Our Administrative Team
Veterinary Support Specialist – Jenn Ricker
Jenn was born and raised in Crystal Lake. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and then went on to attend school in Kentucky where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science with a concentration in Rehabilitation from Midway University.
After graduation, she spent the next seven years working in different aspects of the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky. Jenn worked in multiple equine hospitals as an administrative assistant, surgery technician, and on various farms in Lexington foaling out mares and raising young racehorses.
Apart from horses Jenn enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time outside with her two kids and husband.
Billing Manager – Kris Sanko
Kris grew up on the northwest side of Chicago. She is a huge Chicago sports fan with the Bears, Blackhawks and Cubs being her favorite teams. She coached youth cheerleading for over 8 years and served on the board of the Stateline Comets as Director.
Kris loves all animals, great and small, and enjoys “babysitting” for her mom’s 2 horses. Her greatest life accomplishment is being the mother of grown son Brandon, daughter Kassidy and her two “fur-kids”, Bubba and Dallas, (English bulldogs).
In her leisure time, Kris loves spending time with her family biking and boating on the Chain O’ Lakes and vacationing in tropical destinations with beautiful sandy beaches.
Veterinary Support Specialist – Nikki Barrows
Nikki’s love for horses was innate. Growing up in Southern California; she dabbled in hunter/jumper, three-day, pony crosse, vaulting, and 4-H.
She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Zoology. Thereafter, she met and married her husband and moved to Illinois…brrrrr.
Nikki is so excited to be at Chicago Equine, smelling the barn and hearing the neighs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three kids, kayaking, yoga, and reading.
Veterinary Support Specialist – Darcy Wichert
Darcy was born and raised in Northern Illinois and attended The University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In May of 2021 Darcy graduated with her degree in Forensic Investigation and a minor in Psychology.
During her time at UW- Platteville, she rode for the university’s Western Equestrian Team and started her show career with the Wisconsin Ranch Horse Association where she focuses on Horsemanship and Ranch Riding. In the upcoming seasons, Darcy hopes to compete in Cattle Classes such as Boxing and Herd Work while gaining more riding experience.
When Darcy’s not riding, she enjoys spending time outdoors, doing yoga, and spending time with her cats Minnie and Willow.
Business Manager – Dave Shimanek
Dave was born and raised in Villa Park, Illinois smelling chocolate from the Ovaltine factory each day as he grew up. He received his BS from Illinois State University and his MBA from Northern Illinois University.
Dave came to Chicago Equine from a varied background in industries such as: service, leisure sports, business systems, and insurance.
In his free time, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife, three kids, and Labrador retrievers. He has served on various non-profit ventures as a volunteer or in a formal capacity to support of his local community.