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Our Staff

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Shelley Sprang

Executive Director

Shelley Sprang has been named as the new Executive Director of Pegasus Farm. Shelley has been with Pegasus Farm for four years and began her employment as the Development Coordinator. Shelley succeeds Carol Lichtenwalter who retired as the organization's Executive Director as of April 31, 2021, after nearly ten years of service in this position. Shelley worked closely with Carol and was strategically chosen from within the organization to ensure a successful transition of management and daily operations.

Shelley accepted the position and took on the role and responsibilities as the Executive Director on May 1, 2021. After great success in her coordinator position and training within the organization, she was promoted to General Manager in January of 2021. She holds over 15 years of nonprofit experience at multiple organizations which provided her with diverse experiences and gives her the resources, knowledge, support, and passion to be successful as the new Executive Director.

Shelley has held marketing and fundraising positions with Leadership Akron, The American Red Cross of Summit County, and the Red Cross of Columbus. She is a member of the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Township Rotary. She is also a recent graduate of the 2021 Leadership Stark County Signature Program.

During her time at Pegasus, Sprang has been involved with the development of the Military Family Center, and the growth and promotion of the Wellness Garden project. Additionally, she has created new fundraising streams to support the operations of the farm.

Debbie Weber

Office Manager

Debbie Weber has served as Office Manager at Pegasus Farm since 1997. She came to know about Pegasus Farm when she and her daughter started volunteering in 1996. Pegasus has played a very special role in her family's life, and they enjoyed watching their sponsored horse, Tuffy, bring joy to many participants over the years. Debbie enjoys playing the piano, singing in a 16-member acapella group called Aletheia, golfing, and vacationing at the ocean.


Tammi Gainer

 Equestrian Director

Having grown up around horses, Tammi Gainer began her professional equine career in 1989 as a trail guide at a large ranch camp where she was first exposed to the world of equestrian vaulting and attended her first CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Standard Instructor Certification Clinic.

In the spring of 1995, Tammi joined the instructor staff at Pegasus Farm. While working at the Farm part-time and homeschooling her three children, Tammi also spent much time working under several trainers in both reining and dressage and achieved  PATH International instructor certification. In 2000, she achieved CHA Master Level Instructor/clinic staff status and has since earned Clinic Instructor status in the Instructors of Riders with Disabilities (IRD) and Vaulting Coach programs as well. In 2005, Tammi was promoted to Equestrian Director at Pegasus Farm and has since achieved Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning certification through PATH International and AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) Professional Horseman.  

Pegasus Farm is blessed to have on staff such an accomplished, experienced person with a heart for the very special work we do!


Jose Gonzalez, Jr.

Property and Facilities Manager

Jose Gonzalez joined the Pegasus team in the winter of 2002. When joining Pegasus, he was newly married to his wife Kelley and their first child was on the way. He is now greatly blessed with eight children. Jose brought to Pegasus a wide variety of experience in the areas of farming, construction, and property management. His duties at Pegasus include all areas of property management as well as facilities & property project management. He is assisted in his duties by his dedicated staff, Val Hoffman and Lee Moore.                                                        


Karen Layton

Adult Day Services Program Director

Karen Layton has been the Program Director and an Instructor at Pegasus since April of 1999.  She first came to Pegasus in 1994 when her youngest daughter began riding in the program.  She immediately began volunteering and was soon joined by her daughters.  Pegasus has been an important part in the lives of her entire family.  Karen is certified with both PATH Intl. and CHA and also manages the Wings Adult Day Services Program.  On her off-hours Karen enjoys riding horses and gardening. 





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