Jane Banta, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor
Jane found Mane Stream through the semi-annual tack sale after moving back to New Jersey from Texas. She is currently a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and teaches on Saturdays. Jane has been riding horses for 15 years and getting back into the sport after graduating from Southern Methodist University.
Pony up! In her spare time she rides as many horses as she can get her hands on and spends time with friends, family, and her three dogs.
Louisa Bartok, Marketing & Communications Manager
Louisa leads the marketing and community outreach efforts for the organization and assists with special events and fundraising efforts. She brings to Mane Stream extensive expertise in non-profit administration, focused mainly in the areas of volunteer coordinator, marketing, and development.
After growing up on a horse farm in Hunterdon County with many years spent riding bareback and trail riding, Louisa graduated from Hollins University but did not ride while there. In her spare time Louisa hikes her Italian Spinone, Luna and spends her vacation time participating in Curling Bonspiels with her husband Paul all throughout Europe and North America.
Kelly Champion Tambasco, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, Camp Activity Specialist, Barn Assistant
Kelly has many different and important job responsibilities at Mane Stream. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, one of the barn staff responsible for maintaining the barn and caring for the herd, and during the summer also acts as a camp activity specialist. Kelly has been involved with horses for almost 45 years and has enjoyed sharing her knowledge and experiences with the staff, volunteers and participants. In her spare time, Kelly still enjoys riding and is currently competing on the hunter\jumper "A" circuit.
Catriona Coffey, Barn Staff
Catriona's involvement with Mane Stream began in 2008 when she started volunteering with adaptive riding lessons. She quickly fell in love and volunteered as much as possible. In 2012, Catriona began working as part of the barn staff during the summer months and her breaks from college. She graduated from Boston College with degree in biology. Catriona and her family also raise Seeing Eye puppies, and she enjoys riding horses when she gets the chance.
Kimberley Coombs, Fundraising and Database Associate
Kim brings over a decade of experience as a professional fundraiser to Mane Stream. She worked at Hunterdon Healthcare where she lead their successful annual giving program, including an increase in donor retention and most recently was the Director of Development at the Diocese of Metuchen where she led the effort that achieved the largest annual appeal in the history of the Diocese.
Kim has loved horses since childhood and she continues to be a valued volunteer at Mane Stream. In addition, Kim is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care and spends time volunteering at a food pantry and local farm. She is active in community theater and with her church parish. Kim and her husband of nearly 30 years, Chuck, have 4 grown children and one adorable granddaughter.
Shannon Croasdale, MS, CF-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist–Clinical Fellow
Shannon is a recent graduate of Misericordia University where she received her Master of Speech-Language Pathology degree and pursued a minor in psychology. She is currently practicing as a speech-language pathologist clinical fellow both at Mane Stream and in a public high school. During her graduate work, Shannon completed externships at a neurorehabilitation outpatient center and at a private school for children with developmental disabilities. Additionally, Shannon completed various research studies with her professor and fellow classmates in the areas of literacy and fluency. She has presented at both the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association alongside her professor and classmates. During her time at Misericordia University, Shannon was a member of the Women’s basketball team and highly involved in various on-campus activities. Shannon is looking forward to taking the Treatment Principles- Part I course through the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc.
Born and raised in Hunterdon County, Shannon lives a very active lifestyle. She loves being outdoors, running, walking, and spending time with friends and family. Shannon has recently completed her first marathon and is looking for new and adventurous things to try!
Jen Dermody, Equine Manager, Head Instructor, Event Coordinator
Jen coordinates the adaptive riding program, schooling program for our horses, is responsible for finding and assessing potential new members of our herd, and is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor with Advanced Standing. Jen specializes in teaching riders that are independent in their willingness to learn and she strives to get the most out of her riders while developing their skills. She utilizes what she learns from her own experiences and adapts that to help her riders reach their goals and become as independent as possible.
In 2015, Jen became the event coordinator for Mane Stream. She quickly discovered she had a passion for planning events. When one event ends she is immediately planning to make the next one a success.
Jen spends her free time riding her own horse, helping friends at shows and spending time with friends and family. She has had success showing in the Adult Hunters, Adult Equitation, and Amateur Owner Hunters.
Melanie Dominko-Richards, MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS, Coordinator of Therapy Services
Melanie is a New Jersey licensed speech-language pathologist with her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has been involved with Mane Stream for over 20 years, first as a camper, then a volunteer, and finally a staff member!
Melanie graduated from Seton Hall University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and in 2013 with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology; she plans to apply for her clinical doctor in speech-language pathology within the next couple of years. During her graduate studies, she completed clinical internships in an elementary school and a traumatic brain injury outpatient rehab and a clinical externship at two facilities that provided therapy services utilizing equine movement as part of an integrated plan of care. In addition to working at Mane Stream, Melanie also works at Our House, Inc. as a speech-language pathologist helping to improve the functional communication skills of participants in their day program.
