Shannon Strong
independent voting member since 2/2013

Shannon Strong is an Attorney at Law who is also a passionate, avid animal advocate. Shannon’s practice expertise is in Environmental Law, with experience also in Commercial Litigation and Family Law. Shannon has been a volunteer for many years with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) where she has represented the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Texas court system, and also serves on the board of Saving the School Scholarship Fund for Reagan High School, an underprivileged high school in Austin, Texas.

Shannon lives in Austin, Texas with her daughter and her four rescued fur babies: Ryder (mustang), Bo, Boone and Jack (dogs). In her spare time, Shannon likes to volunteer/foster with Austin Pets Alive, spend time on the water (the lake or the beach), travel, or work at her ranch where she soon hopes to open an animal sanctuary. At the sanctuary, she intends to rescue mainly dogs and horses… and the occasional cat, chicken, pig, turtle, snake, rat, and/or you name it 🙂 Animal rescue is Shannon’s biggest passion in life. She strongly believes in protecting those souls that cannot defend themselves.

Vice President

Suzi Landolphi, MFT
independent voting member since 6/2016

Suzi became involved with Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue when she came to a Wild Horse Boot Camp program and learned to gentle wild horses in 2006.  From that life changing experience Suzi was inspired to continue her education and get licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  In 2011 Suzi and Jill Starr, Founder and Executive Director of Lifesavers, created its first Horse Inspired Growth and Healing program called Wild Horse Warriors.  This program invited war veterans with PTSD, TBI, Depression and other invisible and physical injuries to begin an emotional healing process through the gentling of wild horses.

Suzi is the Co-Founder of Big Heart Ranch in Malibu, CA that has a host of animal assisted therapy programs for people in recovery, veterans, and youth.  She created Horse Inspired Growth and Healing (HIGH) and Horse Inspired Psychotherapy (HIP). Suzi is also on the staff at Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia where she helps veterans and their families find healing.

Suzi has been on the Board of Lifesavers in the past and we are thrilled to have her back again.  Look for exciting new programs involving horses and healing in the near future. Hint:  Mustangs in Malibu


Bob Gale
independent voting member since 7/2017

Bob Gale joined our volunteer Board of Directors in July of 2017 after having participated in our Wild Horse Warrior Boot Camp and falling in love with the program. Bob is a trained chef and often cooks for our guest programs.

Bob Gale is a Green Beret Veteran of the Vietnam War and a retired Captain of the Los Angeles Police Department.  When Bob is not preparing meals and serving hundreds of homeless and hungry people every week, you may find him working out, practicing martial arts, serving on the board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Los Angeles, or traveling the globe.  We are honored to have Bob “Captain Cook” Gale on our Board of Directors. His unique experience and knowledge will be integral to the growth and improvement of our veteran and first responder healing programs.


Dixie Brewer
independent voting member since 2/2019

Dixie Brewer, 16 yrs in Corp America Television Advertising leaving with a entrepreneurial spirit and 20+ yrs building a well respected brand in personal property liquidations. A life long love for horses and all animals keeps her grounded. Heavily involved in Kern County’s foster youth.


Sharen Nielsen Connelly
independent voting member since 5/2016

Founder and Executive Director

Jill Starr

Jill created Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue in 1997 with one horse and a vision.  19 years later Jill’s legacy is now the largest wild horse rescue, adoption, and healing program organization to date.  Jill’s love for horses started when she was just 4 years old and used to ride along with the western television stars – Jill on her plastic spring pony and the Lone Ranger on Trigger.  Years later her parents finally gave in and bought her first horse, Cherokee.  Jill enjoyed Cherokee’s company more than her school friends, and you would always find her in the corral with her best friend.  Somehow that one horse turned into several more.  As life goes, at age 14 she had to give up her 5 horses and follow her family to the city, and it wasn’t until Jill was 35 that she was able to have her own horse again.  Along came China.  China was the one horse that started the ball rolling and eventually led to what is now 450 rescued horses under Lifesavers’ care.  Jill Starr is one the respected pioneers and visionaries within the wild horse welfare and advocacy community.