Board Of Directors
Our Board is made up of eight members,
each playing a key role in the organization.
each playing a key role in the organization.
Cheryl fell in love with horses watching Westerns on TV in the 50's. She saw how these wonderful animals changed the lives of humans and civilizations for centuries.
Cheryl believes horses need to be honored and cared for, as all animals on Earth, because we are their stewards. They should be kept free of pain, suffering, abuse and neglect. Being a 4H Leader for 5 years and United States Pony Club JT/DC to Suncoast and Cohutta Highlanders on and off for 20 years, she saw the good and bad side of horse ownership and responsibility. Living near Tampa Bay Downs, she learned of the horse slaughter disposal system for Thoroughbred horses once there was a loss of profit from the horses. She became acquainted with some of the trainers and they still send her retired racers. She took in her first rescue horse in 1979 and has continued to help horses not fall into the slaughter pipeline. Horse Rescue, Relief and Retirement Fund was incorporated in 1998 and has saved countless horses.
The main rescue farm has thousands of donated hours by volunteers and horses are changing lives everyday. Cheryl started a Barn Buddy Program for Foster children in 2011 and a Pink Horse Shoe Fund for horses with cancer in 2012. This rescue changes the world for horses and humans alike.
Tom Scott has been a dedicated volunteer with Save the Horses for over 10 years. Tom has been in the insurance industry for 36 years and has worked at Travelers insurance for 25 of those. Raised in Houston, TX, Tom now calls Suwanee, GA home. After one year of volunteering, Tom became a Lead volunteer and holds the position of Vice-President of the Save the horses Board of Directors. When Tom isn’t working, you might find him cheering on his favorite team, the Carolina Panthers, or spending time with his adopted OTTB, Alivie.
Michele Williams lives on a small farm in Ball Ground, GA where she fosters horses.
She is the founder of Canine Adoption Network, a sister rescue to SaveTheHorses. Canine Adoption Network is a group of dedicated individual foster homes that work to better the lives of companion animals.
Michele is also a Realtor specializing in residential sales, acreage and horse farms.
Marketing & Development Director/ Volunteer Coordinator
Cella Nelson serves as the Marketing Director and Volunteer Coordinator at Save the Horses.
Since November 2013, she began as a volunteer and her responsibilities have expanded to cover marketing, fundraising, event planning, website management and the administration of the volunteer program.
Cella Nelson, a native of the United Kingdom, has 20 years experience in marketing management for companies such as Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta and Nielsen Media in London. She holds a B.A. in Marketing from Pace University in New York and currently operates an online retail store which sells equestrian grooming tools & accessories called Georgia Horseback. She also manages a 800 member riding group on Meetup with the same name.
Cella is excited about what Save the Horses can accomplish in the future. She knows that together they can continue to have a positive impact on the horses and people in their community and work hand in hand towards the goal of ending horse slaughter.
Ms. Nelson, a horseback rider (hunter/jumper), lives in Milton Georgia with two dogs that she fostered and then adopted from Save the Horses' sister organization, Canine Adoption Network.
Kathy Sullivan has taken on the role of Secretary for HRRRF. With 25+ years working in the financial industry and five years as the President and Treasurer for her Home Owners Association, Kathy is very familiar with the ins and outs of non-profits and the dedication it takes to manage a large organization such as Save the Horses. Kathy is also our Orientation Coordinator which allows her to share her passion for the rescue and our animals with numerous people in and outside of our community.
Kathy has lived in Atlanta, GA for 37 years. Her passion for horses began 8 years ago when she started taking riding lessons. Once she learned about Save the Horses, she realized that she loved working with the horses more than riding them. “While I still love a nice, peaceful trail ride, I realized that working with the neglected and abused horses and seeing how, with patience and love, they can learn to trust humans again was much more rewarding than any ride I could ever take.”
Kathy lives in Atlanta, GA with her three kitty fur babies; Miles, Izzy and JoJo…all rescues.
Michael Maryanski is originally from northeast Ohio and graduate of the University of Akron with a Master of Science in Accountancy. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) specializing in the taxation of multinational corporations. Having moved to Atlanta in the middle of 2014 it didn’t take long for him to find Save The Horses. With a longstanding passion for horses beginning with his uncle’s horse farm and six years of competition, it didn’t take long for him to become a valuable contributor to the rescue. Mike plans to use his past experiences with other animal rescue groups and the skills he utilizes in his profession for the benefit of Save The Horses.
Greg Light is a native of Chicago, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science and from DePaul University in Chicago with a Juris Doctorate. He is now retired from the practice of law. He has been involved with animal rescue since the 1980s. Greg has adopted multiple dogs from Canine Adoption Network especially medically needy and hard to adopt dogs.
Save the Horses
(Horse Rescue Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc.)
The Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
TAX ID: 58-2479748
P.O. Box 1123, Ball Ground, GA 30107.
1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 30028. Email: info (at) savethehorses.org
1840 Antioch Road, Cumming, GA 30040. Email: antioch (at) savethehorses.org