Ms. Friedrichs was first introduced to Touchstone Farm over 10 years ago, participating in events and fundraisers over the years and then joining the Board of Directors in 2017. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Ms. Friedrichs has a history spanning over 20 years helping organizations expand their programming and revenue, and with developing business partnerships that work towards common goals. She is dedicated to helping people, through equine educational and therapeutic experiences, to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.
Ms. Friedrichs has strong equestrian interests and believes in natural horsemanship that values an environment where horses are happy and willingly participate in activities without force or coercion. Ms. Friedrichs’ riding style is primarily Dressage, but believes horses, as well as humans, have natural interests and talents; any style of riding that fits horse and human in a caring, gentle way can be both therapeutic and educational. Ms. Friedrichs graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Bentley University. She lives in north-central Massachusetts and enjoys spending time with her 2 adult children.
Kris is the Director of Farm Operations. Kris first came to the farm at age 8 and began full-time employment at age 19. She has worked most jobs on the farm, from cook to riding instructor, barn manager, Pony Farm summer camp co-director and more. Kris has also worked at Monadnock Developmental Services as a direct support staff, lead staff and peer counselor. She is a lifelong animal lover who shares the joy that animals of the farm have to offer. She is a devoted caretaker of the farm’s non-equines and is the best friend to every one of our chickens.
Kim was born and raised in NH and currently live in New Boston, NH with her two boys, Isaac and Jacob, and her husband, Joe. Outside of work she loves to spend her time doing anything that involves family and being outside. Being avid campers in the summer and skiers in the winter, they take advantage of all the great state of NH has to offer. She enjoys working for Touchstone Farm and being part of a team that helps others get outside and unplug from today’s busy world.
Becky Sanborn Hawkes – Pony Farm Camp Director
Becky is the Director of Pony Farm Summer Camp. She is married and enjoys coming to camp with her child Jackson! In Becky’s downtime, she enjoys teaching second grade in Wilton, NH. This will make Becky’s 18th year on the farm! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming, cooking, and hiking!
“I have a conviction that a few weeks spent in a well-organized summer camp may be of more value educationally than a whole year of formal school work.” – Charles Elliot, Former President of Harvard University
Pam Falkins – TSF and Horse Power Riding and Driving Lesson Program Coordinator and TSF Volunteer Coordinator
Pam has lived in NH for 25 years after serving in the Unites States Army for 6 years. She has been teaching for 20 years and coaching Equestrian Vaulting for many years. Pam has trained 4 vaulting horses, 2 of which have competed at the National Level. Pam’s background is in Eventing and Dressage and trains her horses daily to give her students the best learning experience.
Pam also takes the lead for our Volunteer program, she manages over 100 Volunteers needed annually to help Touchstone Farm run at peak performance. Pam lives with her husband in Wilton and her five horses live here at Touchstone Farm
Stacey Quinn, Barn Manager
Stacey comes to us with a unique blend of medicine, horses and hard work with a smile. She developed her barn management expertise at the University of NH stables, managed Cobbler Hill Farm in Rye,NH while consulting for up and coming barns on the seacoast, as well as taught riding lessons for many years.
Stacey also spent many years as a nurse at Pediatric Associates of York Hospital, Monadnock Hospital, and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic in Keene. She currently manages the barn crew and the health and well being of all our four-legged hard working horses. You will also find her rescue horse “Echo” over in Kennel field, as he keeps a close eye on Stacey.
Michelle comes to the farm with over 25 years of Business Mgt. expertise. She spent over 25 years as a Product Marketing, I/T and Business Development executive and the current owner and managing director of Lowe Health Benefits.
While raising her children Morgan and CJ in Peterborough, Michelle has over 20 years of volunteer fundraising and development expertise in the Monadnock region helping to improve the lives of youth and adults through sports programs, experiential learning and outdoor camps. She currently serves on the board for Peterborough Rotary as Sargent of Arms as well as an active member of The Peterborough Women’s Club.
Growing up in the hills of Vermont, Michelle brings with her a lifetime love of horses and trail riding!
TOUCHSTONE FARM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Phyllis Strickholm, President
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 spent over ten years as a Technical Writer in the Medical Device R&D industry, with a focus on advanced mobility devises for the disabled. For the past ten years, she has contracted as a Business Systems Analyst in the Healthcare industry. Phyllis has four Morgan horses and has spent a lifetime around horses, having raised and trained 28 horses and taught centered riding as a sideline to her profession as a Business System Analyst.
