Board of Directors

Lacie Schwend - President

Lacie was born and raised in Butte, Montana. She attended Montana Tech University and graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health. After college, Lacie relocated to Gillette, Wyoming with her husband, Dave. Both of them worked in the Gillette mining industry until 2009, when they relocated to Sheridan, WY.

Lacie owns her own business and currently works from home while staying home with her two sons. Lacie was treasurer of the Board for Tongue River Childs Place for 4 years and is now active on the CHAPS Board. She is a certified EMT and personal trainer and teaches fitness classes for the community center of Dayton, WY. When not working, Lacie enjoys distance running, sewing and tending to her garden.

 Mark Torbert - Vice-President

Mark comes to us from Virginia. He moved to Sheridan after he retired from a career in law enforcement in the summer of 2015. Mark attended Bluefield College where he obtained his BS degree in behavioral sciences with an emphasis in criminal justice. He also graduated from the University of Phoenix with a MA degree in organizational management. Mark is currently the security supervisor at the Wyoming Girls' School.

Mark is very passionate about veteran’s issues as he served for 23 years in the United States Army Reserves and retired in October 2016 as a First Sergeant. He completed 4 combat tours in the Middle East where he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Mark, and his wife Anita, have been volunteering at CHAPS since March 2016.

Greta Knapp - Secretary

Greta is the branch manager at Bank of the West and is a native Sheridanite. She attended college in Wyoming and Arizona.
Greta has worked hard to get Bank of the West involved in many community events such as the Downtown Sheridan Association's Third Thursday Events, Bike MS and the VOA's Empty Bowl event.
Having a mother that suffered from mental illness, Greta is especially passionate about the CHAPS mission and feels it is a privilege to serve on the board.

Barbara Perry - At-large

Barbara grew up in Billings, MT and joined the Army after graduation. She received an honorable discharge in 2002 and worked a variety of customer service related positions. Barbara relocated to Sheridan with her 5 kids and husband in 2012. Barbara has a BS in Accounting from MSU Billings and a MS in Accounting from Liberty University.

As a veteran, Barbara has always been passionate about organizations with a focus on veterans health and started looking to for ways to be more involved as a volunteer for such organizations. Barbara started volunteering with CHAPS in July 2016 after learning about their involvement with local veterans and disabled youth.

Collee Everett - At-Large

Collee returned to her Midwest roots when she joined the Sheridan Memorial Hospital as their Compliance Officer in 2017. She grew up in Watertown, South Dakota and was eager to trade the rainy days of the Pacific NW for the beauty of the Bighorns.


Collee has almost 2 decades of experience in health care with a strong background in operations and public relations. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Masters in Health Care Administration, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in Minnesota.


Collee has been hooked on horses ever since she was introduced to them by a friend. She is a consummate student of the horse, and knows first-hand the power they have to heal without saying a word. Collee was drawn to volunteer at CHAPS after learning their mission to help local veterans and disabled youth through human horse interaction.

Jeff Wray - At-large

Wyoming native-born and raised in Worland, Wyoming, I graduated from Creighton Boyne School of Dental science in 1993. I have a doctorate in dental surgery and have practiced general dentistry in Sheridan since 2012. I have served on the board for the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce for 3 years. I have a beautiful family consisting of my wife, Phyllis, of 24 years. My oldest son, Keaton, attends Montana Tech in Butte and studies business, accounting and computer science. My youngest Michael is special-needs, 17 years old, and lives at home. I enjoy family, fitness and fly fishing. I believe horses have a special gift to help people. CHAPS provides a resource I believe that can help those souls who need the unspoken love of a horse.
Fleur Ahern - At-large
Fleur Ahern came to Wyoming in 2008 with her husband of 20 years and 14 year old son.
I am from Co. Willow Ireland and received my I.C.E.S. And B.H.S.A.I. Training in Co. Kilkenny Ireland. While attending college I was given the opportunity to teach and assist with The Riding for Disabled program which was very fulfilling and rewarding.
I went on to work in England and America with polo and other areas of the horse industry.
I am looking foreword to be working and getting involved with such a great program as CHAPS.
Jeff Foral - At-large
Coming soon
 CHAPS is seeking board members to help fulfill the mission of the program.