Board of Directors

Elle Speicher, President
Lin Podolinsky, Vice President
Tracy Papurello, Treasurer
Amy Wingrove, Secretary
Suzanne Ward
Katherine Smith


John McCain
Deborah McCain
Mary Ann DeMarco
James Schrott

meet our staff

Karen Nick

Karen H. McCalpin

Executive Director

Karen recently moved to Ligonier from the Outer Banks of NC after serving as the executive director of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund from 2006 until 2017. Her entire career has been devoted to nonprofit management and social services and she is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College with a degree in psychology. She is the owner of Nick and Victory who were both rescued from a kill pen. She has taught both forward and saddle seat riding, shown American Saddlebreds, and is also the former statewide director of therapeutic riding at Penn State University. In April of 2014, Karen became nationally certified in the remote delivery of immunocontraception to wildlife at the Science and Conservation Center at Zoo Montana.


Kimberley Reynolds

Operations Manager & Advanced Riding Instructor

Kim has a BS in Business Management and Communications from the University of Phoenix. She has a background in showing in the AQHA circuit. She is experienced in showing gaited Paso Finos, and in dressage. Kim has a lifelong love of horses. She is a PATH, Intl. Advanced Instructor. Many weekends Kim can be found in the dressage show ring with her horse Luna. Kim leases Luna to our therapeutic riding program.

Becky Simon

Becky Kostley

Business Manager

Becky earned a BA in Legal Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a Paralegal Certificate from Duquesne University. Before coming to NNNTRC, she worked 15 years as a Paralegal, with a concentration in Real Estate and Foreclosure. She started as an NNNTRC Volunteer, but now manages the office and support services for the Center. She has a Western riding background, and is now training in dressage. She is also obtaining her certification through PATH, Intl. to be a Registered Riding Instructor.


Kayla Umbaugh

Facilities Coordinator & Registered Riding Instructor

Kayla grew up around horses and loves them to this day. She is training and progressing in dressage, jumping and Western riding.  Kayla is a PATH, Intl. Registered Instructor. In addition to teaching lessons at NNNTRC, Kayla coordinates the needs for the facility and horse care.


Elizabeth Bowers

Facility Maintenence 

Liz started at Nickers 'N Neighs in 2015. Liz is busy about the farm feeding horses, fixing fences, and maintaining our beautiful facility. Liz also manages her own farm in Fayette County, where she raises pigs, cows and horses of her own.


Amanda Errett 

 Facility Maintenance

Amanda started at Nickers 'N Neighs in 2016. She has always loved horses and has 4 of her own. She has a western riding background, and is now training in English riding. In her free time she enjoys trail riding and practicing barrel racing. Before coming to NNNTRC, Amanda earned her certification as a Veterinary Assistant. She is also obtaining her certification through PATH, Intl. to be a Registered Riding Instructor.

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Brenda McClain

Facility Maintenance

Brenda started at Nickers 'N Neighs in 2016. She helps with the feeding and care of our herd and facility. At home in Acme, Brenda cares for her own farm animals, horses and bird, Archie.