About us

leadership

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Jerry Horton, president of the Board

Jerry created Point Rider to help guide the building of new homes and communities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He and his wife, Judy, founded Down Home Ranch 30 years ago for their daughter Kelly. Today Down Home Ranch is an internationally-recognized home to 42 adults with IDD outside of Austin, TX. He earned a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in sociology, and studied summers at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Madrid, Spain. He also earned a Ph.D from the University of Texas.

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Judy Horton, Secretary of the board

Judy inspires and guides the purpose of Point Rider through her accounts of the life experiences of the adults with IDD we serve. A native Texan, she earned a B.A. in anthropology and an M.A. in Spanish at the University of Colorado. She has served the last five years working full-time as a university campus organizer for the NEA-affiliated Texas State Teachers Association. 

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Deacon Peter Barger, Diocese of Austin — Board Member

Peter has a heart for people with intellectual disabilities and served a term as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Down Home Ranch. He has served as Director on ACTS retreats and as President of the St. Louis Catholic School Board. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus and spent a week with other Knights as part of a rescue team following the devastation of the Texas coast by Hurricane Harvey—just one example of his commitment to community service.

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Allen Leitko, CPA — Board Member

Allen and his wife, Karen, live near San Antonio with their adult son, Adam, who has Down syndrome. Adam attended Down Home Ranch Camp in its earliest years and before it became the home that it is for today's Ranchers. Allen and Karen have been advocates for individuals with IDD and over the years have been financial supporters of Down Home Ranch, Special Olympics Texas, as well as other causes for those with IDD.

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Dr. Sally Nowland, DVM — Board Member

Sally helps guide Point Rider to honor her daughter Kelly’s memory through service to others with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. She currently utilizes her advanced training as a Diplomate to greatest advantage by working in veterinary emergency/critical care.  

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Mark L. Olson, director Community Development

Mark is the father of Lindsay, his 23 year old daughter with autism, and stepfather of Leila, 14, with autism. For Point Rider clients he serves as Project Manager and/or Acting Executive Director. Mark is a recognized national subject matter expert and speaker on housing, employment, and social options for adults with IDD, and on state and federal regulations including the CMS HCBS Final Settings Rule. He earned a B.S. in Journalism at the University of Kansas.

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ADVISORS

Point Rider Advisors are a cross-section of parents and professionals who have built successful communities, schools, and educational opportunities, understand the challenges of balancing quality of life and affordability, and want to help create innovative solutions to hard problems. They are a deep pool of talent and experience available to help and guide us.

Alan Graham

Alan Graham, Fredericksburg, TX. Founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes and the Community First! Village in Austin, TX.

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Dr. Jon Pierce, Ph.D., University of Texas. Nationally-acclaimed neuroscientist with research focused on Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.

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Michael Strong, San Francisco, CA. Co-founder (with John Mackey) of Conscious Capitalism, author of Be the Solution and other pieces, and a TED Talk presenter.

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Denny Rogers, Co-founder and Board President, Safe Haven Farms, Middletown, OH. Denny and a group of concerned parents founded Safe Haven Farms in 2007 in response to the lack of residential and vocational services for adults with autism. It includes four homes for 16 adults, a working farm, and an indoor riding arena for PATH-certified therapeutic riding.


Support TEAM

Point Rider relies on the following professionals to enable us to deliver our services to families and organizations creating housing solutions for adults with IDD. We invite you to learn more about each of them, and to utilize them for your own nonprofits.

Graphic/Web Design - Jessica Connolly, Telos Design, LLC (Phoenix, AZ) I work with corporate entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals to create unique logos, collateral material, special event invitations, and web designs. My background in architecture and a passion for graphic design combine to bring a unique eye for color, proportion, and composition with a modern aesthetic.

Legal - Pajak Law (Austin, TX) Our law practice ranges from simple estate planning and probate matters to complex business, technology and entertainment transactions. We’ve developed a reputation for protecting the personal and business interests of creative entrepreneurs and entertainment industry professionals.

Accounting/Bookkeeping - Key Figures (Austin, TX) We offer a variety of bookkeeping & financial management solutions, as well as tax preparation and tax consulting. From budgeting, payroll, A/P & A/R, to e-platform integrations, non-profit grant management, and compliance support.

Architecture/Planning - Gary Bellomy, Land Design Studio (Austin, TX) Land Design Studio is a diverse firm offering professional services in the fields of Town Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Design/Build, and Development Consulting.

Donor Management - Network for Good (Washington, DC) Our Certified B Corporation software company offers innovative, easy-to-use donor management, fundraising software, and personal coaching for nonprofits. We also work with corporate partners to implement effective cause initiatives with its proven online giving platform.