REINS Staff & Board
As a charitable non-profit organization, REINS is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and managed by a staff of paid employees and many active volunteers. Our dedicated team believes whole heartedly in our Mission and is on a steady course to fulfill our vision of growing the program and reaching more people in Calumet, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties.
Board of Directors
Deana has decades of experience as a rider, instructor and farm owner. Her focus is the positive bond between horse and rider and the restorative nature of that bond. As a former corporate executive and pastor, she brings an unique insight to the program. She believes in the important role of equine therapy in healing body, mind and spirit.
Kurt is a CPA, with over 25 years of finance experience in both the private and public sectors.
Peggy has loved horses for as long as she can remember, spending many Summers leading trail rides at a family friends riding camp. She had her own horse for 34 years, boarding him at the barn which eventually would become home to Reins. She believes in the mission of Reins and is committed to bringing awareness and including our communities in this great program.
Louise has been involved in education for thirty years and is currently the District Administrator for the Kiel Area School District. She has been riding horses since she was a young girl. Her passion for horses and her background in education has led her to REINS. She believes that equine based therapy has a lot to offer all people and especially those with disabilities.
I am very excited and honored to be a part of such a dedicated, amazing team of people and horses who are here to bring help, joy and confidence to those whom REINS is serving.
I have loved horses since I could say the word, “horse”. I got my first horse when I was 17 and always felt there was more to them then just making them do what “I “wanted, there had to be MORE.
In 2001-03, I was privileged to be involved with Therapeutic Riding in Charlottesville, VA, while my husband was stationed there with the Army after 9/11. There, I learned the “value” of what therapeutic riding does for both physically and cognitively challenged people, both young and adult. What I didn’t expect was what it did for me as a volunteer.
In 2009, I became involved with Natural Horsemanship Training. In this program I learned how to use horse physiology, love, horse language and leadership to form a lasting, trusting bond between the horse and human. I have been developing my Horsemanship for many years through the program and have studied and continue too study with many top professionals.
Thru Natural Horsemanship, I found that I could be and am, a partner in my relationship with them. My equine partners are, Izzie, and Phinneas, both 19. They have been and continue to be my best teachers.
I believe in keeping “THE HORSE FIRST” in all they do and forming a “partnership” and wealth of trust in themselves and those who work them. Each horse is an individual and each has a purpose. Who and what they are, is a unique as we are.
I look forward to meeting the REINS four legged therapists, clients and family members for the 2018 season.
After a great 2017 season as our Volunteer Coordinator, Theresa has accepted a full time position with REINS as our Program Director. Theresa has over 30 years of human resources and business consulting experience. She brings this knowledge, together with her passion and familiarity of our equine friends, to the position. We are excited to see what the future brings as we expand our services to our clients.
Hi Everyone!! Thank you so much for your warm welcome to REINS! My name is Rachel Fischer and I'm so excited to be joining this wonderful program as an instructor for the 2018 riding season! I have been blessed to be involved in equine assisted therapies for over ten years as a volunteer, barn helper, volunteer coordinator and eventually instructor! The thrill of riders achieving otherwise unobtainable goals, the patient four legged teachers and of course the ear to ear grins inspired me to include this as part of my career and fueled my passion to serve as an occupational therapist! I currently work as an OT at American Family Children's Hospital in pediatric acute care and inpatient rehab! I have been blessed to also be a PATH certified instructor for almost 5 years! My previous work as an instructor included group lessons with riders of all ages and abilities, programs for returning veterans and equine assisted learning activities for area teens. When I'm not at work or teaching, you can find me at the barn with my horse, Ramzes, spending time with family and friends, or outdoors with my very active black lab, Charlee! I look forward to meeting and working with you in the near future!!