Founder and Certified Equine Assisted Therapist: Lisa Pelky
Lisa brings her wealth of experience in horse training, personal coaching, and mentoring to Firefly Acres. She recieved her Assisted Equine Specialist Certificate through Pegasus and Natural Lifemanship. Lisa is also trained in Parelli Natural Horsemanship working as a Level 3 student. In 2009, Lisa single handedly rescued seven of Firefly Acres horses and nurtured them back to full physical health. She continues to build trust through emotional development with both participants and horses at Firefly Acres Horse Farm.
Board President: Penny Mueller
Penny has a major in Agronomy – specializing in soil science and horticulture with a minor in organic/sustainable agriculture. She works in sustainable and regenerative agriculture helping farmers and land owners with grazing and conservation practices. Penny has run a CSA network and served with international and state non-profits. Penny grew up around horses and found Firefly Acres Horse Farm after an illness and knows the benefits of Equine Therapy and Parelli Natural Horsemanship first hand. Her favorite saying is, “There’s nothing better than the smell of a horse!”
Vice President: Mary Rochon
Mary’s professional career spans over 40 years with experience in banking, finance, school administration, quality control, and legal services. Though not a horse person herself, she appreciates Lisa and Pat’s passion for abused/neglected horses and pairing them with wounded individuals. Originally she came to volunteer in an administrative role but is now bonding with the horses at Firefly Acres Horse Farm.
Treasurer: Janice Kaat
Janice is a published author and once ran a newspaper. Originally from Sheboygan, Janice has embraced many volunteer opportunities in the Green Bay community. Janice credits Firefly Acres Horse Farm for helping her find joy after losing her son. She can frequently be found training horses or working on Firefly Acres Horse Farm financial records.
Secretary: Julie Pyne Van Hoosen
Julie was Executive Director of a non-profit for 3 years. She has been volunteering and supporting Christian non-profits for decades. Julie appreciates all the benefits horsemanship provides her son, who has Down Syndrome, and she believes horses can benefit anyone. Julie owns Julie Pyne Golf and teaches golf full time.
Member-at-large: Carol Dill
Carol is originally from New Jersey where she earned her B.A. in Education and taught school for 12 years. A career change brought her to Green Bay in 1987. Carol is active in many volunteer organizations and has been a NEW Zoo volunteer for 15 years. She was introduced to Firefly Acres Horse Farm a few years ago by a friend, and loves visiting the horses, feeding them, and learning to ride. Through Lisa, Carol has learned about natural horsemanship and sees the relationships that Lisa has built with the horses. Carol’s goal as a board member is to help FFA raise much-needed funds to build an indoor arena where Lisa can do her important work with clients all year.