Meet the Team

NTRC’s team is responsible for herding more than a dozen therapy horses and thousands of people – including participants, volunteers, supporters, and one another.

NTRC’s team consists of PATH International Certified Instructors, all of whom hold the Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification and some of whom hold the additional Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification. All instructors perform evaluations, and assessments and create individualized treatment programs for therapeutic riders.

With more than 350 volunteers providing thousands of hours of service, volunteer coordinators are our wranglers. They make sure all volunteers receive orientations, and are trained, scheduled, and supported in their activities.

The 7-acre campus includes two barns, two arenas, multiple paddocks, and the Clark Family Foundation Equine-Assisted Therapy Center. Additionally, NTRC’s herd of therapy horses is constantly growing and changing. 12-14 horses serve our participants. As horses retire, additional horses are added to the herd and trained for therapeutic activities.

Beth Atherton

Elizabeth (Beth) Atherton

Instructor
Program Volunteer Coordinator

PATH Intl. Credentials:
Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

Carla Benefield

Clinical Manager
Program Volunteer Coordinator
PATH Intl. Credentials:
Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

Amy Burrell-Cormier

Volunteer Manager
volunteermanager@ntrc.org

Cathy Chickerell

Donor & Event Manager
admin@ntrc.org

Erica Evans

Instructor
PATH Intl. Credentials:
Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

Mary Fellenz, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Catherine Haffey

Instructor
PATH Intl. Credentials:
Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Lea Haven

Lead Instructor
PATH Intl. Credentials:
Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning
PATH Intl. Mentor

Joe Meek

Human Resources & Finance Officer
finance@ntrc.org

Lillian Mendez

Lillian Mendez

Program Director
program@ntrc.org

Kim Santora

Instructor
PATH Intl. Credentials:
Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Joanne (Jo) Treglown

Instructor
PATH Intl. Credentials:
Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

Rachel Vaa

Equine Resource Manager
Horse Trainer
PATH Intl. Credentials
Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
rvaa@ntrc.org

Jennifer Williams

Facilities & Property Manager
jwilliams@ntrc.org

Bryan Young

Barn and Property Assistant

Chris Young

Barn Assistant

All photographs on this page are courtesy of Paula Bowes, volunteer, to whom we are very grateful.