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MTR's Therapeutic Riding Instructors
Kelly Rodgers

Kelly Rodgers is MTR's Program Director. Her wonderful disposition and love of therapeutic riding shines through every day at MTR.  She has made therapeutic riding her life purpose. She is a graduate of Centenery College where she obtained B.S. in Equine Studies and Management in 2006. During her time in college she became a certified therapeutic riding instructor. Kelly offers independent lessons to any rider of any age and ability.

Beth Bender

Zach Butler

Zach started working with and riding horses around the age of 11. He has enjoyed every second with them since the first day. He is currently attending Houghton College in Western, New York. His passion is in training horses in dressage and eventing using the classical training methods. He will be graduating in December of 2015 with, no surprise, none other than a Bachelors degree in Equestrian studies and with a minor in business administration. Zach started as a volunteer at MTR when he was just 14 years old. At the age of 16 he started working for MTR as barn staff and schooling/exercising horses. He then went to working as the assistant volunteer coordinator, and then finally becoming a certified instructor in August of 2013. At MTR he is able to combine his passion of horses and love for kids and adults with disabilities. Zach is honored to be a part of the team and loves every moment. 

Betsy Dolard

Betsy was raised in Mexico where she learned to ride and became a primary school teacher. She married and her family moved to Connecticut, where she earned a Master's degree in Hispanic Studies and taught college-level Spanish. She has three children, and three grandchildren. Betsy's daughter, Annick, has special needs and also has a love for horses. Through Annick's involvement at MTR, Betsy has become a PATH Registered Level Instructor and one of the program's most talented schoolers. She says, "It has been such a great experience and I only hope that I can give back to the program as much as it has given me."

Ellen Dry
Joe Dyer

By chance, Joseph Dyer, years ago, went on a trail ride through the Santa Monica mountains - and fell in love with horses. He has been riding ever since - competing in equitation and jumping events, playing polo, and leading guided trail rides for, and giving riding lessons to, able-bodied riders. At the same time, Joseph began volunteering with therapeutic riding programs. A dynamic and creative teacher by nature, Joe's students excel under his cheerful guidance. Joe received his PATH Registered Instructor Certificate in 2003. By day, Joe is an attorney in Washington, DC.

 Sonia Rodziewicz
Megan Ferry
Winner of the 2012 PATH National Certified Professional of the Year Award
Megan began riding horses at age 13 and has been hooked ever since. While in college at Centenary College in New Jersey, she competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and started her Therapeutic Riding Certification process. She graduated May 2010 from with a degree in Equine Studies with a concentration in communication for the equine industry. In October 2010 Megan started working at MTR where she has completed her instructor certification. She is excited to be a part of the team and loves working with the horses, volunteers and riders.
Karen Lanzen-Nusbaum
Carol Morgan

Carol was born and raised in Kansas where she got her first horse at 10 years old. From that point on, life without horses was just not a possibility. She grew up raising and showing Appaloosa’s and Quarter horses throughout the state riding English and Western with a little Reining and Trail thrown in the mix. After a stretch without horses she and her husband moved to Richmond, VA where she was once again drawn to riding but this time it was English/Hunt Seat. While in Virginia she once again became a horse owner. Soon work brought her and her husband to Maryland where they settled in the Bowie area. She continued riding and showing and soon began teaching which became her main focus in the equine industry. Although she began by teaching able-bodied students, her love has turned to Therapeutic Riding to the point where her registered quarter horse Apollo is now used in MTR's lesson program. Carol still owns a German Warmblood whom she used to show but is now retired. During the day Carol works for the public housing industry.

Lisa Perrin


Mary Rosoff


Michelle Rozo

Vanessa Seimens

Vanessa grew up in Columbia, MD and didn’t find her passion for horses until she reached adulthood. A boarding horse farm across from her father’s church needed someone to feed the horses Sunday mornings. Vanessa was ecstatic about the opportunity as she had always loved working with animals and enjoyed trail riding at her aunt’s home in California. She began trading barn work for lessons. Vanessa initially received instruction in dressage and later also began taking lessons at a hunter/jumper barn. Simultaneously, Vanessa graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in psychology from UMBC and received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore in 2012. She is currently a Licensed Graduate Social Worker with the state of MD who also works as a therapist in Olney.

Vanessa has always wanted to incorporate her love of animals with her passion to help people. She specifically sought out MTR because of their instructor in training program in 2013. In August of 2014, she became a Registered Instructor with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding, Intl. and has been teaching at MTR ever since. Vanessa loves working with the students, horses, and staff that make MTR such an amazing place to learn!

Katie Spohn Streett

Katie is MTR's Head Instructor. She is excited to be a part of the amazing team at MTR! Katie has had a great love of horses and has been riding and experiencing their great healing power since the age of 6. After volunteering at MTR, Katie knew that she had to follow her dream to share the therapeutic power of the horse with others and became a PATH Registered Level Instructor in 2009 and an Advanced Instructor in 2012. Katie earned a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Dickinson College, and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College of Baltimore.

Susie Stricker
Erin Teigen

Erin was raised in Virginia, where she began riding at four-years-old and competed in hunter-jumper shows. As a young 4-Her, she first experienced the holistic power of therapeutic riding as a volunteer horse leader and sidewalker. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Erin moved to Maryland and began volunteering and serving as a Special Olympics coach at LeCheval Stable in Howard County. Continuing to share her passion for therapeutic riding, Erin is excited to have joined the fantastic MTR team as a PATH Intl. Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.

Linda Valentino


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