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Our Staff

GallopNYC’s talented and passionate employees are motivated by the sense of purpose that comes with our mission and programs.  Many of our staff first started their career at GallopNYC as a volunteer.

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James Wilson

Executive Director | PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

James joined our staff full-time as of January 2014, volunteering since 2010. His love of horses goes back to his hometown in Texas, where his father taught him to ride and rope. James holds a BS – Agribusiness and a MS -Marketing from Texas A&M. He is in the process of becoming a PATH Intl. certified instructor, and enjoys photography in his spare time.  

Amy Price

Director of Development

Joining GallopNYC as its Director of Development in January 2019 is truly a return home for Amy Price.  She and her husband Ira were first exposed to horseback riding and learned to ride at the very barn that is now GallopNYC Forest Hills.  Amy has a long history of commitment to the nonprofit sector, and she transitioned her primary focus to fundraising and building organizational sustainability 10 years ago, to help nonprofits of every size master the challenges of financing their missions to sustain their good work.  Amy has passionately worked both in the education field and on behalf of individuals with special needs for more than 15 years.  Amy is a graduate of Brandeis University and her continuing education includes a Certificate in Managing Major Gifts.  Amy proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Development Officers, a leading resource for fundraisers in the Hudson Valley and beyond.  

Dana Fairbairn

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Dana joined GallopNYC in 2010 as a volunteer and immediately fell in love with the organization. She decided to become even more involved, and in 2016 joined our family as a certified instructor.  When she is not teaching lessons, Dana can be found taking trapeze classes, writing the next big adventure, volunteering for other organizations and enjoying time with friends and family.

Amanda Gallo

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Amanda Gallo found GallopNYC in 2015 as a volunteer. She loved volunteering so much that she is now a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor. Amanda grew up in San Diego, CA where she rode competitively on the Hunter/Jumper circuit. She  started riding at 9 years old and has over 22 years of experience owning horses.   She came to NYC after graduating college with a BA in Fashion Merchandising. Today she is delighted to apply her creativity toward a more fulfilling role as GallopNYC’s Marketing and Communications Manager.

Beth McReynolds

Front of Barn Manager Forest Hills

Beth McReynolds grew up in the hills of rural Virginia, and received a BA Humanities from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fl. While in school, she worked in the Education Department at Sea World of Florida. Beth discovered GallopNYC while investigating programs for Veterans. Beth volunteered with GallopNYC to learn about the program and immediately fell in love. She found happiness and purpose through GallopNYC and what began as volunteering became a career. Besides GallopNYC, Beth’s favorite things are horses, history and marathon walks.

Jenni Messner

Associate Program Manager

Jenni Messner just recently found and fell in love with GallopNYC, joining the team as associate program manager in February 2019. She came to NYC in 2019 from Colorado as a folksinger and has been deeply missing the outdoors, so she’s excited to get to spend time with horses. Jenni is originally from Ohio and holds a MFA in performance, and a BA in psychology and theatre. When she’s not working, she loves playing guitar, hiking, and is active in the meditation community.

Maggie Munoff

Development Associate

Maggie grew up in the mountains of the Adirondacks, where she developed a love of the outdoors, animals, and recreation. After graduating from NYU with her BA in Multimedia Production and Journalism, she survived a short stint as a substitute teacher and then began a career in the film & tv industry, working with a number of high-profile productions. She joined GallopNYC in August 2016, where she currently serves as Development Associate. In her spare time, Maggie enjoys photography, yoga, Crossfit, hiking, live music and attempting to meet every dog in Brooklyn. 

Bonnie Perry

Program Manager

Bonnie joined the GallopNYC team in January 2016. She grew up riding and loving horses in rural southeastern Ohio and is so happy to have the opportunity to reconnect with this part of her life here in New York City. Bonnie previously coordinated a city-wide Travel Training program, teaching adults with disabilities independent travel skills. Bonnie has an MSW, with a focus on Organizational Management and Leadership, from Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work. She has a BS in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College. In her spare time, Bonnie enjoys traveling and live music and she is an avid reader.

Cheriselle Scott

Volunteer Manager

Cheriselle, commonly referred to as Cher,  recently joined the GallopNYC team this past September. Cher was first introduced to GallopNYC and therapeutic horsemanship while looking for meaningful opportunities for a young man with Autism, whom she supported while supervising a community based program for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She is new to horses but excited to learn and continue her work empowering people through focus on their abilities rather than focusing on disability. Cher has a B.A in Psychology from Georgetown University and is an avid sports fan and basketball coach.

Marlee Miller

Volunteer Coordinator

Marlee grew up volunteering at a therapeutic riding center in her hometown in Pennsylvania. So she was thrilled when she found GallopNYC after moving to New York. As our Volunteer Coordinator, she loves having the opportunity to bring what she loved about volunteering to the lives of others. When she isn’t recruiting volunteers, Marlee is riding horses, performing, or writing poems.

