Bill has been married to Marcia 45 years. He is the father of two girls, Cara and Kristin, and grandfather to eight grandchildren! Bill graduated from Baldwin Wallace College and brings over thirty years of teaching, coaching, and educational administration within Canton City Schools. The Shearer name has been associated with horses for decades ranging from the ownership of standard bred race horses to cutting, pleasure, and reining horses. Bill leads many of the individual sessions and also leads the training of future session leaders. He continues working in the community to provide events in which people can improve their quality of life by spending time with horses! He is also working in the community by speaking with potential sponsors to provide the necessary funding to keep this non-profit ministry working efficiently. He is creating a legacy of love to share with future generations!
Marcia is the mother of two girls and the grandmother of eight grandchildren. She graduated from The Ohio State University and brings over thirty years of teaching experience to Whispering Grace Horses. Her heart has always been with children and horses. The community is quite aware of her personal touch with kids not only with their learning but her willingness to put their comfort level for learning first! Marcia has served in many prayer groups with women and family. She now lends a strong leadership quality mentoring session leaders at WGH along with prayer ministry. She works alongside her husband, Bill, to help speak to our surrounding community. Marcia’s heart leads the way as she talks of how hope relates to understanding our mission at WGH, that being to intertwine a relationship of horses and humans, and how that relationship reflects the “Grace” we receive from Christ.
Stephen G. Deuble is a lifelong resident of Canton, Ohio. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1969, he began his business career in Canton. He currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board of DCC Corp., a private holding company, as well as Chairman of the Board of The Deuble Foundation. For over forty years he has been an active volunteer and board member with numerous community organizations including, Aultman Hospital, The YMCA, The Capital Campaigns Committee of Stark County, Junior Achievement, The Stark Education Partnership, Canton Country Day School, The First Tee of Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ. Steve is an avid golfer and member of Congress Lake Country Club.
Doug Pugh brings to Whispering Grace Horses a desire to serve in our community. He and his wife, Laurly have three sons and a daughter. His knowledge of business experience and success coupled with a “savy” of understanding people becomes invaluable as he serves on the Board of Whispering Grace Horses. His leadership skills and positive attitude gives us all inspiration. His is an owner of Chick Fil A franchises in Ohio and creates a work environment of consideration, respect, understanding and patience. All of these qualities blend uniquely with our mission statement for Whispering Grace Horses. We consistently seek his advice as it relates to people skills and business operations.
Dick has been a lifelong resident of Stark County. Dick has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Dick attended Syracuse University where he became a Registered Professional Engineer. Dick has been the President of R.G. Smith Company; an industrial contractor in Canton, Ohio for over 25 years. Dick is involved with many community and civic organizations such as North Canton YMCA, Canton Rotary, and the Stark Community Foundation. Dick was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1999 and he has made it his mission to be an advocate for those afflicted with Parkinson’s near and far. He is currently a Board Member and active supporter of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) as well as a supporter of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Dick is always willing to give of himself for the betterment of others and the community so that is why he believes in the Whispering Grace Horses ministry and decided to be a part of our team.
Anthony joined Hall, Kistler and Company in 2006 and has experience in providing accounting, assurance and tax services for clients in the oil and gas, service, manufacturing and retail industries. He has worked extensively in the area of partnership taxation within the oil and gas industry and has a thorough understanding of issues affecting flow through entities. Anthony has completed training in fraud investigation, criminology and the legal elements of fraud that gives him a unique perspective to the audit and accounting services Hall, Kistler & Company provides. He earned the Certified Fraud Examiners credential in December of 2009. Anthony is a graduate of Walsh University with a Bachelors of Arts in accounting (summa cum laude) and a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Anthony was named the outstanding senior in both disciplines during his graduating years. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies-Appalachia and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Anthony lives in Hartville and is active in Northeast Ohio Roy Hobbs Baseball and enjoys distance running in his spare time. We cannot thank such a professional as Anthony enough for his guidance and expertise to Whispering Grace Horses.
Tim grew up on a Beef Cattle and Horse Farm in Plain Township, Ohio, graduating from Glenwood High School in 1965. He was a Biology major at Wittenberg University and graduated with a BS degree from Heidelberg College. He then went on to complete his formal education at The Ohio State University in Columbus attaining his Master’s Degree
Tim grew up on a Beef Cattle and Horse Farm in Plain Township, Ohio, graduating from Glenwood High School in 1965. He was a Biology major at Wittenberg University and graduated with a BS degree from Heidelberg College. He then went on to complete his formal education at The Ohio State University in Columbus attaining his Master’s Degree in Health Policy and Planning from the Department of Preventive Medicine in the OSU Medical School.
Upon graduation in 1972 he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to work as a health planner for the State Government there within the Department of Public Health working on health projects for the western North Carolina Appalachian Regional Commission program. In less than 2 years (1974), however, he returned to Ohio to join the family business, The Furbay Electric Supply Company, due to his father’s sudden health issues that required immediate family assistance. Tim has been serving as President of The Furbay Electric Supply Company in downtown Canton since 1978. The Company serves Northeast Ohio, Mid-Central Ohio and Southeast Ohio supplying electrical products to new commercial, industrial and residential construction projects as well as Oil & Gas production pads in the Southeast Ohio oilfields.
