979 at Indiana University Health Bloomington. She also managed the Advanced Heart Care Center, retiring in June 2018. She has volunteered at PALS since 2002.
Rebecca received a Bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Aviation and Transportation Management. She worked in all areas of Aviation and Trucking for many years. After her children were grown, she went back to school for her Master’s Degree in Accounting from Kelley School of Business. She currently works in the Finance Department for Author Solutions, LLC, a Penguin Random House Company. Rebecca has a wide range of interests. She holds Private Pilot License, and is a CPA; a Tri Kappa past President; and owns a dog, a cat and several fish. Is a horse on the horizon?
Melinda graduated with a Bachelor’s degrees from Earlham College and in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She has lived in Bloomington since 1975 and has been involved with PALS since 2004. She has owned horses since 1986 as a hobby that she has shared with her daughter. Her nursing background and concern for others devotes her to PALS and the clients we serve.
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Ellen is currently an owner/operator of Scenic View Restaurant and Lodge and Trail Head Pizzeria in Bloomington and, also, works with the adult population with speech, language and hearing disorders in hospital and rehabilitation facilities. Ellen graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. and M.A. in Speech, Language and Hearing and maintains membership in the American Speech and Hearing Association, as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competency. Ellen has extensive background with learning disabled children and adolescents having served as an educational therapist in Indianapolis and obtaining post graduate studies from the National Institute of Learning Disabilities. Ellen was a founding member of Agape Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Cicero, IN and worked closely with its founder, Cheryl Miller, for many years prior to moving to Bloomington and, thus, is strongly committed to the value and efficacy of therapeutic riding/ therapy to reach children and adults with a wide range of difficulties, to enrich and develop their greatest potential, and to achieve their highest functional outcomes in life.
Christina grew up in Muncie, Indiana grooming, riding, and showing horses. Her lifelong interest in horses, and animals in general, led her to study veterinary medicine at the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine, receiving her DVM in 1981. Although she does not practice on large animals now, she is thrilled to be a part of PALS, so she can help support the goals of pairing kids, especially those with special needs, with horses, as she knows the positive effect it can have on the health of their mind and body.
Jamie Pratt earned his doctorate degree in accounting from Indiana University in 1977 and since then held faculty positons at the University of Washington (Seattle), University of Zurich, Northwestern and INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), returning to Indiana University in 1990. He and his wife (Kathy) have been married for almost 40 years and they have three grown children and recently their first grandchild. Both have been active in the Bloomington community, serving on boards of both profit and non-profit entities. Jamie’s service includes Bloomington Junior League Baseball, Bloomington High School North (volunteer baseball coach), the Pour House, and LHP, a Columbus-based engineering firm. Jamie is interested in serving on the PALS board because he considers it a creative and useful community service with a well-run operation that has potential to grow and prosper. He believes that his financial knowledge can be put to good use in such a setting.
Justin Patterson is a project manager for Milestone Contractors L.P. and manages multiple complex projects with cities, state, or university contracts. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Building Construction Management and is currently enrolling with Western Governors University to obtain a Master Degree in Business Administration. He believe that we should all contribute to the communities we live in, that doesn’t only help the community but also us as individuals.
Alison Siller is currently a Sr. Financial Compliance Analyst for the IU Office of Research Administration and a member of the Kelley Partners Club. She graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Management and Spanish. She is taking graduate classes at IU SPEA and is the President of Kelley Partners Club. She is a lifelong animal lover and truly believes in the therapeutic power of fostering connections between humans and animals.
Chris works for the American Red Cross as a Service to the Armed Forces Program Specialist. He graduated from Bloomington High School South in 2003 and joined the United States Marine Corps right after high school where he served eight years on active duty. Chris served in the infantry and special operations community and deployed to Iraq twice (2004, 2005-2006) and later deployed to Afghanistan (2008) where he was awarded a Bronze Star w/ Combat Distinguishing Device “V” for valor. Chris transitioned out of the Marine Corps in 2011 and enlisted in the United States Army Reserves where he served as a Human Resources Specialist for six years in Terre Haute, IN. He believes that PALS has a unique vision that allows all walks of life to experience hope in times of uncertainty.
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