Staff and Board Members
Instructor information can be found under Programs – Instructors
Kris Young – Executive Director
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, most recently as the Director of Operations. Kris has seen it all, 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.
Phone: 603.654.6308 x103
Phone: 603.654.6308 x101
Kim Borges – Financial Administrator
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.
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Christy Greene, President
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.
Sara Fingeret West, Esq. Vice President
Sara currently practices tax law and is the founder and CEO of a tax consulting firm in Minnesota. Sara obtained her Psychology degree from Penn State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Prior to practicing law, Sara was a prosecutor for the Derry New Hampshire Police Department. Sara now resides in Minnesota with her wonderful husband, amazing son, incredible daughter, 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 organization in whatever ways she can.
Phyllis Strickholm, Treasurer
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.
Meaghan (Blaikie) Root, BS, MBA, Secretary
Meaghan has grown up riding hunters/jumpers and started her relationship with Touchstone Farm as a camper at Pony Farm 29 years ago. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Equine Science from the University of Vermont. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Meaghan is currently Digital Education Lead of the Global Marketing team for Charles River Laboratories in Wilmington, MA. During her 15 year career at Charles River she also held positions in Product Management and Sales. She lives on her own private horse farm in Townsend, MA with her husband, Jon and their spoiled, adopted animals – mixed breed dogs, welsh mountain ponies, barn cats, chickens, and a rooster.
Pamela H. Everson
For 25 years, Pam was the Executive Director of four different physician/hospital organizations in the mid-west. The focus for each included development, reorganization, turn around and transition work. She holds her BS in Elementary Education and Music Education with graduate work in Music Theory.
Pam was also the Executive Director of Santa Fe Desert Chorale in New Mexico and the Executive Director of the New Mexico Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center. For her work in New Mexico, Pam received two awards from the New Mexico State Legislature, and the Governor’s citation of excellence.
While in NH, Pam has led the Board of Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs, and been a board member of Monadnock Music, Touchstone Farm and Monadnock Chorus. Pam has led leadership transitions at her church and currently serves as the church Human Resources lead.
Pam currently works with the Peterborough River Center and is a participating member of the Eastern Monadnock Provider Network and elected Welfare Officer of Sharon NH. Pam is currently serving her second term as a member of the Touchstone Farm Board.
Caitlin (Twomey) Shultz
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 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.