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Board of Directors

Meet our board of directors!  They exhibit a wide range of talents and experience that are invaluable to PPL. Their generosity and willingness to share their time and experience are great appreciated

cindy pullen Cindy Pullen - Current President/CEO-Personal Ponies, Ltd.
Retired after 37 years with Xerox as Regional VP/General Mgr. Lived in 8 states around country while w/ Xerox. Joined PPL in 2008 served in various capacities until being named Pres/CEO in 2015. Earned BS in Psychology at Western Carolina U. at Cullowhee, NC and her MBA at Rollins College in Orlando, FL.

Married in 1970 (still married) and has 2 grown children, one granddaughter. Over 50 years of horse experience, competing in hunter, saddle seat, western, dressage with her home bred Arabians. Bred Arabians for 40 years. Earned her practitioner certifications in Tellington Touch and Connected Riding. Has served in community on Lakeland, GA Chamber of Commerce Board, Children’s Home Society Fl State Board, South GA Military Affairs Council, Lanier County Development Authority, Moody Air Force Base Honorary Commander. Currently also runs PPL National Breeding Center with 25 ponies on the farm.

Gail Schumann - Director of Finance and Records
Joined board 2010
Joined Personal Ponies in 1994
Charlestown, NH

Dr. Ali Thornhill - Veterinary Advisor
All Equine Care Clinic - Large animal
Joined board June 2015
Valdosta, GA

paul hamilton Paul W. Hamilton
Joined board May 2018

Paul W. Hamilton is a graduate of the University of North Georgia and the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University. He is the owner of Hamilton Estate Planning, located in Valdosta and Nashville, Georgia.

He is married to Dr. Kathleen Coleman Hamilton and has three children, Henry, Cole, and Bailey. Paul and his family live in Valdosta, Georgia and attend Park Avenue United Methodist Church.
Fran Ichijo- Promotions
Director and Artistic Director, Hope Garden Children's Ballet Academy
Joined board January 2005
Poolesville, MD

michael pullen Michael Pullen (Mickey) PhD.
Serves on the board as general advisor for operations, maintenance and planning . He is involved on a daily basis with the national breeding farm. He has been involved with horses for over 50 years with his wife raising Arabians and later raising UK Shetlands. Mick got his BA in Math (Arkansas Tech), Masters (University of NC at Greensboro) and PhD (University of Nevada, Reno) in Experimental Psychology with research focus in animal learning.

His teaching experience over 35 years was at Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte North Carolina, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC , University of Nevada, Reno, Chico State University, Chico, CA, Volunteer State Community College, Lebanon, TN, Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL , University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL and State University of New York, Geneseo. His varied experiences with people and equines are valuable resources as a board member serving Personal Ponies.