Steady Leadership

Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center is governed as a single, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our directors are parents of children with disabilities, leaders in their fields and advocates for what Rainbow does. Through their leadership, guidance and support, Rainbow is able to deliver on its promise to use equine assisted therapy to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

Lauren Peterson

  • President

Lauren Peterson is the Executive Director of the Peterson Family Foundation. In this capacity, she has served on many Boards in the DC Region. Her interests range from education for At-Risk Youth to Health and Human Services. Current board responsibilities include: Teach For America (Capital Region), Venture Philanthropy Partners, INOVA Cancer Institute Advisory Board, Secretary for the Washington International Horse Show and most recently became the President of the Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center Board. Lauren is an avid horsewoman and enjoys training and competing her show jumpers.

Ron Knecht

  • Vice President

Ron Knecht joined the Rainbow Center Board in January 2012. He chairs the Facility Development Committee. Ron is retired and has a long term interest in supporting the physically and intellectually challenged. Ron applies his background in the military and industry to further Rainbow’s growth. He lives in Nokesville, Virginia.

Bob Fini

  • Treasurer

Bob Fini has had a child riding with Rainbow Center since 1993, and joined the Rainbow Center Board of Directors in 1994 as an interested parent. He has served the board in a variety of roles, including past President for two terms. Bob currently serves as Treasurer and is on the Facility Development committee. Bob is a Systems Engineer and Computer Systems Architect with Lockheed Martin, specializing in Submarine Systems. Bob lives in Manassas with his wife Beth and daughter Nicole.

Andrew Hertneky

  • Member

Andy joined the Rainbow Center Board in 2016. He is a retired energy industry executive, having served as a Senior Vice President of Edison International and as President of an energy marketing and trading company. He was also an international consultant with McKinsey and Company. Andy has a B.S.M.E., and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He has previously served on other corporate and nonprofit boards. Andy is an avid equestrian and participates in multiple horse related sports.

Nicolette Hurd

  • Member

Nicolette is a holistic business transformation coach & executive search consultant with The McCormick Group. She also lectures at Georgetown University. During her career, she has served in leadership roles in corporations and non-profits in media/TV, retail and beauty wellness as executive and entrepreneur. An avid advocate of holistic therapies and a lifelong horse lover, she joined the board in 2016. Nicolette has a BA in international business and an MBA in strategic management & marketing from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France.

Andy Burcher

  • General Counsel