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.

Judy Preston

Judy Preston is a lifelong equestrian. She began riding at age 5 and continues today. She was an active participant in the 4H program, both as a member and later as an advisor. She received her BS in Accounting from the University of Akron and spent several years in public practice before taking over the accounting and administrative functions of the business she and her husband started. After moving to central Ohio for the family she spent several years volunteering with the local Ohio Horseman’s Council chapter but her passion has always been kids and horses. Judy brings both her accounting and equestrian expertise to her volunteering at Stockhands Horses for Healing.

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.

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!

Mary Howard

Mary loves life and all of the blessings it brings to her! She

embraces new challenges in all facets of life. She has three

constants in her life: horses, Australian shepherds and hard work. A Maryland native who graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in elementary education, she has been a retail manager for Andersons General Store, an adjunct professor at Otterbein University in their Equine Science Department, and most recently an equine veterinary office manager. Mary fills her days volunteering at Stockhands, Sharing is Caring in Ashley, in her home town, the village of Galena and is a board member of the Sunbury Galena Rotary. She has ridden since she was 9 months old- fox hunting and eventing, hunters and jumpers and now reiners. She can be seen regularly at reining shows with an extra stall for her Aussies who are never far from her.