The Stoneybrook Foundation employs 5 full-time and 5 part-time staff to operate our program, administration and facilities needs. This team is critical to the growth and success of the center, and interacts with the volunteers, students and caretakers on a daily basis. We are always looking for talented individuals to join our team. See employment for current job openings.
Josh was born and raised in the Laurel Highlands. He has an extensive background in construction and land/grounds management. This background has given him a variety of knowledge from taking care of animals to grounds keeping to mechanical and electrical issues. Josh and his fiancee, Susan, are also the on-site caretakers for the property, and look forward to establishing their home on the farm. In their free time they enjoy being outdoors either hunting, hiking or just enjoying the beauty of nature.
Haley is a resident of Acme and volunteered at SBF since 2014. In 2017, she served as SBF’s summer program intern. Upon graduation from Wilson College in May 2018, with a BS in Equine Facilitated Therapeutics, Specializing in Equestrian Management, she was hired as Stoneybrook’s Volunteer Coordinator. In college, Haley competed on the IHSA and IDA equestrian teams and the Women’s Soccer Team. She is a CECTH (PA) certified riding instructor and is currently working on becoming a PATH Intl. registered level riding instructor. Haley leases her horse, Dandy, to our therapeutic riding program.
Facilities & Equine Caregiver
Gabby just started working in the barn at Stoneybrook in March of 2018. She resides in Ligonier, and is currently attending Seton Hill University, studying Biology. She is very interested in environmental conservation. Gabby has been riding horses for many years, doing show jumping and eventing. In her spare time, Gabby can be found enjoying the outdoors kayaking, camping or hiking with her dog, Greyson.
Facilities & Equine Caregiver
Dakota started at Stoneybrook in April 2018. She has been involved in every aspect of horse care her entire life. She has been showing horses since the age of 5. She is a member of Somerset County 4-H, Somerset Saddle Club and rejoining CPHA this year. She has both shown Western Pleasure and runs barrels. She also drives her mini horse that she trained while recovering from a riding accident. When she is not working at Stoneybrook or Seven Springs, she is busy on her family farm with their 6 horses, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs and the barn cats. Dakota is very interested in learning more about PATH Certification and what is involved in teaching therapeutic lessons.
Becky earned a B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a post-graduate Paralegal Certification through Duquesne University’s School of Law. Before coming to the Stoneybrook Foundation, she worked 15 years as a Paralegal in the field of real estate, foreclosure and bankruptcy. She started at SBF as a volunteer, but came to work at the Center as the Volunteer Coordinator in 2013. Now she manages the business operations, office and support services for the center. She is also obtaining her certification through PATH, Intl. to be a Registered Level Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Becky has a western riding background, but has been taking dressage lessons since starting at SBF. Becky lives in Acme with her husband, Kevin, and dogs, Aspen and Gunnar.
Facilities & Equine Caregiver
As a child, Tara enjoyed visiting her aunt and uncle’s farm. She always aspired to work with and care for animals. In addition to helping take care of SBF’s herd and facility, Tara takes care of the diverse population of animals at Living Treasures Animal Park. When she’s not working, Tara loves spending time with her son and family, and getting outdoors as much as possible.
Advanced Level Therapeutic Riding Instructor / Head Riding Instructor
Kim joined the Stoneybrook team in 2010. She holds a BS in Business Management and Communications from the University of Phoenix. She has a background in showing in the AQHA circuit. Kim is a PATH, Intl. Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor and is the Head Riding Instructor for our team, mentoring staff instructors and promoting their continuing education. Many weekends Kim can be found in the dressage show ring with her horse, Luna. Kim leases Luna and Kalypso to our therapeutic riding program.
Tonia R. Richardson
Tonia earned her bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Education from Seton Hill University and her master’s degree in Education Administration from California University of Pennsylvania. She has been employed for over 18 years in the mental health field, working with children and families with emotional, behavioral and developmental disabilities. Her most recent career afforded her the opportunity to run non-profit, private academic schools for children who struggle in the conventional school setting due to their disabilities. Growing up on farms in Northern Virginia and Central West Virginia, Tonia understands the commitment and dedication it takes to attend to the day-to-day responsibilities of running a farm. Tonia’s two children, Corinne and Jake, have branched out on their own, leaving an empty nest which Tonia and her husband, Chris, quickly filled with their two dogs, Odin and Freya. Tonia resides in Greensburg where she enjoys cooking, reading, spending time in nature and community involvement.
