Meet our Talented Staff!
Alicia first volunteered for therapeutic riding in Hong Kong in 1998. She is a retired attorney who grew up with horses. In 2005, she took a training course in starting a therapeutic riding program at Winslow and is a Certified PATH INTL Instructor. She is an Auxiliary Mounted NY City Parks Enforcement Patrol Officer. She also serves on the Board of the Fund for Women in Asia and the Women’s Foundation (Hong Kong) and the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Divinity School. Ms Kershaw does not receive compensation for her services. She has a JD from Yale Law School and a BA from Williams College. Reach Alicia at Alicia at GallopNYC.org
Virginia joined GallopNYC in September 2015 after a 15-year career as a consultant with BSR and Sustainability Ltd working international businesses to improve their environmental management and supply chain responsibility. She was an adjunct professor at The New School teaching business and sustainability. She also served as Communications and External Affairs Director for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy during the Park Plan approval process and is now a regular park user. She has a graduate degree from NYU in Business and Environment. Virginia, who lives in Brooklyn, is married with three children, a Master’s level swimmer, a sporadic triathlete and marathoner as well as a passionate but mediocre tennis player. She’s also an avid ballet fan.
James found GallopNYC as a volunteer in October 2010, and joined our staff full-time as of January 2014, in the newly created position of Director of Operations. James has an extensive background in retail; both buying and planning, full-line department store and off-price. His love of horses goes back to his hometown in Texas, where his father taught him to ride and rope. James holds a Bachelor of Science, Agribusiness and a Master of Science, Marketing from Texas A&M. He is in the process of becoming a PATH Intl. certified instructor, and enjoys photography in his spare time. Reach James at James.Wilson at GallopNYC dot org
Sarah-Jane Casey was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand where she rode competitively from age 8 to 20 in the sport of Eventing, Show Jumping and Dressage. Between 1995-1998 She placed third in New Zealand at the Bell Tea 3 Day Event in Taupo, rode and Captained both the New Zealand Pony Club Championship Team for Eventing and Dressage. In 1999 a move to Sydney to pursue acting eventually brought her to New York in 2001. She resumed teaching and riding in 2004 at Claremont Riding Academy in NYC, primarily teaching Dressage and Jumping. It was at Claremont in 2005 that she began teaching Therapeutic Horse Riding. She joined Gallop NYC in 2007 and has been working solely as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor for Gallop NYC since 2009, obtaining her PATH International Advanced Certification in 2014. Sarah-Jane currently heads the PATH Int’l Mentor training for new Instructors for GallopNYC and is the Instructor 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.
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. Amanda has over 12 years of experience working as an Account Executive in both the fashion industry and in advertising. Today she is delighted to apply her creativity toward a more fulfilling role as GallopNYC’s Marketing and Communications Manager.
Beth McReynolds grew up in the hills of rural Virginia, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. While in school, she worked in the Education Department at Sea World of Florida and the Entertainment Department at Universal Studios Florida. Beth moved to New York after completing college, and worked in the Entertainment Advertising Department at the New York Times. She joined the Knickerbocker Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and was appointed Project Patriot Chairman. This position brought about work with Veterans’ issues. Beth discovered GallopNYC while investigating programs for Veterans. Beth volunteered with GallopNYC to learn about the program and immediately fell in love. She ound 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.
Aine Mulligan graduated June 2016 with a BA in Psychology and Biology from Queens College. Has worked at GallopNYC for almost 3 years, beginning as an intern and have just recently completed the PATH Certified Instructor exam in August. Aine is CPR and First Aid Mental Health certified.
Courtney Clifford began working with GallopNYC as a volunteer in February 2014. A life long horse lover, she grew up riding on Long Island. She completed her PATH Intl. Certification as a Riding Instructor in 2016. With a decade of corporate training experience, Courtney loves leading group workshops. She received an Advanced Diploma from NYU in Leadership Coaching. She is a trained presenter and can be seen on-camera hosting interviews at various events in the city. She is the co-founder of Spiritual Socialites a digital platform and community that connects conscious New Yorkers through inspiring stories and events.
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.
Leslie Lewis joined Gallop NYC as a volunteer in October 2015. Born and raised in Toronto Ontario, Leslie moved to NYC in 2014 for a career in animal welfare. With a background riding in hunter/jumper and on the OUEA (Ontario University Equestrian Association) circuit, Leslie is thrilled to have found GallopNYC and a place to indulge her passion for all things equine within the Big Apple.
Katie Murrell is a PATH Int’l Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor with GallopNYC since 2014. She has been involved in many aspects of the horse world for fifteen years, including riding and competing, barn management, breeding and veterinary care. Katie is a graduate of Post University with a degree in Equine Business Management and a minor in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling at Hunter College.
Abigail Welhouse is a PATH Int’l Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She began working with GallopNYC as a volunteer in 2009. Now she teaches therapeutic riding lessons and mentors new instructors. Before she moved to New York City, she competed over fences and on the flat with the Sarah Lawrence College Equestrian Team and was the Program Director at Hoofbeat Ridge, a resident camp for girls in Wisconsin.
Lillian Jimenez volunteered with GallopNYC for a while before learning enough to help train, exercise and take care of the GallopNYC horses. She loves working for an organization which does so much to help people, and combining that with her love of horses, and in the middle of a big city like NYC. Lily loves the opportunity to work/volunteer with GallopNYC.