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Meet The Team


Kathleen Zook

President & CEO


Mrs. Nwankwo accepted the role of Special Events Assistant Director after many years of volunteering for the Horse Power for Life Events. Ashley immediately bought into the mission and vision of Horse Power from day 1. She is married to her husband Uzoma and they have a beautiful daughter Zikora. They reside in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. Ashley works full-time as the Engagement Coordinator at a nonprofit in Camden New Jersey. She graduated with a Bachelor's from the University of Valley Forge, and a Master's in Nonprofit Leadership from LaSalle University. Ashley looks forward to working with the team to achieve and surpass the goals set for the special events. 

Ashley Nwankwo

Special Events Assistant Director


Becca Smith

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
Glenmoore Location


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
Glenmoore Location


Mrs. Kelchner  joined the team in April 2022. As soon as she heard about Horse Power For Life she new she wanted to get involved any way possible. As someone who has/had many loved ones battling cancer this mission really spoke to her. She resides in Schuylkill Haven with her husband and two daughters. She is excited about this new adventure and the impact  she will be able to make in the community with this program.

Adrienne Kelchner

Outreach Student Coordinator
Glenmoore Location


Lauren Gardner accepted the role of Student Outreach Coordinator in March of 2022.  Lauren loves the mission of Horse Power for Life and appreciates the efforts and commitments the organization has made for all those affected by cancer.  She is married to Matt and has 2 wonderful sons!  Lauren has a Bachelor of Science of Education from Kutztown University and a Masters of Education from Penn State University.  She enjoys her career as an English as a Second Language Teacher, spending time with family and friends, and watching her children participate in sports. Lauren is grateful for the opportunity to help grow Horse Power’s vision and looks forward to connecting with the community.

Lauren Gardner

Student Outreach Coordinator
Allentown Location

Thank you for supporting us!

Ms. Zook accepted the role as President & CEO in January 2022. She has been a part of the Horse Power For Life family since Spring of 2009 serving as HPFL Event Coordinator & Social Media Specialist. Ms. Zook received her Bachelor's degree in Business Management from The University of Valley Forge in 2010. Ms. Zook is responsible for the strategic direction and day to day operation of Horse Power For Life.

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