ROB BOWEN, President – Rob is a US Navy Veteran who served 8 years from 1987 to 1995. He is a graduate of Lafayette College and The George Washington University where he majored in Finance and Investments. He is married to Nancy and has fours kids, Justina (27), Chase (25), Camille (23) and Dean (20). In addition to Victory Hill TH, he runs a Suits for Soldiers Program and Boxes for Soldiers program to support our active duty and retired veterans. Rob also enjoys being an active member of the Hudson Valley Veteran Task Force. He currently lives in Milford PA and owns an Farmers Insurance Agency in Chester, NY.
Wendy Graham, Treaurer – Wendy is a finance leader with 20+ years of Fortune 500 experience. Most recently as a Senior Finance Business Manager at Johnson and Johnson, Wendy provided critical financial discipline, stability, and stewardship during 3 CIO and senior leadership team transitions.
Her role was impacted by COVID in 2020, but Wendy leveraged her business and life sciences background to pursue her passion in helping animals and people. She co-founded Dooligans Canine and Equine Massage and PEMF therapy with the goal of alleviating pain, increasing performance, expediting recovery, and improving general wellness and range of motion in dogs, horses, small and large animals in the New Jersey / New York area. She lives in Chatham, New Jersey and is looking forward to lending her financial expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for giving back to our community.
SHARON O’DOWD, RN, BSN, Secretary & Medical Advisor – Sharon is the Nurse Educator at Jawonio, in New City, NY. She began her nursing career as an LPN, and subsequently her RN in 1981. She has a very strong medical/ surgical background having spent the early part of her career working in medical oncology and in the OR. Most recently her career focus been the privilege of working with people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Health challenges and Chronic Medical needs since 2014. Her role is to provide staff with health-related education to ensure the highest quality standards of care to the individuals served. She is a Certified Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor which provides tools to recognize and manage mental health emergencies as well as an American Heart Association CPR instructor. Sharon was previously employed as the Head Nurse for The County of Rockland Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Before that, at Westchester Medical Center as an Oncology Nurse. Sharon also enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Holly as well as her equine partner, Gradee, a beautiful dark bay quarter horse.
CHRIS FORD, Director – Chris is a USMC Veteran who served in Iraq. He currently works as a Firefighter with the FDNY and lives in Greenville, NY with his wife, Nicole, and their 2 adorable and very active children Rayleigh (6) and Wyatt (4). When Chris is not busy volunteering at Victory Hill he enjoys hitting the road in their family camper and exploring the great outdoors.
LAURIE BRYCELAND, Executive Director/Founder – Laurie is a gradutate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Elementary Education and Secondary English Educatiton. She worked toward her Masters at Adelphi University and worked as a teacher for several years after graduation. Laurie has held several other certifications such as an Emergency Medical Technician & Veterinary Assistant. She is most proud of her work with children and adults with special needs in the world of Equine Assited Activities and Therapy. Laurie holds two certifications through PATH Intl (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl) as a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She is also a certified mentor teaching others to become instructors. Laurie held a past position as the Asst. Executive Director at a PATH Intl Premier Accredited Center in Milford, PA. There she started the first “Horses 4 Heroes” program in the area in order to serve Veterans, First Responders, active military and their families and is now proud to bring that program to Victory Hill TH. Laurie also enjoys being a member of the Hudson Valley Veteran Task Force. She truly enjoys life on the farm with her husband, Chris and their three children: Shane (22), Raeanne (21) and Tyler (16), their horses and 20 other beloved fur kids.