METF is governed by a volunteer board of directors serving three-year terms. METF directors receive no monetary compensation for their efforts in support of equine trails. METF directors typically have experience serving on a not-for-profit board, general business or entrepreneurial experience, and a desire to pay it forward with what they have, know, or have access to. It's expected that directors have at least two years equine trail riding experience and have demonstrated their commitment toward the purposes of METF.
Sara, from Modoc, Indiana, is a lifetime member of the Indiana Trail Riders Association and an avid trail rider on her mule, Holley. Holley and Sara have ridden in 21 states. Sara’s professional career has included a variety of experiences all relating to agriculture, starting with a degree in animal science from Purdue University to owning and managing Doubletree Swine to selling breeding stock nationally and internationally. She also served eight years on Wayne County Council. She was the equine nutrition specialist for Indiana and Ohio for several years before being asked to be the program manager for Indiana’s Certified Livestock Program. She finished out her professional career as Vice President of Crop Insurance for Farm Credit Mid-America. Sara currently is semi-retired but is still active in crop farming in Wayne County. Sara is passionate about preserving and protecting the horse trails in the Midwest, including Indiana and Illinois. She believes METF donations and grants provide much-needed funding to leave a legacy of horse trails for the future generations.
Ed is a graduate of Indiana University. He worked in banking and finance for more than 40 years. He retired as president from Farmers and Mechanics Federal Savings Bank in October of 2019 and has enjoyed every minute of retirement. He stays active in the community. He was elected to the advisory board for Center Township. He is also on the fire territory board, REMC board, and Farmers and Mechanics board. On the creative side, Ed started creating objects out of used horseshoes. He enjoys experiencing the great outdoors on horseback.
Rex has owned horses and been an avid trail rider since 1981. He and his wife, Laura have been ITRA members since the 1980's. He is originally from Fort Wayne and currently lives near Salamonie Lake. The Whiteleathers are horse trail maintenance volunteers at Salamonie. Together they started the Power the Camp campaign in 2018 to get electricity installed at the Salamonie Lake horseman's campground. Rex enjoys promoting the bridle trails of Indiana public lands.
Officers of METF serve three-year terms that are renewable by majority vote of the Board of Directors. Officers receive no monetary compensation for their efforts on behalf of equine trails.
Greg Hersberger, President