Our Board of Directors
President, Happy Hooves Board of Directors
My wife and I recently retired to South Carolina from the Chicago-land area. I was searching for something to occupy my time and mind that would involve my love of horses and giving back to my new community.
I discovered Happy Hooves by reading a wonderful article in the Greenville Journal that highlighted the incredibly valuable contribution the program makes to children within the community. I began to volunteer in the School at the Barn Program and have not looked back.
I bring an extensive business background to the Board from my 40+ years of working at a senior level position for a Fortune 100 company in a variety of roles and functions. My area of expertise is in Human Resources and HR technologies.
Prior to my retirement I was an avid horseman, a youth sports volunteer, and a licensed soccer coach. Historically, our family volunteered through our church and our local Ronald McDonald House. As a family we would visit Dude Ranches in Colorado, and I would often escape to the mountains to horse pack across the West.
Vice President, Happy Hooves Board of Directors
I discovered Happy Hooves shortly after moving to South Carolina in 2014. It's always been important to me to give back to my community, and I was in search of something that would have a positive impact on the children in our area. The fact that this opportunity includes working with horses is an added bonus!
I began volunteering with Happy Hooves School at the Barn, a full day program for special needs classes, which includes therapeutic riding. Working with the instructor, I would side walk with the horse and rider in the arena and on the trails. Nothing was as rewarding as the confidence and self-esteem I witnessed children gain as they interacted with these big, beautiful, gentle horses. I was instantly hooked on the amazing farm setting, the horses, the people and their mission.
With over thirty-five years of professional experience in the advertising and marketing field, I knew I could do more to help spread awareness of all the great things that are happening at Happy Hooves. Now, along with my board secretary duties, I chair the Communications Committee, responsible for helping to share the wonderful story of Happy Hooves.
Aside from my board duties, I volunteer in a reading program at a local elementary school and am part of the communications team for Living Hope International, orphanages in Mexico.
Treasurer, Happy Hooves Board of Directors
I learned about Happy Hooves when my daughter started taking riding lessons in 2011. She now has her own horse, Easy, who lives at Eden Farms. My daughter has also helped with therapy lessons and camp, so I’ve had the opportunity to spend a good amount of time at the barn. I have always been fascinated at the power of a horse for the students involved with Happy Hooves.
Along with my husband, I started and ran the Financial and Human Resources departments of our business Systems Specialties from 1994 to 2015, when I turned my responsibilities over to our current Office Manager to spend more time with my children. I have served on the Finance Committee at my church for a number of years, and recently ‘re-birthed’ a bed & Breakfast in Liberty, SC – Liberty House Inn, which I operate.
I have always enjoyed using my experience with finances that I have learned from my own businesses to help non-profit organizations such as Happy Hooves. It’s so rewarding to see people open up their hearts to help fund such a great cause, and to see first-hand the powerful connections between the horse and rider.
Secretary, Happy Hooves Board of Directors
I first learned about Happy Hooves in 2009 when my daughter began taking riding lessons at Eden Farms, and now we have our own horse, Finnegan, boarding there. Over the years, my daughter began assisting with therapy lessons, and our entire family began to understand the tremendous impact that the program makes in people's lives and saw the benefits first hand.
I am honored to return to the board after taking a few years off to focus on my family and am excited to see the program thriving. I hope to use my administrative skills from years as a paralegal as well as my horse skills from years as a horse mom to support that growth.
I feel fortunate to have two part-time jobs that I love and that let me use different sides of my personality. The first is as a sales associate at The Tack Shop in Greenville, and the other is as the bookkeeper for Eden Farms.
Member, Happy Hooves Board of Directors
I had always enjoyed helping out at the barn. My daughter, Anne, boarded a horse at Eden Farms and took lessons there for years. Anne loved to help with the therapy lessons and camps, and I began helping with concessions at the horse shows at Eden Farms, as well as Christmas at the Barn and Wines & Equines events. After my son finished elementary school and I was no longer PTO treasurer, I was able to devote more time to volunteering with Happy Hooves.
The barn has a wonderful and caring staff who have become like family to us over the last 14 years. In fact, Amy Goudelock (Happy Hooves' founder) was my daughter Anne's mentor when she went through Confirmation at Easley First United Methodist Church.
I joined the Happy Hooves board of directors in May, 2014, and I primarily help with fundraising and planning events, but really a little bit of everything, wherever I am needed!
I am a licensed architect in South Carolina, though I stopped working full-time to spend more time with my children as they were growing up. I am also Scholarship Treasurer for the non-profit Crescent Music Club in Greenville.
Member, Happy Hooves Board of Directors
I first came to Eden Farms for my daughter to attend a birthday party in 2004. We fell in love with the barn, horses and staff and my daughter has been taking riding lessons at Eden Farms since that time. She currently works at the barn as a camp counselor, as a horse caretaker, and as a Therapeutic Riding volunteer with Happy Hooves.
I began teaching riding lessons and summer camp lessons at Eden Farms in 2007. And, I joined the Happy Hooves Board in 2013. I primarily work on grant writing, fund-raising, and try to offer my perspective as a parent and riding instructor as a board member.
I love being a part of Happy Hooves because I have the opportunity to help so many children with special needs in our local community. It's a gift to see these riders smile, have fun and gain confidence through our programs and the miraculous power of the horse.
My family and I also have our Quarter Horse, Flashy, at Eden Farms. It's so special to watch her along with the other incredible horses work with riders in the Happy Hooves programs!