Introducing our new executive director, Bill Harless

 

We are pleased to announce that Bill Harless has joined the organization as Executive Director.

“Bill brings to PALS over 30 years of marketing, sales, sponsorship and development experience at Fortune 500 companies and equestrian based non-profit organizations” said Justin Patterson, PALS Board President.

While with American Airlines, Bill managed customer acquisition and retention program for the AAdvantage frequent traveler program and brand messaging for AAirpass and Admirals Clubs. His sponsorship experience included managing corporate sponsorships with organizations like Spruce Meadows, Calgary.

As part of his equine experience, he managed sponsorship sales and activation for the United States Pony Club, the Arabian Horse Association, and the World Equestrian Centers.

Bill has a passion for the PALS mission of helping others through interaction with horses. He starts in March and will be reaching out to the community at large. A life-long equestrian, Bill rides and competes in the Hunter / Jumper rings.

Bill can be reached at bill@palstherapy.org or by calling 812-336-2798.

Go Bananas! Challenge

 

Do you have a junk drawer that needs clearing out? We can help!

PALS is participating in the Go Bananas Challenge, hosted by the

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Organizations across the country collect old cell phones, smartphones, iPods, iPads, tablets, and chargers to be safely recycled. Cell phones contain materials that are considered hazardous waste if sent to landfills. Further, they contain an ore called coltan, which is mined in endangered gorilla habitat in Africa.
Recycling your electronics reduces the demand for coltan and saves gorillas and their habitats. The organization that collects the most phones will win $4,000, and the most creative collection campaign will win $1,000! Save gorillas, support our horses and programs, and get rid of your old junk. Win-win-win!
Drop off your electronics during your next visit to the barn, or let us know a time you’d like to stop by! Learn more about the challenge here

In Memory of Paul Bryan

 

 

We here at PALS are experiencing great sadness over the tragic and unexpected loss of our Executive Director, Paul Bryan, on Dec. 25. While leading PALS since November 2019, Paul navigated our organization through the difficulties of COVID-19 in a variety of important ways. He proactively secured funds to support payroll and ease the deficits created by the shut down and the necessary decrease in programs. During his tenure at the organization, Paul found new grant opportunities that have and will continue to enable PALS to support our clients with reduced lesson fees. At his passing, he was actively working on a grant to reduce barn expenses by installing LED lighting in our arena.

As a retired veteran, Paul made new connections with organizations serving fellow veterans in south central Indiana. He established a stronger relationship with the Monroe County Autism Foundation, expanding our client pool by promoting awareness of PALS’ services to those with autism. One outcome of this new partnership has been the planning of a new sensory experience trail on the property. We expect to see this trail become a reality for our clients in spring 2021, with the help of community partners such as Loren Wood Builders and volunteers from the autism foundation. Paul’s willingness to reach out to the community on many levels has been key to establishing several new critical relationships for PALS.

The board and staff will be working together to finish Paul’s endeavors and to guide the organization through a challenging period without his direction and can-do spirit. The search for a new director will begin soon and a hiring committee is in place. In the meantime, we are handling the essential day-to-day tasks as a team and moving forward as Paul would expect us to do. Your advice, suggestions, and support for all of us during this time is so appreciated.

Donations may be made in Paul’s memory toward the sensory trail. Select the Memorial Fund Donations option on the donation form.