President & Co-Founder
Upon losing a family member to cancer, Mrs. Radie felt the desire to help individuals and families affected by the diseases in some way. Being an avid horse rider and knowing the benefits of equine therapy, Mrs. Radie formed Horse Power for Life in 2007 with her co-founder, Barbara Rosoff.
Mrs. Radie received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. After teaching a few years, she explored a new career in Recruiting, Sales and Marketing. She assisted Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with staffing in the Clinical Research, Regulatory, Safety and Data Management areas. Before forming the organization, Mrs. Radie managed the Product Development recruiting efforts for Synthes USA, a global medical device company located in West Chester. Mrs. Radie currently competes in Hunters at rated shows, and volunteers full time for Horse Power for Life.
Mrs. Rosoff has been riding since she was nine years old and continued riding throughout college. She has fox hunted, galloped racehorses, and owned her own horse boarding and training facility. She has trained horses and riders in Hunters and Dressage, as well as the Special Olympics Equestrian Team, and has been coaching at the State Games at PSU since 1999. She worked for Thorncroft Equestrian Center and Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Mrs. Rosoff received her Master’s degree from West Chester University and her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from University of Maryland.
Senior Riding Instructor
Ms. Smith has been involved with horses for as long as she can remember. Her experiences include teaching, competitive showing and cross country riding. As an instructor, Mrs. Smith’s focus is on the beginner and intermediate rider. Her talents have guided many to achieve their goals, whether that be learning to post at the trot, or competing at a horse show. In addition, Ms. Smith coordinates the summer riding camp sponsored by Stone Crop Farm and Banbury Cross, Ltd. This camp is open to any child interested in riding, and has been a wonderful summer experience for many. She understands the difficult struggles associated with cancer as she had her own personal battle in 2007. Following her recovery, Ms. Smith then sadly lost her husband to cancer. She is grateful to have the opportunity to support others effected by the disease, and to share the powerful healing nature of horses.
Mrs. Zook brings valuable experience with event coordinating, community outreach and volunteerism to Horse Power for Life. She has been a member of the Disabled American Veterans Women’s Auxiliary Chapter 30 for 15 years, and has served as a volunteer at the DAV hospital in Syracuse, NY. Ms. Zook joined Horse Power for Life in the spring of 2009, and has been instrumental in organizing the Annual Pink Horse Shoe Gala event. She also manages the interns. Ms. Zook received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Valley Forge Christian College. She is the mother of three daughters and one son.
MEET THE TEAM
Student Outreach Coordinator
Ms. Wilson has experienced a family cancer journey firsthand, as her son Jeremy fought a courageous 13 month battle with a rare form of liver cancer and sadly passed away in 2008 at age 11 ½. His family, and especially his two triplet sisters, then had to learn how to “move forward” to survive his loss. Karen brings to Horse Power For Life her passion and desire to “give back” for all of the support her family received during Jeremy’s illness and after his passing . Her goal is to continue to help to grow this program to reach many more families who have been affected by cancer and to help them to return to some normalcy in their lives.
Jeremy’s determination and positive attitude throughout his illness encouraged Karen to channel her grief and to carry on Jeremy’s legacy, his love of life and learning by becoming a spokesperson for childhood cancer awareness and family survivorship. Karen further developed her communication skills through her volunteer work with Jeremy’s foundation, and several other organizations and institutions in the local community and statewide. She also gained organizational and administrative skills during her over 35 years of experience working as a paralegal and notary public. Karen received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Poliltical Science and Speech Communication from Allegheny College. Her two daughters continue to make her proud as they carry on their brother’s love of learning by pursuing their academic goals as current college students.
Beth Knapp Engle
Assistant Riding Instructor
Ms. Engle has been a life-long horseperson. She has experience in Western and English riding, showing, training and teaching. Ms. Engle has a fond interest in animal behavior, including the unique bond between horses and humans. She has experienced first hand the healing environment of horses while caring for family members afflicted with cancer and neurological diseases. Ms. Engle worked as a project engineer for a consulting company and was a project engineer and project manager of large corridor projects for DelDOT. She is a member of East Nantmeal’s Environmental Advisory Council and part of the township’s Conservation Committee Ms. Engle attended the University of Delaware, earning Bachelor Degrees in Animal Science and Entomology. Later she returned to the U. of D. to receive a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree.
