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The MTR Team

 

Kenneth McCreedy, Executive Director

Col. (Ret.) Kenneth (Ken) O. McCreedy PhD
Executive Director


Colonel (Retired) Ken McCreedy, was introduced to MTR when he accompanied some of Fort Meade’s special needs children to “A Day on the Farm.”  Amazed by the magic that unfolded when children with autism were united with horses, he happily accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors in 2008 and later served as its President from 2012-2013.  When the Executive Director position came open, McCreedy chose to follow his passion and leave the private sector where he was a Senior Executive Director at ManTech International, a major defense contracting firm, to assume day-to-day leadership of MTR.

Colonel McCreedy served in the United States Army for 26 years from 1982-2008.  His last posting was as the Commander of Fort George G. Meade, Maryland from 2005-2008.  He  is a 1976 graduate of Washington and Lee University and holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in American History from the University of California and Master’s degrees from both the Army’s Command and General Staff College and War College.  He has taught history at the University of California, Old Dominion University, and the University of Maryland University College.

Colonel McCreedy is a graduate of Leadership Anne Arundel (Executive Course,’05) and Leadership Maryland (‘10).  He is a Companion of the Military Order of the World Wars and a member of the Military Officers Association of America (past President of the General Smallwood Chapter), the Association of the United States Army, and the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (recently on the Executive Committee of the Central Maryland Chapter).

Colonel McCreedy and his wife, LeAnn, reside in Waldorf, Maryland.

Kelly Rodgers

Kelly Rodgers
Program Director


Kelly's 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 also offers recreational lessons to riders of any age and ability.

Mary Dulaney
Development Director


Mary brings more than 15 years of fundraising and management experience to MTR. She has raised nearly $10M throughout her career from entry level to mid-level manager and comes to MTR from Anne Arundel Medical Center where she worked for seven years as a Grants Officer, Major Gifts Officer and Annual Fund Officer. As a Grants Officer, Mary raised $978,000 in grants in less than two years. As Major Gifts Officer, she secured the largest corporate gift of $1M along with an additional $1.28M from individuals.  Prior to working for Anne Arundel Medical Center, Mary held several development positions for the University System of Maryland.  She holds a Bachelors of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University.

Paul Batten
Facility Manager

Paul comes to MTR after spending twenty years managing the grounds and athletic fields at a private school in Bethesda. Paul’s prior experience includes farm management and small business ownership. When Paul is not working he enjoys spending time outside with his wife, Adrienne and their Australian Shepherd, Murphy.


Katie Spohn Streett
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 six. 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 NARHA Registered Level Instructor in 2009. Katie earned a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Dickinson College, and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College of Baltimore.

Erin Teigen
Volunteer Manager and Caretaker

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 program  as a PATH Intl. Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.

Eileen Deehan
Volunteer Assistant


Eileen became a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor in 2012 through Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii and feels it is one of her greatest achievements. Her future goals include becoming a PATH Intl. Master Instructor. Eileen credits her parents for teaching her the importance of helping others and the responsibility that we all have, to give back through volunteering.

She was first introduced to Hippotherapy at Winslow Therapeutic Riding in Warwick, New York in 1992. She was a volunteer, a board member and part of the event and conference committees. Eileen has led a very diverse professional background. She was the owner of Rallysport, a motor racing memorabilia company for ten years and a competitor in SCCA Pro-Rally racing. Responding to 9/11/2001, Eileen volunteered at the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and then was hired as the liaison for the CF families of 9/11 and the Victims Compensation Fund. She then became the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of CF, Howard Lutnick, after 8 years with Cantor Fitzgerald the call for change came.

As a life-long animal lover and horse enthusiasts, with an immense respect for those with special needs, Eileen felt the pull to pursue therapeutic riding. So, she left the corporate world and headed to Hawaii. While in training, Eileen worked at Blue Hawaiian Helicopters as Dispatch and Ground Crew Member. She took every opportunity to get inside of the helicopter and enjoy the exhilarating views from above.

Her greatest satisfaction and passion, is to be part of a team that helps others achieve their full potential. MTR has that team and she is proud and honored to be a part of it.
 Megan Finnerty Equine Assistant

Alison Potter

Barn Manager


Alison’s love of horses began with her first pony ride at age three. She began taking riding lessons when she was seven, eventually competing in hunter/jumper horse shows. She began volunteering at MTR in 2010 and recently became a member of the barn staff. She still volunteers at MTR every week, and enjoys interacting with both the horses and the people.

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!

Megan Finnerty Equine Assistant

Megan Finnerty

Barn Staff


Megan began riding lessons at the age of nine but has been in love with horses from the very beginning. Before joining us at MTR, she worked for Horizons Horseback as a trail guide, instructor, and barn staff. In 2011, Megan earned her Associate Degree in Business Administration from Anne Arundel Community College. She is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Bowie State University.

Megan Finnerty Equine Assistant

Gail Mahler

Barn Staff
Megan Finnerty Equine Assistant

Kylie Waterman

Barn Staff
 

Nichole VandenBossche

Barn Staff
 Kelly Rodgers

Meg Fitzsimmons

Office Manager


Meg joined MTR as a volunteer initially and was then asked to work part time in the office. She retired from a large department of defense company after 28 years. She held many different positions in the Administrative and Financial fields during her tenure. She moved from upstate New York to the Annapolis area in 2012 to be close to her 3 children and grandchildren. In her spare time Meg's enjoys being around her family, reading, anything near the water and traveling when she gets the time.

 

 

 

 

 

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