Our Board

Bill Shearer CEO/President/Co-Founder



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 Shearer Vice President/Co-Founder



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.

Amanda Rohr Board of Directors



Wife of Tom Rohr, local farming and agricultural expert, Amanda and Tom have two children.  Amanda has grown up around horses her entire life, starting from her grandfathers boarding facility in West Virginia as a young girl. She has shown competitively and in the 4H atmosphere for most of her life. She teaches at local RG Drag and volunteers her time to many projects in the community and with the youth along with horses, including competition and judging. Her experience of herd management with horses serves to provide a safe home for all the Equine Counselor’s of Whispering Grace Horses. She is exceptionally educated in breeding/foal management and has worked with several elite breeders in the community to effectively reinforce careful and selective breeding for the positive outcome of the horse.  She strives to continue in this ministry to educate the community on proper equine management and good herd management. Tom and Amanda provided a welcoming atmosphere in North Lawrence with beautiful acreage in our beginning years of Whispering Grace Horses. Whispering Grace Horses is blessed to know such a giving family.                

Doug Pugh Treasurer



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.

Kim Lazor Secretary



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 on the Board of Whispering Grace Horses.  Years of leadership and working among the youth of Stark County and surrounding counties with involvement of Young Life, is just one of the many attributes that she brings to act as an integral member on the Board of Whispering Grace Horses. 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.


Steve Deuble Board of Directors



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.

Dick Nicely Board of Directors



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.

Paul Guerra Board of Directors



Paul has dedicated his career to delivering the professional and personalized services necessary to successfully navigate the uncertainty of today’s financial markets.Paul began his career in the financial services industry after serving as a US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) Detachment Commander. He has worked for various firms at various levels of responsibilities. In 2002, he founded Brookshire Wealth Management based upon the belief that high quality, professional services could best be provided by a professional, independent advisory firm.

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Paul has continued his educational pursuits, attending graduate school at Golden Gate University, the College for Financial Planning, the Center for Fiduciary Studies, and the completion of numerous short-term, industry-specific courses and seminars. A native of Canton, Ohio, Paul returned to his hometown in 1991, where he eventually established the home offices of Brookshire Wealth Management.

Paul has a passion for music and sports. He has recorded and released three CDs and, in his younger years, toured regionally and nationally. Today, he and his wife Robin spend the majority of their free time playing volunteering for various philanthropic organizations, playing golf or tennis, and supporting the academic and athletic pursuits of their youngest daughter, who plays college soccer while studying pre-veterinarian medicine and equine science at Otterbein University.

Anthony Schuster CPA, Our Independent Accounting Advisory



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.

Timothy Cranor: Advisory Capacity


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.