PRESS RELEASE – February 13, 2020


February 13, 2020

Contact: Anne Joyner


The Talisman Therapeutic Riding Board of Directors selected the following individuals to serve as officers for 2020: Tom Saquella, Chair; Tom pasta, 1st Vice Chair; Peter Behringer, 2nd Vice Chair;  Wendy Panor, Treasurer; Elizabeth Joyner; Secretary and Mary Sjoquist, Immediate Past-Chairperson.  Founder Anne Joyner will continue as President and CEO and said “Talisman is in good hands for 2020.”

Saquella, a Founding Member of the Board, previously served as Chairman from 2012-2015. Now retired and living in Prospect Bay, he served as President of the Maryland Retailers Association for 25 years. Locally, he served on the Queen Anne’s County Economic Development Commission.

Pasta, also a Founding Board Member, moves up to First Vice-Chair. He is a partner in the Annapolis based Trident Wealth/Ameriprise and chairs Talisman’s Development Committee. Tom’s wife Missy and 3 daughters are active volunteers at Talisman.

Peter Behringer, a director with TCG Development which designs and builds affordable housing throughout the country, moves into the newly created position of Second Vice -Chair. He co-chairs Talisman’s signature fundraising event Derby Day. His wife Susan and daughters Lindsey and Caroline volunteer at Talisman.  

Mary Sjoquist moves to Immediate Past Chair after 3 years as Chairperson. Originally from Canada, she was a corporate securities attorney in Washington, D.C. for 25 years. A resident of Queenstown, she previously served on the board of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council and currently serves with the River Arts in Chestertown. She chairs Talisman’s Nominating and Governance Committee and with her Charles co-chaired several Talisman fundraisers.

Wendy Panor, although new to the Board, fills the position of Treasurer. She is the owner of Shore Solutions, Inc. in Centreville, a financial management company. In addition to strengthening Talisman’s budgeting and record keeping, she also volunteers working with horses and riders.

Elizabeth Joyner, an executive with Visit Annapolis, was elected form a second term as Secretary. She is a Founding Board Member and has served on the Derby Day and Marketing and Communication committees. She lives in Queen Anne’s County with her husband Justin and new baby Eleanor.