BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President – Anne McElroy
Anne McElroy holds a BA degree in Secondary Education Biological Sciences, Norwich University, MA Specific Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders, and Educational Administration, The Ohio State University. Anne has been a lifelong rider and riding enthusiast. She was a founding team member of the Norwich University Polo team and continues her riding today in the discipline of Dressage. Through her past work as Curriculum Director for the Knox County School and leadership positions on various charitable boards and organizations Anne brings experience in program design and management structure to this organization. She is enthusiastic about having the opportunity to provide equine therapy to individuals, allowing them to develop physically, mentally and emotionally.
Secretary – Lynn Bonar & Treasurer – Dave Bonar
Lynn is the Barn manager and Board Secretary, which includes selection of horses for the programs. Lynn has been in the riding industry for over 30 years and is a successful business woman who has also competed at the FEI level of Dressage. She is a Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist in Dressage. She has taught and trained many riders and horses and helped them achieve their greatest potential. She is also an expert in horse behavior and is well qualified to lead the selection and purchase of therapy horses.
Dave, our Treasurer, is a retired businessman with many years of experience in marketing and sales to The Department of Defense. He has a thorough understanding of the military infrastructure, and processes and procedures used by the military in program acquisition and management.
Trudy Maszczynski attained a baccalaureate degree at Bowling Green State University and has completed coursework towards a graduate degree. She has over thirty years experience teaching Developmentally Handicapped and Learning Disabled students. Active in equestrian activities for several decades, she looks forward to helping Hobby Horse Hill provide excellent equine therapy programs to the community.
Jim Stoner brings a great deal of energy and experience to the Board of Director’s of Hobby Horse Hill. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has a variety of business connections that he brings to table, in hopes of developing our programs down the road. Jim’s marketing experiences include a career in the arts, academia, construction, and business development. His paths have also included receiving several significant grant rewards. Jim hails from Central Ohio, and was raised in a rural community, and is no stranger to the satisfaction and pleasure to be had from having a relationship with animals. He is very excited to work in whatever capacity he is asked to help build the healing programs available at Hobby Horse Hill to a greater audience.
Cara Seibel, LSW
Cara Seibel is a Licensed, Independent Social Worker with a Master’s in social work from The Ohio State University. She originally obtained her Bachelor’s in psychology from Miami University in 1998 and went on to specialize in school social work at Ohio State. She now works as a clinical therapist for The Village Network in Mansfield, Ohio. Cara has ridden off and on at Hobby Horse Hill since the ripe old age of 14 and now enjoys watching her children ride there as well. She is well aware of the value of a good four-legged therapy partner.
Michael Schmall DVM, MS Dr. L. Michael Schmall was raised in north central Iowa and is a 1975 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, he joined the Equine Medical Center in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. In 1977 he returned to Iowa State University and obtained a Master’s degree in Veterinary Microbiology. He subsequently pursued further graduate education and worked for 3 years with the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. In 1983 he returned to private equine practice. The following year, 1984, he accepted a position in the Equine Field service at The Ohio State University where he remained until retirement in 2013. He is currently in private practice in the central Ohio area and is allied with Dr. Laurie Gallatin and Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Sunbury, Ohio.