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Meet Our Foundation Board

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Dan R- Board Chair

Dan Rice grew up at Oxford Orphanage and lived there for 10 years. After he graduated from high school he attended UNC-CH where he majored in math.   After college he went to work in the tire business and eventually owned Piedmont Truck Tires for 38 years before selling it in 2022. Dan has been very active helping children through the orphanage that he grew up in by serving on their board of directors for several decades. Dan started donating to HORSEPOWER Therapeutic Learning Center years ago and then ended up on their board.  When HORSEPOWER decided to purchase their property, they also decided to create a foundation to hold the property and other select assets.   Dan was appointed Chairman of the HORSEPOWER Foundation where he has continued to serve there since. Dan was on the receiving end of help early in his life and now he wants to give back and help children through HORSEPOWER’s wonderful programs.

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Caroline N -Secretary/Treasurer

Caroline North joined HORSEPOWER in 2014 to help primarily with fundraising. She also serves on the HORSEPOWER Foundation Board and is a Side Walker. Caroline graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 1996 with a Masters in Education and has spent numerous years volunteering with local non-profit organizations. She spent the most time with Planned Parenthood, The Women’s Resource Center and Habitat for Humanity. Caroline loves the family atmosphere at HORSEPOWER between the staff, volunteers, and the riders.

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Pat R- Board Member

Pat Rosser is a 1994 graduate of University of North Carolina and a 2005 graduate of Wake Forest University. He has been a volunteer at HORSEPOWER since 1999 I think (at least 20 years) His favorite horse is Trader, and his favorite volunteer role is sidewalker! He coaches youth baseball and basketball, as well as serves on the Board of Review for Boy Scout Troop 4 in High Point.


Bud C- Board Member

Bud Carry has been a practicing lawyer in the corporate and securities fields for many years.  He was a partner of the New York law firm of Webster & Sheffield and formerly Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Telemundo Group, Inc. Among his community activities, Bud was Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Nantucket Cottage Hospital, which is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Trustee of Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry (NY). Bud is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law. He currently lives in Sarasota, FL and Nantucket, MA. His grandson, Davis, is a devoted student at HORSEPOWER.  

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Jim B- Board Member

Jim Burgio Jr. in his early years from Astoria, Queens NY. Graduated with a BA from St. John's University. Started ATI laminated in Greensboro in 1979, locally employs approx. 80 people in its 70,000 sq. ft. facility. The facility has one of the largest solar panel systems in Greensboro and has been ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 certified to contribute to green manufacturing. CEO advanced Technology, Inc. A producer of unique products for interior design including applications for walls, ceiling, countertops, and more, in both thermoformed plastics and decorative metals. Active in the community helping Veterans that are in need. A Veteran of the Vietnam war era proudly serving in the USMC achieving the rank of Captain. On B of D's of The War Memorial Foundation during fund raising (as its Co-Chairman) and during the construction of the Carolina Field of Honor (the largest Military Memorial outside of Washington D.C.) located in Triad Park. Also, the recipient of 4 US patents regarding decorative plastics and metals and honored by the Red Cross's "Salute to Heroes" for his work with Veterans. Jim enjoys traveling. boating, food and drink, and helping others in the community.

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Carolyn G- Board Member

Carolyn Gorga, What first drew me to HORSEPOWER was the commitment so readily observable from the numerous volunteers caring for the horses, assisting with the clients and maintaining the facility.  This program takes a rather large “villiage” to run - and they had been doing this for over 28 years!  I just had to take a closer look and find out why did this place have such a strong volunteer base?  How did they get the wonderful facility, ample acerage, and strong leadership?  And then I saw the children . . .and it all became clear.  The dedication of HORSEPOWER to provide therapeutic horseback riding and assisted activities to children and adults with physical and/or emotional needs is a significant benefit to the health of our community.  A benefit which strengthens and empowers us all.  

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Jay D- Board Member

Dr. Jay Donecker has been with HORSEPOWER Learning Center from its earliest beginnings. Initially as an attending veterinarian caring for the horses at Moss Creek. At this time, he worked with Tibe Payne, Chris Puckett and Jan Clifford for HORSEPOWER Inc. to become a 501c3 non-profit organization. Over the years as a veterinarian Jay has been a partner in Reidsville Veterinary Hospital, an Associate Director of Pfizer Animal Health/Zoetis, and a founding member of a veterinary biotechnology start-up. All during this time HORSEPOWER has been a continual source of goodness providing inspiring and heartwarming experiences while working with fellow board members helping to guide its growth. Jay counts his involvement with HORSEPOWER Learning Center as a real blessing and is thankful for the opportunity to serve on its board.

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Emily B- Board Member

Emily Britt grew up in Thomasville, NC. She attended UNC Greensboro for her BS in Entrepreneurship and upon graduating, went to work full time at UNCG. While working, Emily obtained her MBA from UNCG's Bryan School of Business in December 2020. Currently she serves as a Donor Experience Officer for UNCG. Emily was introduced to HORSEPOWER in June of 2021 by Perry Flynn and loved what they do and who they serve. With many of her family being Veterans, this is an organization that touched her heart. It was through seeing HORSEPOWER in action she joined the Foundation Board. 

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