Meet The Team
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.
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.
Senior 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.
Beth Knapp Engle
Assistant Riding Instructor
Ms. Zook brings valuable experience with event coordinating, community outreach and volunteerism to Horse Power for Life. She has been creating graphic and web designs for 10 years. She has been a member of the Disabled American Veterans Women’s Auxiliary Chapter 30 for 20 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, as well as many other events we have. Ms.Zook also manages our social media platforms and interns we hire from local Universities. Ms. Zook received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from The University Of Valley Forge in 2010.
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.