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.

Interested in joining our leadership?

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 also a PATH Intl. certified instructor, and enjoys photography in his spare time.  

Jean Smith

Senior Director of Development

Bio Coming Soon

Bonnie Perry

Program Director, MSW

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.

Marie Varvaro

Barn Director | PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Marie has been with GallopNYC since 2010, starting her journey with us as a therapeutic riding instructor. She began riding very young, developing a love for horses. Prior to working for GallopNYC full-time, Marie worked for the Veterans Administration Hospital as a dental hygienist and in her own successful businesses. She is enthusiastic about sharing her love for horses and good horsemanship, and in her role as Barn Director she oversees the coordination, care, and fitness of our herd of therapy horses. 

Jenni Messner

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.

Soorya Anilkumar

Site Manager | Trail Instructor | Groom Horse Trainer

Daniella Bartels


Devika Baldeo

Site Manager

Sarah Carfagna

LCSW -- Leadership Program

Claudia Carmel

PATH Certified Int'l Instructor

Sean Drakes


Dana Fairbairn

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Maddie Kuskin


Bronagh Martin


Catherine Groene

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor | Instructor Manager

Alicia Kershaw

PATH Certified Int'l Instructor

Allyn Young

Volunteer Coordinator

Victoria Fullerton

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor, Certified Hippotherapist

Victoria Fusco


Levi Cohen


Julianne Mosoff

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor | Virtual Instructor

Patricia McLaughlin


Lynne Holzhauser

Groom | Rec Instructor | Past Owner, Lynne's Riding School

Katie Murrell

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor | Virtual Instructor

Nicole Zaray Meter

Government Grants Consultant

Rachel Smucker

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor | Groom

Jenna Payne

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor | Groom

Abigail Welhouse

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Sophie Wallace


Lisa Roberts

Site Manager, Development Support

Elodie Jean

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor | Groom

Michael Ross

Site Manager

Bonnie Eng

Groom | Administrative Assistant

Octavio Diaz


Lily Cook

Site Manager | Instructor in Training

Jessica Kruger

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Samantha Blondell

Site Manager

Geri Van Hove-Mazzarelli

Site Manager

Gabby Mcrae

Independent Occupational Therapist

Dianne Garcia

Independent Physical Therapist

AHA Certified in Hippotherapy

Avery Wittkamp

Independent Physical Therapist

Darren Monti


Shanti Mathew


Reshma McGowan


Tim Zietara

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor | Council of Advisors Member

Deanna Fiore

Independent Physical Therapist