Meet Our Board of Directors

Karen Speake

Karen was born in Anne Arundel County Maryland and that is where her love for horses began. She never gave up her plea for a horse of her very own. In March of 1973, at the age of 12, she found her very best equine friend Lady Nayia Flash. Karen and Lady became the ones to beat in both western pleasure classes as well as the speed racing events. Karen moved to Seaford in 2003 and in the process of looking for horses of her own, found other horses in need and realized the need for equine rescue in Delaware. By 2005 she started Changing Fates Equine Rescue in Delaware.

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Donna Kirsch

Originally from Anne Arundel County, Maryland moved to the Delaware January 2015.

After reading an article in “All Animals” from SPCA about Changing Fates
Equine Rescue she started volunteering. Since October 2016, almost every Saturday and any free time, is spent taking care of the horses. She rode her uncle’s horses when she was younger and has had a deep love for them ever since. Although she would love to adopt a horse for now is happy to be with rescues and volunteers. In 2017 Donna became a Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator.


Carol Popleas

.has been married to the same wonderful man for 43 years.  She has 4 children and 12 grandchildren.  She retired 5 years ago after 30 years as a pharmacy Technician.  She has always had a passion for horses.  After retirement, she decided to take horseback riding lessons and this lead her to the rescue where she found her passion. Carol is currently the head of our volunteer Feed Team. She ensures that all the animals are fed twice daily according to their individual requirements. 

Brandon Speake