Volunteer Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of HorseFriends is a group of volunteers who love horses, have special expertise in therapy and therapeutic riding, and who want to help people experience “joy and strength” through horses. They oversee the creation and implementation of courses designed to help each of our groups’ needs, the training of volunteers, the care of our horses, and the authority of HorseFriends. We never charge our clients. Below, you will find a short bio about each of them.


SharonSharon Neely
President & Class Instructor

Sharon has been around horses all her life. She and her husband, Alan, have three grown children, as well as “horse crazy” teenage daughter, Cara, who is a HorseFriends volunteer. Sharon is a PATH International Certified instructor (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) who loves working with special needs children and adults, and feels privileged to combine her love of equines and people. If you have a question for Sharon, please email her at sharon@horsefriendsnc.org.

“HorseFriends is just that:  Horses and friends…What a true blessing in my life to be around both at the same times!”


 Vice-President position currently vacant.


JulieJulie Hart, CPA

Julie Hart has over 25 years’ experience as a CPA and is currently the CFO for a distribution company in Greensboro. She grew up riding horses and has successfully shown her Arabians to Regional and National  championships. When she is not busy at work or volunteering for HorseFriends, she enjoys spending time with family, showing dressage and trail riding with  friends. Julie has recently taken up endurance riding. If you have a question for Julie, you can reach her at julie@horsefriendsnc.org.

“HorseFriends has given me the opportunity to share my love of horses and my love for God with people from all walks of life. God has blessed me so that I may be a blessing to others. God can use anything, even horses, to bring glory to him.”


DSC_0964Lisa Bunch
Secretary & Class Instructor

Lisa is a HorseFriends Class Instructor and the Secretary of the Board of Directors. She works for the non-profit GreenHill, which includes two art galleries, a shop and the ArtQuest Studios. Lisa photographs many HorseFriends activities for the website,  Facebook and Instagram. If you have any questions, email Lisa at lisa@horsefriendsnc.org.

“My son, Simon, was a participant from the very beginning of HorseFriends. He gained confidence as a participant, and also as volunteer. I am very thankful that HorseFriends is free to participant families and grateful for HorseFriends volunteers.”


Sue (2)Sue Parker
Care Coordinator & Fundraising Team Coordinator

Sue Parker lends her gifts and talents as HorseFriends Care Coordinator and Fundraising Team Coordinator. Sue works in the HealthCare field for “Accordant Health Services, Inc.” and aids in supporting patients with chronic illness’. She is married and has been blessed with two beautiful girls, Cameron and Tess. She has been a lover of horses all her life and growing up was a member of the High School rodeo team and formed lasting memories with her horse Sundance. After being away from horses for many years she knew she wanted her children to be exposed to the joy and love that horses can bring. Email Sue at sue@horsefriendsnc.org.

“Horses are such an extraordinary gift that God has given to us and I am so happy to be able to share this gift with others.”


Donna Steinbach – Board Member & Class Instructor

DSC_0491Donna Steinbach is a wife and mother of three children. Donna’s big heart and warm smile makes our participant families feel right at home. She volunteers during classes, coordinates our therapeutic games, and helps train new volunteers. She is working towards becoming a PATH Certified Instructor. Donna is a beautiful and accomplished rider, who loves to spend time with her son, Steven, and their horse, “Pokey.” She is also very active in her church, which has a large population of children with autism and other special needs. Email Donna at donna@horsefriendsnc.org


Linda Settle – Board Member