Every year PBJ Connections honors two people that have made a positive difference in our community through their work in the equine industry and mental health community. This highlights the partnership between horses with equine and mental health professionals to heal children, adults, and families in our community at PBJ Connections.
We are proud to uplift a few amazing people from both of these vibrant professions.
2019 Mental Health Honoree
Danielle Smith, MSW, MA, LSW is the Executive Director of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Danielle is passionate about social justice and advocates for those whose voices are often not heard. She has worked for NASW for over ten years. In that role she has worked to grow the association’s membership, lobbied for socially-just policy including bans on conversion therapy, and advocated for all social workers to be recognized for their tremendous contributions to society. Prior to working at NASW she worked with Community Refugee & Immigration Services, and in the Ohio Senate. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science of Social Work, Master of Social Work, and Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University. She lives in Beechwold with her fiancé Zach and their dog Bear.
2019 Equine Honoree
Glenda Childress has owned and shown horses since her childhood. She’s been riding since she was 6 years old and got her first horse, Traveler, when she was 11. Traveler was her love and constant childhood companion. She was in 4-H and Pony Club, and spent her high school years competing American Saddlebreds including showing in several State Championships and the World Championships twice. She spent time in Kentucky working as a professional groom before going on to college and a 30+ year career in organizational management in the telecommunications industry where she was an effective and creative leader. Today, she owns and manages PBJ Dressage in Pataskala, Ohio, is active in the Central Ohio dressage community and an avid horse advocate. She organizes dressage clinics at her farm and volunteers her time with several local organizations.
Glenda co-founded PBJ Connections in 2006 and has served the organization in many ways, including being the Executive Director for 5 years and holding several positions on the Board of Directors. Glenda is certified in the EAGALA Model of equine assisted psychotherapy. She works as an Equine Specialist in therapy sessions and as Corporate Leadership Consultant in teambuilding experiences through PBJ@Work. Her dedication has helped countless families receive lifesaving equine assisted interventions. Glenda is enjoying retirement on her farm in Pataskala and looks forward to every ride on her horse Sirius and snuggles with her heart horse, September.