Dr. Wendy Schonfeld - Executive Director, Founder and Ride School Director

Dr. Wendy Schonfeld, founder of RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center in SC, is a seasoned chiropractor with more than 30 years experience. She graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1989.

She founded RideAbility in 2011.  At RideAbility, Wendy oversees all aspects of the center including lessons, volunteer training, program coordination, veterans program, client services, special events and fundraising efforts.

Wendy is continually amazed at the horse and his/her capabilities to make such powerful impact on the physical, cognitive and emotional levels of special needs children and adults.  She is proud to bring RideAbility to Clover, SC and blessed for her fantastic team of volunteers and board members.

Wendy is an avid rider and previously competed in the Hunter/Jumper Equitation division with her horse Romeo. She now competes in Dressage. She is a P.A.T.H. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified instructor.  She is an Advanced Certified Equestrian Coach for Special Olympics. 

Wendy believes education is so important and valuable in our program. Constantly improving our center and the ability to help our riders and families. She strive for knowledge to continue to grow and flourish everyday. Wendy has completed advanced courses for our Equine Services for Heroes veterans program through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. Continuing her studies and class work to advance her knowledge in Spinal Trauma Pathology, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury with Concussion and Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis & Equine Assisted Activities, Advanced study of Equine Assisted Activities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is her commitment to you and your families to progress with new information to learn and grow as much as she can to serve you. Thank you for sharing your beautiful families with us.

She lives in Clover, SC with her husband Michael and they have a beautiful daughter Hannah. 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

 

Dr. Michael Schonfeld - President/Board Director, Chiropractic Orthopedist  

Dr. Schonfeld was a Biology major at Brooklyn College, received his B.S. degree and graduated from The National College of Chiropractic, a prestigious school in the suburbs of Chicago. After graduation Dr. Schonfeld established his first office in Bellmore, NY. He attended the National Lincoln Post Graduate Program and received his Fellowship degree in Chiropractic Orthopedics. 

In February of 2010, immediately after the devastating earthquake, Dr. Schonfeld spent a week in Haiti delivering much needed health care and supplies to those in need. He even had the honor to treat many US Marines stationed there. Also, Dr. Schonfeld offered complimentary chiropractic care to the volunteers, firefighters and police officers on site at the Twin Towers days after the 9/11 incident. In addition, Dr. Schonfeld was president of the Bellmore Kiwanis Club and a member of the Bellmore Lions Club.

His vision in life is to constantly be giving back to his community. Dr. Schonfeld and his family reside in Clover, SC. He is the President Elect of the Clover Rotary Club, has been appointed by Governor Hailey to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the York County Board of Special Needs & Disabilities, serving as its vice-president. He is a Board Member of the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce and he also participates with the Live Well Clover Committee. He works hand in hand with his wife Wendy at RideAbility. Dr. Schonfeld has three daughters, and five grandchildren. He has a Chiropractic Practice in Clover on Main Street called Clover Chiropractic Care.






Hank Grossman - Treasurer/Board Director

Hank Grossman is a technology veteran who has worked at various companies including 360i, Bank of America, IHG and Salesforce to name a few. He is currently working as a Customer Success Executive at Cisco focused on digital transformation. Earlier in his career, Hank spent time working as a Financial Analyst in Leveraged Finance at Morgan Stanley and UBS.

Hank received a BSM degree with a concentration in Finance from The Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

In his spare time, Hank enjoys traveling, golfing, and spending quality time with his wife Lauren and his two boys Jonah and Levi. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA.



 

Jackie Kuschner - Secretary/Board Director

Jackie has a long and fulfilling career as an Obstetrical Registered Nurse, a Women’s Health Nurse-Practitioner and Midwife since 1991. She graduated with a certificate of Midwifery from The University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nurse-Midwifery from The State University of Stonybrook in NY and is a practicing certified nurse-midwife.

Jackie has held various teaching positions as a preceptor for medical residents, and for Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner students. She held a position as an Associate Professor of Nursing at The College of New Rochelle in New York until she relocated to Charlotte, NC in 2008. Jackie provides holistic care to families during the childbearing years and is devoted to the available resources to assist children, adults, and families with special needs.

