Paul bryan

executive director
Before coming to PALS, Paul served as Development Director for Indiana Forest Alliance. Prior to that, he was Development Director for Tara Treatment Center in Franklin, Indiana, where he first learned about horses as part of the recovery process for individuals with substance use disorder. Overall, Paul has worked as a development professional staff member or as a contractor for a number of organizations, from Indianapolis to the Columbus area, dating back to 2001.

Margo morton

Marketing & Communications manager
Margo has worked in marketing and communications for a variety of industries throughout school and after graduating from Ball State University. She moved to Bloomington from Louisville, KY in 2019 and has loved getting to know the unique local culture of the town. A lifelong animal lover, Margo is excited to be working alongside horses and bridging the gap between animals and people.

Christa Arthur

lead instructor
Christa was first introduced to horses by a friend in high school. It was at this time she began showing in 4H. After high school in 2014, Christa found PALS and started volunteering as a side walker, horse leader and stable manager. Since then, she has become a Barn Assistant and a PATH Intl.-Certified Instructor. In her free time, Christa enjoys baking, cake decorating, and riding her horses, Star and King.

katherine thomas

facility & equine manager
Kat was raised in Bloomington, IN with her two sisters who all share a love for all things equine. Owning horses since childhood, she has experienced multiple disciplines in both English and Western riding and has worked in several barns specializing in different areas. As a teen, Kat focused primarily on Hunter – Jumpers and English pleasure. Her current interest is in rehabilitation and re-education for horses coming from a rough beginning or those horses in need of another chance at life. Kat tries her best to live by her favorite horseman, Buck Brannaman’s quote: “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

jamie springer

part-time instructor
James has been riding horses since 2011 and has experience in Western, English, and Saddleseat. During his time at summer horse camps, he found his love of teaching children about horses. James grew up with a mild case of Cerebral Palsy that gave him an opportunity to try horseback riding in order to strengthen his muscles.  In 2019, James earned his certification as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor with PATH Int’l. During James’ lessons, riders are taught to be confident and safe while still having fun. He often uses games to keep riders engaged and focused as they learn. Knowing his students, setting goals, and including families in the learning process are all important parts of James’ teaching philosophy.

josiah zintsmaster

ace coordinator
Attending Indiana University, Josiah is studying Business Management and Marketing. Growing up on a farm Josiah has been around livestock but has had limited exposure to horses. However, he is excited to be involved at PALS and encourage others do the same. Josiah is an Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE) at PALS, meaning he will act as the link between PALS and IU students in service learning classes. With his leisure time, he enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, and being outdoors.

ADDITIONAL STAFF:

  • Kelly Holland – Maintenance Worker
  • Natalie Blais – Bookkeeper
  • Pat Carroll – Barn Assistant
  • Sandra Ronan – Barn Assistant
  • Katie Beardall – Barn Assistant

Our Board of Directors


 

justin patterson

board chair
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.

 

ellen bell

vice chair
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.

 

brenda HIll

TREASURER
Bio coming soon!

 

priscilla cuevas

secretary

Bio coming soon!

 

susie carter

board member
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 howe

board member
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?

 

jamie pratt

board member
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 their first grandchild.  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

 

jamie prenkert

board member
The PALS mission and its impact on my life has grown tremendously during the time I’ve served on the board. While it will always be among the services that mean the most to our family by providing my son, Gran,t with exercise, therapy, and socialization, my board service has allowed me to see the tremendously broad impact of the array of programs and services that PALS provides in our community. I’m so proud of the work done by PALS and the small part I can have on the board to support that work.

 

alisha taylor

board member

Bio coming soon!

 

bret syrek

board member
Bret moved to Bloomington, IN at age 3 and has grown up here ever since. From Bloomington High School South, Bret attended four years at Indiana University Bloomington, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History. Following this he continued at IUB through SPEA’s Master of Public Affairs program, where he became interested in nonprofit organizations and fundraising. Bret loves animals and enjoys painting and reading in his spare time

 

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