Our Team

Will Dean, Executive Director / Director of Equine Development and Facility Management


Will brings more skills than we could list in this brief bio, but suffice it to say he is an incredibly accomplished rider, horse trainer, instructor, builder, mechanic, manager, business developer and all-around great leader. Will works with Jen McCormick on programming and is working on strategic planning with the Board as we look to the future of Sanctuary Hill. He was certified by EAGALA as an Equine Specialist for equine-assisted psychotherapy in 2019.


Faith Crisp, Sunday Instructor


Faith has been a volunteer for Sanctuary Hill ever since she could start helping! While our regular Sunday instructor is out for the remainder of the year, Faith has agreed to step up and continue lessons! We are excited to have her on board with us and watch her grow as an instructor!


Other Key Team Members


Julie Ponder, LCSW, CADC, MMATP, EAGALA®-certified Mental Health Professional, President of Psychiatric Associates of Central Illinois


Ashti Dawson, EAGALA®-certified Equine Specialist, Veteran, Mental Health / Substance Abuse graduate program at UIS


Dianne Irwin, Volunteer Coordinator and Saturday Instructor


Board of Directors


Executive Board Member

Jen Wessing

Board Members

  • Carrie Harrison
  • Joanne O'Brien
  • Emilie Redding

Interested in Becoming a Board Member?

Call Will Dean at 217-741-3086 to let us know