Melanie has attended the Treatment Principle Part I and Part II courses through the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. and is a Board Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist through the American Hippotherapy Certification Board. Melanie is also a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Registered Therapist, and Mentor as well as an EAGALA Certified Professional. Most recently, Melanie attended training through the PROMPT Institute and is a PROMPT Trained Clinician. When not at work, Melanie volunteers her time with AHA, Inc. as the Committee Chair for the Marketing and Social Media Committee where she assists the office and Board of Directors in spreading the word about utilizing equine movement as part of an integrated plan of care.
Born and raised right here in Oldwick, Melanie enjoys riding horses, listening to Podcasts, reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with Arnold, her Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Alanna Flax-Clark, Special Projects Manager
Alanna looks forward to collaborating with various schools, groups, and adaptive sports organizations while here at Mane Stream. Alanna also hopes to help with any further adaptations that can be used, as well as community outreach about the benefits horses can have for people with disabilities.
Alanna is a Para-Equestrian training for the Paralympics in 2020 with her Dutch Riding Pony, El Paso. She recently moved here from Los Angeles. After only competing internationally for less than two years, she is currently ranked 7th in the World for her classification. Diagnosed with a chronic neurological disease and then further paralyzed from an infection in 2008, Alanna discovered her love of horses when she started riding for therapy and then discovered the sport of dressage from her adaptive riding instructors.
Alanna brings a wealth of knowledge to Mane Stream with her knowledge of horses and adaptive riding, a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Special Education.
Marla Guariglia, MS, CCC-SLP
Marla is a New Jersey licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Montclair State College and her Masters of Science in Speech-Language at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Marla's career has included working in many settings such as hospitals, private practice, public school and special education schools. She has many years experience in the public schools addressing many disabilities including cognitive impairment, Autism, and language-based learning difficulties to name a few. Marla attended the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. Treatment Principles- Part I in June 2018 and is looking forwarded to expanding her skills and education in the treatment tool of hippotherapy by attending the Part II in 2019.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Marla enjoys tap dancing, yoga, and spending time with her dachshunds and three grown daughters.
Trish Hegeman, Executive Director
For the past 25 years Trish has worked with nonprofit organizations, both as a staff member and as a consultant, helping them secure the resources necessary to be successful. She has broad fundraising experience with a focus on individual giving, foundation and corporate relations, board development and annual campaigns. Over her career she has worked with a wide variety of organizations including a children’s hospital, a major NYC museum, an organic farm and environmental education program, a public radio station and most recently, was the Associate Director of Development and Alumni at Far Hills Country Day School.
Trish has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Holy Cross College and a Masters of Arts in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. She has served on a number of boards of directors, including a term as President for Family Connections, which provides education services to low income families.
She grew up on Long Island and rode horses as a teenager. She has lived in New York City, northern California and moved with her husband Rich and three children to Basking Ridge eight years ago. Most of her free time is spent cheering for her kids – either from the stands at a hockey rink or from the audience at a dance performance.
Rebecca Jablonski, Volunteer Coordinator
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. Prior to working at Mane Stream, she worked at Hunterdon Medical Center doing insurance authorizations for radiology before becoming the department secretary for Hunterdon Behavioral Health. Though she is new to the equine world and she is very excited to learn all about it. Mane Stream's mission is something she is passionate about and looks forward to working with volunteers and participants alike!
Rebecca grew up locally and in her spare time enjoys reading, writing, and planning vacations to Disney World!
Ivy Kessler, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor
Ivy Kessler has been riding since the age of five. Growing up she also realized she had special place in her heart for working with kids with special needs. She decided to combine the two things she loved most. After becoming a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor in 2013, Ivy began working at a PATH center in Delaware. In 2017, she moved to New Jersey and joined the team at Mane Stream where she then continued to get her PATH Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) certification.
Ivy spends a lot of her time fostering and hosting events for Big Dog Rescue Project based out of Mendham New Jersey and is always out on an adventure with her pups. She also is still an avid equestrian that competes on the A circuit.
Holland Kochanski, Barn Manager, Camp Director & PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor
Holland is our Camp Director and a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor. Holland joined Mane Stream in 2009 as the Camp Counselor, and worked as barn staff and as the Program Assistant before becoming Barn Manager in 2011 and Camp Director in 2015. Holland holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: Law, Criminology and Deviance from the University of Minnesota and has been a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor since 2006. Holland enjoys creating games, activities and theme days to make Mane Stream Summer Camp a memorable experience for the campers and volunteers.
Holland was born and raised in New Jersey, and enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband live in Somerville.
