Board Members

Rev. Stacey Spence, President

Stacey, born in Dayton, Ohio moved to Florida at an early age with her family and grew up in Broward and Palm Beach County. She has three adult children and two grandchildren.  Stacey attended Zion Lutheran High School in Deerfield Beach. From there her education continued at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Her life path led her studies to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky.  She has been a resident of Marion and Alachua Counties for the last eight years.

Stacey has a strong dedication to her children, family, friends and her faith.  Her personal and loving relationship with Jesus coupled with a passion for helping and guiding others led her to Hawthorne First United Methodist Church where she was recently appointed a Provisional Elder. Youth ministry and animals have always been Stacey’s passion.

Stacey has served Non-Profits as staff or as a volunteer over the last twenty years. Her expertise is forged in her strength to carry on regardless of the circumstances. She has faithfully served Stirrups n’ Strides as a PATH certified riding instructor, mentor and Board President over the last seven years. Stacey is an experienced equestrian whose love for people and horses are messed together in her service to Stirrups n’ Strides. A favorite quote is “Well done my good and faithful servant. GOD”

Sandy Donaldson, Vice-President & Secretary, Ombudsman

Sandra (Sandy) is married to Tom Donaldson and they have 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren! Their daughter’s love for horses is what introduced them to the equine world.

Sandy graduated from Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing in Newton, Massachusetts. Her career path led her to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh-UPMC, University of Vermont, where she was a Pediatric Orthopeadic Nurse. She worked for twenty-seven years there for a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon. She and her family moved to Ocala after retiring in 2003.

After relocating to Ocala, Sandi looked for a volunteer opportunity that would be a good fit with her experience working with special needs children and one she would truly enjoy. An ad in the newspaper drew her to Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center where she could make a difference for people with special needs in the horse environment.

Sandy was asked to join the Board of Directors in October, 2012. “It has been a rewarding experience for many years. I am very happy to be involved in this wonderful organization!”

Rebecca (Becky) Moore, Comptroller

Rebecca (Becky) was born in Iowa and values the strong work ethics instilled by a Midwest upbringing.  Becky’s strong family ties are evident by a marriage of 53 years to Jerry Moore. They have 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren!  Church is of utmost importance to her and she is currently serving as the Finance Chair there.

Becky’s employment has ranged from new accounts/investment in a bank, to renting semis & trucks for Ryder Truck Rental, to helping her husband run a restaurant equipment business where she kept the books. She has also been a gift shop manager specializing in shipping & selling of citrus fruit. Becky brings many years of varied experiences and a broad range of knowledge to Stirrups ‘n Strides.  Retirement came for her in June, 2009.  By September, Becky was ready for a new challenge.

She soon realized that Stirrups ‘n Strides offered exactly what she sought; a “family” orientated therapeutic riding program.  Becky became a volunteer in September, 2009 and started learning about the horses, the “safety first” for everyone, and the joy in helping others.  She was hooked and was soon there for every riding day and helping in classes either side-walking or leading.

Becky was asked to join the Board of Directors in March, 2011.  She has served on The Board as Treasurer, Secretary-Treasurer, Bookkeeper and currently as comptroller. Her main focus and goal is to see the Quail Roost Covered Arena completed entirely and to help cut the ribbon for Grand Opening!

“I love that Stirrups ‘n Strides helps people grow and become more invested in life! This is true not only for the riders, but also the volunteers and instructors. That there are horses makes it that much more exciting!”

 

Ange Banda, Member

Ange is the Branch Manager for Wells Fargo Bank in Reddick.  She has worked for Wells Fargo for a bit over three years, but has worked in the financial industry for twenty-one years. Also a teacher, Ange taught Spanish at Indiana University East for six years prior to moving to Ocala three years ago.  She is a Hoosier from Indiana, so no stranger to the horse industry either.

Ange has two children: one son (21) who lives in Indiana and a daughter (18) who lives with her.  She also has a small dog, a Japanese chin, named Pixie.

Ange has served on many boards over the years and has volunteered for too many organizations to count.  She has a true passion for being involved in the communities where she works and lives. “Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone, so we should all help when we can – to leave this world a better place than we found it.”

Hobbies: outdoors, beach, relaxing in/on the water, music, traveling, volunteering

 

Chris Eakes, Board Member
Chris grew up in a small town hidden in the mountains of Northeast Alabama.  Growing up the son of a welder and the grandson of a church pastor, Chris was taught at an early age the importance of hard work, faith, and most importantly “Service above Self.”

Chris graduated with a BA from the University of Alabama, and received his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.  Currently, Chris is an associate at the law firm of Dean and Dean, of Ocala, and focuses primarily on estate planning and litigation.

While active in volunteer work in high school and undergrad, it wasn’t until law school that Chris started to work with bigger organizations. During his time at Ole Miss, Chris spent 2 years working with Legal Services, a non-profit organization traveling across the state offering free legal services to residents of Mississippi over the age of 60 and residents below the poverty line.  Chris became interested in serving on Stirrups ‘n Strides board of directors after interacting with Betty and Kathy at a number of Rotary functions and meetings.

Chris’s interests include watching Alabama Football every Saturday, golfing, and jogging with his rescue pup Archer.