Jackie has been an integrated member of the RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center family since its “birth”.  Jackie is privileged to witness the rewards of therapeutic riding and the dedication of this most important and proven discipline. She welcomes the opportunity to join the Board of Directors in fulfilling the goals and needs of this vital organization.

Jackie currently resides in Suwanee, GA


Pamela VanAernum -Vice President

Since retiring in 2015, Pamela worked as a surgical assistant in oral surgery until becoming a stay at home mom raising 3 children. After returning to the work force for several years until her retirement as a sales & customer service representative in the lawn care industry. Pamela has always had an interest in helping others & wanted to volunteer at a place that had the same philosophy as herself, "To help others unselfishly & make a difference in the lives of other". RideAbility is that place! Pamela was born & raised in Rochester, NY & now happily calls Lake Wylie her home which she shares with her husband Richard. She has 3 wonderful children & 4 amazing grandsons. She & her husband look forward to all the wonderful things Lake Wylie has to offer, amazing weather & great southern hospitality!



Jo Ann Giliberti - Board Member

My name is Jo Ann Giliberti and I am the newest member of the Board of Directors of RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center.
It is an honor and a wonderful opportunity to be able to give back to this remarkable group of people. My daughter Danielle is a student of Wendy’s and also a volunteer at the stable. We have been living in Rock Hill for a year now, having moved from NJ. Danielle has been riding in therapeutic programs for about four years before moving to SC. I did some research on similar programs prior to moving, searched and spoke to Wendy, and knew immediately that we found our new program. Danielle has been riding with Wendy for over a year now, I have become a volunteer and we have never looke
d back.



Tom Buechlein- Board Member and Grandparent of Rider

Graduated from St. Joseph College, Indiana, with a BS degree in Business Management in 1971. His working career was in management positions in Texas and Indiana with plant production and business services responsibilities. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, he spent time volunteering at community events and helped enrich the lives of families, which he found rewarding. Tom and his wife, Ruth, have lived in Fort Mill since 2009. They have two grown children and five grandchildren. Their granddaughter, Morgan, has benefited from the RideAbility program. He is looking forward to playing a more active role in supporting RideAbility.


Wendi Day-Rodriquez - Board Member

My name is Wendi Day-Rodriguez and live in Clover, SC. I’m married with 3 adult stepchildren, 1 granddaughter and am a transplant from Iowa and California. I work for a custom countertop fabrication manufacturer in Charlotte and have over 35 years of experience in the accounting industry – private, business and Cable/TV productions. My husband and I have recently started a family Hotshot transportation business that our youngest son will be driving for.

My favorite things to do with my time outside of work is spending time with the family and taking care of all our critters.  We have 2 dogs, 2 inside cats, 3 barn cats, over 30 chickens and 4 mini goats. The peace, relaxation and love an animal provides is the best medicine for the human soul, and they can teach us so many wonderful lessons.  I love taking my goats to events and places for people to interact and learn about, and they enjoy all the extra loving and attention. Watching people light up when they see them is so rewarding. We bring several of the goats to RideAbility for the riders (parents and volunteers as well) to interact with and learn about and have set up a “petting” area for everyone to spend time with them during the annual horse show. Because of their small size, it’s easier for the kids to hug, pet and hold.  And trust me, the goats absolutely love all the attention and extra treats they get during their visits!  I also enjoy making crafts and wine tasting.



Sharon Hogan - Board Member - Fundraising Coordinator

Graduated from Clemson University in 1985 with a BS in Nursing. Work history included NICU, Labor and Delivery, and medical sales and marketing. Sharon is the CEO/ Owner of E-N-S, LLC, a property management company that oversees various properties on the East coast.

Helping people find peace and happiness is her passion, volunteering at RideAbility since 2018 has accomplished that and so much more. Sharon has also been a Special Olympics coach for NC and SC.  Working with the volunteers, the veterans, and the children and of course the horses, has been the most rewarding and fulfilling job of a lifetime. Now as a sponsor for one of the therapy horses, Sharon has surpassed all dreams she ever imagined. Sharon is driven to assist RideAbility to grow to the next level.

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