Join us! Project RIDE is run by an all-volunteer group of extremely dedicated individuals who oversee all of our program operations and finances and work hard to make sure we have the funds we need to run this program. Monthly board meetings are open to the public and occur every second Thursday in the Project RIDE arena at 5:30.

Kim Hettrick

Kim Hettrick

President

Kim has been involved with Project RIDE since 2001 and currently serves as our President. She is mother to two and her husband and children often attend Project RIDE events.

Leon Vanderspek

Leon Vanderspek

Director

When Leon and his wife aren’t busy full-time teaching in the Elk Grove School District, they spend lots of time with their two lovely daughters – one of whom rides with us – or creating amazing crafts and baked goods and delivering them to a very grateful staff at Project RIDE.

Harris Levin

Harris Levin

Director

Harris takes time away from his busy schedule as a tax accountant to arrive at the barn at about oh-dark-thirty several mornings a week, to take care of horsey needs and TLC when most people haven’t even awakened and started their day yet.

Amy Souza

Director

Introducing Amy, our newest board member! Amy balances a full-time career at Floor to Ceiling Elk Grove and rushes over here right after work to lead horses in our program several times a week. She’s a bit camera-shy so we haven’t taken her picture yet, but stay tuned…

Michelle Pawloski-Nelson

Michelle Pawloski-Nelson

Treasurer

Michelle’s love for horses is evident at her ranch where she breeds Gypsy Vanner horses and her love for Project RIDE is evident at our fundraisers where she can be counted on to create beautiful and fun decorations and tablescapes.

Wayne Davis

Wayne Davis

Vice President

If it weren’t for Wayne, our grass wouldn’t be mowed and tidy, our equipment wouldn’t hum, our pictures wouldn’t get hung and we’re pretty sure the whole building would just instantly fall down in a big dust cloud. Or at least that’s how it feels. A retired Sheriff and former Midwestern farm boy, Wayne’s motto is “if it’s broke, I can fix it”!

James Young

James Young

Board Member and Parent

James plays a dual role for us as a parent of two of our riders and a dedicated Board member. He is a Veteran and is currently training to be part of the Galt Police.

Don Nelson

Don Nelson

Director

Don, a retired Sacramento County Sheriff, works behind the scenes at Project RIDE to care for facilities, horses, work on our fundraiser events and change the filters in our ventilation system. In other words, he keeps the place running.

Duane Tadlock

Duane Tadlock

Secretary

Duane works at Cal Expo surrounded by horses and spends his free time raising funds for a perpetual scholarship in memory of his daughter Baylee Rose, by selling Baylee bracelets (you can buy one right here). So far, 5 students receive all their therapeutic riding services for free in perpetuity thanks to the tireless efforts of him and his wife Sonda.

Eric McDonald

Eric McDonald

Director

Eric McDonald is practically part of the wallpaper here at Project RIDE. He volunteers actively in program most days of the week as a Leader, Sidewalker and Captain and is beloved by students, horses and staff equally. His wonderfully dry sense of humor complete with perfectly deadpan delivery and gentle demeanor, combined with his lovable “Mr. Potato Head” appearance make him a favorite across the board. Oh, and in his spare time he’s also on our Board of Directors.