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.
Kola Alayande, PhD
Kola is a servant leader, social entrepreneur and academic with an mixture of business development, leadership, management, IT consulting and training experience within various corporate and academic environments that spans over a period of 19+ years. Kola has been a leader in our nonprofit community for many years.
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.
Julieta has over 15 years of experience in the beauty industry, specializing in permanent makeup paramedical micropigmentation (Scar camouflage and more) and is a Professional Stylist and image designer. She has been active at LifeStriders since 2016.
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.