Instructors

Kelly Boyer
Program Director
Kelly Boyer began volunteering with SDTR in 2002 and became a PATH certified instructor in 2004. She chairs SDTR’s Program Committee, serves as Program Manager, and handles scheduling of all school-based lessons, camps and Saturday lessons, including volunteer and horse assignments. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and Business Management from the University of Delaware and worked for a nonprofit organization training service dogs for individuals with disabilities. Kelly has been involved with horse care, lessons and showing for over 30 years. She presently owns an equine facility where she provides lessons to able-bodied riders and hosts special events.
Keith McDonald
PATH Certified Instructor
Keith most recently served as Director of Human Resources and Training for the nonprofit financial institution, Justice Federal Credit Union, with multiple locations around the country. Prior to his many years in the Human Resources field, he worked with adults with disabilities, overseeing job training and life skills programs. He also worked as a social worker for several years prior to entering the Human Resources field. He is an experienced horseman and has been an active volunteer with SDTR for many years.
Natalie Garbutt
PATH Certified Instructor
Natalie found her calling when she began volunteering for SDTR in 2015. Her extensive horsemanship background coupled with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware, made obtaining her PATH instructor certification a natural choice. She feels as if she truly found her calling, and is so thankful to have found this amazing program. "I wake up everyday, looking forward to going to work! It doesn't get any better than that."
Lauren Alegret
PATH Certified Instructor
Lauren first discovered PATH when she began volunteering at a program in San Diego. Instantly hooked, when it came time to move to the east coast 3 years ago, she and her husband made it a priority to find another program in the area. It was not long before Lauren found her place in the SDTR family, volunteering as a sidewalker, leader, providing horse care, managing the monthly horse care volunteer calendar, and writing seasonal newsletters. It was a natural progression that Lauren continued her journey to become a PATH Certified Instructor. Outside of the barn, Lauren works as a copy editor for an advertising agency in San Diego. She feels truly blessed to be following both her callings with all of her heart.

Board of Directors

Kelly Boyer
Program Director
Kelly Boyer began volunteering with SDTR in 2002 and became a PATH certified instructor in 2004. She chairs SDTR’s Program Committee, serves as Program Manager, and handles scheduling of all school-based lessons, camps and Saturday lessons, including volunteer and horse assignments. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and Business Management from the University of Delaware and worked for a nonprofit organization training service dogs for individuals with disabilities. Kelly has been involved with horse care, lessons and showing for over 30 years. She presently owns an equine facility where she provides lessons to able-bodied riders and hosts special events.
Mark Davidson
Mark H. Davidson serves as Vice President and Office Director for Pennoni. Mark also serves as the Principal Land Planner. He has over 32-years of experience in Surveying, Engineering, Consulting, Construction and Land Planning. He has been appointed by the Secretary of DNREC to serve on the On Site Septic Advisory Board for the State of Delaware. He currently serves as a Planner and Design Advisor for the Delaware Botanic Gardens. Mark’s additional roles within Pennoni include the Strategic Planning Committee, Founder’s Committee, Strategic Growth and Cross Marketing Committee.
Lori Chaikin
Lori Chaikin has broad experience in education and training in a variety of school and business settings. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in elementary education, she taught in the Montgomery County, Maryland public school system for five years. She then traded the classroom for the floors of Manhattan specialty stores and taught sales and management for Bonwit Teller, Bloomingdales and Conrans in New York, Miami, Bethesda and Beverly Hills CA from 1977 to 1990. She operated a business importing and selling French antique furniture from 1991 through 2009. Most recently she was a Managing Partner of Blue Heron Wellness, an integrated wellness center in Silver Spring MD.
Bryce Lingo
Bryce Lingo has been in the real estate business since graduating from the University of Delaware in 1975, receiving a Bachelor's of Science with an emphasis in Landscape Architecture. With more than 10 years of experience and in excess of $1 billion in real estate transactions over his career, Bryce has successfully navigated through numerous business cycles. Over his career, he has consistently been the top producing real estate agent in the Rehoboth and Dewey Beach area, with a focus on the luxury residential market. In addition, Bryce has handled the sale of many landmark commercial properties along the Route 1 corridor and thousands of acres of land in Sussex County. Bryce has also played a significant role, along with his brother Bill, in the design, permitting, and development of numerous premier residential and commercial projects throughout Sussex County, Delaware. He currently serves as an associate broker and Vice President of Jack Lingo Inc. Realtor. Bryce is a lifelong equestrian and has been a supporter of SDTR for many years.
Laurie Vonasek
Laurie Vonasek has been a Registered Nurse since 1995, served in the U.S. Army at West Point, NY from 2001 to 2005, and obtained her Masters in Nursing from Wesley College, Dover, Delaware. She has over 30 years’ experience with training, riding, and caring for horses. She is an active member of Delaware Equine Council with multiple contacts in the horse industry, a board member of Blue Heron Dog Agility Club of Delaware, and a supporter of STDR since 2009.
Dale Lomas
Dale Lomas is a Delaware native and is the co-owner of both Atlantic Liquors and Old Ice House Liquors in Rehoboth Beach. He also owns the Crosswinds Motel in Rehoboth and has several commercial rental properties in the Rehoboth/Lewes area. Dale is a graduate of the University of Delaware. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years and has volunteered for many local organizations as well. He and his wife Sue have been supporters of SDTR since its inception. Dale and Sue live in Lewes.