THE BOARD MEMBERS
Mr. Radie is President, Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Egalet Corporation, a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing effective medicines for patients with acute and chronic pain. Mr. Radie’s successful career in the industry includes more than three decades and responsibility for the sale of five companies. In 2005, Mr. Radie led the sale of Vicuron Pharmaceuticals to Pfizer for $1.9 billion, and more recently he was responsible for the sale of Topaz Pharmaceuticals Inc. to Sanofi Pasteur. Mr. Radie began his career in the life sciences at Eli Lilly and Company where he worked for 18 years in sales and marketing with increasing levels of responsibility. In addition to serving on the Board of Horse Power for Life, Mr. Radie also serves on the Boards of Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Pennsylvania Bio, and Veloxis. Mr. Radie received his B.S. in chemistry from Boston College.
Rodney Dausch currently serves as Vice President of Finance and Operations, and Chief Financial Officer of Morphotek, Inc. Since April 2007, Morphotek has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd. Mr. Dausch has held Executive Vice President, COO and CFO positions in five biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies, two of which completed IPO’s and follow on public offerings and three which executed successful mergers or acquisitions. Over the course of his career, he has participated in equity financings and M&A transactions totaling nearly $1 billion. Mr. Dausch received his Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Baltimore MD. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young before moving into the biotechnology sector.
Dr. Strobeck is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Egalet Corporation, a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing effective medicines for patients with acute and chronic pain. Dr. Strobeck joined Egalet in February 2014 as Chief Business Officer. Previously, Dr. Strobeck served in similar positions for several Pharmaceutical companies including Corridor Pharmaceuticals, Topaz Pharmaceuticals, Trevena Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline. Before working at these healthcare companies, Dr. Strobeck was a venture capitalist at SR One Ltd., the wholly owned venture capital arm of GSK and Euclid SR Partners. Dr. Strobeck earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics from the University of Cincinnati, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University.
Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Stanek has always loved and cared for animals. After spending her 16th year as an exchange student in Australia, she moved to Virginia where she finished high school while working for a local veterinarian. She then attended Virginia Tech receiving two Bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics before starting veterinary school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine located on the Virginia Tech Campus.
After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Stanek joined a practice in Virginia, and started her own house call practice taking care of dogs, cats, horses and small ruminants. She moved to Pennsylvania in 1999, and has worked at a cat only practice, a small animal clinic, and at the Humane Society of Berks County while running a house call only practice. Dr. Stanek is the former President of the American Association of House Call and Mobile Veterinarians. She purchased the Exton Vet Clinic in June 2006 where she continues to care for dogs and cats.
Dr. Stanek is the mother to two children, eight cats, and the family service dog.
Frank A. Piliero
Mr. Piliero is currently co-owner of Marsh Creek Corporate Services, a holding company for several entrepreneurial initiatives. In addition, he also serves in various capacities for several family-owned businesses located in Chester County. From 1985-1999 Frank was an Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer of ECS, Inc. Mr. Piliero is very active in the community and currently is a Board member of the Paoli Hospital Foundation, Alternate Member of the Zoning Board for Charlestown Township, and is currently active with Chester County Economic Development Council. He has also served as Board member for the Upper Main Line YMCA where he led a multimillion-dollar capital fund campaign to develop new YMCA facilities for area residents of Chester County.
Ms. Flocco grew up in Chester County and as a child visited horse farms with her father. She now enjoys attending horse shows and polo matches. Since 2007, Ms. Flocco has served as the Director of Human Resources at Boenning & Scattergood, Inc., a 100 year-old financial services firm based in Conshohocken, PA.
Ms. Flocco earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications from Rosemont College, and earned a certificate in Professional Human Resources Management from Villanova University. She is currently a member of Boenning & Scattergood’s Management Committee, Retirement Plan Committee, Disaster Recovery Committee, and Social Media Committee. In addition, Ms. Flocco serves as the Firm’s event planner, which includes raising money for local charities. She has donated and fundraised to Horse Power for Life since 2008.
Ms. Flocco resides with her fiancé in Devon with their two cats and one dog, Vesta.
With cancer effecting several family members and friends, Mrs. Dluhy has a passion for the Horse Power for Life program, and has been a dedicated volunteer and fundraiser with the organization since inception. The Dluhy Family was the proud owner of one of the program’s first star ponies, Sundance, and have witnessed firsthand the major impact this charity has had on participants.
For 25 years, Mrs. Dluhy has been actively involved in the charitable community, fundraising for local charities such as Brandywine Valley SPCA, Adult Women with Autism, and Stephanie’s House. She is also an active member of Team CMMD, a local group of Cancer Fighters. Most recently, Mrs. Dluhy created a Blog called “What is Hair” where she shaved her head raising $7,000 to help local families living with cancer.
