Board of Directors

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Rick Baldwin

Director, Chair Building and Grounds committee

Rick joined the Morning Dove Board in 2014; but, he has been part of the Morning Dove family for many years!  Rick is a business owner, owning and leading Village Pools in Zionsville. He brings a wealth of hands on experience with a growing, small business, including a unique energy for fundraising.  Rick’s years as a volunteer at Morning Dove, as well as his support of our riders and program give him great insight into our mission.  You can often see Rick out here tossing a football with the kids after a lesson.


Elizabeth Coit

Director, Chair Program Development Committee, Executive Director

Elizabeth Coit

Liz Coit brings to Morning Dove over 30 years of corporate and non-profit leadership experience. She has served in leadership positions with Citigroup and Conseco, and as a senior consultant with one of the world’s leading strategy consulting firms, The Boston Consulting Group. Prior to joining Morning Dove, Liz served as Executive Director for Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University. Liz has also served on many non-profit boards, including serving two terms as a Trustee and chair of the long range planning committee for the Orchard School. Liz graduated with honors and an advanced bachelors in economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Liz and her two sons, Lee and Dimitri are dedicated animal lovers living on their farm in Zionsville. Liz has trained and competed extensively in the hunter/jumper arena and most recently as a dressage rider with her now 17 year old mare, Caraline. She has ridden in and audited clinics with some of the U.S. and world’s top dressage riders and judges, including Jan Brink, 3 time Olympian for Sweden, and reknowned international coach and trainer, and, Stefan Peters, 3 time Olympian, World Cup gold medalist, World Equestrian Games silver medalist. Liz and her sons are loving owners of an orphaned cat, and their AKC Grand Champion Greater Swiss Mountain dogs, Shine and Castle, and their newest additions, Tink (Swissy), Pascal, a Berger Picard.

Liz is passionate about the power of the animal/human bond and the work that horses can do in our healing and wellbeing. She is a Registered Instructor and Mentor with PATH International.


Dr. Karen Dicke

Karen DickeDirector

Karen graduated from Ohio State Medical School and was an Associate Clinical Professor at UNC Chapel Hill before coming to Indianapolis with Northwest Radiology.  She retired in 2012 and now enjoys volunteering at Morning Dove helping with lessons and schooling the therapy horses.  Karen began riding at age 8 in Connecticut and was active in the U.S. Pony Club and eventing.   Karen is married to Tim and has 2 sons, Alex and Tyler.  They live on a small farm in Zionsville with their 2 horses and 2 ponies.

 


JR Humphreys

JR Humphreys

Director

JR was born and raised in West Virginia and is a graduate of Marshall University. JR has three children, Connor, Jordan and Jensen. The family also boards three dogs, Hershey, Snickers and Tinkerbell. The family was introduced to horses when daughter Jordan turned three and was bitten by a horse fly. Ten years later Jordan is the proud owner of Sly, a Pinto Arabian mix. JR has broadened his vocabulary to include such words as dressage, canter, lead change, posting, boarding fee, farrier, and unplanned dismount. JR enjoys coaching youth sports and feels that sports and physical activity is just as important in childhood development as academic instruction.


Scan0001_croppedLen McFarling

Director, President of the Board of Directors

Len joined Morning Dove’s Board in June of 2012. Len is retired, and formerly served as President and Chairman of McFarling Foods. The McFarling family has raced and shown thoroughbred horses for over fifty years. Wife Carla and daughter Kelly are RNs, and daughter Emily operates Brookstone Farm in Hamilton County. Len is a Vietnam combat veteran and was instrumental in the early development of the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia veterans organization. The 11th ACVVC has raised and donated over $1 million in scholarships for the children of veterans of the Regiment.  The McFarlings are 14 year residents of Boone County, living on their farm with two cats, two collies, and one rescue dog of uncertain pedigree… named Stevie Rader.


Lee Ann Weitzel Roeder

Director, Secretary of Board of Directors

Lee Ann joined the Morning Dove Board in June, 2015.  She brings to us a wealth of experience and expertise in media, writing and public relations. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Relations and a BA in Communications with a journalism emphasis.  In addition, Lee Ann has served as a leader in a number of community organizations and school-related committees both in the fundraising area as well as event coordination. She has served on the Board of the American Lung Association of Indiana, The Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville.  Lee Ann and her husband have three sons.

Lee Ann is already an active volunteer at Morning Dove, the designer behind our marketing materials, AND both a side walker and horse leader in our lessons!


