A Statement from Executive Director James Wilson Regarding COVID-19

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.

Interested in joining our leadership?


Sol Reischer Retired Option Specialist on the American Stock Exchange. Chairman of the Specialist Association from 1995 – 2002. Parent of a daughter with Cerebral Palsy who started Therapeutic Horseback Riding at 3 1/2 years old and today trots, canters and jumps on her own at Brown University on its equestrian team.   President & Executive Committee Member 2014
Alicia Kershaw Founder and former Executive Director of GallopNYC. Certified PATH Intl. instructor. Retired attorney. Life-long rider. Auxiliary Mounted NYC Parks Enforcement Patrol Officer.   Vice Chair, Executive Committee Member Founder 2018
Gavin Case Director, Global OTC Regulatory Compliance, Macquarie Group, New York. Bachelor Business – Banking & Finance, Master Applied Finance, CPA. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, has lived and worked in Japan (6 years) and resided in the US since 2005. Gavin has a sibling with a disability, is married with two children (9 and 11) and is an animal lover with some farm experience.   Treasurer & Executive Committee Member 2017
Esada Qazi Esada Qazi is an SVP at Bank of America specializing in Cloud strategy, execution, and financials. Before performing the role of Portfolio Manager at Bofa, Esada worked at JPMorgan in Corporate Finance and AM Technology. Prior to JP, she worked with Alliance Bernstein in various roles. As a born and bred Brooklyn-er, she is passionate about bringing resources to communities in need.   Secretary and Executive Committee Member 2019
Audrey Abbott Retired NY Stock Exchange Specialist. Life-long rider. Horse owner. Long-term GallopNYC volunteer.     2012
Heather Aspegren PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Director, Digital Risk Solutions.
15 years experience with internal audit, controls design and supporting risk management practices through the assessment of design of analytics, controls and financial processes, data governance strategy, software selection and implementation strategies. Only child of a very dedicated special ed teacher in small town Kansas, and former equestrian.
Anne Marie Chance Professor at City Tech of the City University of New York. Construction Manager. Outreach Chair at AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction, urban resilience researcher. Founder of Supper Club 80.      
Anna Laptook Goldman Anna Goldman was elected to the Board. She is a Director, Global Cobrand Business Development, at American Express. Anna was on the Vanderbilt equestrian team and brings marketing and fundraising experience to our Board.     2019
Paul Hinton Principal, The Brattle Group. Parent of Sam, a GallopNYC student. Testifying expert in finance and economics; recent testimony in white collar jury trial for DOJ. Graduate of Oxford (engineering, 1988) and Harvard (public policy 1994). Lives in Brooklyn with wife Andrea Phillips and three sons     2017
Constance Hunter Chief Economist of KPMG LLP. BA in Economics and Sociology from New York University and Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Avid equestrian.     2016
Carlos Lamadrid

Carlos Lamadrid is the President and Founder of HLC Partners, a consulting firm that provides strategic and tactical advice to a wide variety of companies on branding, team building and change management. Carlos has worked in the media and marketing industry for over 25 years, much of that time at Condé Nast.

Married for over 25 years and a father of two grown children, Carlos has also been a lifelong horseman. Although riding mostly for enjoyment now, he started riding at about 8 years old, competing first in Children’s Hunters, then Jr. Working Hunters, and moving on to Jumpers and Dressage. Carlos believes horses help people connect to themselves in an unspoken language that is good for the soul.

Julie Napolitano Cross Asset Solutions Strategist, Bunge. Accomplished self-starter in finance and risk management with B.S. from Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and MBA from Cornell University, Johnson School. Parent of a child with apraxia who has benefitted from hippotherapy since age 2 and of another young rider.     2017

Jagdish Singh Director, Citi Group. Executive in a global financial institution with experience in developing strategy and execution in the areas of business management and business process re-design across various industries. Strong interest in serving those in need and is involved in volunteer activities in local community and with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Junior Achievement of New Jersey, NJ Chapter of PMI, etc.     2019
Lori Silverstein Self Employed-Conference and Event Consultant with extensive global event and conference development, management and execution, including expertise in non-profit gala and fundraising events.     2019
Lucie Claire Vincent

Managing Director of the Andean Cluster at Philip Morris International.  Prior she worked at Colgate-Palmolive internationally. She is a consumer goods global leader who has lived and worked in Asia, Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean. Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Marketing from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Executive Education Business Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University. Passionate about supporting people with disabilities and animal lover.

James Wilson

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 a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, a Irwin Insights Horse Trainer, a CHA Certified Equine Facility Director, and an Equine Experiential Education Level 1 Certified Trainer. James enjoys photography in his spare time.

  Interim Executive Director (Non-voting) 2019
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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.