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We strive to maximize the potential of persons with disabilities to become independent, well-rounded, self-confident individuals.
 
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Our Staff

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Shelley Sprang

Executive Director

Shelley Sprang has been named as the new Executive Director of Pegasus Farm. Shelley has been with Pegasus Farm for four years and began her employment as the Development Coordinator. Shelley succeeds Carol Lichtenwalter who retired as the organization's Executive Director as of April 31, 2021, after nearly ten years of service. Shelley worked closely with Carol and was strategically chosen from within the organization to ensure a successful transition of management and daily operations.

Shelley accepted the position and took on the role and responsibilities as the Executive Director on May 1, 2021. After great success in her coordinator position and training within the organization, she was promoted to General Manager in January of 2021. She holds over 15 years of nonprofit experience at multiple organizations which provided her with diverse experiences and gives her the resources, knowledge, support, and passion to be successful as the new Executive Director.

Shelley has held marketing and fundraising positions with Leadership Akron, The American Red Cross of Summit County, and the Red Cross of Columbus. She is a member of the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Township Rotary. She is also a recent graduate of the 2021 Leadership Stark County Signature Program.

During her time at Pegasus, Sprang has been involved with the development of the Military Family Center, and the growth and promotion of the Wellness Garden project. Additionally, she has created new fundraising streams to support the operations of the Farm.

 

Debbie Weber

Office Manager

Debbie Weber has served as Office Manager at Pegasus Farm since 1997.  Before that, she and her daughter became involved at Pegasus Farm volunteering with program activities and events.  Debbie has a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a minor in mathematics from Bowling Green State University.  Debbie enjoys playing the piano, golfing, and vacationing at the ocean.

 

 

 

Tammi Gainer

 Equestrian Director

Having grown up around horses, Tammi Gainer began her professional equine career in 1989 as a trail guide at a large ranch camp where she was first exposed to the world of equestrian vaulting and attended her first CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Standard Instructor Certification Clinic.

In the spring of 1995, Tammi joined the instructor staff at Pegasus Farm. While working at the Farm part-time and homeschooling her three children, Tammi also spent much time working under several trainers in both reining and dressage and achieved  PATH International instructor certification. In 2000, she achieved CHA Master Level Instructor/clinic staff status and has since earned Clinic Instructor status in the Instructors of Riders with Disabilities (IRD) and Vaulting Coach programs as well. In 2005, Tammi was promoted to Equestrian Director at Pegasus Farm and has since achieved Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning certification through PATH International and AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) Professional Horseman.  

Pegasus Farm is blessed to have on staff such an accomplished, experienced person with a heart for the very special work we do!

 

Audre Manners 

Equestrian Program Coordinator

Drawn by her love of bringing horses and people together, Audre Manners started at Pegasus Farm as a volunteer in 2008. She joined the Pegasus instructor staff in 2010. She is a certified therapeutic riding instructor and equine specialist in mental health and learning through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl.  She also holds level two certifications as a vaulting coach, instructor of riders with disabilities, and instructor in English and Western riding through the Certified Horsemanship Association.  Additionally, she has a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Akron. Audre was promoted to the position of equestrian program coordinator at Pegasus in 2020. While she enjoys the administrative aspects of her role, she is very happy to still be involved in teaching Pegasus participants, collaborating with volunteers, and working with our amazing horses. In her spare time, Audre enjoys hiking with her husband and dogs, and playing strategy games with her extended family.

 

Ashley Lewis

Screening Coordinator, Equestrian Program 

Ashley Lewis joined the Pegasus Farm staff as an Instructor in 2017. During her time here on the Farm, Ashley earned her certification though the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Intl.) as a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. In 2019, Ashley acquired the role of Screening Coordinator, assisting families with the in-take and application process for our Take Flight Equestrian Program. She has over 20 years of experience coaching numerous riders with lessons, at horse shows, and on equestrian teams.

Ashley attended The Ohio State University and holds a Masters of Education in Special Education in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a Minor in Zoology. She also holds a teaching license as an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist. Ashley has over 8 years of teaching experience at an inclusion school for students with Autism.