Alissa Lanahan, PT, DPT, Cert MDT
Alissa is a New Jersey licensed physical therapist. Alissa graduated from the University of Delaware in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Minor in Strength and Conditioning. Continuing on to achieve her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Drexel University in 2013, Alissa completed two internships in pediatrics including a school based and early intervention rotation and another at an outpatient pediatric facility. After graduating, Alissa accepted a position with ProCare Rehabiliation, LLC located in Flemington, NJ. At ProCare, she enjoys treating all age ranges for orthopedic, neurological and vestibular diagnoses. Alissa started working at Mane Stream in January 2017 and loves the chance to combine her love of pediatrics, horses, and physical therapy. Alissa attended that American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. Treatment Principles- Part I in June 2018 and the Treatment Principles- Part II in April 2019. Alissa plans on sitting for the Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist Exam in the near future!
Alissa grew up in Pittstown, NJ and rode horses during her childhood years. In her spare time, Alissa enjoys recreational running and spending time with her husband and her dog, Jackson.
Katrina Low-Beer, PT, DPT
Katrina is a New Jersey licensed physical therapist. She graduated from Clarkson University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Minor in Chemistry. Katrina received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Clarkson University in 2016, and completed internships at two outpatient facilities, a skilled nursing facility and at a pediatric burn center. After graduating, Katrina accepted a hospital position with Matheny Medical and Educational Center located in Peapack, NJ. At Matheny, she enjoys treating adults with various developmental disabilities. Katrina came with Matheny to Mane Stream in the fall of 2017 as a sidewalker and loved the experience! She completed the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. Treatment Principles- Part I in 2018 and looks forward to combining this knowledge with her love of physical therapy. Katrina is planning on attending the Treatment Principles- Part II in 2019.
Katrina grew up in Kingston, NJ. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her husband and three cats, Basil, Theo, and Freya. She also does aerial yoga!!
Casey McMahon, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor
Casey is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and teaches lessons for our adaptive riding program. Casey grew up riding horses, owning her own for over 10 years. Her riding is primarily hunter-jumper based, but she has a background in basic dressage and western riding as well. Casey worked at an adaptive horseback riding program on Long Island for many years teaching lessons, doing summer camp, and aided in other programs, such as work study and at-risk youth programs. She graduated from Delaware Valley College with a Bachelor of Science in General Science for Secondary Education and now works at Hunterdon Central High School.
Erin Polos, PT
Erin is a New Jersey licensed Physical Therapist. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts where she spent most of her time training for and competing in athletic activities. She graduated from Northeastern University with Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She moved to New Jersey with her family in 2001 and joined the Mane Stream staff in January 2017. It is rumored that Erin took the first EVER hippotherapy course offered over 20+ years ago! As a refresher, Erin attended the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. Treatment Principles- Part I in June 2018 and is planning on attending the Treatment Principles- Part II in 2019.
In her spare time, Erin enjoys riding her own horse, Clancy, and spending time with her three daughters.
Jeanne Schroder, Business Manager
Jeanne is responsible for the overall financial aspects of Mane Stream. She prepares financial reports, handles the annual audit, and generates invoices, processes payments and deposits donations. She also pays the bills and works on Human Resource and Insurance functions.
Jeanne grew up in Cincinnati and has lived in Chicago, as well as on both coasts. Her career track was a winding journey that started with sales and purchasing. She then earned degrees in accounting and computer programming which led to two years at Ernst & Young and a C.P.A. license. After positions doing corporate reporting and software conversions, she “took time off” to be home with her daughter.
When not being a horse-mom, a.k.a. free groom, at her daughter’s riding events, she enjoys finding destinations to photograph with her husband, and quiet moments to sew and quilt.
Kelly Schoenberger, MA, LAC, NCC
Kelly graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of New Jersey.
Kelly lives in Hopewell with her husband, Doug, their greyhound (and therapy dog), Belle, and their cat, Rufus. Kelly and Doug have two daughters, Emma and Haley. In her free time, Kelly rides her horse, Slick, bikes, walks, and volunteers with Belle.
Gina Taylor, MS, OT, HPCS
Gina Taylor, MS, OT, HPCS is a New Jersey licensed occupational therapist. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Philadelphia University and a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies from Averett University. She is certified in Sensory Integration, DIR/Floortime, Infant Massage, and is a Board Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist through the American Hippotherapy Certification Board. Gina continues to expand her knowledge and the knowledge of other therapists about hippotherapy used as a treatment strategy through fieldwork student supervision, national conference presentations, teaching internationally and her involvement with the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. as faculty member that teaches internationally, past Board Member and previous Education Committee Chairperson. Gina is also a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor with Advanced Standing, Vaulting Instructor, Driving Instructor, and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.
Outside of Occupational Therapy, Gina enjoys dancing, hiking and camping. She owns her own horse, Drifter, and Great Dane, Smedley.