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 in the process of becoming a PATH Intl. certified instructor, and enjoys photography in his spare time.  

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

Instructor

Devika Baldeo

Customer Service Associate

Soorya Anikumar

Groom / Instructor

Alicia Kershaw

PATH Certified Int'l Instructor

Daniella Bartels

Groom

Henry Dylan Brown

Area Volunteer Coordinator | PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Becca Cadoff

Horse Education Instructor

Catherine Calderon

Instructor

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

Groom

Emma Greer

Horse Education Instructor

Ruth Givens

Groom

Catherine Groene

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor | Groom

Eleanor Harrison

PATH Int'l Certified Instructor

Lynne Holzhauser

Groom | Instructor

Kaitlyn Mitchell

Instructor

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