Tim is married to Jean March Furbay and they raised 3 children while living in Jackson Township: Ally is 25 and works at Amazon Entertainment in Seattle, Washington marketing recording products throughout Canada; Tyler is 23 and just graduated with his Master’s Degree in Data Analytics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and will be working at his first job in the banking industry in downtown Chicago: Morgan who is 22 is a Senior at the University of Vermont studying in the medical field as well as playing Ladies Lacrosse as a student athlete for the UVM Catamounts in her final year in Burlington, VT.
With his free time, Tim likes to travel and “hang-out” with his family, follow The OSU Buckeye Football team and watch old Westerns on TV. He has very fond memories of trail riding on the farm around the Hartville area and “Cowboying around” at many horse events in his youthful, younger days of past.
Vicki Haines, a Canton native, is a Senior Vice President of the Aultman Health Foundation and has held various positions within Aultman since 1985. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Malone College and received the school’s Management Program Excellence Award in 2008. Vicki was featured as the Junior League 2009 Community Wom
Vicki Haines, a Canton native, is a Senior Vice President of the Aultman Health Foundation and has held various positions within Aultman since 1985. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Malone College and received the school’s Management Program Excellence Award in 2008. Vicki was featured as the Junior League 2009 Community Woman of the Year.
She is a board member for the Canton Museum of Art, North Canton Student Loan Foundation, United Way 211 Advisory Committee and The Women’s Board of Aultman Hospital.
She has served on numerous boards in the past such as Canton YMCA, United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Canton Ballet, Stark Mentoring Network, Canton Rotary, Junior League of Canton, and The Domestic Violence Projects board.
In the past Vicki has chaired the Stark Community Foundation’s SummerTime Kids grant program and co-chaired the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank campaign with her husband, Rick Haines. They also chaired the 2007 Wilderness Center Earthly Delights Auction. In 2007-2008 Vicki chaired the Trillium Family Solutions “Families Building Futures” capital campaign. In 2009, Rick and Vicki chaired the Stark County United Way campaign.
Vicki and Rick reside in North Canton and are members of Faith United Methodist Church. In her spare time, Vicki enjoys spending time with Rick and their four grown children and 3 grandchildren (Raegan, Bryn and Hughston), cooking, volunteering, archery, hiking and also cheering for The Cleveland Browns.
Timothy Cranor has been the President, COO at Fresh Mark, Inc. for the past six years. He has over 50 years of experience in the food and commodity business. Prior to Tim coming to Fresh Mar, he spent almost eight years as a partner at Plaza Belmont Management Group, a private equity group that focused on buing food processing companies. Before Plaza Belmont, Tim was with Interstate Bakeries Corporation, where he was Sr. Vice President of Purchasing for two years and later spent seven years as Sr. Vice President with profit and loss responsibility for regional bakeries. Earlier in his career, Tim spent 12 years with Cereal Foods Processors, a privately held flour milling company, and ten years with the grain division of Farmland Industries. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Board of Trade, the American Institute of Baking, the Wheat Quality Council and the Kansas Grain and Feed Asssociation. He has been the President of Casa de Oro Foods and COO of MaMa Rosa's Pizza. In addition, he served on the board of directors of Casa de Oro and MaMa Rosa's. Tim graduated cum lade with a B.S. degree from Kansas State University. Currently Tim is on the Board of Trustees for the Kansas State University Foundation and the board of Renwood Mills in Newton, NC.
Kimberly Lazor is a talented and educated lady who brings years of community service experience to Whispering Grace Horses. Her spiritual discernment and biblical knowledge is essential to the ministry leadership in an advisory capacity at Whispering Grace Horses. Years of leadership and working among the youth of Stark County and surrounding counties with her involvement in Young Life, is just one of the many attributes that she brings to the table. Her willing heart for authentic relationships, and the requirement for truth, sustainability, and hope remain a huge contribution in this organization for years to come.
Jake Masters is a young man we feel fortunate to have aboard at Whispering Grace Horses and Freedom Farm. Many in the horse world are quite familiar with Jake. He comes from an outstanding family who has been settled within our area for decades. He is married to his lovely wife, Samantha, and they compose a team deeply rooted in faith and both share our philosophy of how such beliefs affect our lives each and every day.
His work ethic is second to none and his knowledge of horses has no bounds. He is a great hand with a horse but that knowledge goes beyond handling horses. That knowledge extends to the inner being of a horse as well as the health and medical actions necessary to keep them functioning at a very high level. They both compose a business, Masters Equine, where they find horses suited to just about anyone's needs. They hold one trait not always found within the world of horses, that being TRUST!
Jake will be making sure our herd will be up to date with all necessary inoculations and vaccines. We have finally corralled his knowledge and his addition will help continue our road to being touted as one of the finest 501c3's in the state of Ohio. Thanks to Jake and the Masters family for being who you are and stepping up to face the issues of this fast paced world we live in.