I am currently working as a Product Manager for MKS Instruments in Boulder, CO. My background has always been in a sales and marketing environment. Born in Cleveland, OH, I have been a resident of Colorado for nearly 30 years. Due to the time and travel constraints incurred at work, there is little time for me to become involved with special projects…until now! I knew from the moment I saw how happy a child was riding on a horse at PRTR without even knowing he was undergoing a therapy moment, that this was a program I needed to become involved with at a greater depth than just an occasional donation. This program deserves a chance to be successful and I am proud to be a part of that ongoing effort by all of those who support this program and manage the efforts at the ranch. My hobbies include golf, tennis, time spent with my wife, Chris, and the dogs that make us so happy!
“Jayne Schwenger is a retired Arson Investigator from the Aurora Fire Department. Her interests include spending time with her husband, spoiling her horses and cat while nurturing her relationships with good friends.
Jayne finds that volunteering and helping those less fortunate, is good for her soul.”
Blair has been on the Board of Directors at Promise Ranch since 2011. He has a passion in supporting individuals with disabilities as well as their families. This passion stems from raising his own son of 18 years, who is diagnosed with Autism. Blair has been married for 21 years and also is father to 2 wonderful daughters. He also has a 26 year old stepson who in the summer of 2013 became a father himself to a beautiful little girl. Blair’s son, Daniel, has been receiving hippo therapy at Promise Ranch since its inception in 2009. The benefits Daniel has received through the program are far reaching. Blair is a twenty year veteran with the Denver Fire Department, currently stationed at Denver International Airport. Blair just recently was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to sit on the State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council. This appointment is an exciting venture, as Blair and his wife Valerie are currently working within their community to create a residential option for adults with disabilities. Promise Ranch has been the training ground for Blair to help enhance and further develop many services that benefit not only those with disabilities, but the families and caregivers that devote their lives to these individuals.
Jill Taylor is a Colorado native. She owned and showed horses in high school. She is now retired after more than forty years of a rewarding career in nursing. Promise Ranch provides her the opportunity to help others and rekindle her Interest in horses. She and her husband live in Centennial.
After graduating from St. Cloud University, Minnesota with a BA in Sociology, Mark joined the USAF and worked his way to the rank of Captain. He voluntarily Honorably Discharged in 1980 and is extremely proud of his service to our country.
Prior to retirement, Mark had a very successful sales and fundraising career. He worked with CIGNA Financial Services and AT&T as a Chartered Financial Consultant and an Account Consultant, respectively. He also started his own remodeling and real estate investing business. During his time with CIGNA and AT&T, he volunteered as a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Mark has been happily married to his wife Jayne, for 22 years. He enjoys horseback riding with his wife, mostly on their 35 acres in Parker and when encouraged, still plays his trumpet. Playing taps at sunset while lowering the flag is one of his passions. Mark & Jayne also enjoy international travel.
Mark has served as both President and Executive Director of Promise Ranch from October of 2013 to September of 2016.
Cathy Ciacio is a Colorado native. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and will jump at any chance to travel to new and exciting destinations. She has owned her own accounting/bookkeeping business for 25 years and was happy to bring that career skill to Promise Ranch as treasurer.
Being on the board for Promise Ranch has been a rewarding experience, fulfilling her passion to give back to the community and help others.
Bill is a California Native who has lived all over the West.
After spending 35+ years in the corporate world as a Regional President for major commercial insurance brokerage firms, he and his wife, Susan, moved to Parker in July, 2016, and opened an insurance agency providing business and personal coverages.
Bill is a graduate of Stanford University. He played Pac 10 volleyball and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He later completed his M.B.A. at the University of Southern California.
Avid sportsmen, Bill and Susan enjoy the Colorado lifestyle including: road cycling, hiking, skiing, and horseback riding. They also have five children and one German Shepherd.
Bill has extensive charitable board membership background (Special Olympics, The Nature Conservancy, United Way, and the Yosemite Conservancy, to name a few), with particular expertise in corporate fundraising.