Our Board

Lisa Funk

Executive Director/Co-founder

Lisa graduated from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in 1992 with a Diploma in Nursing and practiced as a Registered Nurse in central Ohio, focusing mostly on home health care both with the elderly and children. Lisa has two beautiful children, Courtney and Cody.

Her extended family has always been involved with horses and Lisa quickly shared in their passion. In 2008, her almost 2-year-old nephew was diagnosed with autism and their lives changed. They have all been involved in his development, encouraging him to speak, make eye contact, and more. And then she took him for a riding lesson. Lisa was able to see firsthand how equine facilitated therapies can have a positive impact on children as well as adults on the spectrum and with other disorders, and she wants to make this therapy be available to others.

Tim Funk

Equine Specialist/Co-founder/PATH Instructor

Tim grew up in Delaware, Ohio, and graduated from Olentangy High School. He grew up with horses and other livestock, purchasing his first horse at the age of 13. He was in 4-H and showed at the Delaware County Fair during his youth as well as working at various equine facilities in Delaware County. In 1992 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He served active duty abroad in the Marine Corp for 4 years. He is the father of two beautiful children, Mattie and Mason.

A few years back, some friends came to ride Tim’s horses. Her son was on the autism spectrum. He barely spoke and Tim was told not to touch him, as the human touch bothers him. So he scrambled to get on the horse and Tim led him around the pasture. When he got off the horse and started walking back to his mom, he grabbed Tim’s hand. She was in tears because he wouldn’t let anyone touch him yet he initiated human contact. That day, Tim became aware of the amazing power of equine therapy.

Brad Holzworth

Brad has had a lifelong passion for horses along with helping others who need a special hand. He has been a volunteer at Stockhands for several years and joined the board in 2020. Brad is retired from IBM where he spent a 32-year career in a variety of executive management roles. He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the Ohio State University, a Masters of Business Adm. from the University of Cincinnati, and completed a year-long program at Harvard University upon his appointment to IBM’s Executive Leadership Team. Brad also volunteers at Marion Correctional Institute where he helps mentor recently released inmates on their journey to becoming law-abiding productive members of society. He and his wife Connie reside in Dublin and enjoy spending time with their three adult children, visiting our national parks, boating in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter.

Bill Cooper

Bill Cooper Is a native of Columbus, Ohio and a Vietnam Combat Veteran which

stimulated an interest in what Stockhands was doing with their Veterans programs. Bill and Paula will celebrate their 50th anniversary next year and they are the proud parents of two sons with four grandkids and one great grandchild. Bill brings almost 50 years of business and IT leadership experience including over 10 years of executive leadership with non-profit organizations and multiple start-up ventures. Bill holds multiple professional designations and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in Computer Science and Accounting.

Gerald "Jerry" Willet

Husband, Father, Grandfather, Veteran, Volunteer and just all around great guy, Jerry came to Stockhands as a Volunteer then quickly became a valuable asset for his vast knowledge and experiences with horses. As a Veterans of the United States Air Force, Jerry works tireless with our Veterans program and helping others succeed. Jerry delayed his own education to serve our country, then went on to graduate and become a successful business owner. All the time loving and supporting his beautiful family. We are so proud to have Jerry as part of our Stockhands family!

Rebecca Skeeles, Esq.

Associate Attorney


Having been brought up around horses, business start-ups, and construction gives Rebecca Skeeles the upper hand to specialize in the areas of equine law, business law and consulting, contracts, construction and commercial transactions, real estate, and estate planning. Rebecca has ridden and shown Arabian and Half-Arabian horses competitively her entire life, giving her an inherit understanding of equine law.

Rebecca is most proud of her family’s business, Skeeles Manufacturing Inc., she ran with her father from 1991-2020. She helped build this business while simultaneously going to school. She served as Vice-President of Sales and General Counsel. Rebecca served as Attorney Services Consultant for the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) from 2007-2013, in which she served as the “face of the OSBA”. Rebecca was also a National Public Speaker for legal research provider Casemaker from 2013-2021.

Rebecca is a graduate of Olentangy High School. She graduated from the Ohio State University in Journalism. She received her Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. Rebecca is a member in good standing of the Ohio Bar, Supreme Court.