Martha Dubensky – Founder, Executive Director, PATH Intl’ Advanced Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Certified Life Coach, Addiction Counselor, PATH Intl’ Mentor and Lead Evaluator
Martha Dubensky has loved and owned horses for most of her life. In 1983, she was introduced to horses providing therapy for people with disabilities at “Monique Stable” in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Thirsty for more knowledge on this therapy, she volunteered at a program in Warwick, New York for several years and in 1994 became a certified PATH International therapeutic riding instructor. In 1995, she founded the GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center.
Mrs. Dubensky is a past PATH Intl’ Region 2 Representative from 2009 to 2011. She is currently a mentor for instructors-in-training and is a PATH Associate Evaluator conducting workshops and certifications for the therapeutic riding industry.
Mrs. Dubensky is also the Education Chairman of the Gifford Pinchot Audubon Society, a member of several Boards of nonprofit organizations and has been a Sunday school teacher for 2 decades. Martha graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree from Cornell University.
Nancy Van Wyk – PATH Intl’ Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Mentor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and is the Program Specialist for Veterans
Nancy Van Wyk started as a GAIT volunteer and became a PATH Certified Riding Instructor in 2013. She has a background in Law Enforcement and is educated in Equine Behavior and Sciences. Nancy lives on a farm and has three horses of her own.
Vera Remes – PATH Intl’ Registered Instructor, Mentor, and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Vera became a PATH Registered Riding Instructor in 2007, a PATH Mentor in 2010 and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning in 2013. She taught special education classes for 11 years and is a learning disabilities teacher/consultant. After retiring from a career in law and moving to Pennsylvania in 2012, she began volunteering as an instructor. She has also served on GAIT’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council.
Diana Moldovan – Volunteer Coordinator, Instructor Assistant, and PATH Intl’ Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Diana Moldovan began riding on and off at a young age and had worked in many lesson barns to supplement her riding education. Diana had been a volunteer at GAIT during her teen years and worked at a harness racing facility after leaving East Stroudsburg University. After her time at the race track, she worked in an assisted living environment with individuals with both cognitive and behavioral challenges. While there, she acquired hands on experience as a direct support professional, shift supervisor, and assistant resident manager. Diana returned to GAIT in 2014 as the Instructor Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator, where she assists with maintaining and updating volunteer information, volunteer management, scheduling for Therapeutic Riding classes, and maintaining website/ Facebook.
This combined experience and knowledge of working with horses and individuals with special needs has been useful to Diana as GAIT’s Instructor Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator, and as a PATH Intl’ Certified Instructor. As a Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Diana hopes to promote a better understanding of working with individuals with special needs as well as an appreciation for the horses and the amazing work that they do.
Laurie Bryceland – Executive Director Assistant and PATH Intl’ Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Laurie Bryceland has loved horses as long as she can remember! She has over 10 years of horse experience including being a “Show” Mom, 4-H Leader, and owning her own horses. She was previously an Elementary School Teacher working with children of various ages and abilities. When her daughter began to volunteer at Camp Venture Equestrian Center, she saw first-hand the benefits of Therapeutic Riding. For the past 8 years, Laurie has enjoyed watching her own son with special needs reap many benefits from therapeutic riding. Feeling a true passion for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy, Laurie began volunteering at Winslow Therapeutic Center and became a PATH Intl Certified Instructor in 2017. Together with her husband and 3 kids, Laurie is the owner and operator of “Imagine That Ponies & Petting Zoo” and loves to see the smiles on the kids faces as they travel to various events and school presentations!
Laurie Bryceland graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and English. She continued her education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Elementary Education through the University of Adelphi. Aside from working as an elementary school teacher, Laurie has also worked as an EMT, veterinary technician, and animal hospital manager as well as owning several of her own businesses. Along with her education and horse knowledge, she brings to GAIT over 20 years of business, managerial, and fundraising experience. She is very excited to bring the “Horses 4 Heroes” program to GAIT to honor and assist our Veterans, Armed Forces, First Responders, Law Enforcement, and their families!
Lenore Rogan – Development Associate
Susan Swalm – Activities Program Coordinator
Susan Swalm, who had horses growing up, has been volunteering at GAIT TRC since March 2005. Since the autumn of 2005, she has spent most of her time working with the riders during off-horse activities and planning the current curriculum for the Activities Program. She uses her education and experience in the planning and facilitating of activities for the riders and enjoys helping them develop an awareness and appreciation for the world (especially the natural world) around them and their place in it through story, music, art, games, language, creative dramatics and puppets.
Dawn Benko – Barn Staff
Steve Seaman – Barn Staff