Board of Directors

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Staff

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Karen Osborne, Chair

Karen is a native Coloradan who moved to Virginia in 1978.  She holds a degree from the University of Colorado in Molecular Cellular Biology and has worked at UVA in upper respiratory virus research.  For the past 25 years, Karen has professionally managed horse farms in the Nelson county area.  She is a fox hunter and a past member of the Certified Horsemanship Association. Karen has been a Hope’s Legacy Board Member since 2008.

 

Aaron Watson

Aaron Watson began his professional photography career in 2004 and founded Aaron Watson Photography in 2007. Starting as a wedding and portrait studio, it quickly grew over the next 10 years to also include premiere equestrian and commercial clients.  Aaron’s work is frequently featured in publications worldwide including HGTV, Huffington Post, Equestrian Quarterly, VA Living, Wine & Country, and many more. Having grown up in Charlottesville, Aaron is active in the community and supports local organizations and charities through his photography. His love of everything equine introduced him to the Hope’s Legacy cause in 2015. Aaron joined Hope’s Legacy’s Board in 2017.

 

Carolyn Maki

Carolyn has spent much of her career in global Pharmaceutical Development.   She has worked as an executive in multiple organizations and participated in rapid, global organizational development leading to IPOs and successful private equity sales.  Carolyn is a horse owner and has extensive knowledge of equine health and management. She has been a Hope’s Legacy Board Member since 2016.

 

John Hesselbart

John has been an IT programmer since the mid 1960’s, designing and implementing hundreds of computer systems. He is a founder and executive of two companies.  Since moving to rural Virginia in 1986 he has raised horses and more recently a few donkeys and Black Angus cattle. John has been a board member of Hope’s Legacy since 2008.  He is currently a founding director and developer of a rural elder cohousing community which overlooks the cattle farm and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

 

Philippa Proulx, Treasurer

Phil was born in Virginia and has resided in Nelson County since 1976.  After working in cell and molecular biology, she created her own small business and has worked primarily in property management.  She is on the Board of Trustees of North Branch School in Afton and a member of the Nelson County Planning Commission.  She is Hope’s Legacy’s Treasurer and has been a Board Member since 2008.

 

Kristi McClain

Kristi is a UVA graduate who recently relocated to Afton from North Carolina.  She held the title of Senior Vice President and Vice  President in several strategic positions at PPD.  Kristi has already been active at Castle Rock Farm stacking hay and helping at the farrier's visit!  She looks forward to being an active part of Hope's Legacy's future.  

 
 

Maya Proulx, Executive Director

Maya is a Nelson County, Virginia native. She had her first riding lesson at the age of four and was hooked for life. At the age of 11 Maya was given her first horse, C'est La Vie, who had been abandoned at a boarding stable. This was Maya's first introduction to horse rescue. In 2002 she started her own business and carried through the entrepreneurial spirit by founding Hope’s Legacy in 2008.  She still owns Hope, her 17-year-old Thoroughbred for whom the Rescue is named.

 

Rosi Beachy, Director of Development

Rosi is a life-long horse lover and native Minnesotan who has worked in sales, marketing and customer service for over 35 years.  In 2006, she moved with her family to the Charlottesville area for a job promotion.  After leaving corporate life January 2017, Rosi began volunteering at Hope’s Legacy and started her part-time position as Director of Development October 1, 2017.  She is a member of Charlottesville’s Women United in Philanthropy.