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Equine Specialist & Executive Director
Greg Gangwish has worked with children and youth most of his personal life and professional career. He has a heart for helping them become who God created them to be. He personally enjoy horses and have great respect for the role they play in BraveHearts to impact the lives our youth so positively.
He is married to Carol Gangwish and recently moved back to Kearney from Minnesota in the spring of 2015. Carol and Greg have two grown daughters who are married and each have 4 children which adds up to 8 wonderful grandchildren!
Melanie Zweiner Klingelhoefer is a native of Pleasanton, Nebraska. She currently resides in Amherst. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, Secondary Education-History, Psychology and Social Sciences from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She also obtained a Masters of Science in K-12 School Counseling from UNK.
Melanie is a K-12 school counselor at Elm Creek Public Schools in Elm Creek, Nebraska. She enjoys community theater, sewing, gardening, photography, reading, and coaching softball & basketball.
Donna Posusta has been a life-long resident of the Riverdale area. She has raised and trained horses all her life.
Donna has assisted as a rodeo advisor for the Spectacular Rodeo with UNK students and has been involved with 4-H Horse Programs and the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic for many years.
Savannah Lyon is a native of Kearney, Nebraska. In 2019, she earned her Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
As the Director of Engagement and Promotion for Compass, she loves organizing fundraising events & developing programs. She loves connecting people to help the most vulnerable members of our community — children in foster care.
Savannah and her children, Kailie and Gabe, love camping, spending time on the water, and volunteering.
Nancy Lyon & her husband, Dan, are co-founders of BraveHearts. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren. Her hobbies include riding motorcycles & horses, crafts, and spoiling her grandchildren.
Nancy received a K-6 grade teaching degree and a K-12 school counseling degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She has recently retired from teaching at-risk youth. Her passion is creating equine-assisted educational and behavioral programs.
"Horses have a unique way of getting to the heart of the matter in an instant."