David Silver is Detroit Horse Power’s founder and Executive Director. He has a background in urban education after teaching at Burns Elementary/Middle School and earning his Masters in Teaching in 2014. He launched Detroit Horse Power and has overseen the program’s growth in the last four years while pursuing the long-term vision of bringing horses to the city. He has a background as a competitive horseback rider in the Olympic sport of Three-Day Eventing and has received the highest horse management certification from the United States Pony Club.
Andrea has been working with Detroit youth with multiple non-profit organizations throughout her career. She attended Wayne State for Sociology and continues to live in the city of Detroit. Andrea believes the healing and teaching potential that animals can share with humans to be immensely powerful. She is committed to working with youth and horses to build a community dedicated to Social Emotional Learning.
A native of southeast Michigan, Kelsey has always had a love of horses, the outdoors, and working with youth. She has been riding and caring for horses for more than 20 years, building off a solid foundation in dressage and extending into western trail, jumping, confidence/obstacle courses and training. In addition to seven years’ experience working at nonprofits in Washtenaw and Wayne counties, Kelsey spent five summers working at an overnight sports camp in Wisconsin and has some horse show management experience. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration and is a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success.
Khalilah Smith is a 21 year-old Detroit, Michigan native. She is currently a student at Michigan State University studying Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Vet. She has dreams of becoming an exotic animal Veterinarian. After riding gated horses for 4 years, Khalilah was introduced the rodeo discipline and never looked back. Since then, she has competed in Barrel racing, pole bending, trail courses, and more.
As a lifelong Metro-Detroiter, upon receiving his Bachelors of English Literature from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Peter returned to Detroit - first as a teacher, and soon delving into the nonprofit world via the Challenge Detroit Fellowship. Peter combines a background in traditional and experiential education, nonprofit consultation, a brief stint in the steel industry, and a passion for Detroit’s holistic, equitable revitalization to drive his work sharing DHP’s story with its volunteers, donors, and extended community.