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Staff

 

Kristen Marcus
Executive Director

Our Executive Director is a Wyoming native from Ten Sleep. Kristen has an A.S. in Equine Science, a B.S. in Animal Science (Equine nutrition and management), a Masters of Agriculture in Equine Breeding and a M.S. in Agricultural Communications.

She has been in Sheridan since 2009 and is grateful to be living at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains again.  Kristen and her husband, Jeremy, have two children, Briannon & Cian (pronounced key-in). Her hobbies include horseback riding, 4-wheeling, scrapbooking, photography and reading.

 

Diana Christensen
PATH International Certified Driving Instructor

Diana grew up in a small town in northern Vermont with mostly dairy cows and Morgan horses.  She started driving at 14; draft horses on hay rides.  Diana progressed from hay rides to single show horses, draft pairs and eventually the six-horse draft hitch and received show training from Judge Lewis Springer.  
 
During college at Oklahoma State University, Diana qualified for Morgan Grand Nationals and competed in Youth of the Year, showing in carriage horse with a mare she trained herself. She also completed the Justin Morgan Youth Achievement Program at the highest level: demonstrating proficiency in riding, driving and breed knowledge. 
 
Diana has a B.S in Animal Science (Animal Biotechnology) and an M.S. in Large Animal Nutrition & Exercise Physiology.  She and her husband, Jeremy, live near Riverton, WY with their son, Colton, raising crops and cattle.  
 
Diana enjoys pleasure riding & driving, competing in Extreme Trail Competition and spending time with her family.  
 

 
 

Lynn Gordon
Licensed Professional Counselor

Lynn is a Westerner by heritage, growing up in Colorado. She attended college in Wyoming and Nebraska and has been in the Sheridan community for many years.

Lynn has been a counselor in a variety of settings, including the school, community counseling, developmental/early childhood counseling and now in private practice. She is experienced in all areas and ages of the human condition, ranging from early childhood to senior issues; grief, depression, anxiety, challenging behavior and self-esteem to name a few. Her desire to help others overcome trauma and pain is an important part of her work.
 
Lynn, in addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, holds certification in elementary education, middle school education and K-12 counseling. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher.
 
Lynn brings to the CHAPS program a keen interest in helping veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress, its resulting life issues and how the horses can help these be overcome.
 
Her “off-hours” combines time with her family, gardening, cooking and traveling.
 


Gina Marchese
Barn Manager

Gina's first ride was at the age of nine at Camp Tanasi, a Girl Scout camp in east Tennessee. Since then, horses have been a constant in her life. From working for lessons in Virginia, to schooling therapy horses in Colorado, and exercise riding rodeo horses in southern Wyoming, she has always found a way to work with and be around horses.

Gina is pleased to be able to work for CHAPS as the barn manager and feels it a privilege to care for the horses that are so important to all the riders and volunteers.



Eddie Paylor
Volunteer Coordinator/Fundraising Assistant 
 
Eddie is a disabled Army Veteran who came to Sheridan to work on his PTSD issues at the Sheridan VA Medical Center.  During his time at CHAPS, he fell in love with the center.  Eddie asked about volunteer opportunities having decided to give back to the program he so much enjoyed.  Now Eddie is a Volunteer Coordinator, working to schedule volunteers for events and fundraisers as well as planning and executing fundraisers. 
 

 

 
 
Nancy Marchese
Volunteer Coordinator 
 
Nancy relocated to Sheridan in the fall of 2011 after her husband retired from the military. She is happy to have her feet firmly planted in one place after moving every few years. She has worked with various non-profits through the years and has been a volunteer for CHAPS since the spring of 2012. This year, she agreed to take on the position of Volunteer Coordinator. In her spare time you may find her piecing quilts, reading, riding or traveling.