Meet the 2013 Freedom Farm Board
Susie Bjorklund, Founder and President Ms. Bjorklund is the Founder of Freedom Farm. She has been a riding instructor and training horses for over 20 years and is a licensed practical nurse. Ms. Bjorklund is a Certified Path International Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Mentor, and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Ms. Bjorklund provides the primary direction and instruction during all therapeutic riding sessions.
Julie Sweeney, Secretary Mrs. Sweeney is the Director of the Internal Audit department at Stream Global Services, LLC. She has 25 years of experience in the financial/auditing field including 24 years with Cargill, Inc., where she most recently served as global controller for the IT function, and controller of Black River Asset Management, before moving to Stream Global this past year. Julie and her husband, Brett, reside in Watertown, MN with their three sons - Aaron, Jackson and Adam. Julie has an autistic nephew that has benefitted from therapeutic riding and is looking forward to being involved and giving back to this worthy organization.
Joel Brunner, Treasurer Mr. Brunner is an Assistant Vice-President/Branch Manager for Citizens State Bank of Waverly/Montrose. His banking career began in 2001 on the front lines as a Teller, moving into Personal Banking, Management and eventually Community Business Banking. Mr. Brunner is involved in various community activities and committees. Mr. Brunner has always had a special place in his heart for children. Volunteering at Freedom Farm gives him the opportunity to help children with special needs.
Jamie Pribyl, DVM, Director Dr. Pribyl joined the Buffalo Equine and Large Animal Clinic (BELAC) in 2006, became a partner in 2008 and in March 2010 became certified in animal chiropractic. While she likes all aspects of equine practice, she particularly enjoys the challenges of equine sports medicine, reproduction and neonatology. Dr. Pribyl and her husband, Steve, reside in Buffalo, MN where they breed and raise racing Quarter Horses and barrel horses.
Jacqueline Ricks, Director Ms. Ricks resides in Orono, MN with husband, Michael, and their 4 children; Johnathan (17), Samuel (15), Jack (11) and Grace (10). She is a stay at home mom who also manages a real estate portfolio. Ms. Ricks' background is finance and has worked in commodities. She has just completed serving on the YMCA Camp Du Nord Board. Ms. Ricks introduction to Freedom Farm came from her son Samuel's speech therapist. Samuel was born with Angelman Syndrome. Samuel has low tone in his core, so therapeutic horseback riding is a great therapy for him.