PO Box 206, Elmira, NY 14902

Board of Directors

Board of Directors 

Hannah Smith

Board President

I have worked as a large animal veterinarian in the community for six years. I was born and raised in Chemung county, and attended undergrad at Corning Community College and Cornell University School of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I graduated from Ross Veterinary School, a school based in the Caribbean. I had the pleasure of living there for two and a half years. I learned to scuba dive, watched leatherback turtles lay their eggs in the beach in the middle of the night and enter back in the ocean. I have two australian sheperd dogs, and I enjoy hiking with them in my free time.  I have had the pleasure of being on the board of the Reins of Hope for a little over a year. I am the current Board President. I look forward to supporting and growing Reins of Hope.

Beatrice Archer

Board Vice President

Beatrice Archer is a retired RN having worked as a cardiac care nurse and an occupational nurse. She has an AD in nursing and a BA in biology. She after retirement was president of Troy Area Horsemen Association for 12+ years managing four horse shows a year and providing funds through fund raising events. She has had and cared for horses most of her life and shown horses successfully for many years. She has been on the Reins of Hope board for several terms.  

Benjamin Thomas

Board Treasurer and Secretary

I have worked for many years as a graphic designer and international photographer. I've photographed gorillas in the Rwandan jungle, scuba dived with sharks, explored the foreboding tundras on Iceland and ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.  I've battled Klingons with the real Captain Kirk, hitchhiked through Transylvania and experienced the day Castro died in Cuba.  I live in West Elmira with my dog, Gizmo, and two cats.  I am an animal advocate and work with many dog rescues and wildlife organizations.  I'm a past board member of Friends of the Horseheads Library, and have served with the Reins of Hope board for several terms.  It's been an honor to work with so many dedicated volunteers and be a part of such a worthy organization.

Christine Pallone

I have owned two Merry Maids Franchises since 2003. One in Elmira Heights, NY and the other in Owego, NY.  Merry Maids has employed up to 37 people, working a five-day week, cleaning clients homes from top to bottom.  I started as a cleaner myself twenty years ago, and only a few years after starting, I was promoted to manager. Since becoming an owner I have served a four-year term as the Regional Coordinator for the New England territory.  And as a Regional Coordinator, I was responsible for organizing two regional meetings yearly for all the New England Merry Maids franchises, as well as attending a coordinator meeting in Memphis, TN once a year.  
I have two cats "Mama" and "Garfield" in the Elmira Height Merry Maids location.  And my three dogs "Vincent" a red standard poodle, "Demitrius" a white standard poodle and "Earl" a papillon, who all come to work with me at the Owego Merry Maids location at least three days a week. 

Just over a year ago I added two horses to my love of animals "Klemmie" and "Larado".
There is nothing like the Love from a horse. Animals give more to us humans, then we will ever give them.
This is my first term on the Reins of Hope board.  When I first joined, I had the pleasure to go to the barn for one of the riding sessions.  There are not enough words to express the joy in the riders’ faces.  My heart just melted because I know how much joy my animals bring to me and to see the riders’ smiles and cheers of joy is amazing. 

Shelley Rozell


Krista Drislane

Amy Gush

Currently is the Director of Development for UR Medicine Home Care in Geneva.  She had owned several horses and always been horse crazy.  She is on the ROH Development Committee and has been a volunteer in the program. 

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