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.
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.
Helen’s background is in health and fitness. She has worked as a personal trainer and sports nutritionist. Growing up being hard of hearing, Helen found peace being around horses. Her love of horses came from living on a small horse ranch in Alaska. Helen has lived many places in the country with her three children and husband who was in the military. Helen is also currently working on becoming a PATH certified instructor here at PALS!
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Raised on a ranch in Idaho, Rachelle has been around horses her whole life—she’s showed since she was 8 years old. Rachelle is currently studying chiropractic medicine for animals and people, and will be licensed in April 2021. She hopes to use her knowledge to enhance the quality of life and performance of horses, as well as the connection between horse and rider. In her free time, Rachelle enjoys volleyball, traveling, and anything outdoors.
Brenda is a retired office manager. She has worked at Hoosier Energy for eleven years, Teletron for four years, and Peleton Financial Services (formally Elliot and Associates) for 11 years. She has volunteered at PALS since 2019.
Priscilla works as a youth program coordinator, serving at-risk youth in grades K-12, for a local domestic violence center. She has nearly 10 years of nonprofit experience within the Bloomington and Indianapolis communities (I.e Middle Way House, New Hope Family Shelter, American Red Cross of Indiana, Lucas Oil/NXG Youth Motorsports). Priscilla has volunteered with PALS since 2018. With PALS, Priscilla not only discovered a newfound love for horses but also acknowledges the importance of providing more equitable and inclusive services for all individuals in our community. Priscilla graduated from Bloomington High School South in 2011. She is currently pursuing her education to become a Social Worker. In her free time, Priscilla enjoys traveling to new places with her significant other (Trent), although, nothing beats staying home and caring for her family members with paws – 3 dogs & 2 cats!
Susie is a retired 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 Accounting and Finance Department for the Indiana University Foundation. 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?
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, Grant 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.
Jamie Pratt earned his doctorate degree in accounting from Indiana University in 1977 and since then held faculty positions 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