Instructors

Kelly Boyer
Kelly began volunteering with SDTR in 2002 and became a PATH certified instructor in 2004. She is on SDTR’s Program Committee 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.
Georgia Truitt
Georgia has been a part of SDTR since its inception. Georgia has a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management and has been working in human resources at non-profit organizations for over 20 years, currently, as a recruiter at Bay Health's Kent Campus. As the chair of the Program Committee, she oversees SDTR's day to day operations. Georgia is a PATH registered instructor and provides lessons in the evenings and on Saturdays.
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

Scott Swingle
President
Scott Swingle is 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 31 years in various leadership roles including Commercial and Retail Banking. Scott was recently 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. In addition to SDTR, Scott has been active at the Board level in professional and various other community organizations most recently 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 is a Senior Controls Specialist at NRG Energy, and has substantial experience in industrial facility management and maintenance. Tom has overall responsibility for planning, budgeting and carrying out operations at the company's Dagsboro, Delaware plant. 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. Tom's son, Joe, is an SDTR participant.
Karen Peden
Karen is a Sussex County native and Office Manager for an established oral surgery practice in Lewes, Delaware. Karen and her husband own and operate several successful businesses including a contracting business. She is an experienced bookkeeper and has a long history of community service, including having served on the boards of Lewes Little League and Cape Baseball League.
Mary Anne Hoopes, Esq.
Secretary
Mary Anne 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, has cognitive and communication disabilities and participates in Special Olympics.
Kelly Boyer
Kelly began volunteering with SDTR in 2002 and became a PATH certified instructor in 2004. She is on SDTR’s Program Committee 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.
Amy Emeigh
Amy is a Sussex County native and is a Supply Chain Manager for NRG Energy, Inc. She has worked in a number of roles within the power Industry over the past 26 years including Business Management and financial accounting.
Kimberly Fischer
Treasurer
Kimberly is a full-time instructor at Delaware Technical Community College in the Business Administration Department. She holds an MBA from Wilmington University. Kimberly has worked as Hospital Administrator at Savannah Animal Hospital for over 12 years. In addition, she has served as Project Manager and Developer of Cape Shores Associates, Owner of 2nd Street Popcorn and Candy and ElderAssist, and as a partner in numerous other companies. She has served on many boards including Sussex County Community Crisis Housing for which she was president for over 7 years. Kimberly lives in Lewes.
Gerry Hopper
Gerry is currently employed by NRG Energy and serves as the Business Manager for the Indian River and Vienna Generating Stations. He has held various management positions including Plant Manager at both facilities over the past 36 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.
Jennifer Swingle
Jennifer is a realtor in Sussex County, with in-depth knowledge of the local market and business economy. In addition to having a strong background in marketing and sales, Jennifer has experience with horsemanship and working with children. Jennifer's nephew, Jeffrey, who was diagnosed with Autism, has been a part of the SDTR program for over five years.
Georgia Truitt
Georgia has been a part of SDTR since its inception. Georgia has a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management and has been working in human resources at non-profit organizations for over 20 years, currently, as a recruiter at Bay Health's Kent Campus. As the chair of the Program Committee, she oversees SDTR's day to day operations. Georgia is a PATH registered instructor and provides lessons in the evenings and on Saturdays.
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, Ms. Berdine founded two IT companies, one of which, G&B Solutions, Inc., was ranked as among the Washington, DC region’s fastest growing companies. Ms. Berdine has received over 30 awards for contributions to the Information Technology, 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. Ms. Berdine received the Citizen of the Year Award, based on her becoming known as a staunch supporter of community and children’s causes. Ms. Berdine served as Board Chair for the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health and as President of the Bethesda, MD chapter of AFCEA. She serves on the Board of Trustees at the Children’s Beach House in Lewes. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Board for the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Virginia, 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.
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.

Executive Team

Scott Swingle
President
Scott Swingle is 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 31 years in various leadership roles including Commercial and Retail Banking. Scott was recently 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. In addition to SDTR, Scott has been active at the Board level in professional and various other community organizations most recently 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 is a Senior Controls Specialist at NRG Energy, and has substantial experience in industrial facility management and maintenance. Tom has overall responsibility for planning, budgeting and carrying out operations at the company's Dagsboro, Delaware plant. 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. Tom's son, Joe, is an SDTR participant.
Gerry Hopper
Gerry is currently employed by NRG Energy and serves as the Business Manager for the Indian River and Vienna Generating Stations. He has held various management positions including Plant Manager at both facilities over the past 36 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.
Georgia Truitt
Georgia has been a part of SDTR since its inception. Georgia has a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management and has been working in human resources at non-profit organizations for over 20 years, currently, as a recruiter at Bay Health's Kent Campus. As the chair of the Program Committee, she oversees SDTR's day to day operations. Georgia is a PATH registered instructor and provides lessons in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Program Team

Tom Peet
Vice President
Tom is a Senior Controls Specialist at NRG Energy, and has substantial experience in industrial facility management and maintenance. Tom has overall responsibility for planning, budgeting and carrying out operations at the company's Dagsboro, Delaware plant. 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. Tom's son, Joe, is an SDTR participant.
Mary Anne Hoopes, Esq.
Secretary
Mary Anne 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, has cognitive and communication disabilities and participates in Special Olympics.
Kelly Boyer
Kelly began volunteering with SDTR in 2002 and became a PATH certified instructor in 2004. She is on SDTR’s Program Committee 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.
Amy Emeigh
Amy is a Sussex County native and is a Supply Chain Manager for NRG Energy, Inc. She has worked in a number of roles within the power Industry over the past 26 years including Business Management and financial accounting.
Gerry Hopper
Gerry is currently employed by NRG Energy and serves as the Business Manager for the Indian River and Vienna Generating Stations. He has held various management positions including Plant Manager at both facilities over the past 36 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.
Jennifer Swingle
Jennifer is a realtor in Sussex County, with in-depth knowledge of the local market and business economy. In addition to having a strong background in marketing and sales, Jennifer has experience with horsemanship and working with children. Jennifer's nephew, Jeffrey, who was diagnosed with Autism, has been a part of the SDTR program for over five years.
Georgia Truitt
Georgia has been a part of SDTR since its inception. Georgia has a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management and has been working in human resources at non-profit organizations for over 20 years, currently, as a recruiter at Bay Health's Kent Campus. As the chair of the Program Committee, she oversees SDTR's day to day operations. Georgia is a PATH registered instructor and provides lessons in the evenings and on Saturdays.
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.