Dana Hockensmith and his wife, Sue, co-founded Pony Bird, Inc. in June of 1977 as a home for their son, Philip, and nine other children with disabilities.
In 1972, he graduated Cum Laude from the School of Business at the University of Missouri-Columbia; and in 1974, he graduated from the School of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Dana is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, and currently practices in the areas of commercial and construction litigation, business law, and disabilities law. As a shareholder in the law firm of Hockensmith Tatlow McKinnis Hamill, P.C., Dana Hockensmith and his law firm represent Pony Bird. His legal experience and dedication in supporting persons with disabilities helps ensure that Pony Bird is held to a high standard in the services it provides.
Dana is very active in the community. In 1978, he served as Chairman of the “Special Ones” campaign in Jefferson County to establish a tax levy to support sheltered workshops, residential housing, and other services for persons with disabilities. Upon its passage, he served from 1978-1980 as the first Chairman of the Jefferson County Commission for the Handicapped, now the Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board.
His law firm currently represents that Board. From 1994-2001, he served as the attorney for the Autism Society of America and its foundation. He has and does serve as counselor and attorney to other organizations serving persons with disabilities. In 2001, Dana Hockensmith and his wife, Sue, received the “Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contributions for the Field of Mental Retardation” from the Missouri State Chapter of the American Association on Mental Retardation. Dana is a member of the Manchester United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife Sue, Dana’s family includes daughters and son-in-laws, Laura & Joe Schlereth, Angela and John Gantzer; grandsons, Noah and Luke; and late son, Philip.