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.

Greta Knapp - Secretary

Greta is the regional 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.


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 working and getting involved with such a great program as CHAPS.

Jeff Foral - At-large

Jeff Foral was born in Oconto WI. He was raised on his grandparents' dairy farm. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, stationed at McChord AFB. He spent 3 years in security and 4 years being an air and oil hydraulic mechanic on aircraft.

Jeff moved to Sheridan, WY in 1994 where he has owned and operated a 1 man construction company since 1996.

Teresa Garrett-Martin -

Teresa is an avid horse lover who spends a good deal of her time trailing horses and capturing them thru photography. For the past five years she has worked as an event photographer for an equine-based sports association and for many local rodeos. Traveling mostly on weekends during the summer, Teresa works over a fivestate region capturing horses and their owners doing what they love. When not on the road, she hangs her work hat up at Photo Imaging Center in Sheridan WY.

Since 2016 she has been volunteering her photography talents to CHAPS and is our newest member to the CHAPS board. Knowing, first-hand, the benefits horses can bring to a person struggling with their mental health, Teresa is very excited to be a part of CHAPS. Their mission to help make a difference in the many lives of those who are struggling is near and dear to her.


 CHAPS is seeking board members to help fulfill the mission of the program.