Board of Trustees

Cliff Williamson

Cliff WilliamsonCliff Williamson is the director of health and regulatory affairs for the American Horse Council based in Washington D.C.

Cliff grew up in Reva, VA, on his family’s horse farm, participating in both horse and livestock 4-H activities. In 2008 he graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in animal science, where he was an active member of both the animal science club Block & Bridle as well as the agricultural fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho. After graduation he spent 27 months in Nicaragua with the Peace Corps for their Food Security Program. Upon his return to the United States, he spent four years in the animal export industry as the director of animal logistics for T.K. Exports, Inc. In that time he was honored to be appointed to a seat on the board of directors for the Culpepper chapter of the Farm Bureau Federation.

Lynn Petr

Lynn K PetrLynn Klimas Petr, MS, is a long-time horse person who blended her passion for horses and her love of teaching together through her master’s thesis project to create Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR). STAR is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in its 33rd year of operation located in Lenoir City, TN, with a second site outside Knoxville, TN. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Tennessee.

Lynn is active in PATH Intl., being a lead Site Visitor for accreditation. She is an Advanced level instructor, a Mentor for instructors and Executive Directors, an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and a Mentor.

Lynn assisted in the rewrite of the Instructor Certification test many years back and has taken on roles of State Representative, Region Representative, Education Oversight Chair, Health & ED committee member as well as helping to start (and finish) the Faculty Development Task Force, AVTC training revamp and Mentor training review & development. Lynn was also part of the Certification Review & Development Task Force, “Reinventing Certification” work group, the Strategic Initiatives Review Committee and the Baseline Definitions Summit Group. She is a frequent conference presenter at the national and regional levels.

She is committed to assisting PATH Intl. in a constant quest for improvement in the Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies industry.

Her understanding husband’s name is Larry, her daughter Leah is working in England and son Luke is in the Marine Special Forces.

 

Robin KruegerRobin Krueger joined the executive team of Northwest Center as chief financial officer in 2013 with deep experience in executive financial leadership, accounting and information technology. Robin has filled senior financial leadership roles with an array of early stage companies, as well as long tenure with both Alaska Airlines and PACCAR. Her expertise includes development of world class financial teams, mergers and acquisitions, capital equipment debt and lease financing, investment management, board operations and all other aspects of financial operations.

Robin’s career highlights include capital asset fundraising of over $1 billion using global sources, including initial public offerings; managing an $850 million investment portfolio; and negotiating complex mergers and acquisitions.

She currently leads the finance, accounting, budgeting, IT, and development departments at Northwest Center. Robin holds a master's certificate in accounting from Seattle University and an MBA degree in international business from The George Washington University.

jessica normandJessica Normand is the Senior Marketing Manager for Equine Pharmaceuticals and a member of the Equine Leadership Team for Zoetis. Prior to this, Jessica was Senior Director of Product Research & Development for SmartPak Equine, where she was a passionate leader for over fifteen years. Jessica helped to found SmartPak’s world class Customer Care team, led the early development of SmartSupplements, a leading line of equine nutritional supplements, and was part of the team that developed the ColiCare colic surgery reimbursement program. Throughout her career Jessica has worked extensively with horse owners, equine veterinarians, and farriers, alike.

From 2015-2018 Jessica was an active volunteer for Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes, a PATH Intl. Member Center in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, before relocating to New Jersey at the end of 2018 for her role with Zoetis. Jessica has been a member of the PATH Equine Welfare Committee since January 2017 and has been a presenter at the PATH pre-conference Equine Welfare Workshop and the Virtual Conference.

Jessica holds an A.S. in Equine Industries and a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a M.B.A. from Babson College. A lifelong rider, Jessica’s equine partner is an 11-year-old Lippitt Morgan gelding named Sawyer with whom she does everything from Western Dressage to Working Equitation.

Adam DaurioAdam Daurio is an accomplished executive director and attorney, with experience in, knowledge of, and passion for the equestrian, livestock and agricultural industries.

From 2004 to 2010, Daurio's legal practice included agricultural law, real estate and business law, general contracts, nonprofit organizations and western lifestyle consultation. From 2010 to 2014, Daurio was the executive director of a public charity that provided equine-assisted activities and therapies and other educational experiences to individuals with special needs. In 2014, Daurio became the director of administration for Colorado State University’s Temple Grandin Equine Center.

Daurio received undergraduate degrees in agricultural extension and event management, and agricultural economics, from Colorado State University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming Law School.

Daurio’s philanthropic work includes volunteering as a board or committee member for the Colorado State Fair Foundation, the Western Stock Show Association and the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

Daurio’s hobbies include showing Quarter Horses in western all-around, reining and cowhorse events, as well as being an avid boot camp and crossfit fitness participant.

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