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Administration

Jackie Ross
Interim Executive Director
Jackie joined The Bridge Center in May of 2016 as the Program Coordinator. In the Spring of 2017, she took on the role as Interim Executive Director. Jackie is a Springfield College graduate with her focus in Therapeutic Recreation. She started her career as a Recreation Therapist in the Recreation Department at the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children (formerly Massachusetts Hospital School). Jackie brings experience in program implementation, program development, and a passion for providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities. When she is not at The Bridge Center you can find her out and about with her dog, Duke, enjoying the great outdoors!


ext. 23  |  JRoss@thebridgectr.org
 
Jan Elliott
Director of Mission Advancement
The Bridge Center welcomes our newest addition to the team: Jan Elliott, the Center's Director of Development. A Newton Mass. native, Jan graduated from Emerson College and has worked in fund development for her entire career that began in the 1980's as a special event coordinator for the American Heart Association. In August, Jan moved back to her home state from Scottsdale, AZ to be closer to her family and four grandchildren. She brings to the position extensive development experience and a track-record of high-achievement and success, especially in the areas of major and planned giving cultivation, soliciatation, and stewardship, capital campaigns, and grant writing.
ext. 22  |  JElliott@thebridgectr.org
 
Karen Ellis
Finance Coordinator
Karen has been involved with The Bridge Center since the early 1980s, first as a volunteer and now as a full-time staff member. She has served The Bridge Center in every possible way, from providing direct services for our children to overseeing the office operations. No matter the role, Karen’s favorite moments come from seeing joy on the children’s faces. In her spare time Karen enjoys knitting and spending time with her family.

Contact Karen with questions regarding payments, scholarships, and billing concerns.
ext. 10  |  KEllis@TheBridgeCtr.org
 
Laurie Kalivas
Registration Coordinator
Laurie is responsible for coordinating the Registration Process at The Bridge Center. Laurie has been part of the Bridge Center Family since 2005 when she enrolled her son Zachary in horseback riding lessons. Laurie started with us as a volunteer at the barn and joined the staff in March of 2009.

Contact Laurie with questions about program registration, CampMinder account set up, and facility rentals.




ext. 17  |  LKalivas@TheBridgeCtr.org


Year Round Programs/Summer Camp

Abby Ross
Year Round & Summer Camp Program Coordinator
Abby has been part of the Bridge Center team for six years, and is now joining us as the Program Coordinator!
Starting as a camp counselor, Abby quickly was promoted into leadership roles; specifically the co-director of our Saturday Recreation Program, and our co-director of Camp Discover.
Through her time here, Abby has continually seen the positive impact that therapeutic recreation can have in the lives of people with disabilities.

Abby graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in Special Education with a focus in educating those who have significant needs. Through this program Abby gained a greater understanding
and passion for educating, creating inclusive opportunities, and developing friendships with people of all abilities. Abby has spent the past three years working at North River Collaborative as a teacher's assistant,
and as an in-home ABA Therapist. Abby is dedicated to working with this population, and feels grateful to be continuing to do so at The Bridge Center.
ext. x12  |  aross@thebridgectr.org


The Riding Center

Trish Gosselin
Riding Center Program Director
Married with 2 sons ages 19 and 12. Brings to The Bridge Center her 35 years of hands on horse knowledge and experience including 26 years of being a MA Licensed Horseback Riding Instructor. She owned and operated an equine facility for 15 years in which she provided the daily care for equines, created and ran many youth programs, including summer camps, that included participants with disabilities. Before having her own farm she worked for many horse trainers over the years learning multiple techniques with regards to working with equines and teaching clients how to ride their horses.

Trish’s educational background includes: The Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program, Strategies to Children Behavior--Fisher College, Teaching Parents of Young Children--Fisher College--Curriculum in 12 sessions on working with children and their parents, just to name a few. Trish was also a 4-H member for 10 years where she competed in all equine activities and competitions, and then went on to be a volunteer leader and mentor for many years.

ext. 20  |  TGosselin@thebridgectr.org
 
Kate Pooler
Head Therapeutic Riding Instructor, PATH Int'l Certified
Kate started as a therapeutic riding instructor here at The Bridge Center in 2009. Her passion for horses began as a young child, and she pursued riding through college at Johnson & Wales University where she obtained an AS in Equine Studies and BS in Equine Business Management. She was a member of the IDA riding team from 2006-2009, competing all across New England, and spent a summer semester in Germany, riding and working in one of their state riding schools. Kate owns two horses: her childhood pony, Rhiannon, and competition horse, Wally. She took a break from horses to have children in 2014 and 2016, and is very excited to be back at TBC teaching therapeutic riding.
ext. 11  |  KPooler@thebridgectr.org
 
Liz Adams
Therapeutic Riding Instructor, PATH Int'l Certified
Elizabeth "Liz" Harris Adams is one of thirty Master Therapeutic Riding Instructors in the country certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). She is also a PATH Interactive Vaulting Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Liz has been faculty at two universities where she taught Equine Assisted Activities and was program director at two large therapeutic riding centers. She is also faculty and evaluator for PATH Intl. instructor certifications, an accreditation site visitor for PATH Intl., and a lifelong horsewoman.
 
Amanda Taylor
Riding Instructor, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist
Amanda has taught horseback riding lessons since 2006. During this time she has taught in traditional, therapeutic, residential, and camp settings. She is also an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist. Amanda started teaching at The Bridge Center in 2017.
 
Lauren Gately
Barn Manager
Lauren started as a volunteer at The Bridge Center in 2012 and worked her way up to Weekend Barn Manager. Lauren has been a rider and horse owner for the past 15 years and comes to us with years of experience caring for horses. Lauren attended Norfolk County Agricultural High School where she studied Equine Science, and went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Business Management from Mount Ida College. She also comes to us with years of experience working as a Summer Camp Unit Head Counselor as well as experience working in an after-school program that served school age children.

Contact Lauren regarding donations of horses, tack or animals.
ext. 14  |  LGately@thebridgectr.org
 
Jaycie DiCarlo
Weekend Barn Staff
Jaycie started as a volunteer at the Bridge Center in 2014, working with the many students and horses before she was hired as the Weekend Barn Manager/Barn Assistant in 2015. Jaycie has ridden and worked with horses for the past 12 years. She plans to obtain an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Massasoit Community College to further her experience and knowledge in Equine and Animal Sciences. Jaycie also has many years of experience and a passion for working with children of all ages and abilities, and worked as a Horse Camp counselor for the many camp sessions held here at The Bridge Center.


Volunteers

Peggy O'Neill
Coordinator of Volunteers
Peggy started at The Bridge Center in February 2016. Peggy was enrolled in an on-line Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate Program through the Animal Behavior Institute in North Carolina. She completed her volunteer placement hours here at Bridge’s Therapeutic Riding Center and obtained her Certificate in Spring 2017. She continued to volunteer until she joined our staff in September 2017.

Peggy brings to the Coordinator of Volunteers position many years of experience in working with both youth and adults who present with an array of social, psychological, behavioral, medical and educational special needs.

Peggy obtained her Masters in Counseling in Bridgewater State University and has utilized this education, along with years of continued professional development in positions at Massachusetts’s Department of Children & Families; Community College of Rhode Island and several Massachusetts Adult Basic Education Programs, most recently at Bristol Community College in Fall River.

In addition, Peggy is thrilled to join the team at the Therapeutic Riding Center and participate in the recruitment, training and support of the volunteers who assist in the equine assisted activities & educational programs; therapeutic & recreational riding and horsemanship programming.

ext. 19  |  MOneill@thebridgectr.org