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Katherine Hatch

Director of Finance

Steve Stevens

Natural Horsemanship and Mustang Programming

Chad Van Gorder

Director of Operations &

Veteran Program Manager

Ava Cavatassi

Marketing and Events Coordinator

Lindsay Alberts
Equine Program Manager &
PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Debi Houliares
Volunteer Manager &
PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor


Brianna Hoyt

Barn Manager


Sara McLaughlin
Horsemanship Program Manager &

PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor


James Brownsword

Farm & Facilities Manager


Katie Nuber

Farm Programming Manager

Health Advisory Board

Kate G. Ackerman, MD
Golisano Children's Hospital

Anne B. Francis, MD, FAAP
Elmwood Pediatric Group

Elmar H. Frangenberg, MD
University of Rochester Medical Center

Richard E. Kreipe, MD
Golisano Children's Hospital

John A. Love, MS PT NCS
Bright Start Pediatric Services

Elizabeth R. McArnarney, MD
Golisano Children's Hospital

Thomas McInerny, MD
Golisano Children's Hospital

Stephen B. Sulkes, MD
Golisano Children’s Hospital

Susan Taylor-Brown, PhD, MPH
Operations Consultant, EquiCenter
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics,
Golisano Children's Hospital

Board of Directors

Bob Dobies, Chairman

ExxonMobil Chemical Co (Retired)

Elizabeth (Tish) Ciaccio
Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women

Charlie Fox
Blackwood Management


Erin Heintz  

Rochester Regional Health

Stuart MacKenzie  
Parent Advocate

Mary E. Maida, Ph.D. 
University of Rochester School of Medicine


Mark Palvino
Meliora Enterprises

David Slavny
Rockwell Medical

Heidi Vahue  
Parent Advocate

Anna Zeiler 
ExxonMobil Chemical Co (Retired)

Advisory Board

Major General John Batiste
U.S. Army (Ret.)
Buffalo Amory, LLC

Joseph Best
Therapeutic Riding Participant

Andrew M. Deubler
Indivumed GMBH

Ann Dwyer, DVM
Genesee Valley Equine Clinic, LLC

William Goodrich
LeChase Construction Services, LLC

Alan Illig
Harter Secrest & Emery, LLP (Ret.)

Colonel James D. McDonough, Jr.
U.S. Army (Ret.)
Institute for Veterans and Military Families,
Syracuse University

Douglas W. Phillips
University of Rochester

William B. Reynolds III
Captain, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Dennis M. Richardson
Hillside Family of Agencies

Joseph V. Saffire
First Niagara Financial Group

James C. Tedford
Humane Society at Lollypop Farm (Ret.)

Susan Traniello
Former Therapeutic Riding Participant
MS Society

Robert Wayland-Smith
JP Morgan Chase (Ret.)

Alexander D. Williams
UBS Private Wealth Management

General Gary S. Yaple
New York Army National Guard

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