Kerry Fairweather – Board Chair
Maryland Therapeutic Riding
Jerry Housand – Treasurer
Mullen, Sondberg, Wimbish & Stone, PA
Leslie Lewis Consulting
Maryland Therapeutic Riding
Brian Smith – Vice Chairman
Free State Veterans
Heather Higdon – Secretary
Maryland Therapeutic Riding
The Jacobs Co., Inc.
Kelly Rodgers – Executive Director
Kelly served as MTR’s Program Director from 2008 until May of 2020 when she was promoted to the Executive Director position. A horse lover from before she could talk, Kelly has devoted her lifetime work to equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Kelly graduated from Centenary University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Studies with a concentration in Equine Business Management. During her time at Centenary, she served as a volunteer in the TRAC (Therapeutic Riding at Centenary) program and became certified as a PATH International Instructor. Upon graduation, she took a job as the Barn Manager and Head Instructor at a therapeutic riding center near West Palm Beach, Florida.
After two beautiful years in the sunshine state, Kelly was eager to be closer to family again, and in 2008 accepted a position at Maryland Therapeutic Riding. Since then, MTR has stolen a huge piece of Kelly’s heart.
Kelly is one of thirty Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Master Instructors in the country and also holds a certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Kelly serves as a Lead Site Visitor for PATH Intl. and supports the growth and future of EAAT by serving on various committees and presenting at Regional and National conferences.
When Kelly is not at the farm, you can find her enjoying time outdoors with her husband KJ and son Declan. They reside just a mile down the road from MTR in the wonderful Arden on the Severn community.
Katie Streett – Program Manager
Katie Streett has supported MTR in multiple roles for the last decade to include Volunteer Manager and Head Instructor. In fact, many of the protocols that remain in place today at MTR were established by Katie herself! She is not only as a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, mentor and site evaluator, but also as a licensed mental health provider.
With a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Loyola and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Johns Hopkins University, Katie has worked with adults and children with various special needs. She has served as the Counseling and Wellness Specialist at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis and she has also discovered a way to marry her love of horses and nature and her belief in their therapeutic benefits with her professional credentials as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor through Ten-Ten Counseling, Inc. In this role, Katie uses the outdoors, horses, mindfulness, creativity and recreation to help adults and children find healing and she has already been using that distinct skill here at MTR in the area of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP).
When Katie is not working, she enjoys spending time outside and going on adventures with her husband and their four children. They can be found swimming, hiking, laughing and exploring new things. To relax and unwind, Katie enjoys reading, yoga and meditation.
Linsey Erar – Incoming Program Manager
Linsey grew up learning how to ride from her Dad and Grandpa on her Grandpa’s farm in Northwest Florida. It was then she learned the valuable lessons that still echo through her life today like, “what you do is louder than what you say” and “ life is better with dirt under your fingernails and horsehair on your clothes.”
Linsey started in western pleasures shows but has always enjoyed a long trail ride most of all. In college, she returned from working at Disney World and needed to find a way to be around horses regularly. She began volunteering at a small therapeutic riding program and quickly fell in love with the impacts therapeutic riding had on participants and their families. This inspired her to become an instructor. In 2009, she graduated with her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of West Florida and became a certified PATH Intl. therapeutic riding instructor at the Leaning Post Ranch in Northwest Florida. Linsey has taught at therapeutic riding programs in Florida, Hawaii, and Maryland, as well as, teaching Special Education in Hawaii. She, along with her OTTB (turned Hawaii Polo Pony, turned showjumper) has shown in the Hunter and jumper rings. Linsey has completed at local dressage shows in Florida and Maryland. She and her Hawaii thoroughbred still enjoy a long trail ride most of all. She now is blessed to have found a home at MTR. She aspires to attain her Advanced Instructor certification and one day become a site evaluator.
Linsey, along with her husband and two little boys, have a small hobby farm with her quirky Thoroughbred, teeny-tiny pony, 3 itty-bitty pygmy goats, and 3 lazy housecats. In her downtime, you can hear her belting show tunes, hiking, running, and watching too many organizational how-to videos.
Nicole Hauseman – Equine and Facilities Manager
Nicole began riding at the age of six in her home state of Indiana. Growing up, she spent as much time at the barn as she could, diving head-first into the eventing world and competing throughout the mid-west. Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in Equine Studies at Delaware Valley University and soon discovered a passion for dressage. Nicole has since competed at the Prix St. George level and has raised/trained her own mare from the time she was 3 months old and made her 3rd level debut in 2019.
Nicole has also worked as Assistant Breeding Manager at a prestigious dressage facility and has started two of her own businesses, one specializing in breeding sport horses, and one focused on training other dressage hopefuls. She believes dressage is foundational to all riding, allowing the horse and rider to effectively communicate in a way that benefits both.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys outdoor sports and activities with her husband and three children. She is very involved in her church community and extremely hard-working and dependable.
Anne Cortez – Operations Manager
A lifelong equine enthusiast, Anne joined Maryland Therapeutic Riding in March 2017, initially as a volunteer before earning certification as a therapeutic riding instructor in the summer of 2018. Originally from Palm Bay, FL, Anne joined the United States Air Force in 2003, and met her husband soon after. She served honorably in California, Texas and Hawaii before separating to raise her two young daughters Èva and Isabela, who inevitably inherited their mother’s love of horses.
Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling from Liberty University, and thoroughly enjoys the way her education often overlaps with her work as a riding instructor. In her down time, you can find Anne serving in her church or at home with her husband, girls and two doodles, catching up on her favorite BBC shows and baking all the things!
Jessica Mitchell – Volunteer Manager
Jessica has been an equine enthusiast since the age of 6 and spent much of her childhood seeking out opportunities to be around them, be it volunteering at camps, helping with barn chores and taking every opportunity to ride possible. She spent several years competing in local hunter/jumper shows and learning a multitude of valuable life lessons.
Jessica met her husband, Kevin not long after earning a B.A. degree in Sociology from Dickinson College. They have since settled in Anne Arundel County, not far from the farm with their two dogs, two cats and ever-changing foster dog. When Jessica is not at the farm, she enjoys diving into a good book, traveling the world, hiking, kayaking, meeting new people all while practicing her photography skills!