Board of Directors

Autumn Zick

PATH International Certified Riding Instructor

Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

Certified in Therapeutic Riding for 36 years

Autumn is a retired Speech Pathologist at Blossomland Learning Center, a school for students with moderate to severe cognitive abilities. She has been involved in the world of Equine Assisted Activities since 1980 when she became a PATH Intl. (NARHA) Certified Riding Instructor. She has owned horses all of her life, having shown Hunters, Dressage and Evented. For many years Autumn has been a "horse show mom" for her two daughters competing with their Arabian horses at the national level. She is a founding member of TEC and is married to an extremely understanding husband, Russ.

Barbara Lenhardt

Barbara Lenhardt is a Paraprofessional Accountant for Haslett & Gaynor, P.C. in Niles, MI as well as a parent and sister of an adult with a disability. She began working with therapeutic riding programs about 20 years ago when her son joined the 4-H We Can Ride 4-H Club, and has been on their Board, as treasurer for the last ten years. She was involved with TEC from its inception, but didn’t join the Board until 2007, as the treasurer. With six grandchildren life is never dull.

    

Judy Buck

 

Member of American Quarter Horse Association

National Reining Horse Association

Palomino Horse Breeders of America

Judy is a graduate of the University of Colorado, retired after 44 years in retail management. She has been involved with horses since 1969 and is a student of Natural Horsemanship.

Gil Migala

Gill is married and living in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He has seven children and twelve grandchildren.

Gil Migala graduated from St. Joseph High School, attended DeVry Technical Institute, and graduated from Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. Gil also served in the United States Air Force.

Gil was employed by Whirlpool Corporation in Quality Control, was union steward and union vice president at Whirlpool. He worked at Continental Can and General Dynamics, Aeronautics Division. He is a retired local small business owner of Migala Rug & Tile Company of St. Joseph. 

Gil is a life member and Treasurer for many years of the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal organization whose primary mission is to serve God and community through charitable endeavors. He has been involved in many fundraisers which have benefited individuals with special needs and other church related events.

Reyna Price


Reyna Price is the parent of a 6-year old rider with a severe seizure disorder called Dravet Syndrome. Her daughter has been riding for the past several years now.  Reyna is also a volunteer parent for the Great Start Collaborative, Chair of the Parenting education Committee of the Great Start Collaborative, and current Team Captain for Team Elysa & Dravet Angels for the Summer stroll for Epilepsy for 5 years running now.  She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Siena Heights University.

Beth Drollinger

 

Beth has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Lake Superior State University and a Master's Degree from Purdue University Calumet.  She served in the United States Air Force as an officer.  In 2010, she moved with her family to Southwest Michigan.  Soon thereafter she started volunteering at TEC and then served as the Volunteer/Chore Coordinator for three years.  Beth lives in Stevensville with her husband, two sons, and four cats.


Board Advisor

Margie Hojara Hadsell

Margie began riding hunters and jumpers at age 9, qualifying for the Alfred B Maclay ASPCA equitation finals, and also for the AHSA medal finals as a junior rider. She was coached by legendary horseman, Robert Egan, who was her stepfather. Margie was among TEC's first instructors and helped in initial program development.

Margie graduated from University of Notre Dame and then earned a graduate degree in counseling from Andrews University. She is currently the director of the Workforce Improvement Division of Michigan Rehabilitation Services in Lansing, MI, where her responsibilities are for staff development, recruitment,retention, succession planning, and services to persons with disabilities in Central and Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Margie is married to Ron Hojara, and they have five dogs.