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.