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Terra Schaad, LAC, SEP

Founder & Executive Director

Terra, a zealous horse lover, is the Executive Director and founder of Hunkapi Programs, Inc. and Hunkapi Farms. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University. While there she competed at the national level for the University’s horse judging and equestrian teams. Following graduation, she trained reining horses professionally. It was during that time that she discovered her intuitive ability to build safe, trusting and sustainable relationships with horses. Terra holds a Master of Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. Her work at ASU included research on equine-human relations and group dynamics.

From 2010-2012 Terra had the extraordinary opportunity to live in Italy, where she worked as a leadership coach and development expert at the University of Iowa’s CIMBA, an international MBA business program. Her work included intense study, research and application of neurobiofeedback, emotions, psychological assessments, and mindfulness, including how they all directly affect leadership and optimal performance.

In the arena, Terra combines her education, intuition, and experience with horses to observe and interpret individual and group behavior. She is committed in her purpose to give all beings the same opportunity with horses and to live life with a heart wide open.

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Toby Block

Board President

Toby graduated from Arizona State University College of Architecture. with a B.S in Urban Planning, had interests in real estate development. At the Pivotal Group- Sr. Vice President, he renovated the Red Mountain the Adventure Spa- Villas in St. George, Utah, remodel of new spa facility and condo hotel. In Phoenix, he built a master planned community known as WestWing Mountain. Pinnacle Peak Place, a high end 80 lot semi-custom residential community in Scottsdale. Lyle Anderson Company VP Development, he managed a project included 25,000 residential units and Jack Nicklaus golf courses. Block Energy Group- he has developing wind and solar projects in New Mexico and Arizona. He has served on nonprofits of all the homeowners associations associated with the real estate, Arizona Christian University and philanthropy with Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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Michael Ellenby

Board Treasurer

Bio coming soon.

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Sheena Oberoi

Board Member

Sheena is passionate about enhancing the lives of, and being an advocate for, individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities. She is also an animal lover and has witnessed firsthand how horses and other therapy animals can provide transformative experiences for people of all ages and abilities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hunkapi & Cortney’s Place. She has volunteered for the Special Olympics, helping athletes with track-and-field and swimming activities.

Sheena is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) professional. She is the head of operations for Unified Wealth Management and is an owner of Climb Private Wealth. Sheena provides financial guidance & stewardship to families here in the valley and abroad.

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James Palecek

Board Member

James Palecek is a co-managing member of Palecek& Palecek, PLLC. Mr. Palecek received his Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University in 1988 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1993. He started out his legal career in Ohio as an associate in a law firm founded by his father, and, for the last 20 years in Arizona, he has advised construction and other corporate clients in business transactions and in litigation. His clientele has included suppliers / vendors, subcontractors, general contractors, developers and consultants in both the commercial and residential construction arenas and in both the public and private sector.

In addition to a focus in construction law, he has also led the Firm’s corporate transactional and real estate practice areas for over 14 years.

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Jennifer Hersh

Board Member

Originally from Maryland, Jennifer Graduated from Arizona State University College of Business. Jennifer has had almost 20 years of service in the Wealth Management and Financial Services Industry. She has worked for Citigroup/ Smith Barney and is currently a Vice President- Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in North Scottsdale and works closely with multi-Generation Families, Small Businesses and Executives to deliver personalized financial guidance. She holds designations that specialize in Divorce, Retirement Planning and is a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor. She has served on several nonprofits including Arizona Children’s Association, Women’s Leadership Council-Valley of the Sun United Way, National Charity League of Scottsdale, and Junior Achievement.

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Julie Prue Cauich

Board Member

Julie is a firm shareholder with over 25 years of public accounting experience along with prior experience in private industry. She joined the firm in 1996 and has developed specialization in all areas of financial statement reporting . Julie provides essential financial services to our clients including planning, supervising, preparing and reporting on their financial statements and preparing cash flow analysis, budgets, and prospective financial statements. Additionally, she has extensive experience in tax planning and compliance for closely-held businesses. Julie has a strong background in serving clients in the health care industry which makes her a valuable asset for the firm in providing industry-specific accounting solutions and consulting services to multi-provider healthcare practices. Julie has also served as an expert witness in legal disputes related to compensation and income sharing arrangements within these multi-provider practices.