Board President

Greg was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, lived around horses most of his life, and continues to enjoy riding with his family who continue to own several horses in the area. 

Greg has worked as a mason and in related skilled trades for over 30 years, but in his free time, became a certified riding instructor in 2004 for a “for” profit horseback riding program in Alaska, later using those skills to benefit a different therapeutic riding program in Florida where he volunteered for a year before moving to Whidbey Island. 

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Greg continues to enjoy riding, as well as fishing, boating and camping.  He says he always feels better when he’s actively participating in a program he values.  And Greg has certainly done that with Equestrian Crossings.  He started as a rider/student, and then moved into a volunteer where he helped students with grooming, helped as a side-walker for adaptive lessons, and now he is both a Member and on the EqX Board of Directors as the “Student & Family Liaison”.   Greg’s experience and love of horses are a great value to EqX and its students. 

Vice President


Kristen Fisk became a part of Equestrian Crossings in 2017 as she brought her own daughter Jessica there to learn adaptive horse riding lessons.  She was amazed how the experience opened a whole new world to her daughter Jessica bringing both happiness and more confidence to her.  Kristen then wished to be more than just a parent of an Equestrian Crossings student rider and became a Board Member and volunteer.

Kristen also works full time as a Supervisor at Payless Food Store and has lived on and off of Whidbey Island for the past 14 years.  She is a certified Veterinary Assistant and has always had a passion for animals and the great outdoors.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, discovering new Lighthouses and waterfalls in the Northwest, and spending quality time with her Daughter and Son.

Sunshine Committee


Board Member – Volunteer Coordinator

Gail is a homemaker and a retired RN and midwife who grew up in England and moved to the USA in 1990 when she married her husband Glen who is a retired USAF veteran and fighter pilot. They retired to Whidbey Island in 2006 with their son Max, who currently attends WSU, “Go Cougs”.

Gail enjoys volunteering with several non-profit organizations; she loves the great outdoors, gardening, cooking, horses and big dogs. As a teenager, she rode English style and did a little jumping.

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She helped “Equestrian Crossings” get off the ground in 2009 and served on its first Board of Directors as VP while also holding the positions of Hospitality Chair, Volunteer Coordinator and Sunshine Person. Currently, she is the Volunteer Coordinator, hospitality person and photographer and loves every minute of it. Her passion is to make EqX successful, to be the best wife, parent and friend possible and to give back to the community in any way she can.

She hopes to help start a new program within EqX in the future called “Horses, Hearts and Heroes” which will serve returning military personnel and their families in their recovery from physical and psychological injuries.

Gail is passionate about what EqX  offers it’s students and volunteers and loves being part of the EqX “herd” because it is just so incredibly rewarding! Even the horses love it. 

Board Member


Board Member


Board Member

Frankie Wernecke has had a horse or horses most of her life. She’s lived on Whidbey Island for 27 years and is the mother of 5 boys – 3 of her own and 2 stepsons. She works with the Oak Harbor School District as a ‘lunch lady’.

“I have been with EqX since 2010. I was hooked with my first lesson as a sidewalker. I love horses and I love people so putting them together and having fun makes my heart sing,” she says.

Certification: CHA Certification June 2014, Western Level I