Standing Committees

The Pyramid Society’s committees are vital to our ongoing success in providing excellent opportunities for current members and reaching out to future members. Read more about each committee below and see who to contact for more information.



The Education Committee coordinates and implements several unsurpassed educational opportunities each year; including the Egyptian Event seminars, the National Egyptian Breeders’ Conference and other prominent symposiums and workshops.

Subcommittees include: National Breeders' Conference, and Reference Handbook.

Keri Wright, Cariswood Arabians - Chair

  • Gail Mailloux, Two Silos Farm, TPS Board Liaison to The Pyramid Foundation & Chair of Foundation's Regional activities
  • Staff: Anna Bishop, Executive Director


The Finance Committee maintains principles and policies to assure the organization continually operates in a financially sound and responsible manner.

Subcommittees include: Investments.

Omar Sakr, Sakr Arabians - Chair

  • Mary Ellen Chavez, Sonrisa Farms
  • Majid Alsayegh, Alsayegh Arabians
  • Staff: Melissa Virgin, Financial Manager


Budgetary development and oversight of all fund-raising activities, including Event sponsorships and all earmarked projects.

Subcommittees include: Egyptian Event Sponsorships, Art Auctions, Sponsorships, and Additional Activies.

Omar Sakr, Sakr Arabians - Chair

  • Jill Spizale, J & J Arabians
  • Gail Mailloux, Two Silos Farm
  • Staff: Anna Bishop, Executive Director


The Marketing Committee works toward continuously expanding visibility for the Egyptian Arabian horse, The Pyramid Society and the Egyptian Event through contemporary branding and targeted promotional efforts.

Subcommittees include: Publications, Show Exhibits, International Outreach and Website.

Cynthia Culbertson, El Miladi Arabian Stud - Chair

  • Staff: Anna Bishop, Joint Executive Director


The Membership Committee is comprised of over a dozen members who have come together with a shared devotion and the goal of encouraging a stronger sense of community among Pyramid Society members. Committee members will also serve as mentors, supporting the membership and encouraging and coordinating member interaction. 

Do you have questions, suggestions, or the desire for more networking with other members in your area? Contact the committee member listed below for your state. They'll be delighted to hear from you!

Jaleen Hacklander, Hadaya Arabians - Co-chair
Jill Spizale, J&J Arabians - Co-chair

  • CT, MA, VT, ME, NH, NJ, PA, NY, OH, RI  Emily L. Schmidt - Misty Star Arabians
  • VA, MD, DE, Wash. DC, WV Mike & Cindy Stylianos - Achaean Arabians
  • TN, KY, NC, SC Shonda Thurman - Mill Creek Arabians
  • FL, GA, AL Valerie Clinkenbeard - Bloodstone Farms  AND Danny Heithold - Misty Valley Arabians AND Theresa Weaver - TW Equine Consulting
  • South & West TX Patrick Sullivan - Marah Jamil Arabians
  • North TX, KS, OK Melinda Jeffries - Lyday Farm
  • LA, AR, MS, MO Jill Spizale - J&J Arabians
  • ND, SD, NB, MN, WI, IA, IL, IN, MI Jaleen Hacklander - Hadaya Arabians, LLC  AND Mark Rustebakke - M-R Arabians
  • NM, CO, AZ, UT, NV  Jacob Gutierrez - Wildwood Farms
  • CALIFORNIA Dennis Fournier - A & D Arabians
  • WA, ID, OR, MT, WY Tim Manring - Arabians at Egg & I
  • CANADA Bob Fish - Takarr Arabians
  • Staff: Carol Aldridge, Member Services Coordinator


The Programs Committee works to manage and enhance a range of participatory opportunities for the promotional and financial benefit of The Society and its members.

Subcommittees include: EBC, Futurity, Heirs Apparent, Performance Horse Award Program and Kalkata.

Tim Manring, Arabians at Egg & I - Chair
Lisa Cifrese, Thornewood Farm - EBC Chair

  • Jaleen Hacklander, Hadaya Arabians
  • Staff: Melissa Virgin, Financial Manager, Futurity Coordinator
  • Staff: Carol Aldridge, Member Services Coordinator


The Activities Committee works to produce successful fundraising, promotional, and networking activities for the benefit of The Society, its member farms, and Egyptian Event attendees.

Subcommittees include: Gala, and Parties.

Mary Ellen Chavez, Sonrisa Farms - Chair

  • Staff: Anna Bishop, Executive Director


The Show Committee works to produce a successful, world-class experience each year for The Society's members and all Egyptian Event attendees.

Subcommittees include: Horse Show, Show Ring Decorations, All Egyptian Event Activities, and Yough Activies

Lisa Cifrese, Thornewood Farm - Chair

  • Melinda Jeffries, Lyday Farms
  • Jillian Whitlow, Empire Egyptians
  • Staff: Anna Bishop, Executive Director
  • Staff: Carol Aldridge, Member Services Coordinator


The Competition Committee implements the use of The Standard of Excellence as well as providing overshigt of the rules, regulations and class specifications at The Egyptian Event. Recently the committee has focused on alternative showing methods and Horse Show Welfare.

Becky Rogers, Kehilan Arabians - Chair

  • Jaleen Hacklander, Hadaya Arabians
  • Staff: Anna Bishop, Executive Director