Registered Level Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Katey is a PATH International and AAHS certified riding instructor who holds a degree in Equine Studies from Centenary University and a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. Katey is a life-long equestrian and has experience working in many aspects of the equine industry, including: riding instructor, show groom, equestrian program director, and horse drawn carriage driver. Katey believes that good horsemanship goes far beyond riding, and enjoys teaching students both in the saddle and out. She takes pride in watching her students learn, grow and push beyond their perceived boundaries and limitations.
Registered Level Therapeutic Riding Instructor / Equine Coordinator
Kayla started at Stoneybrook as a volunteer, and was brought on as staff shortly thereafter in 2012. Kayla grew up around horses and today is training in dressage, jumping and Western riding. Kayla is a PATH, Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor. In addition to teaching lessons at the Stoneybrook Foundation, Kayla serves as Equine Coordinator, assuring that our herd gets proper nutrition, health care and exercise. Kayla also works part-time at a local dog boarding facility. She owns a horse named Key, who she leases to our therapeutic riding program, and two dogs, Barrett and Rylee.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Stoneybrook Foundation is governed by a voluntary board of directors. The Board meets regularly at the center or other specified location. Annual Strategic Planning Meetings take place off-site for a 2-day session (date, time TBA). Please contact Lin Podolinsky, Board Secretary, if you would like to attend a meeting or are interested in center development.
President, Board of Directors
Suzanne joined Kattan Ferretti Financial in 2017 as Co-Owner and Investment Advisor. Prior to joining KFF, Suzanne had 12 years in the Financial Services Industry at PNC. Suzanne’s current business focus is to provide more education on investing to her clients by hosting seminars, maintaining a blog and directly assisting with the financial planning process. An enthusiastic and involved member of the community, Suzanne strives to support several local organizations and non-profits. In addition to serving as a member or being on their boards, Suzanne plans and hosts fundraising events throughout the year, bringing awareness and support to these organizations. Suzanne and her husband Michael grew up and currently reside in Hempfield Township. They love getting to know everyone in and around their community, and help make an impact any way they can.
Vice President, Board of Directors
Jenn graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies. She is the owner of Paralegal Services Unlimited, Inc. since 1996. Her business focus encompasses many aspects of the legal profession, including family law, estate planning, corporate law, civil actions, commercial and residential real estate transactions and oil & gas rights. Jenn is also very involved in the community as a member, officer and/or volunteer for several local political campaigns, professional organizations and charities. She is married to Scott E. Learn, DMD and has a teenage son, Brandon, with whom she volunteers in the barn at Stoneybrook.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Lin was the founding Executive Director of the Stoneybrook Foundation, and now serves as Secretary on its Board of Directors. Employed by the Christian Family & Children’s Center as its Director of Operations, Lin passionately continues her career helping the Laurel Highland’s community. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Organizational Leadership at Regent University. Lin is a PATH, Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor and a CECTH Qualified instructor. She achieved a M.S. in Organizational Leadership through Geneva College, and has a B.S. in Equine Facilitated Therapeutics from Wilson College. While completing a B.A. in German from Dickinson College, she studied abroad for a year and a half at Bremen Universität. Lin spends many evenings and weekends coaching her children’s basketball and soccer teams, and is active in her church community.
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Liam has over twenty-four years leadership experience with both Fortune 500 companies and as a naval officer. In his IT career, Liam has significant experience in supply chain, Six Sigma, consumer products, global support organizations, outsourcing and project management. Liam has served as CIO for GE Intelligent Platforms, Heinz North America and Block Communications. Liam is currently working for Gartner, Inc. as an Executive Partner, providing technology advice and research to senior IT executives in multiple industries. Liam earned his MBA from William and Mary while in the Navy; his MS in the Naval Postgraduate School; and his BA from the University of Mississippi.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Josh was born and raised in Windber, PA and currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA. He has more than 18 years of business development and management experience for organizations ranging from start-ups to large international corporations. He currently works for Randstad Technologies as the Managing Director for Western PA. Josh holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Engineering Management from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. He has also spent nearly a decade as a committee member of the Western PA Wounded Heroes fund, contributing his efforts to fundraising and charitable work in support of wounded veterans.