Board of Directors
No Hour of Life Spent In The Saddle Is Wasted
We are fortunate to have a large panel of board members that work to ensure that our organization is able to meet its mission. The passion, hard work and love that our board members and volunteers give to the program are the reasons Pegasus Special Riders exists today.
Donna has been involved with not only the arts in this area, but also involved with organizations that help children. She and her husband have been foster parents in both IL and IA.
She has been on the board of the Rockford Art Museum Auxiliary, the Rockford Symphony Auxiliary board, the board of the Chicago Hearing Society, American Red Cross – Rockford Chapter, and the Rock River Center in Ogle County. She served as CASA-GAL in Winnebago County for 10 yrs and as a CASA board member in the 15th Judicial District of IL.
She & three other ladies re-established Pegasus in 1996. She oversaw the purchase & development of the land and the therapeutic horseback riding program.
Rosemary has been a resident of Byron, IL since 2000, having lived her entire life in Rockford prior to that time. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Thomas, since 1972. They feel the greatest blessings in their lives are their four children, three son-in-laws and six amazing grandchildren.
Rosemary retired in 2005 and has devoted a great deal of her time enjoying and babysitting her grandchildren. Her family is the center of her life. Tom and Rosemary love entertaining and hosting big and small family functions at their home. They have also been able to find more time to travel and are enjoying exploring different parts of the world.
She has been a member of the Pegasus board for several years and is honored to contribute whatever needs arise for the organization.
Nancy lives with her husband and daughters in the Rochelle area. She has worked 30+ years in the banking industry and currently hold the position of Auditor at First National Bank of Rochelle.
She has an Appaloosa horse named, TGI Friday Nite (Friday for short); and an Arabian Quarter horse named Majestic’s Delight (Nick). Other pets in her home include a dog, Eve, and a cat, Bert.
She serves on the Executive Board of Pegasus Special Riders where she holds the Office of Treasurer. She has always felt the need to give back to the community through volunteering and enjoys working with this worthwhile and beneficial organization.
My friends and family call me Shar, and I have been married to Joe for 42 years. We have two grown daughters, Sarah lives in Geneva she is a teacher, coach and assistant athletic director, and Jennifer, a dental hygienist who is married to Kyle Kissack and live in Rochelle. They have given Joe and I, 4 wonderful, and beautiful grandchildren. I have lived in Rochelle since I was 9 and work part time as a payroll administrator. I am active in my church and Christian renewal retreat Tres Dias. Being called “E”, for gram-E, is one of my favorite things in life! I live a pretty simple life, loving my family and sharing my faith. I have a passion for those with special needs and all that means for them and their families. Our granddaughter Bryn has been a rider at Pegasus for 8 years and I am simply amazed at what the therapy does for each one of the riders. I am in awe of what Pegasus offers for those with special needs and their families and so I am offering my help in fulfilling the mission of Pegasus Special Riders in any way I can.
Jodi Ziegler joined the PSR team 4 years ago when she began volunteering with her daughter. She has been enjoying a career in nursing and nursing leadership for 30 years, and serves as the Director of Nursing at Serenity Hospice and Home. She was previously the Clinic Operations Manager for Rochelle Community Hospital, and part of the clinic management team at KSB Hospital.
Jodi has been an avid horseperson since childhood and volunteered for a therapeutic riding facility in Wisconsin as a teen. She competed in Dressage and Eventing in her younger years, and has passed on her passion for horses to her daughter. She and her husband, Brian, brought their family to the Oregon community 20+ years ago where they have been “hobby farmers” and sharing their love for the outdoors with their children. Being a literal neighbor to the facility, Jodi feels invested in PSR and is excited to be a part of the board of directors.
I have lived with my husband in Ridott for 26 years. We love going on the TCM Classic Movie cruises, books, movies, and Disney animation. I have worked in the banking industry for 40 plus years, and I am currently the Manager of loan operations with Blackhawk bank in Beloit WI. I am in the process of training my 4 year old Friesian/Morab horse named Midnight. She was five months old when I picked her up in Kansas, and it has been an interesting journey. We have 5 small parrots and 2 finches, 4 of the parrots were rescue birds. We also have a Border collie named Asta (the name comes from the Thin Man series) and a rescue German shepherd mix named Zena.
I became interested in Pegasus Special Riders when I heard they worked with people of disabilities using horses as therapy. I think this is an amazing organization, and I hope to help fulfill their mission.
Stacy retired from the Army in 2017 after 23 years of active-duty service as pilot and intelligence officer. During her 2+ decades in uniform she was able to travel extensively (40+ countries) and serve with amazingly talented and dedicated Soldiers. After retiring, she returned home to the Northern IL region to complete her doctorate in education at Northern Illinois University. Currently, Stacy is working full time as an Operations Training Manager for an aerospace manufacturing organization. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities (camping, kayaking, bicycling) and spending time with family and friends—and now working with the staff and volunteers of Pegasus Special Riders.
Sara lives in Dixon with her husband Scott and children, Collin, and Lauren. Sara is a Dixon native and graduate of Northern Illinois University. She has worked in the banking industry for 18 years and is currently the Banking Center Manager at Midland States Bank in Dixon. Sara enjoys spending time with her family and attending her children’s sporting events. Sara joined the Pegasus board in 2022.
Kelly Berns is the third generation to live on her family’s farm in Chana, Illinois, where they currently have 3 horses and a miniature donkey. Kelly and her husband have been married for 25 years and have 4 children. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. Kelly first became involved with Pegasus when her son, who has cerebral palsy, participated in therapeutic riding lessons. Her other 3 children and herself have all been horse feeders or helped with lessons now or in the past. Horses are a big part of her family since both of her daughters compete nationally in the American Quarter Horse Association in western pleasure and hunter under saddle classes. She knows firsthand how beneficial therapeutic riding can be and hopes to help Pegasus Special Riders continue to provide therapeutic riding to as many individuals with disabilities as possible in our community.
I, my wife Melissa, our 2 boys Austin and Antonio moved to Lost Nation in 2017. I am originally from the small town of Ladd, where I was born and raised. My family and I spend most of our free time outdoors if we can. Hunting and fishing keeps the kids and me busy, but I always try making time for Melissa and me to enjoy a motorcycle ride on a nice day. I am the Banking Center Manager for Midland States Bank in Princeton, and have previously served on the PADS homeless shelter Board. I enjoy helping others however I can and also making sure my kids see the value in doing so too.