• Board of Directors

    Allison Gant

    Board Chair

    Allison has a wealth of nonprofit experience, including serving as Executive Director of Alamance Citizens for Education, and on multiple boards. Allison holds a BA in Psychology from Meredith College. She currently holds an elected position on the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education.

    Hope Galunas

    Real Estate Agent, Fonville Morisey

    Hope currently works as a Real Estate Agent after retiring from Verizon. Her experience includes management and financial leadership positions. Hope holds a BA from UNC and has lived in the area since graduating from college. Hope volunteers as a horse leader and side walker for NCTRC and loves the participants and the horses.

    Lisa Kaylie

    President, Frucon International

    Lisa’s oldest son Simon is a rider at NCTRC who has benefitted greatly from equine therapy.  Lisa is a strong local advocate for autism and disability rights.  She worked for many years in high tech product marketing and is now the President of Frucon International, a US subsidiary of Frucon NV.  Lisa has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC.

    Jim Gray


    Jim is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC and a US Navy veteran. He lived in Wilkes County most of his life, with a career in retail furniture sales and management. His “golf” over the past 30 years has been community service. He has served on and chaired numerous boards including the local American Red Cross board, the Hospice Board, and the Rainbow Center. 

    Allen Murray


    Allen is recently retired as Executive Director for Exceptional Children for the Alamance Burlington School System. He holds an MA in Special Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University and has worked as a teacher, special education administrator, university faculty, and trainer. He presently does private consulting in child mental health. He makes his home in Mebane.

    Allison Lynch

    Clinical Pharmacist, Duke University Hospital

    Allison has been volunteering at NCTRC as a horse leader and side walker since 2012. She grew up in and around Charlotte, NC where her love for and exposure to horses started at a very young age on her aunt’s farm.

    Today, as a schooling team member, regular event and Wednesday night volunteer, Allison is excited to expand her role by contributing ideas, enthusiasm, and determination to assist the Board in ensuring the success and longevity of NCTRC in our community.

    Meg Thomas

    Owner, My Overstock Boutique

    While a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, Meg bought her first small business in 1989. She has coupled her 29 years of entrepreneurial experience with managing corporate relationships with enterprise level customers. Meg has a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill in Industrial Relations. Her prior volunteer experience includes working with the Carolina Organ Procurement Center and as a foster parent in Orange County. She looks forward to participating in the growth of the NCTRC.