Executive Committee

Scott Swingle
President
Scott Swingle is Sr. Vice President and Manager of WSFS Bank's Southern Group Business Banking Team, covering Sussex/Kent Counties in Delaware and adjoining Counties in Maryland. Scott has been in the banking field for 34 years in various leadership roles including Commercial and Retail Banking. Scott was recognized as the Small Business Administration/Delaware's "2017 Financial Champion" award winner. Scott has been active with SDTR's financial planning, budgeting, capital campaign and strategic plan activities since 2012. In addition to SDTR, Scott has been active at the Board level in professional and various other community organizations including the Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, Beachfield Homeowners Association, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, and Meals on Wheels, Delaware. Scott’s nephew, Jeffrey, is an SDTR participant.
Tom Peet
Vice President
Tom Peet is a recently retired Senior Controls Specialist at NRG Energy, Tom has substantial experience in industrial facility management and maintenance. Tom has continued to support IRPP in a part time contractor role. Tom has very strong connections to business people in our community, many of whom he has recruited to support SDTR, particularly in improving and maintaining SDTR’s riding center. One of Tom's four sons, Joey, is an SDTR participant.
Mary Anne Hoopes, Esq.
Secretary
Mary Anne Hoopes, Esq., is an attorney licensed in Washington, DC. She has over 30 years of experience with the U.S. Department of Justice and other government agencies with an emphasis on employment and administrative law, personnel security and legal ethics. Mary Anne's nephew, Eric, participates in Special Olympics. She lives in Lewes.
Gerry Hopper
Treasurer
Gerry Hopper is recently retired from NRG Energy where he most recently served as the Business Manager for the Indian River and Vienna Generating Stations. He previously held various management positions including Plant Manager at both facilities over the past 40 years and was previously employed by Delmarva Power. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Administration degree from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Wilmington University. Gerry has been working directly with SDTR since 2014 in an advisory role providing assistance with the Capital Campaign and Operating Budget. He lives in Millsboro.
Linda Berdine
Linda Berdine is the former CIO and Director of Information Technologies for the U.S. House of Representatives. Following her service to Congress, Linda founded two IT companies, one of which, G&B Solutions, Inc., was ranked as among the Washington, DC region’s fastest growing companies. Linda has received over 30 awards for her contributions to the Information Technology community, and contributions to the Washington DC area community. She has received several Leadership Awards to include being selected as one of the Top 100 CEOs. Linda received the Citizen of the Year Award, based on her becoming known as a staunch supporter of community and children’s causes. She served as Board Chair for the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health and as Vice- Chair of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), where she works to support the work of Dr. Goodall to engage the next generation in order to make the planet a better place for generations to come. In addition to being a supporter of SDTR since 2016 and serving on the Executive Committee, Linda has been active in local community organizations including The Children’s Beach House, the Lewes Library, and the Greater Lewes Foundation.