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Keith Badger, MST. Keith is a Life Sciences teacher at High Mowing School in Wilton, NH, where he has worked since 1992. He is also Director of the school’s Naturalist Program, a multidisciplinary approach to teaching Life Science and Natural History through traditional field ecology techniques, primitive skills, outdoor adventure education programming, wilderness rite-of-passage experiences, and long distance walking adventures throughout the USA and Europe. Keith was also the school’s Athletic Director for six years, and has been a coach, class mentor, and student advisor as well.

 

Keith is an Adjunct Faculty member for the University System of New Hampshire teaching courses in Environmental Ethics, Natural History of Northern New England, and Outdoor Skills. He is a Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT. He is a Core Member of the Souhegan Transition Town Network, working with the towns of the Souhegan Valley in Southwest NH to create more vigorous communities and more sustainable economies. He holds a BS in Environmental Biology from Plymouth State University and a Masters in Science Teaching (MST) Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School.

 

Nancy Cook, Vice President. Nancy has been affiliated with both Pony Farm and Horse Power since 1989 when she helped Boo establish Horse Power. She taught at the Horse Power Instructor Training School, specializing in learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and attention deficit disorder. In 2014, Nancy completed her term as board President, during which she over the transition of the separate entities of Pony Farm and Horse Power into the single nonprofit organization of Touchstone Farm.

 

Nancy has a Master’s degree in Special Education and is a New Hampshire certified school psychologist in a local school district. She is member of the National Association of School Psychologists, Learning Disabilities of America, CHADD (Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities), and the Association of Specialists in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning. Nancy is a University of New Hampshire Certified Coach specializing in students with ADD. She has coached and volunteered for Special Olympics for over 16 years. Nancy is a lifelong rider having competed in both three-day events and dressage.

 

Pam Everson. Pam graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Elementary Education and Music Education and took graduate courses in Music Theory at Webster University. After developing and teaching music and movement classes for preschool/day care centers for several years, Pam moved into healthcare development and administration. Pam has been Executive Director of four nonprofit physician/hospital organizations in the Midwest where her areas of focus included development, turn around and transition work, which required development and management of five boards of directors.

 

Pam was also the Executive Director of two nonprofits in Santa Fe, including major fund raising, building and managing a new facility for the NM Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center. Success earned an award from the State Legislature. In NH, Pam has been the Senior Warden of her church and is the current president of The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs Board. She is married to Alan Everson, a regular volunteer at TSF; together they have four sons and six grandchildren.

 

Sara Fingeret. Sara's relationship with Touchstone Farm began as a Pony Farm camper twenty years ago. She was a camp staff member, completed the Instructor Training School, and Pony Farm Program Director. She currently volunteers with Horse Power and joined the Touchstone Farm board in May 2011.

 

Sara has her Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a BS in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She lives in Manchester with her husband and two dogs.

 

Alan Greene, Treasurer. Alan is the Executive Director of Monadnock Developmental Services in Keene, NH. He has held this position for the past 15 plus years. Previously, he held several other positions with MDS, which serves people with developmental and related disabilities. These included Director of Finance and being one of the first ten case managers in the state to transitions individuals out of state institutions back to their home communities.

 

Alan has worked in both the public and private sectors and volunteered his time in a variety of activities in his community and region. He has a BA in Psychology from Drew University in Madison, NJ and an ABD in Educational Psychology from Temple University where he also earned a Special Education Teaching Certificate. He lives in Dublin, NH with his wife Christy and enjoys the company of his two adult children.

 

Christy Greene. Christy is Clinical Director of Antrim Girls’ Shelter, a state-run facility for troubled adolescent girls, and has worked in child and family services for the last 30 years. She co-wrote and published an article in Journal of School Social Work on “Grief and Therapeutic Horseback Riding” and was a presenter in the Horse Power Instructor Training School. She is a member of Mariposa Museum, a past member (8 years) of the Conval School Board, Peterborough Youth Soccer League, Living Network, Inc., Youth Services of the Monadnock Region for 10 plus years, and the Dublin Board of Adjustment. Christy has a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Drew University, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Paul Hertneky. Paul’s association with Touchstone Farm began in 1989 when he began volunteering as a Horse Power side walker. Paul is a freelance writer and teaches writing to graduate students. He has served on the boards of directors during leadership transitions at The Sharon Arts Center, The Monadnock Humane Society, and the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter. He also served on the Allocations Committee of the Monadnock United Way.

