Meet Our Board
PROJECT HORSE EMPOWERMENT CENTER, CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Summit Insurance Services LLC, Chief Operations Officer
Cassi is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Health Policy and Administration. She is a long time resident of Loudoun County who has focused her career on serving people through many facets of the healthcare industry. Cassi has spent many years working on the insurance carrier side of the business with Aetna, Innovation Health and United Healthcare. She has also spent many years working as an insurance consultant in the world of insurance brokerage. Cassi’s focus is on improving the consumer experience by building relationships and providing superior customer service.
As the COO of Summit Insurance Services, Cassi manages profit and loss, service and sales, and staffing and marketing. Cassi is a process-minded leader that delivers measurable, cost-effective results to turn the organization’s vision into reality. With 18 years of experience in personnel management as well as operations, Cassi is able to design efficient and effective systems to increase organizational productivity.
PROJECT HORSE EMPOWERMENT CENTER, TREASURER
TELOGICAL SYSTEMS, CEO
Andrew has worked with Project Horse since its founding in 2008 and supports the organization as a board member, donor and volunteer. Over the years, Andrew has been involved in everything from facilities improvements, to staffing special events, to providing leadership in strategic planning sessions.
Andrew is CEO of Telogical Systems, a mid-size privately held competitive intelligence and software development firm. Andrew’s management philosophy focuses on building a strong company culture based on transparency, respect, and intellectual vigilance. Since taking over as CEO of Telogical Systems, the organization has grown ten-fold.
Andrew possesses 18 years of experience in financial management, and in his role as Treasurer, Andrew brings best practices from the for-profit sector to Project Horse’s not-for-profit reporting, metrics development and tracking, and budget and cashflow forecasting, to ensure optimal utilization of resources.
Andrew received a BA in Modern Languages and a BS in Economics from The College of William and Mary in 1987 and a Master’s in International Business Studies from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in 1992.
PROJECT HORSE EMPOWERMENT CENTER, Secretary
Snowflake LLC, Founder and President
Tom has nearly 20 years of experience as a consultant to non-profit, government, and business organizations. For over half of his career, he advised and supported executive- and management-level clients as a member of “Big 4” firms BearingPoint and Deloitte Consulting, the latter in which he served as Organization Strategies Service Offering Lead. Tom has helped more than 60 organizations across sectors and industries, in the US and abroad, to be at their best through strategic planning, market engagement, talent management, organization design, and change acceptance and integration.
In 2014, Tom launched Snowflake, a small consultancy based in Loudoun County, Virginia, specifically to help organizations that work to improve the quality of life for individuals and their communities. Tom offers his large consulting firm background experiences, perspectives, and professionalism to all organizations dedicated to making positive social impact. In addition to consulting, Tom writes articles and provides trainings to non-profits, on a broad range of topics. Tom graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction from the University of Delaware, and earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland.
Tom plays an integral role in Project Horse’s strategic planning process, including advising on board development and recruitment, donor engagement and retention, and strategic marketing in order to achieve sustainability.
Darcy Woessner, CES
PROJECT HORSE EMPOWERMENT CENTER, BOARD MEMBER
PROJECT HORSE EMPOWERMENT CENTER, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Darcy grew up riding and competing horses, then left for other pursuits as a young adult. Darcy holds an MBA in International Business, with a specialization in marketing, and has worked for large multinational corporations like Michelin Tire Corporation and Colgate-Palmolive. She has also worked as a marketing and business development consultant in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
During a period of professional soul-searching, Darcy returned to her passion for horses. It was at this time that Darcy serendipitously came across the Thoroughbred horse, now known as Reeses. The mare had been neglected and tossed aside since she could no longer be ridden due to an untreated injury. Rescuing and rehabilitating Reeses strengthened Darcy's long-time belief that horses are powerful and intuitive healers, and together Reeses and Darcy officially founded Project Horse in 2008.
