Founder/ CEO/ PATH International Certified Instructor
Ondraya Mark’s love for horses began at five years old when she took her first horseback riding lesson. Her passion grew into showing competitively, training, and going to college for equine management. While in school, she took a therapeutic riding class that forever changed her life. Realizing that horses provide enjoyment and aid in positive life-altering growth motivated her to get her certification in PATH – Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
Ondraya founded H.E.A.L. to help those who have a mental illness, specifically Veterans and their families. She is a PATH Certified Instructor, has an associate degree in Business and Chemical Dependency from Jefferson Community College, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Keuka College.
Ashley Warriner grew up being extensively involved with horses. She’s been riding since the age of three and has a passion and love for horses, leading to her current profession. After graduating Jasper-Troupsburg High School in 2011, she then attended SUNY Cobleskill, where she obtained a Bachelors’s Degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Sciences in 2014.
Currently, Owner/Trainer of Warriner Performance Horses, she also manages the equine show facility, Taylormade Show Horses, that she is based out of in Horseheads, NY. Here she is responsible for management and care of the farm, working on rehab horses alongside our veterinarians, and prepping and showing western/all-around horses with her customers on the AQHA and APHA circuits.
McKenzie Murphy was born and raised in the North Country. She started riding at the age of 4 and competing soon after. She continued riding and competing throughout high school and college.
McKenzie graduated from Beaver River Central School in 2005 and continued to Stony Brook University for college, earning her Bachelor’s degree in 2009. Since graduating college, she has been stage managing professionally nationally, from regional theatres to new works Off-Broadway to Broadway. Over the past 12 years, she has worked on 15 Broadway shows. Most recently, she stages managed “Sunset Boulevard” starring Glenn Close, Tina Fey’s, “Mean Girls,” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Freestyle Love Supreme.”
While stage managing on Broadway, McKenzie has helped many productions raise over a million dollars for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS. She recently sat on their Food Services Grant Committee, learning even more about how BCEFA fundraises to help those in need all over NYC and around the country. Working closely with BCEFA has shown McKenzie the importance of non-profit organizations and their mission to help those less fortunate.
Peter Whitmore is a businessman, consultant, volunteer, and advocate for the Northern New York community. He continues to serve on local boards and is also an advisor on strategic planning for community initiatives. He has experience over the past 30 years developing the Jack Subs concept, is a multi-unit franchisee, teaches as an Adjunct Instructor at JCC, and is the former President and CEO of the 900 member Greater Watertown Chamber of Commerce. This experience has given him insight and perspective regarding local issues. Mr. Whitmore’s involvement with Jreck Subs dates back to his high school days when he worked the counter in a Jreck Subs shop in Watertown. He started his professional career at the corporate headquarters right after college in May 1982 as Franchise Director and became the Division President of Jreck Subs in January 1999. Mr. Whitmore changed his role at Jreck Subs in 2007 to become Director of Corporate Relations and Consultant for Franchise Development. This role allowed Mr. Whitmore to enhance the company’s role in public relations and non-profit organizations. Jreck Subs is the only major Franchisor based in the North Country. Mr. Whitmore is also a silent partner in four Jreck Subs locations.
He also managed the company for the US Marshals Service from June 2017 -2019 to lead the company through an Asset Forfeiture process related to Federal actions with the previous Franchisor owners. His involvement with the Chamber, while brief, was significant as he led the organization through a difficult transition. The Chamber increased its involvement with membership and in the government and military sectors. Mr. Whitmore was also responsible for the efforts that led to the GWNC Chamber receiving New York State’s first 5 Star Accreditation. He continues to be an advocate for the business community. Mr. Whitmore is a strong supporter of the Fort Drum community through his involvement with the Fort Drum Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (NNYAUSA). He has served on the NNYAUSA Board of Directors for several years, helps organize AUSA events, and has been Chairman of the annual “Riverfest” for several years. He received the Civilian Volunteer of the Year from Ft. Drum ACS and Ft. Drum “Man of the Mountain.”
Russ brings over thirty years of business leadership experience across both Fortune 500 companies and family-held businesses, spanning numerous industries. A corporate strategy specialist, he expanded organizations through organic growth and transformed them through acquisitions. At age 35, he was appointed President and CEO of a $100 million business—a company that, under his leadership, doubled in size over seven years.
Mr. Capron has been working in the financial services industry for over 17 years and focuses on Wealth Outlook Retirement Planning and investment management consulting for high net worth business owners and corporate executives. Client services include investment management consulting, retirement and education planning, and estate planning services, and liabilities management assistance. Mr. Capron is teamed with David Towers, Vice President/Senior Financial Advisor, as part of The Towers/Capron Group, servicing clients primarily residing in New York and Florida and states along the Mid West and East Coast of the U.S.
My name is Albert Gonzalez, and I served 23 years in the U.S. Army. Over my career in the Infantry, I served in all levels of leadership. I was a paratrooper in the Prestigious 82nd Airborne Division at FT Bragg, NC, and in Alaska as an Arctic Paratrooper in the 501st PIR. I also served in the 10th Mountain Division at FT Drum, NY, the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea, the 6th Infantry Division in FT Richardson, AK, as a Drill Sergeant in 1st 48th Infantry Battalion at FT Leonard Wood, MO, and the 1st 314th Infantry Battalion in Ft Drum, NY.
After retiring from FT Drum in 2013, I spent time reconnecting with my family and adjusting to civilian life. I became restless and still wanted to work. I decided to go back to school and attended Syracuse University and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Since graduating, I worked at River Community Wellness program as a Therapist in the PTSD clinic, Credo Community Center in the Opioid Treatment Program as an Addictions Therapist, and I am currently employed at Children’s Home of Jefferson County in the Community Clinic as a Therapist.
My hobbies include volunteering with Veteran’s Organizations like Warrior House WNY, Operation Injured Solider, Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures, Wild Warrior Adventure, and National Wildlife Turkey Federation -Salmon River Strutters & Northern Catskills Longbeards Chapter. I absolutely love the outdoors and spend time hunting, fishing, and golfing with my family which includes my wife of 26 years and my two adult sons. I am also a dad to my two Mini Australian Shepherds.