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Our Team

 

 

Maria Sullivan Antonioni

Executive Director

 

Maria Sullivan-Antonioni

With more than 15 years of leadership experience in the education, healthcare, charitable funds management, and technology industries, Maria has made a lasting impact on each organization she has been employed by, serving as a catalyst for positive changes and helping to create strong operational foundations that empower sustainable growth into the future. As a dedicated and passionate nonprofit operations leader, Maria has a long history of success bringing a fresh and insightful perspective to help organizations identify and leverage opportunities for improvement and growth.

Maria and her husband Robert Antonioni reside in Leominster, Massachusetts during the work week but consider their home to be Marshfield, Massachusetts with their seven children.

(978) 851-5540
maria.antonioni@strongwaterfarm.org

Staff & Instructors

Mariah Plante

Equine Manager / Riding Instructor
  • PATH International Registered Instructor
  • MA Licensed Riding Instructor
  • Certified Special Olympics Equestrian Coach
  • First Aid/CPR Certified
  • Competitive Event Rider through Training level
  • 20 years of Riding and Horsemanship Experience

Kassandra Kehoe

Program Manager / Riding Instructor
  • MA Licensed Riding instructor
  • PATH International riding instructor
  • PATH Advanced Certified
  • Certified Special Olympics Equestrian Coach
  • MA Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, CRCC nationally licensed provider
  • Healthcare Providers Service Organization member
  • BA Human Services, concentration in Early Intervention, minor in Psychology
  • CPR, First Aid and AED Certified
  • CPI Safety Care Certified
  • ASL American Sign Language
  • TIC Trauma Informed Care Trained

Nancy Hurwitz

Receptionist/Board Recording Secretary
  • Bachelor Degree in Management Information Services, Northeastern University
  • Former Senior Executive Assistant at Fidelity Investments in Boston

(978) 851-5540
nancy.hurwitz@strongwaterfarm.org

Ellie Coolidge-Behrstock

Riding Instructor

  • PATH International Registered Instructor
  • MA Licensed Riding instructor
  • Certified Special Olympics Equestrian Coach
  • CPR/First Aid certified
  • Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Visual Artist
  • Former Event Rider Through Intermediate Level
  • 1979 North American Junior Champion, 3 Day Event

Stacy MacDonald-Tofuri

Volunteer Coordinator / Instructor
  • PATH International Registered Instructor
  • MA Licensed Riding Instructor
  • Certified Special Olympics coach
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
  • 30 Years of Riding and Horsemanship Experience
  • AS in Equine Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture – 1997
  • Member of the UMass Amherst Intercollegiate Equestrian Team (1995-1997)
  • BS in Equine Business Management, Johnson & Wales University – 1999

(978) 851-5540
vc@strongwaterfarm.org

Shannon Giguere

Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
  • PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
  • MA Licensed Riding Instructor
  • BA in Psychology Colby-Sawyer College
  • MS in Animals & Public Policy Tufts University
  • First Aid/CPR Certified
  • 15+ Years of Riding and Horsemanship Experience

Melissa Salerno

Assistant Operation Manager

Natalie Cruz

Morning Barn Manager

Liz Kehoe

Office Manager

Elena Kehoe

Assistant Barn Manager/Program Support

Glynn Montgomery

Facilities Manager

Meredith Norton

Instructor

Board of Directors

Martha Gaffney

President
David Wahr

David Wahr

Past Board President
Chris Perley

Chris Perley

Board Vice President
Charles Gaffney

Charles Gaffney

Treasurer

Jennifer C Malizia

Secretary

James Carter

Director

Michelle Feudo

Director

Mary Jane Marcucci

Founding Director

Janice O’Neill

Director

Tracie Richardson

Director

Jessica Wadden

Director

Julia Eberhart

Director

Nancy Hurwitz

Recording Secretary

Karen Myatt

Director

Richard O’Neill

Director

Maura Sweeney

Director

Wendy Watson

Director

Maureen Yadgood

Director

Leadership Council

  • Peter Rodrigues, Chairperson
  • Jay Gaffney
  • Charles Gaffney
  • Libby Gaffney
  • Jim Lane
  • Christina Carter
  • Gregg Murray
  • Maureen Mahoney
  • Carolyn Pelletier
  • Tracie Richardson
Governor Mitt Romney signing authorizing legislation

Special Events


Follow us on Facebook and check out our events calendar to find out about special events that bring the community together and keep our programs strong, including the annual Strongwater Farm Hoedown. springtime Garden Party, and online fundraising initiatives.

Making a Difference Award Reception

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