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.
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.
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.
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.