The Albee Farm is governed by a board of directors in conjunction with a managing director and a small staff of dedicated volunteers. We are always looking for sharp, creative, determined people to join our board. Currently we are run by a band of strong women who are very aacomplished in ther own right.
SANDY HAMLIN is no stranger to non-profits. She has previously served on the BOD for Royal Family Kids in St. Joseph as well as the St. Joseph Youth Alliance. A member of First Christian Church, she has been instrumental in connecting us with the local community and creating a strong support system for our mission.
LYNNE FULLER grew up on a small farm in Stewartsville and worked at United Missouri Bank as a teller while attending Missouri Western College. She had planned to become a teacher, but after working at the bank she realized that she loved finance. Now, after 38 years you can still find her at UMB helping customers and playing with numbers! Married for 25 years to husband Brian (who is quite handy with a drill and hammer) she has 3 children, a girl Cera and 2 boys Garrett and Sam.
KELSEY NICOLE STEELE is a busy mother of three. As a child, Kelsey's sister had a horse and her mother was a barrel racer. Though she is yet to own a horse, she feels sure that one is in future as her daughter Lillie, a Kids Club member, absolutely loves them! Kelsey went to school at North Andrew R-6, graduated in 2014, attended Culinary school and currently works at Mosaic. Working on her AAS in Business she is excited to be part of something that connects her to her daughters love of horses.
JULIE SCHOCK is no stranger to horses. Like our managing director, she was bitten by the horse bug at a very young age and has owned, trained, ridden and competed with horses her whole life. She has two of her own, Tango and Boudreaux, as well as several goats, a few dogs, a cat or two and way too many chickens to count. Julie managed Spotted Dog consignment in St Joe and works in soil and conservation.
Kelsey Nicole Steele
Sharon Bryant started riding at age 7. From the first time she sat in a saddle she knew she was born to ride. There are few thrills in life that can compare to the feel of 1200 pounds of pure torque moving underneath you. To be able to trust an animal and have him trust you is an experience few can understand. It takes nothing short of grit, guts and unrelenting determination to share your life with horses. For every extreme heart pounding moment of excitement there is an equally tragic moment of overwhelming sadness. For each moment of success, there are just as many moments of disappointment. There are good times and bad. That's just the way it is when you love horses.
After riding, training, teaching and competing into her late 20's Ms. Bryant took a break from horses to raise a family and launch a career. But horses were never far from her heart. She started her daughter in riding lessons and the passion was reignited. Soon she began eventing where she rose through the ranks. She continued to train at high levels across the South before buying a horse property in Montana. After training and breeding Quarter horses she re-located to the Kansas city metro & bought the Albee Farm to house her own horses and teach a few lessons. A few lessons turned into another career until her horses began to age out of their ability to enter the show ring. In less than 4 years she lost 3 horses. As she looked for replacements she realized that at her age, riding no longer carried the importance it once did. With the help of a small staff of volunteers she began taking in older horses and learned that with a nurturing environment and a lot of patience these horses can once again find purpose. They may not put ribbons on your walls but they will warm your heart and give you genuine affection like you have never known.