 

Paul grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, had an early career in publishing, marketing, advertising, and p.r. before turning to writing for a living 25 years ago. He writes about the environment, the food, beverage and restaurant industry, travel, education, and culture from his home office in Hancock. He was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Bennington College. He counts volunteering at Horse Power as one of the most satisfying and important experiences of his life.

 

John Koch. John is Executive Director of the Barbara C. Harris Center in Greenfield, NH. John’s career with the Episcopal Church began in 1989 when he was called to be Executive Director of The Summit, the camp and conference center for the Diocese of North Carolina. After a 17-year tenure with The Summit, John became Development Director of The Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, NC and then Executive Director of Beckwith Camp and Conference Center. In 2010, John took a break from camp and conference ministry to serve as Director of Hospitality for Dry Creek Vineyard in Healdsburg, CA.

 

John was born and raised on a family farm in southern Ohio where with his eight siblings he raised sheep and cattle. He attended Miami University and graduated with a degree in Economics and History.

 

Megan Kiely Mueller, Ph.D. Megan is a research assistant professor in the Center for Animals and Public Policy and Department of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and is a senior fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Megan holds a B.A. in psychology, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in human development from Tufts University.

 

Megan's research and teaching focuses on the role of human-animal interaction and animal-assisted therapy in promoting mental and physical health. Megan also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Tufts Paws for People animal therapy group. She is a former Pony Farm camper, and currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband and therapy dog, Jett.

 

Shilo Porter, Board President. Shilo is Americas Communications Principal for Computer Scientific Corporation. A highly experienced leader, Shilo has expertise in developing and executing international communication strategies that help senior executives clearly communicate their technology and business visions, using a wide variety of leading edge, multimedia communications.

 

Shilo is a life-long equestrian with a special fondness for eventing and long bareback hacks. She held riding instruction positions in Hawaii, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire and competed successfully through the Preliminary level at Horse Trials throughout New England. She is a founding member of Horse Power, where she served both as an instructor and the first Program Director. Shilo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology from Stephens College, Columbia, MO.

 

Kris Retter. Kris is a lifelong horsewoman who purchased her first horse for $350 in 1958. She competed in 3-phase eventing through Training level in PA and New England. She began driving in 1997 and has CDE experience through Intermediate level and shows at pleasure driving shows throughout the Northeast.

 

Kris grew up in the Reading, PA, area and moved to NH in 1980. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University, and a Master’s degree in Special Education and certification in School Psychology from Millersville University. She was a Special Ed. teacher and then a school psychologist until her retirement in 2008. Kris and her husband Alan have one son. They live in Hollis, NH, with four horses, two dogs, and one cat.

 

Phyllis Strickholm, Secretary. Phyllis lives down the road from Touchstone Farm and has had a keen interest in the farm’s programs and prosperity for many years. She is a member of the Touchstone Farm Driving Club and participated in many of the driving clinics at the farm. Last fall, she tested for and passed her Level I Carriage Driving Proficiency certification and now supports the farm by teaching driving on weekends.

 

Phyllis has four Morgan horses and has spent a lifetime around horses, having raised and trained 28 horses and also taught centered riding as a sideline to her profession as a Business System Analyst.

 

Board Members Emeriti


Howard H. Russell, EdD, BA from University of Denver, BD University of Chicago, MS Communication Research of Boston, MA, Minister of the First Congregational Church, Instructional Designer and Developer for the Northeastern Division for the Congregational Church. Howard has served as a management consultant for insurance companies, designing staff training and development materials. Currently, he is chairman of the board for the Littleton Council for the Aging, and on the board of Fleur De Lis, a nonprofit girls’ camp in Fitzwilliam, NH. Howard was a presenter for the Horse Power Instructor Training School and continues to present at Touchstone Farm business development workshops. Howard is an avid carriage driver, often helping with the Horse Power Therapeutic Driving Program.

 

Harry Healer. Harry has a distinguished career in the financial industry focusing on venture capital. Educated at Harvard and Babson Colleges, he worked at First National Bank of Boston both as an investment analyst and as vice president of the bank’s venture capital subsidiary. Harry was co-founder of The Venture Capital Fund of New England, from which he is “mostly retired.” With his professional activities, Harry invested in over 60 small start-up businesses and sat on the boards of 39 private and 12 public companies. He currently serves as trustee for three non-profit organizations.