Peter Schlifkeschlifke

Director, Vice President of Board of Directors

Peter is a born and raised Hoosier who received his B.S. from Indiana University in Elementary Education and Masters in Educational Administration from Butler University’s EPPSP program. Peter met his wife Sarah while attending IU and moved to Zionsville to raise their three children William, Emily, and Lucia. After spending several years teaching, Peter became an Assistant Principal at Westlake Elementary School in MSD Wayne Township. Peter enjoys running, working in the yard, and spending time with his wife and children.

Jan Schutt

Director, Co-Chair Fundraising and Development Committee

More info on Jan coming soon!


John Sima

Director, Co-Chair Fundraising and Development Committee

John SimaJohn joined the Board of Directors summer of 2010, after volunteering at Morning Dove for several years. He is President/owner of Cogent LLC and Chief Operating Officer of Semafore Pharmaceuticals. John lives with his wife and four children in rural Zionsville. Their youngest son has Down Syndrome, and John has a special place in his heart for helping all children with special needs.

John participates in Nicaragua Resource Network and helped to start a school for special needs children there. He also started a non-profit school in Indianapolis. John makes sure that he is always involved with one not-for-profit and is giving back to his community. He is especially committed to the building and construction of Morning Dove’s new equestrian facility.


Ann Suja

Director

Ann started her professional equestrian career under the instruction of her father, trainer and judge, Bob Feeley. She trained at Culver Military Academy and showed throughout the United States. Later she entered the commercial real estate business and now specializes as an industrial Broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial. She lives in Zionsville with her husband Rick, dog Dimitri and two cats, Rocky and Rockette.

 


 

Sarah Wilkes

Director, Treasurer of the Board, Chair Finance Committee

Sarah is the Audit Manager at Haywood Henn, PC and helps clients with personal and business income taxes, financial statements, accounting services and consulting.  Sarah has been riding since she was young and currently has an off the track thoroughbred mare, Ladybug, and Ladybug’s new colt Little Moon Bug. In her free time, she’s out at the barn with Ladybug and Moon Bug, or spending time with her husband and their two dogs and 2 cats.  Sarah volunteered at another therapeutic riding center in high school, and is very excited about joining the Morning Dove family!


Staff

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Liz Coit

Executive Director, PATH International Registered Instructor, PATH International Mentor

Liz CoitDirector, Chair Program Development Committee

Liz Coit brings to Morning Dove over 30 years of corporate and non-profit leadership experience. She has served in leadership positions with Citigroup and Conseco, and as a senior consultant with one of the world’s leading strategy consulting firms, The Boston Consulting Group. Prior to joining Morning Dove, Liz served as Executive Director for Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University. Liz has also served on many non-profit boards, including serving two terms as a Trustee and chair of the long range planning committee for the Orchard School. Liz graduated with honors and an advanced bachelors in economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Since joining Morning Dove, Liz has also earned a certificate in Strategies in Non-Profit Leadership from the Harvard Business School, and the Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University School of Philanthropy’s Lilly School of Fundraising.

Liz and her two sons, Lee and Dimitri are dedicated animal lovers living on their farm in Zionsville. Liz has trained and competed extensively in the hunter/jumper arena and most recently as a dressage rider with her now 17 year old mare, Caraline. She has ridden in and audited clinics with some of the U.S. and world’s top dressage riders and judges, including Jan Brink, 3 time Olympian for Sweden, and renowned international coach and trainer, and, Stefan Peters, 3 time Olympian and Olympic medalist, World Cup gold medalist, World Equestrian Games silver medalist. Liz and her sons are loving owners of an orphaned cat, and their AKC Grand Champion Greater Swiss Mountain dogs, Shine and Castle, and their newest additions Tink, also a Swissy and Pascal, a Berger Picard.  Shine is a frequent visitor at Morning Dove as a certified therapy dog through Pet Partners, as well as the American Kennel Club.  Liz is also an approved evaluator with the American Kennel Club for the Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog title programs.

Liz is passionate about the power of the animal/human bond and the work that horses can do in our healing and well being. She is a Registered Instructor and Mentor with PATH International.


Natalie Brown

Program Assistant

Natalie joined the Morning Dove team for the summer of 2017 as a Program Assistant. Natalie graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Equine Business Management. After graduation, she worked as a dressage trainer in Marshall, IL which allowed her to travel and work with many other equine professionals. Since then she has worked in several different equine facilities learning more about training and barn management. Recently moved from Florida, she is excited to work with the Morning Dove team and learn as much as possible about equine assisted therapy. Natalie loves to spend her free time working with her horse Lance!

