Exceptional Equestrians welcomes individuals interested in becoming board members.
Board meetings are quarterly, and we ask that board members be committed to helping Exceptional Equestrians in the following ways:
- Advocate for Exceptional Equestrians’ mission and values, represent Exceptional Equestrians, and act as a spokesperson.
- Provide program oversight and assist in quality assurance.
- Commit to ensuring the financial sustainability of Exceptional Equestrians by extending our reach in the community to connect with charitable organizations, businesses, and individuals.
- Participate in Exceptional Equestrians fundraisers and events.
Exceptional Equestrians Board of Directors
Dr. Elizabeth Moberg-Wolff (Chairperson of the Board)
Elizabeth Moberg-Wolff is a triple boarded Pediatric PM&R physician, who sees children and adults with developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, stroke, and head injury, with clinics in Green Bay and Milwaukee. She has an academic affiliation with UW Madison School of Public Health and was previously an associate professor at Medical College of Wisconsin. She is on staff at Children’s Wisconsin, Aurora and AMC and is involved in advocacy for those with special needs. The value of hippotherapy and equine assisted therapy for her patients is one of the reasons she joined the board. Dr. Moberg-Wolff has served as President for the last 3 years. The professionalism and growth of programming, as well as the creative fundraisers, are reasons she loves working with EE.
Alyssa Gromowski (Vice Chair of the Board)
As a librarian in the Brown County Library system, Alyssa uses a lens of Trauma-Informed care to meet people where they are at and connect our community to the resources they need. When not at the library, Alyssa enjoys horseback riding, volunteering in the Hippotherapy program, and running Arcane Muse, a painting studio out of De Pere. Alyssa and her husband are currently expecting their first child- a future EE volunteer for sure!
Nancy Jacobe (Treasurer)
Nancy has served on the Board of Directors for Exceptional Equestrians for many years. She was born and raised in Green Bay, WI, and attended Southwest High School, graduating in 1975. Nancy spent the next two years attending Northeast Wisconsin Technical College earning a degree in Architectural and Structural Drafting. She was fortunate to be hired for a job in her field and spent the next few years working for several metal fabricating companies.
Nancy enjoys being a part of Exceptional Equestrians. The therapies the children receive are vital to their health, and the smiles on their faces are the reward for those of us who volunteer. Exceptional Equestrians truly makes a huge difference in these children’s lives.
Jenna Dais (SECRETARY)
Jenna grew up with horses and currently owns her own equine facility. She previously worked in Marketing & Advertising for Promotional Agencies and ended up in Recruiting & Resource Management for a Consulting Firm in Chicago, IL before moving back to Green Bay, her hometown, for her husband’s job. Since then, she has been involved in equine-assisted therapy, and co-founded Taking the Lead ELC, which started at her family farm.
She has a degree in Communications and is currently pursuing additional education and certification related to Equine Therapy. She also strives to continue learning about horses through ongoing equine clinics and workshops.
When asked what she finds most rewarding about her experiences at Exceptional Equestrians, she says, “It’s such a happy place. I love seeing the smiling faces around me… seeing our clients having fun on horses, while getting the benefits of therapy! And working with the best, most dedicated group of volunteers and staff. And of course, working with the amazing therapy horses there too. It’s the best group of coworkers imaginable.”
Ann Randall Martin
Ann’s love for horses and being active in the community is what brought her to Exceptional Equestrians as a volunteer. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Journalism/Advertising. Ann has extensive experience in sales and marketing. After many years as a pharmaceutical sales representative, she decided to follow her passion for photography and became a professional photographer.
As a volunteer at Exceptional Equestrians, Ann has witnessed firsthand the healing power of horses and the passion and dedication of the staff and volunteers. Ann still volunteers at Exceptional Equestrians and is also a Board Member.
Heather Gartzke has worked in healthcare administration and operations for over 12 years. With a Master’s of Healthcare Administration, an undergraduate degree in Finance, and a few years of nursing experience, Heather currently serves as Managing Vice President of Operations for 50 outpatient clinics across various states in the Midwest and Northeast. Heather and her family recently moved back home to Wisconsin from Scottsdale, Arizona to be with extended family and shortly thereafter learned of Exceptional Equestrians and its inspiring mission. Helping to improve the health and quality of life of those who need it is what drives her.
Lisa is a pediatric occupational therapist at Country Kids, Inc working with children and young adults with a wide range of diagnoses requiring hands-on intervention to assist them in reaching their highest potential. Lisa has been involved with Exceptional Equestrians in a variety of roles for many years as she values their programs for so many children, adults, and families.
Nicole began volunteering at Exceptional Equestrians in 2016 before joining the board in 2018. Before retiring, Nicole spent over 30 years in healthcare, the last 19 years at Unity Hospice. She was the executive director from 1997 until she retired in 2012. Nicole is a CPA with an MBA and is currently the treasurer on the board.
Tiffany is a talent acquisition professional who leads the temporary staffing practice for Baker Tilly Search & Staffing in Northeast Wisconsin. She partners with employers on their hiring needs and talent strategies for accounting, finance, and human resources. Tiffany grew up having a love for horses; she trick-rode and understands the strength of a bond between animals and people. She is passionate about health, truly believes in the mission of Exceptional Equestrians and is proud to be a part of the EE family for the last 3 years.
Linda’s working career spans over several entrepreneurial successes and is currently the Benefits Manager at Miller Electric Manufacturing Company. She has a Business Degree with an emphasis on Human Resources.
Her love of horses started early in life. From her first ½ Arabian mare to the several others that she was privileged to start, train and show. She is solidly convinced of the amazing bond these special animals can bring to improve the lives of those who engage with them.
As Linda begins her transition to retirement, she believes she has found her purpose and says she is humbly grateful to be a part of this exceptional organization where committed professionals, happy volunteers, and dedicated family members help bring about amazing changes in our clients from week to week.
Julie Kurutz joins the board after retiring from a 33-year career as an account executive for the VF corporation specializing in sales, marketing, and presentations. Julie managed an $8.5 account for Mills Fleet Farm clothing division.
Julie has a great deal of experience with equine therapy and has volunteered at two centers prior to EE. Her involvement included future planning committee member, assisting with events, mentoring of volunteers, and functioning as a side-walker and horse leader.
Julie still rides horses herself and completed a bucket list item by riding in a horse show at age 60.
She has two adult children, a 31-year-old son who is a CPA in Scottsdale, AZ and a 29-year-old newly engaged daughter, who is a VP at a PR firm in Chicago.
Julie loves being a volunteer at EE, looks forward to her position on the board, and is so thankful to be part of this amazing organization.
Sandy Barnick has worked at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for 30 years as a Counselor/Case Manager in the Accommodation Services Department assisting students with disabilities achieve their academic goals. She graduated with a Master Degree from Lakeland College and a Bachelors degree from University Green Bay in Social Work/Social Change and Development. She retired in 2018 from NWTC and started volunteering at Exceptional Equestrians shortly there after.
“I always loved and respected horses however from far. I am very comfortable assisting students with disabilities and had a long time curiosity about Equine therapy so felt this would be a good fit and welcome giving my time to the EE family. It has been a great learning experience I just love it and the benefits to the students well being mentally, physically, socially is truly amazing”
Sandy has a son and a daughter doing very well navigating their 20’s. She is proud of her kids success and work ethic.
Sandy is excited about the future of EE and its vision looking forward and is thankful to be a part of this amazing organization.