Why did you apply for the leadership position at PALS?
The PALS leadership position gave me the opportunity to use my business skills and experience in meaningful workthat truly increases the quality of life of other people. I love a challenge and I love growing organizations and helping employees discover their potential. PALS is a place where I can do all of those things with an engaged and excited team.
What is your vision for PALS and its future impact on the South Central Indiana community?
This organization has long been known for its work using therapeutic riding to help those with a variety of physical, cognitive, emotional and social disabilities. Therapeutic Riding remains our primary focus, however, we are looking to expand programs to meet the changing needs of our community. I am looking to a time when our arena is full from morning to evening, 6 days per week, reaching young people, senior citizens, veterans, and many others as they experience growth and healing through the power of the horse.
What makes you smile while you’re at work?
Too many things to list, honestly. I smile when my co-workers teach my personal horse to paint a picture for me. I smile when a volunteer pops their head in my office to tell me a story about one of our clients or horses.
I even smile when my co-workers discover a barn mouse in my trash can! But I also cry more than I thought I would — I cry tears of awe and joy when I see a young boy with autism with his head on the shoulder of a horse, and I can almost hear their hearts whispering to each other. I cry when I see a young girl with cerebral palsy elated because she was able to lead a horse down the aisle when just days before she could barely stand. It’s the expectation of tears of joy that get me up every morning. I can’t wait to get to the barn to see what magic is in store for the day.
On a more personal note, what is your favorite book and why?
That’s a tough question because I’m a big reader. I don’t read much fiction. I read a lot of business-related books. I’m generally reading or listening to 2-3 books every month. My favorite business book so far is, The One Thing, by Gary Keller. That book speaks very simply about how to get extraordinary results in life and business. I also enjoy the wisdom of the Bible – specifically the book of Proverbs – because it makes me think about how I can better relate to others. The insights in Proverbs are pretty timeless and have helped me many, many times.