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.
 

COMMITTEES 

 

EDUCATION

 
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: Cynthia Culbertson, Executive Director
 

FINANCE

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
 

FUNDRAISING

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: Cynthia Culbertson, Executive Director
 

MARKETING & PROMOTION

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.
 
Staff: Cynthia Culbertson, Executive Director
 

MEMBERSHIP

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

PROGRAMS

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
Brenda Schuettpelz, Tuscani
Staff: Carol Aldridge, Member Services Coordinator
 

EGYPTIAN EVENT ACTIVITIES

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: Cynthia Culbertson, Executive Director
 

EGYPTIAN EVENT SHOW

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: Cynthia Culbertson, Executive Director
Staff: Carol Aldridge, Member Services Coordinator
 

COMPETITION

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: Cynthia Culbertson, Executive Director