My name is Liz Palizzi and I am excited to be the newest member of The Right Step Board of Directors. Belonging to Westernnaires as a young girl helped to fuel my life-long love of horses. Growing up in the suburbs didn’t lend itself to owning a horse, but I always hoped I could find a way to have horses in my life. After high school, I attended CSU and graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Colorado teaching license. I taught at the elementary level for several years before staying at home to raise our three children.
As I’ve gotten back into full time work over the last 9 years, I have continued to look for ways to give of my time. When I found out about The Right Step, it seemed like the perfect combination for me. I attended orientation in September of 2018 and started volunteering as a side-walker right away, getting to know the horses and the clients, and quickly wanting to do more. I hand-walked horses, and eventually became a horse leader.
When The Right Step moved to the Denver Equestrians site, I was thrilled to continue my volunteering; horse leading, helping with side walker training, horse shows, and mucking stalls, all of which furthered my commitment to this organization. I love working with the clients, helping the instructors and caring for the horses.
When I’m not at the barn, I can be found spending time with my family, hiking, biking, reading, and working at Homestead Elementary as the Office Manager.
I started out volunteering as a way to give of my time, but what I have gained from this opportunity far outweighs anything I have been able to give. I’m so excited to bring my enthusiasm and dedication to this organization as the newest board member.
Written by staff, volunteers, and clients of The Right Step, Inc.