Marcia Shearer:  Co-Founder/Vice President

Marcia is the mother of two girls and the grandmother of eight grandchildren.  She attended The Ohio State University and brings over thirty years of teaching experience to Whispering Grace Horses.  Her heart has always been with children and horses.  The community is quite aware of her personal touch with kids not only with their learning but her willingness to put their comfort level for learning first.  Marcia has served in many prayer groups with women and family.  She now lends a strong leadership quality mentoring session leaders at Whispering Grace Horses along with prayer ministry.  She works alongside her husband, Bill, to help speak to our surrounding community.  Marcia's heart leads the way as she talks of how that hope relates to understanding our mission at Whispering Grace Horses, that being to intertwine a relationship of horses and humans, and how that relationship reflects the "Grace" we receive from Christ. 

Bill Shearer:  Co-Founder/CEO/President
Bill has been married to Marcia for forty years.  He is the father of two girls, Cara and Kristin and the grandfather of eight grandchildren!  Bill graduated from Baldwin Wallace College and brings over thirty years of teaching, coaching, and educational administration within Canton City Schools.  The Shearer name has been associated with horses for decades ranging from the ownership of standard bred race horses to cutting, pleasure, and reining horses.  Bill leads many of the individual sessions and also leads the training of future session leaders.  He continues working in the community to provide events in which people in our surrounding area can improve their quality of life by spending time with horses and do so without any fee whatsoever.  He is also working in the community by speaking with potential sponsors to provide the necessary funding to keep this non-profit ministry working efficiently and providing many future opportunities for those who need a place to feel welcome while working with horses and people who genuinely care.  He is creating a legacy of love to share with future generations.

 Anthony Schuster, CPA, Our Independent Accounting Advisory

Anthony joined Hall, Kistler and Company in 2006 and has experience in providing accounting, assurance and tax services for clients in the oil and gas, service, manufacturing and retail industries.  He has worked extensively in the area of partnership taxation within oil and gas industry and has a thorough understanding of issues affecting flow through entities.  Anthony has completed training in fraud investigation, criminology and the legal elements of fraud that gives him a unique perspective to the audit and accounting services Hall, Kistler and Company provides.  He earned the Certified Fraud Examiners credential in December of 2009.  Anthony is a graduate of Walsh University with a Bachelors of Arts in accounting (summa cum laude) and a Bachelor of Arts in political science.  Anthony was named the outstanding senior in both disciplines during his graduating years.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies-Appalachia and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  Anthony lives in Hartville and is active in Northeast Ohio Roy Hobbs Baseball and enjoys distance running in his spare time.  We cannot thank such a professional as Anthony enough for his guidance and expertise to Whispering Grace Horses.

Kim Lazor:  Secretary

Kimberly is a talented and educated lady who brings years of community service experience to Whispering Grace Horses.  Her spiritual discernment and biblical knowledge is essential to the ministry leadership on the Board of Whispering Grace Horses.  Years of leadership and working among the youth of Stark County and surrounding counties with involvement in Young Life is just one of the many attributes that she brings to act as an expert on the Board of Whispering Grace Horses.  Her willing heart for authentic relationships, and the requirement for truth, sustainability, and hope remain a huge contribution in this organization for years to come.

Healing, Hearts, Horses, Hope


Amanda Rohr:  Board of Directors

Amanda is the wife of Tom Rohr, a local farming and agricultural expert.  They have two children, Owen and Amelia.  Amanda has grown up around horses her entire life.  She started at her grandfather's boarding facility in West Virginia as a young girl.  She has shown horses competitively and has been involved in the 4H atmosphere for most of her life.  She teaches at local RG Drag and volunteers her time to many projects in the community.  Her experience of herd management with horses serves to provide a safe home for all the Equine counselors of Whispering Grace Horses.  She is exceptionally educated in breeding/foal management and has worked with several elite breeders in the community to effectively reinforce careful and selective breeding for the positive outcome of the horse.  She strives to continue in this ministry to educate the community on proper equine management and good herd management.  Tom and Amanda provide a welcoming atmosphere in North Lawrence with beautiful acreage.  Whispering Grace horses is blessed to know people like Tom and Amanda who offer their home so freely to all that become a part of Whispering Grace Horses.

Dick Nicely: Board of Directors

Dick has been a lifelong resident of Stark County.  Dick has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  Dick attended Syracuse University where he became a Registered Professional Engineer.  Dick has been the President of R.G. Smith Company; an industrial contractor in Canton, Ohio for over 25 years.  Dick is involved with many community and civic organizations such as North Canton YMCA, Canton Rotary, and the Stark Community Foundation.  Dick was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1999 and he has made it his mission to be an advocate for those afflicted with Parkinson’s near and far.  He is currently a Board Member and active supporter of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) as well as a supporter of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  Dick is always willing to give of himself for the betterment of others and the community so that is why he believes in the Whispering Grace Horses ministry and decided to be a part of their team. 

Doug Pugh:  Treasurer

Doug brings to Whispering Grace Horses a desire to serve in our community.  His knowledge of business experience and success coupled with a "savy" of understanding people becomes invaluable as he serves on the Board of Whispering Grace Horses.  His leadership skills and positive attitude gives us all inspiration.  He is an owner of Chick Fil A franchises in Ohio and creates a work environment of consideration, respect, understanding and patience.  All of these qualities blend uniquely with our mission statement for Whispering Grace Horses.  We consistently seek his advice as it relates to people skills and business operations.  Doug remains an integral part of our everyday operations.

 Stephen Deuble:  Board of Directors

Stephen G. Deuble is a lifelong resident of Canton, Ohio. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics in 1969, he began his business career in Canton.  He currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board of DCC Corp., a private holding company, as well as Chairman of the Board of The Deuble Foundation.  For over forty years he has been an active volunteer and board member with numerous community organizations including, Aultman Hospital, The YMCA, The Capital Campaigns Committee of Stark County, Junior Achievement, The Stark Education Partnership, Canton Country Day School, the First Tee of Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ.  Steve is an avid golfer and member of the The Congress Lake Club.