Day Camp Staff
Lisa Swatko, Camp Co-Director & Program Developer
Lisa was introduced to Touchstone Farm in 2005 when her son enrolled in Horse Power. Lisa is a home-school teacher with experience developing and monitoring individualized educational plans. She has taken numerous courses related to special needs learning. Lisa has taught classes at Touchstone Farm involving American Sign Language, augmentative communication systems, Picture Exchange Communication system, and sensory integration dysfunction.
Lisa is a dedicated mom and wife and is an avid outdoorswoman. She was previously a small business owner for 15 years in Nashua, NH. Lisa and her son Ben were the 2014 Family Volunteers of the Year at Touchstone Farm.
(In the above photo, Lisa is on the right, pictured with her son Ben and Ben's driving partner, Liz Herrick, when Ben competed with Punch the mini in our Fall Festival of Driving.)
Jessica Dickey, Camp Co-Director
Jess is a certified therapeutic riding instructor at Touchstone Farm. She literally grew up at the farm, having come here starting at age 5 when her mom Terri worked at Horse Power. (She was in her first horse show at age 2!)
Until she was old enough to become a certified instructor, Jess was a Horse Power volunteer and a member of the farm's barn staff. She was also a counselor at Barnyard Buddies, the precursor to Day Camp. For the last several years, she has assisted with exercising and training the horses. Today, in addition to being co-director of Day Camp, Jess teaches in Horse Power and the Touchstone Farm riding lesson program, and pitches in just about anywhere a hand is needed on the farm.
Kris Young, General Manager
Kris Young is General Manager of Touchstone Farm. Kris first came to the farm at age 8 and began full time employment at 19. She's worked most of the jobs on the farm, from cook to riding instructor to barn manager and Pony Farm camp co-director and more. Kris has also Worked at Monadnock Developmental Services as a direct support staff, lead staff and peer counselor. Kris is a lifelong animal lover who loves to share the joy that all the animals of the farm have to offer. She is a devoted caretaker of the farm's non-equines, and is best friend to every one of our chickens.
Isabella (Boo) Martin, Founder/Executive Director
Boo is the Founder and Executive Director of Touchstone Farm, home of Pony Farm and Horse Power. She started the riding and driving lesson programs 40 years ago, bringing each of them to accreditation with ACA, CHA, the ADS and CAA. With a team, she founded Horse Power, a PATH, Intl. Premier Accredited Center that is celebrating 25 years in 2014. She graduated as a teacher for grades K-12 from UVM and Fordham University. She brings practical life experience, as well as a Masters in Organization and Management to her lively and informative presentations.
Boo won the prestigious James Brady Lifetime Achievement in 2010. In 2013, she was awarded PATH Intl. Sis Gould Driving Recognition Award.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of our program. We welcome anyone who has a desire to help and to have a wonderful time. If you are at least 12 years old, you can volunteer to be a camp counselor at Day Camp.
No previous experience is necessary. We will teach you everything you need to know. For more information, contact us at 603-654-6308 or email kyoung.