Ashley grew up around horses on her family’s farm and is right at home at Pegasus Farm where she has been able to combine her passions of teaching individuals with disabilities and horses. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 children, and their 5 horses.

 

Mallory Richards

Volunteer Coordinator 

Mallory Richards has been the Volunteer Coordinator since February 2021 and an Instructor at Pegasus since January of 2018. She first came to Pegasus upon completing her degree in recreational therapy with a minor in adapted physical activity at Slippery Rock University. Mallory has had a lifelong love for horses and found passion in working with individuals with disabilities during her college experience. The combination of her love for horses and working with individuals with varying abilities drew her to Pegasus Farm. Mallory is a Path certified instructor. On her off-hours, Mallory enjoys riding horses, gardening, and spending time with her family. 

 

Tom Robinson 

Property and Facilities Manager

Thomas Robinson joined Pegasus Farm as the Property and Facilities Manager in February 2022. Hailing from Northeast Pennsylvania, Tom grew up on a 400 acre farm. A carpenter by trade, and professional commercial contractor, Tom was a Journeyman of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Jointers of America, Local 2018, Ocean Co. NJ. Tom's personal goal is to provide quality leadership and strong core values. Professionally, Tom's goal is to spread success to and for any and everything he is involved in. In his spare time, Tom enjoys being outdoors. 

                                                    

Karen Layton

Adult Day Services Program Director

Karen Layton has been the Program Director and an Instructor at Pegasus Farm since April of 1999. She first came to Pegasus in 1994 when her youngest daughter began riding in the program. She immediately began volunteering and was soon joined by her daughters. Pegasus has been an important part of the lives of her entire family. Karen manages the Wings Adult Day Services Program and oversees the operations at the Country Store. Karen's accomplishments include creating and growth of the Adult Day Program. She has worked diligently with the Executive Director to make a vision for the growth of the program and executed all goals associated with it. In 2019 Karen helped Pegasus Farm gain its CARF accreditation which recognizes organizations for service standards and best practices in health in human services. On her off-hours, Karen enjoys riding horses and gardening. 

 

Amanda Hite  

Employment Specialist

Amanda Hite was named the Employment Specialist at Pegasus Farm in April 2022, overseeing our newly established Employment Services Program. Amanda is a Certified Employment Support Professional, the CESP credential recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sufficient level of knowledge and skill to provide integrated employment services to a variety of populations. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, hanging out with her three dogs, and volunteering with the Green Rotary Club in her spare time.

 

 

Rudy Moyer

Horticulture Specialist 

  • 1995 Certified as Stark County Master Gardener
  • 1996 Stark County Master Gardener of the Year
  • 1997-1999 President of the Stark County Master Gardeners

2010 Rudy was employed by the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities as the Farm Supervisor for Cleveland Crops at Stanard Farm, Ohio City, and the Free Stamp Demonstration Garden, providing year-round employment for individuals with developmental disabilities to plant, grow, harvest and sell vegetables utilizing season extension techniques. 

2014 Rudy was employed by GentleBrook, Hartville as their Hort/Ag Program Manager employing individuals with developmental disabilities to plant, grow, harvest and sell vegetables utilizing season extension techniques.

2017 Rudy was hired on as the Horticulture Manager at Pegasus Farm. He developed the 5 ½ acre Wellness Garden, employing individuals with developmental disabilities to plant, grow, harvest and sell fruit and vegetables utilizing season extension techniques.

As of 2019, Farmer Rudy has been responsible for 2 high tunnels and maintaining our 5 ½ acre Wellness Garden which includes 743 blueberry bushes, 10 heirloom apple trees and 8 heirloom pear trees! Chef Rudy also introduced free cooking classes to the public at our Country Store at Pegasus Farm and has done many cooking demonstrations throughout Stark County, including the Stark County Fair and the Stark County Board of Health!

Rudy is Ohio’s Most Recognized Horticultural Humorist and self-proclaimed Chef!

20+ yrs in the Green Industry

 

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