Marie Varvaro

Barn Manager | PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Katti-Lyn Battaglia

Groom / Instructor

Katherine Anderson

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Vanessa Bornholdt


Devika Baldeo

Customer Service Associate

Soorya Anikumar

Groom / Instructor

Alicia Kershaw

PATH Certified Int'l Instructor

Daniella Bartels


Henry Dylan Brown

Area Volunteer Coordinator | PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Becca Cadoff

Horse Education Instructor

Catherine Calderon


Claudia Carmel

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Lola Fennimore

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor | Groom

Victoria Fullerton

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Keren Fyfe

Horse Education Instructor

Dianne Garcia

Independent Physical Therapist

AHA Certified in Hippotherapy

Zora Gookin


Emma Greer

Horse Education Instructor

Ruth Givens


Catherine Groene

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor | Groom

Eleanor Harrison

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Lynne Holzhauser

Groom | Instructor

Kaitlyn Mitchell


Cindy Krewson

Paddock Master | Pony Club

Patricia McLaughlin

Groom | Instructor

Leslie Lewis

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Katie Raszewski

Groom | Instructor

Suzy Marquard

PATH Certified Int'l Instructor

Julianne Mosoff

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Catherine Jennings

Horse Education Instructor

Aine Mulligan

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Katie Murrell

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Jenna Payne

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor | Groom

Abigail Welhouse

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Alessandra Sorrento

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

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GallopNYC FY18 Audited Financials

Our Staff

GallopNYC’s talented and passionate employees are motivated by the sense of purpose that comes with our mission and programs.  Many of our staff first started their career at GallopNYC as a volunteer.

Board of Directors

GallopNYC is led by a Board of Directors dedicated to our mission. Our talented Board of Directors are professionals with accomplishments in business, government, professional services, and philanthropy.

Advisory Council

Our Council of Advisors are eminent supporters of our therapeutic programing, consisting of avid equestrians, medical professionals, educators, parents, and a wide variety of advisors.

Founders & Emeritus Board

GallopNYC was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2005. During the 2007-08 academic year, GallopNYC began lessons with one instructor, ten participants, and about fifteen regular volunteers.

Rising Professionals

Our Rising Professional Group help to make GallopNYC events a fun and memorable occasion.  They are dedicated to organizing, planning, and fundraising for events and activities that support our riders.

2017 CHAR500
2017 GallopNYC 990 and CHAR 500
2017 Signed 990 CHAR 500 and Audited Fin(3)

Volunteer in Lessons

Volunteers play a very important role in our therapeutic riding lessons. In fact, we can’t have lessons without you. Volunteers support our riders during therapeutic riding sessions by sidewalking with riders and leading our horses.

Barn Work

Taking care of horses sure is a lot of work! We need volunteers to help us with all kinds of tasks from horse care, barn management, feeding, and even cleaning stalls. 

Site Leader

As a Site Leader, you will assist instructors to ensure that on-site activities operate smoothly, especially with regards to volunteers, riders, staff, and any other on-site personnel. 

Paddock Master

Make a difference and help our lessons run better. Paddock Masters volunteers are designated to assist instructors during therapeutic riding sessions by ensuring horses are tacked and ready for use, and all necessary equipment is available to allow lessons to proceed in a timely fashion.

Clerical Volunteer

Like to stay indoors? We need volunteers to help GallopNYC staff with office work and to ensure that on-site activities operate smoothly, especially with regards to volunteers, riders, and any other on-site personnel.

Volunteer Community

Become a member of GallopNYC’s volunteer community – The Turnout! The Turnout is a social club for volunteers to connect with one another through hands on experience, learning and good times. Deepen your therapeutic riding and horse knowledge, and stay abreast of all the volunteer events!

Therapeutic Riding

GallopNYC brings the proven benefits of therapeutic horsemanship to provide measurable benefits for people with developmental, emotional, social, and physical challenges.  Through weekly riding sessions with PATH-certified instructors, we help riders learn new skills, inspiring each one to live life as fully, productively and independently as possible.


GallopNYC provides horsemanship leadership programs to veterans free of charge. Therapeutic horsemanship is effective with veterans for both physical and emotional rehabilitation. GallopNYC’s therapeutic horsemanship program for veterans focuses on interactions with horses and builds upon improving personal decision-making and self-regulation.


GallopNYC offers a free program for local seniors, 65 and older. Participants have the opportunity to socialize, mingle, learn new skills, work with our horses, and volunteer with our riders.  This program focuses on groundwork and techniques in leadwalking and sidewalking, to better assist our riders during therapeutic riding lessons.


In Hippotherapy, a licensed physical therapist works with each child while the child is riding. The therapist is trained in using a horse as a physical therapy tool. The therapists work independently with GallopNYC’s assistance.


GallopNYC has developed an innovative program to help young people transition to work, by developing specific job skills needed for gainful employment.

Equestrian Team

The GallopNYC Equestrian Team sponsored by Centennial Bank is a group of our advanced riders who participate in competitions for riders with disabilities at United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) rated hunter jumper shows.