ANNE MCGRATH - Barn Manager/Instructor
Anne has been with MIM, starting as a volunteer, since 1999. She became a NARHA certified instructor in 2007, and currently also works as the barn manager. In her spare time, she enjoys working with horses...sounds a little one-sided doesn't she? She is pictured here with her horse, Tommy.
SHELLEY LIPPOLD is the Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
for Miracles in Motion. She worked for the Keene School District as a special education secretary at Keene Middle School for 9 Years. Working as a special education secretary gave her knowledge of policy and procedures in the special education field. Before working at the Keene Middle School, Shelley worked for PC Connection for 13 � years. Shelley worked mostly in the accounting department at PC Connection, but also worked in Co-op Advertising and Loss Prevention. Shelley�s years at PC Connection gave her knowledge on finances, experience with computers, programs, organization, communication, and problem solving skills. Shelley lives in Keene, with her husband, and two teenagers. She and her husband enjoy going for walks and hikes with the family dog, Maya.
CHRISTIANE WOLSKI - LEAD INSTRUCTOR - ChristiAne has been involved in therapeutic riding for over 10 years. She has taught riding in Austria, Portugal, NY and NJ, and has been teaching at MIM since 2010. Although dressage is her primary background, ChristiAne has also worked in barns from various other disciplines, including show jumping and riding schools. Before working with horses, she became a veterinary technician in her native Germany and later worked as a dog trainer. ChristiAne�s passion for teaching comes through in all her lessons. It is based on the belief in correct riding and horsemanship, her own riding education in Europe, and the way she was taught to teach. This knowledge is given freely and compassionately to all her students. Her teaching style has been described as �kind� and �firm-but-patient�. Besides teaching riding and working with horses and dogs, ChristiAne has worked in human services. She currently attends graduate school for applied psychology. Outside of work and school, she likes to ride her motorcycle and take photographs.
SHARON THOMSEN - I live in Swanzey NH with my husband Philip, 4 dogs, 5 cats, a horse and a pony. I have been a paraprofessional at Cutler school for 18 yrs. In 2001 I started as a volunteer at Miracles in Motion and by September 2002 I was on the board of directors and a certified instructor. I co-owned Zeke, Miracles first therapy horse. Before the program had it's own facility I helped trailer horses to and from the barn for Saturday lessons. Currently I am the president of an adult trail riding club and spend all my riding time on the trails with my 28 years young arab/cross mare Tess. I hope soon to have my granddaughter join me on her Appaloosa pony, Buttercup.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHRISTINE BREHM - Vice President
Christine currently holds the position of Executive Director of The Samaritans, Inc.; a Monadnock United way agency that provides suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention services throughout NH, with a primary focus on the greater Monadnock Region. She brings to the MIM board of directors over fifteen years of community based nonprofit experience.
In 2006, Ms. Brehm developed and implemented the State of NH's first transitional housing program for women offenders reentering the community post-incarceration. She is well versed in nonprofit management, strategic planning, as well as developing and maintaining community partnerships. Additionally, Ms. Brehm serves on boards for other area nonprofits and provides organizational and resource (human and financial) assessments and planning for small growing npos. She resides in Westmoreland, NH with her husband John and their two children, Chelsie & Gabriel.
BARBARA DEMATTEO - Board Member
PENNY CLARK - Board Member
CHRIS WHEELER - Board Member