Meet the TROD Officers and Board Members

Nicole Cooper and Nickie her horse

Acting President
Nicole Cooper

Nicole resides with her husband, Jay in Naperville, IL. NIcole owns a Quarterhorse horse named Nickie, a dog named Onyx, and two cats named Matilda and Cassie. Nicole loves trail riding, writing, photography, stormchasing, reading, being outdoors.

Acting Vice-President
Merri Odell

My name is Merri Odell, born, raised and lived in DuPage county all my life. I am married to Steve Odell Sr. and have three wonderful sons and grandchildren. I was at Pat and Ray Hartmans’ barn to see a friend and ended up being a pooper scooper for TROD in a parade that day. Joined TROD that week and a few months later was on the board. That was in ‘95 I think. I have served as president, vice president, secretary, director at large, ERT committee and parade chairperson. I enjoy camping, fishing, jewelry making, NASCAR, and hunting. I have two German Shorthaired Pointer dogs, which I have trained to hunt birds. I had a horse named Ranger, which was a retired police horse, and lived to be 25 years old. He was a TW and Friesian mix, who had the gait of the TW, but the built of the Friesian. I now have a 19 year old TW named Tomahawk, who is a trial horse and use in hunting trials and training hunt dogs.


Dawn Fiorentino

Dawn loves to ride her long time buddy Cutter and has been active with horses for 6 years. Cutter is a Painted Quarter Horse. She rides for pleasure through the many trails of Illinois. Cutter & Dawn have performed in many parades and hope to do many more with T.R.O.D!

Tim Cummings and his horse

Nicki Jaska

Member since 1999

Tim Cummings and his horse

Carol Zdan

Member since 1994
Carol has been on the TROD Board-of-Directors since 2000, she is a prior Editor of the TROD Newsletter. Carol boards her horses, Matisse and Kosmo, near Warrenville at a private home next to the Forest Preserve.

Tim Cummings and his horse

Board of Directors
Debra Ranieri

Debra wants all the board members info up on the website but has failed to submit her own.
I commandeered this photo where she is trying to sneak a Mini home.

Board of Directors

Tim Cummings and his horse

Board of Directors
Roger Wolf

Member since 2012
Roger shares the board member role with his wife Carolyn. They live in Winfield and board their horse Aja at a private residence in West Chicago that backs up to the West DuPage Forest Preserve. Roger works as a software developer for a company in Chicago.

Tim Cummings and his horse

Board of Directors
Lori Sengstock

Member since 1997
Lori was born and raised in the western suburbs, and has always loved horses. She started riding lessons at age 11. Lori loves to drive the mini horses and can be found volunteering at most TROD functions and selling fun foods at fairs, parties and college orientations. Lori is known to many as the seller of TROD merchandise. Being a Forest Preserve Volunteer, she has worked at Klein Creek Farm for more than 10 years. Lori loves to take care of little animals and has volunteered at Willowbrook Wildlife Preserve. She is always interested in the environment and along with being a member of the Conservation Foundation, she is the treasurer of (BRATS) Bikeable Roads and Trails.

Sue Hilton

Board of Directors
Sue Hilton

Sue Hilton grew into her love of horses late in mid-life - to lower her blood pressure and to fill her “ empty nest" feelings. She took riding lessons for a year, and then leased a horse at Galusha Farms. After she proved it wasn't a passing fancy, her husband, Peter, bought her a Chincoteague Pony, Island Legend, for her birthday and anniversary and she joined TROD for fun trail rides, information, and adventure. She bought a second horse for her husband, a 16 hand black Tennessee Walker, Cody. After a broken leg for Sue, and hip and knee surgery for Peter, she downsized last August to a 14.3 hand palomino Tennessee Walker,Shandy. Sue boards Shandy at Galusha Farms, which is down the street from Herrick Lake, St.James, and Blackwell forest preserves. Sue is looking forward to another summer of daily trail rides, TROD trail rides, horse training and learning about horse needs from TROD meetings. She joined the TROD board last year. Her future horse goals are to horse camp, ride in a parade, and “may I get a horse trailer, hunny, please?”

Board of Directors
Karen Schrimpl

Karen - to be updated with photo - our newest and dearly treasured board member!


Vicki Weyer

Facebook Publisher
Vicki Weyer

Vicki Weyer lives in Warrenville at HayWeyer Ranch with her Family, Mares, Hens and many other Pets. She enjoys riding the many nearby trails and makes slow hay feeders and hay nets in her spare time. She also enjoys learning more about barefoot hoof balance, other natural horse keeping ideas and is successfully testing theories and equipment for bitless riding on her infamous mares Jackie B, Comanche and their new addition Dusty Ruby, the mini. She has a great group of young adults from the neighborhood that come by and trade barn chores in exchange for riding & time with the horses, she fondly refers to them as “The Barn Brats”.


2015 TROD Officers & Board Members

President A. Nicole Cooper (4)

Vice President Dawn Fiorentino

Secretary Nicki Jaska

Treasurer Carol Zdan (15)

Roger Wolfe
Merri Odell (14) . . . . . . . 630-745-9780
Lori Sengstock (15). . . . 630-325-1317
Sue Hilton (16)
Deb Ranieri. . . . . . . 630-393-1972

Liaison & Trail Issues . Connie Schmidt
Parade Committee . . . . .Merri Odell
. . . . . . . . . Lori Sengstock
TROD website . . . J Bogardus
General inquires. . . . . . . .
Membership . . . .
Newsletter Editor . .
TROD Yahoo Group .. . Tim Cummings