 

 


Patti Henry

Office MaPattinager, Assistant Program Director

Patti joined the Morning Dove team in June 2016 when she and her husband, Gregg, moved back to the west side of Indianapolis after some time in Tampa, Florida. They live in Avon with their daughter Kelsey. Patti and Gregg also have a son, Logan that lives in Danville, IN. Patti brings over 24 years of business and management experience in the mortgage finance industry. Patti also has a life long love and involvement with horses that includes training, breeding and ownership. She has a passion for the human and horse bond especially as it relates to children. Patti plans to pursue her PATH International Registered Instructor certification in the coming months. When she’s not at work, Patti enjoys spending time with family and watching HGTV!

 


Kelsey Kelsey Henry

Barn Assistant 

Kelsey joined the Morning Dove team in August of 2016 as the Barn Assistant. She is currently a student at Purdue University, double majoring in Professional Writing and Creative Writing. She transferred to Purdue from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY where she was studying to be a vampire….just kidding. Kelsey calls the barn her second home and the people here her second family. Kelsey says, “From working with the students to being sneezed on by Pete, I love every second of my time spent at the barn!” When not at school, Kelsey lives with her mom and dad and cat, Tater!

 


Sarah

Sarah Holden

Barn Manager, PATH International Registered Instructor, Special Programs Coordinator

Sarah started at  Morning Dove in the Fall of 2015 as the Barn Manager. After graduating from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2014 with a bachelors in  Psychology/Equine Training and Instruction she moved to North Carolina. There she was a barn manager for a small professional dressage farm and coached 4H  horse judging. In the past, she has also taught riding lessons at SMWC and served as clinician for several 4H camps. When shes not spending her time at the barn  Sarah enjoys spoiling her two dogs Quinn and Beemo.


Elizabeth Sadler

Volunteer Manager, Program Assistant, and PATH International Registered Instructor

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Elizabeth was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but has lived in Zionsville Indiana most of her life. She graduated Zionsville High School in 2012 and from IUPUI in May, 2017. Elizabeth earned her Bachelors in Health Science with a minor in Rehabilitation and Disability studies, as well as a minor in Health Psychology. Elizabeth has been riding horses in both English and Western disciplines since she was very young, and now focuses on dressage. In the past Elizabeth has taught many young riders the basics of dressage through the United States Pony Club.

Elizabeth has been a part of Morning Dove’s programs for many years starting as a volunteer in 2009 and becoming involved with St. Vincent’s Hippotherapy program in 2013, and earning her instructor certification in 2016. In addition, Elizabeth was a program intern for Morning Dove during the summers of 2014 and 2015.

 


Instructors

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Staff who are PATH International Registered Instructors:

Elizabeth Coit (Liz)

Sarah Holden

Elizabeth Sadler


 Dana Hilgert

PATH International Registered Instructor

Dana is a long time member of the Morning Dove instructor team. She is a full time high school teacher and mother, and shares her summer with us teaching in our Therapeutic Riding Program.  She is a dedicated teacher and instructor with a special talent for working with our students.


Emily Keenan

PATH International Registered Instructor

EDSC01819mily was part of the Morning Dove team from spring, 2015 until summer, 2017 as our Volunteer Coordinator and Development Director. Although she has left the fulltime staff, Emily still serves as PATH Certified instructor with Morning Dove! She hold a BA from Indiana University in Communication, with a minor in telecommunications, as well as a minor in Marketing from the Kelley School of Business. Emily started out as a Western rider, but fell in love with eventing and now she can’t get enough of jumping! Emily also served in the Army Reserves as a Human Intelligence Collector. Emily lives in Greenfield with her husband and three cats, Morie, Macy, and Mozzie!

 


Jayne Owens

PATH International Registered Instructor

Jayne grew up with horses in Terra Haute, Indiana. Her riding was interrupted after graduating from Indiana State University with a  degree in Medical Technology and moving several times around Indiana. Jayne, with her husband, Mark, her daughter, Jenny, and her son, Scott, eventually arrived in County Cork, Ireland. While there, she once again had the opportunity to pursue her interest and love for horses. This is also where she was first introduced to therapeutic riding. After returning to the United States, she began volunteering at Morning Dove and became an instructor in 2009. Family called and she “retired” to spend more time with her two grandchildren, but she recently returned as a part-time instructor. Jayne lives in Zionsville with her husband, dog, cat, fish, and two horses.