Diana Pikulski will leave her position as National Director of Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Endowment Development at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at the end of February, the TRF announced today. Pikulski has served in various management roles since the organization's founding 35 years ago.
Pikulski originally served the TRF for 10 years as a volunteer. An attorney and public defender, she closed her private practice in 1997 to join the TRF full time. Her zeal as an advocate for animal rights found new life as she worked to bring to light the plight of Thoroughbreds subjected to abuse, neglect and even slaughter after they could no longer race.
Under Pikulski' s guidance, the TRF opened 11 Second Chances retirement farms at correctional facilities throughout the country, where incarcerated men and women worked with retired racehorses in life-changing vocational and behavior rehabilitation programs. Over time, the TRF grew to be the largest equine rescue in the United States.
“The Board of Directors and staff are grateful to Diana for her contributions and commitments to the TRF, and the discussion of Thoroughbred aftercare” said John Roche, the TRF's Chief Executive Officer, “We are thankful for Diana's guidance through this transition, as she shares her wealth of knowledge of the TRF, its donors and the industry. We are grateful to Diana and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
New to the Paulick Report? Click here to sign up for our daily email newsletter to keep up on this and other stories happening in the Thoroughbred industry.
Copyright © 2018 Paulick Report.