P.O. Box 26
Ben Wheeler, Texas 75754
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Jan spent her early years in the Boston, Massachusetts, area, but moved to Europe when her father’s job took the family to Germany. She spent the next several years there, attending German schools, graduating from Munich American High School, and then attending The American College of Switzerland in Leysin, Switzerland. While working for Radio Liberty in Munich, she met her husband, Michael, a native of Washington State, who was in the Army at the time. After returning to the States for a short assignment at Fort Riley, Kansas, she and her husband returned to Munich, and took jobs at The Army and Air Force Exchange Service European Headquarters, the company which operates the Post Exchanges for both the US Army and the US Air Force. After the birth of their identical triplet daughters, the company transferred Michael from Munich to the worldwide headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
They settled into their home in Duncanville, and Jan took a break from her executive secretary position to care for their babies. She became actively involved with the PTA and The Dallas Mothers of Multiples organization, ultimately being elected president of the Texas Mothers of Multiples. Once the girls were older and in school, Jan returned to work, first with the local school district and then at The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV, Channel 8. While at The Morning News, Jan has spent many years as executive secretary to the VP/Community Services, SVP/Sales, VP/Financial Planning and Strategy, and VP/Controller. During these years, she has forged many connections to the community and the media in the DFW area.
Her insight and experience in these areas will be a great asset to the visibility and viability of The Pegasus Project. Although Jan has always loved horses, and has ridden some since she was a child, she was not able to realize her dream of having a horse until the children were grown. She started as a volunteer with Therapeutic Riding of Texas (TROT), soon had a horse of her own, took riding lessons and eventually was elected president of TROT. It was through these new adventures that she met Allyson and Mike, at a cow clinic, and a lifelong connection was forged. She was there at the start of the Pegasus dream and is ready to do all she can to make it thrive. Michael is an avid golfer, and Jan has two horses, a pony, and two rescue cats. Together they have the three daughters and six grandchildren.
Jessica is a Tyler resident who works as a school counselor in Bullard, Texas. She graduated from Dallas Baptist University and holds a Master of Education in School Counseling and also in Educational Leadership. She and her husband, Matt, have one daughter. Jessica is an active member of the Junior League of Tyler, which has provided her with valuable leadership and fundraising experience that will be brought to The Pegasus Project. She has always had a passion for volunteerism. During a summer of volunteering at The Pegasus Project ranch, she quickly fell in love with the organization and everything that it does. Though she currently does not have any horses of her own, she spent her childhood and teenage years riding and has always loved horses and animals. In her home live three very spoiled dogs and two cats, as well as four barn cats. All but one dog are rescues or strays that found life-long homes with her family. She believes that animals deserve to be treated kindly and that they count on us to advocate for them when they are in situations of abuse and/or neglect. The Pegasus Project has a huge part of her heart and she is willing to go above and beyond to help meet the organization’s needs and the needs of abused and neglected horses in East Texas.
WE GIVE HORSES WINGS!