In addition to managing Project Horse’s continued growth and expanding operations, Darcy is very involved with new program development, delivery of client services, marketing and fundraising. Darcy is an EAGALA-certified Equine Specialist, co-facilitating individual, family and group programs. Darcy is currently in the process of becoming certified in Trauma Focused-Equine Assisted Psychotherapy™ as an equine specialist. Darcy and Fiona Fudge, one of the Mobile Minis™ outreach team members, have appeared on NBC News Channel 4/Today and The Pet Show with Dr. Katy by ABC/News Channel 8.
PROJECT HORSE EMPOWERMENT CENTER, Board Member
JEN WARNER HOMES, FOUNDER
As the owner of Jen Warner Homes and a full time residential Realtor, Jen has worked with over 200 families in the past 10 years supporting her clients with an atmosphere of trust, experience, communication and personalized attention. Passionate about our local community, Jen considers herself a lifestyle agent, sharing each area’s unique quality of life along with info on the boundless amenities our area holds.
After recovering from a car accident and traumatic physical injury of her own, Jennifer's volunteer efforts took a greater focus on rehabilitation of mind, body and soul. When people experience trauma or life stressors it is critically important to have local support options available. Jen found her passion in working with organizations such as Project Horse whose services support mental, emotional and physical healing, and a path toward a healthy, empowered perception of self.
A 27-year resident of Northern Virginia, Jen has worked previously in the IT industry for Computer Associates, EDS and Oracle as a Client Relationship Manager and Business Analyst. She has written contributing magazine articles on topics from Wedding invitations to a restaurant review, developed an industry recognized and award winning business tagline, has been paid as an actress for Discovery Channel programs, worked as an event coordinator on an overseas rewards trip for US employees, is a licensed scuba diver, foodie, and has proudly raised 3 kids who are currently in college. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Jen lives in Waterford, VA with her husband and two spoiled dogs.
PROJECT HORSE EMPOWERMENT CENTER, Board Member
Intelsat, Senior Principal Engineer, Client Value Tools
Jeff has worked in the media and communications business for almost 40 years. He started off his career working for a division of Motown records as a plant engineer in his home town and going to school full time at night. He graduated with a double major in Broadcasting and Industrial Engineering (with an Electronics Minor).
Jeff eventually went to work for Discovery Communications in their International broadcast division. He was their "go to" engineer for a series of live remotes. He was the lead transmission engineer for Discovery's first successful internationally transmitted live programs - "Titanic Live" and "John Glenn Returns To Space". And he was the on-site engineer-in-charge for the 1999 Shark Week kick-off program "Live From A Shark Cage - The Bikini Atoll". Today he works at Intelsat in Tyson’s Corner, as the implementation engineer for the most sophisticated commercial communications satellite built today. In other words - he plans/configures the satellite in advance, then sends, customers access instructions for their communications services on the satellite.
Jeff was not quite sure of what to think about Project Horse when he first heard about the organization, but the more he was exposed to it, the more he loved the mission and wanted to become even more involved. In Jeff's words, "Project Horse is on the leading edge of helping people overcome their internal struggles and empower them for the rest of their lives. And I want to help them with that mission any way I can." In addition to serving on the board, Jeff regularly volunteers at Project Horse as a facility handyman and a general horse care support worker.
PROJECT HORSE EMPOWERMENT CENTER, Board Member
First National Bank, Mortgage Division Vice President and Area Sales Manager
John is a Vice President at First National Bank and Area Sales Manager, Mortgage Division, with 23 years of experience in the financial and banking industry. John supports Project Horse’s efforts to utilize resources efficiently while leveraging strategic impact. As a member of senior management at First National and other financial institutions, John also possesses 14 years of strategic thinking and planning experience. He is an active member of the community and has served on the board for Habitat for Humanity for many years, helping them increase fundraising and build homes in Loudoun County.
John moved to McLean in 1968, graduated from Langley High School and then finished his education with a Master’s Degree from GWU. John currently lives in Ashburn and attends Reston Bible Church in Sterling. He has been a youth coach for his kids coaching everything from Little League Baseball to lacrosse, basketball, volleyball and softball. His son Jake is a current student at Virginia Tech and his daughter is a Junior at Paul VI Catholic High School.