Our Board of Directors
Veronica Sosa Agnoli, MS, LPC
Veronica Sosa Agnoli co-founded LifeStriders in 2004. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, she is also certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) as a therapeutic riding instructor. She has worked in a variety of multi-cultural bilingual educational and family counseling settings since 1996, first in Los Angeles’ inner city and most recently in the New Berlin school district. Veronica has established LifeStriders as a leader in equine-facilitated learning, therapy and therapeutic riding.
Deidre is currently the Controller at Carroll University. She is a CPA with an MBA who previously worked in public accounting, manufacturing, consulting and healthcare. She served on the Board of Community Health Charities for 10 years in Finance Committee and Treasurer roles.
Dr.Shelagh M. Roell
Dr. Shelagh M. Roell is a retired clinical psychologist and registered nurse. Her background includes psychological evaluation and treatment of individuals within diverse physical medicine settings, as well as teaching, research and administrative duties as an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Roell has served on several different boards including the American
Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin, the American Saddlebred Horse Association Charter Club Council, and Bethany Christian Services of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
She is a graduate of Michael Reese Hospital Medical Center School of Nursing and Governor’s State University. She holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Marquette University.
Brian is an experienced business professional with a passion for making a positive difference in people’s lives. "With 25+ years of management experience, I have been fortunate to work with a wide variety of people and exposed to many different situations, all of which have been learning experiences for me." One of the greatest gifts he has been given is having the heart to be a servant leader. Brian believes in leading by example and taking advantage of any teachable moment that comes his way.
LifeStriders has been yet another blessing in his life and another opportunity to try and make a positive difference. He believes everyone involved in this organization is caring, compassionate and dedicated to helping better the lives of our volunteers, guests, and the community.
Maria is a retired bilingual (spanish) School Psychologist as well as a licensed teacher. Maria has worked in the education field for 38 years. She was awarded the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education (WIABE) Annual Bilingual/Bicultural Educator of the Year Award for 2013. Maria is looking forward to supporting LifeStriders' continued efforts to serve a diverse population. Maria feels privileged to have served as witness to the birth and growth of the Life Striders Community.
As president of Manitou Associates, a private consulting firm that specializes in planning, coordinating and implementing a wide variety of strategic initiatives, Kim works with governmental entities, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and the business community. In addition, he serves on several boards, committees and task forces at the local, state and national levels.
Before retiring, Diane had over 32 years of experience as a Jazzercise teacher and franchise owner. As a Jazzercise district manager for over 20 years, she was responsible for 244 franchisees. In August 2011, Diane retired and eagerly began volunteering at LifeStriders.
Jack is an administrative law judge for the State of Wisconsin. As both a board member and volunteerJack believes strongly in the Lifestriders’ mission and has experienced firsthand the difference it makes.
Linda is retired from the contract Healthcare Support Services and Hospitality industry. Having completed her degree in Dietetics and Institutional Administration from the Univ. of Mass. and her licensing internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, she focused on the business aspect of healthcare services. She has lived all around the country managing accounts, working in sales, corporate training, and marketing. After retiring, she spent 9 years on the road ‘workcamping’ in her motorhome, where she came to realize the importance of volunteerism. Having settled down in Waukesha, her passion for service, communication, and horses has brought her to LifeStriders.
Matthew runs an investment management company and tax accounting business located in Milwaukee. He grew up in Green Bay along with his nine siblings. He loves fly fishing, camping, and wildlife photography. He believes the greatest joy comes from helping others and placing their well-being above our own.
Heather’s background is as a lawyer and Administrative Law Judge. She began her affiliation with LifeStriders as a class participant. She lives in Milwaukee and looks forward to supporting partnerships within the City of Milwaukee and LifeStriders.