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.
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.
Jennifer is a retired marketing executive who is now the Chair of the Wilton Economic Development Team and a Commissioner on the Wilton Conservation Commission. She was a Research Fellow and Chief of Research for Digital Marketing at Gartner and an IT Services Worldwide Group Vice President at Digital Equipment Corp. She developed her passion for the magic of the human/animal bond while PR and Marketing Director for the Boston Zoological Society.
Meagan Blaikie, BS, MBA
Meaghan has grown up riding hunters/jumpers and started her relationship with Touchstone Farm as a camper at Pony Farm 25 years ago. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Equine Science with a focus in Equine Reproduction from the University of Vermont. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Meaghan is currently a Marketing Communications Specialist for Charles River Laboratories in Wilmington, MA. During her 10+ year career at Charles River she also held positions in Product Management and Sales. She lives in Wakefield, MA with her husband, Jon and black lab, Charlie.
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.
Cynthia Guizzetti, Esq.
Cynthia is Senior Counsel at E Ink Corporation. Before joining E Ink in 2016, she practiced business litigation as a partner at the Boston law firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, where she also engaged in significant pro bono work. Cynthia is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Superior Court Business Litigation Session and previously served on the Board of Directors for Prisoners’ Legal Services. She received her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A. from Wellesley College. Cynthia rides dressage with her Oldenburg mare and has two very spoiled greyhounds.
John is a partner in the firm of Hollander & Kerrick Associates, Inc., a training and development firm that focuses on helping leaders and managers create and maintain effective organizations characterized by high productivity, high morale, and high motivation. For over thirty years, he has had professional experience as a manager, educator, and executive coach in a variety of settings, most notably GE, the Tuck School at Dartmouth College, Outward Bound, Columbia University Executive Programs, and Boston University’s award-winning Executive Challenge Program, and an innovator in action learning for corporate clients. His main professional interests are individual and team development. With his wife he lives in Hancock, NH and has raised four children.
Nat lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts and is a private trustee and investment counsel with over forty years’ experience assisting families and non-profits manage their business and personal financial affairs. Nat has many years of friendship with the Martin family and his experience and background provides great support to Touchstone Farm.
Caitlin has worked for the State of NH Judicial Branch for the last 7 years as an Accounting Analyst. She graduated from Southern NH University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Business Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, and again in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Accounting. She has two girls ages 12 and 2. Hayden, her younger daughter, has Down Syndrome and will soon participate in Horsepower at Touchstone Farm. Ayslin, her oldest daughter is very active in sports in their hometown of Chichester, NH. Caitlin began coming to Touchstone Farm at a very young age. She has done everything from being a camper, becoming a part of the camp staff and attending various farm and fundraising events. Her hope is to help Touchstone Farm grow even more than it has while maintaining the original spirit.
Tricia Wadleigh is a native of Wilton, NH who earned her undergraduate degree in Public Health at the University of Tampa. She was then hired by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and relocated to Phoenix, Arizona to work in the Office of Epidemiology and then on to the Office of Preparedness and Response. Tricia has always loved NH so in 2012 she drove back across the country to relocate in Wilton. In 2012, Tricia began working at Cheshire Medical Center in the Center for Population Health where she is now the Partner Manager for the Center. Tricia has a passion for helping people and breaking down barriers. She graduated as a Hoffman-Haas fellow which increased her knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide board leadership to local nonprofit boards. Since, 2015 Tricia has been a board member of the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition. She also values community engagement and volunteerism and has been a volunteer member of the Wilton Lyndeborough Temple Emergency Medical Service (EMS) since 2015. Tricia is honored to be a board member of Touchstone Farm to continue to provide the opportunity for transformative experiences to a wide variety of ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
Sara Fingeret West, Esq.
Sara is a tax attorney for a premier tax consulting firm. Prior to practicing tax law, Sara was a prosecutor for the Derry Police Department in New Hampshire. Sara currently resides in Minnesota with her wonderful husband, amazing son, and adorable beagle. She first attended Pony Farm as a camper over twenty-five years ago and later became a Counselor in Training, Senior Staff member, Intern in the Therapeutic Riding Program, and Pony Farm lesson director. Touchstone Farm has a special place in Sara’s heart, and she is thrilled to continue to serve the Farm in whatever ways she can.