Christine Herring Headshot


Executive director
The healing connection with horses has always been an important part of life for Chris. Her background with horses includes riding instruction, training, breeding, and owning/operating her own horse facility. A lifelong equestrian, her riding experience includes trail riding, dressage, and training for endurance. Chris is a graduate of Indiana University and worked for 17 years in research and research development at IU. She attended Purdue University and worked for many years as a veterinary technician. She has called Monroe County home for over 30 years. When she isn’t working at PALS, she enjoys riding her horse Priya, gardening, cooking, and enjoying life with her husband, Tony, and her dog, Zelda.
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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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KELLY holland

facility DIRECTOR


jamie springer

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.

Katie Mills with her horse Duke






Katie has been around horses her whole life, and competes in eventing and mounted archery with her horse, Duke. She is currently a student at Indiana University, studying Chemistry and Music. When not at the barn, she enjoys playing bassoon in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Katie is working towards becoming a PATH certified instructor at PALS! 



Tessa McAfee with her horse




Our Board of Directors


jamie prenkert


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.


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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 carter

board member

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.



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Andrea is a lifelong equestrian has  volunteered at PALS for the past two and a half years. She grew up as a 4-H participant and rode horses in shows in Indiana and Michigan.  At Indiana University, she was a member of the Western Equestrian Club. She currently works at the IU Foundation and has experience in event planning, fundraising, and
risk management. 



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John is currently a volunteer at PALS and has been working on facilities projects there since 2021. His horse
experience spans 30 years as the husband and father of horse owners. John and his wife, Melanie (also a PALS volunteer) moved to Bloomington in 2018 from Stillwater, MN. They have 2
children and 4 grandchildren.
Professionally, John retired from 3M Company in 2009 after a 33-year career in manufacturing, engineering, management, and corporate safety. He formed Process Hazard Management Services, LLC., which provides chemical safety consulting services to companies of all sizes. John is also a Staff Consultant for the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), a part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). CCPS uses volunteer committees to develop process safety tools. John has served on several of these committee as project manager, committee chair,
participant, and peer reviewer. He is also an author and instructor for a CCPS course on process safety
that is provided to clients globally both in person and in a virtual format.



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