Mrs. Dluhy serves on the Board of several organizations including Designing 4 Hope, a charity creating rooms for children to rest, recover, heal and dream in; and Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust, helping to preserve historic properties and landmarks. She has served as the Event Planner for Gardner's Nursery in Chester Springs, organizing special events. Previously, Mrs. Dluhy served as a leader for Stella & Dot, a Fortune 500 company where she managed and coached a team of women entrepreneurs.
Mrs. Dluhy is currently a chapter leader for Fabulous Shoe Night for Chester County, a non-profit organization joining like-minded women together for socializing, networking, and most importantly an evening for a cause. A different charity is selected to receive the proceeds from each event.
Mrs. Dluhy has always been an animal lover and is a proud mom of a retired Quarter Horse, Monday’s Hunter. In addition, she rescued several animals over the years and currently has two dogs, Myles and Margot, and a Mini Pony, Peach, who is being trained to be a therapeutic equine. Amy is also a mom to two children, Georgia and Brayden, and a wife to Richard, who has also volunteered his time to the organization.
Matt McHale is a nationally recognized entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in, new business development, digital strategies, web-based technologies, and software as a service (SaaS). He is CEO and Co-Founder of ArcaSys, LLC., a leading solution and consulting company. His unique blend of technology and business skills have proven success in achieving goals by driving operational excellence, fostering innovation, increasing sales and analyzing/improving marketing and digital strategies. Mr. McHale was previously CRO and Co-Founder of Global DMS - a leading solution provider for mortgage back oﬃce operations, including appraisal management and paperless documentation. He was directly responsible for the company’s strategic direction and growth from startup to an annual revenue of more than $8 million. Also, he developed many of the company’s new products and services. Before Global DMS, Mr. McHale founded and managed Websurfers, Inc. - a quality assurance and web development ﬁrm whose clients included GMAC, ARAMARK, WingspanBank/Bank ONE, CD NOW and FTD.
Mr. McHale maintains an active presence in the technology industry as a whole. He is a frequent presenter and speaker at industry conferences, such as Dreamforce and The Mortgage Banker Assoc. In addition to his work, he is a partner/investor in a number of companies including Branded Productions, MS Cubed LLC. and Global DMS. And for the past six years, Mr. McHale has served as Chairman of the Board and President of Designing 4 Hope - a local non-profit organization dedicated to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families by giving them dream bedroom makeovers.
ABOUT THE BARN
Stone Crop Farm is home to Becca Smith,
instructor with Horse Power for Life. The farm is nestled in a bucolic setting surrounded by acres of woods and open fields. When you arrive at the farm, you will be happily greeted by several friendly dogs and cats. The horses and ponies at Stone Crop Farm all participate in the Horse Power for Life lesson program. Whether you are riding or relaxing in a comfortable lawn chair, you will be struck by the quiet peacefulness of the farm, and breathtaking view across the valley.
Sandra Oyola (Sandi) is a Manager of DM and Statistics at Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company “taking immunotherapy to the next level in the fight against cancer and infectious diseases” using their DNA-based immunotherapy technology platform. Sandi has worked in the clinical trial industry for nearly 20 years. She is a veteran of the United States Army Reserves, 8th Medical Brigade, serving stateside at the United States Military Academy during the First Gulf War. She is also an active volunteer for the Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and is a committee chairperson in the Lionville Elementary School Home and School Association. Sandi received a bachelor of science in medical technology from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and attended graduate school at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for Experimental Pathology. She is an ASCP-Certified and Registered Medical Technologist and is Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP).Sandi lives in Chester County with her husband and daughter.
Mr. Scott is currently active in a variety of organizations in Chester County and also serves on the engineering advisory board of The University of Texas at Austin. Following successful executive assignments with J.P. Morgan (corporate banking), Morgan Stanley (institutional investment portfolio strategy), and Texas Utilities (engineering and energy management), he retired in 2007 to focus on his board responsibilities and writing pursuits.
Since 1986, he has served on the boards of a commercial bank, a privately-owned engineering company, two publishing companies, three mutual fund investment companies, two Fortune 500 financial services companies, several colleges, and was selected in 2016 by a national magazine as one of America’s “Most Influential Black American Corporate Directors.”
Mr. Scott served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Guyana, So. America in the ‘60s and also served later on President Carter’s White House staff. He holds degrees from Villanova University (Bachelor of Electrical Engineering & Master of Arts) and Washington University in St. Louis (MBA). He and his wife, Cora, have four adult children, two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.