Amy Gayhart graduated from Howard Payne University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, Communications and Education. During her time at Howard Payne she served as the marketing intern for the University and was responsible for the University marketing materials and yearbook. She was a member of Delta Chi Rho, and served as an officer for 3 years, and as president of the sorority her senior year. After college Amy worked for several years in advertising and administration as an art buyer. In 2003 Amy left the corporate world to stay home and care for her special needs child, Mabry. She continued to explore creative outlets buy running her own painted mural and photography business.
Amy’s daughter Mabry had years of extensive therapy and finally found her true love which was horses. Not knowing anything about horses other than her daughter’s love for them, in 2012 she agreed to serve on the board of Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding & Respite. She quickly fell in love with therapeutic riding and was given a desire to do more for the special needs population. With the daunting realization that her daughter would one day age out of the public-school system she was determined to create a program where special needs adults could be in community while being able to live out their purpose. So, in addition to therapeutic horseback riding, Amy and her faithful volunteers at Blue Sky created PURPOSE which is a respite program for special needs adults, where Amy teaches art, gardening, cooking along with job and life skills for special needs adults.
Amy is married to John Gayhart and they live in Prosper, Texas with their three children Mabry, Jack and Slater.
Kristen Kromer has over twenty years in the real estate and title insurance industries. As a member of executive management teams, she has created and implemented corporate marketing campaigns, opened branch offices in new markets and developed training programs for employees. She currently owns and operates Radius Research, a company that provides research to title companies.
Kristen serves as mayor pro-tem on the Krugerville City Council and is the President of the Aubrey High School Band Booster organization and she is a youth helper at Legacy Presbyterian Church in Frisco, TX. She has been a part of the Blue Sky volunteer team since 2012.
She and her husband Kyle have lived in the Aubrey area for over 25 years. Their daughter Kirin and her husband live in Lewisville, TX and their son Preston is a senior at Aubrey High School.
Kenneth Dugger is a native Texan, born and raised in Temple. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University, now known as Texas State University.
Kenneth has worked in the banking and financial industry since 1991. He and his family moved to Prosper, Texas in 2003. He served on the Prosper Town Council from 2007 until 2018, which is the fastest growing city in North Texas. He served as both mayor pro-tem and deputy mayor pro-tem. He serves on the Prosper Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Prosper Historical Society Board. Kenneth also served as the founding president of the Prosper Lion’s Club.
He is currently the Business Development Manager for Skyline Home Loans.
Kenneth lives in Prosper, Texas.
Beverly Aten was born and raised in Lamesa, Texas. She attended college at Levelland College and Texas Tech University.
In 1970 she moved to the North Texas area where she owned and operated several small businesses until 2003. In the spring of 2003 she began working in the Food and Nutrition Department at Denton Regional Medical Center, where she remained for 15 years. In 2010 she was named Employee of the Year.
Beverly has been involved with horses and western lifestyle her entire life. She began volunteering for Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding and Respite in 2010. She has been invaluable in the planning and development of the Purpose Project at Blue Sky.
Beverly currently resides in Pilot Point, Texas.
Duane Sutton is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, Honorable Discharge 1985. He currently serves as Vice President, Field Operations, for Screen-SPE USA.
Duane has been married to Connie for over 30 years. After meeting and marrying in Midland, Texas they lived in Plano, Austin, and Flower Mound before moving to Pilot Point in 2001. Duane and Connie have 2 sons, Jerrad (JD) 28 and Cody 25. JD is a rider at Blue Sky.
Duane has worked in the Semiconductor Industry for over 32 years beginning with Texas Instruments in 1985. In 1995 he joined SCREEN SPE USA, LLC, a Japan based equipment manufacturing company. During his 22 years with SCREEN SPE he has held executive management positions in Sales, Engineering, Logistics, and Service. He’s had the opportunity to directly support new business development across the US as well as Europe, China, Israel, and Ireland.
His hobbies include spending time with family and friends, travel, boating, and horses.