Our Staff

 

Karen Kersting, Executive Director: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Karen joined UpReach as Executive Director in 1998. She initially became involved with the program in 1993 when her band “Karen Morgan & Pony Express” donated their services for the UpReach Hoedown. As a former vice-president in Cash Management at Citizens Bank, Karen brings her skills in financial analysis, product development, and project management to the organization. A Summa Cum Laude Graduate of Emerson College with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Education, Karen is a PATH International Member and is co-chair of the PATH Intl. Center Advancement Committee.

 

Kristen McGraw, Program Director: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kristen McGraw is a PATH Intl. certified riding instructor, PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and Level II PATH Intl. driving instructor that has been involved in with UpReach since 1996, beginning as a program volunteer.  She is currently the Program Director at UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center.  Kristen served as the PATH Intl. NH State Chair from 2003-2006, the Region 1 Representative from 2006-2010, participated in the PATH Intl. Driving Committee from 2007 through 2011 serving as the Chair of the committee from 2009-2011.  In 2010, Kristen graduated from the Leadership Series through the NH Institute on Disabilities.  As the co-guardian for an adult with a developmental disability, Kristen was appointed to the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities in October of 2011 and was elected Chair in 2012.  Kristen enjoys volunteering time visiting nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers with her pony Pet Partner Darcy.

 

 

Lauren Kochakian, Assistant Program Director: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lauren joined the UpReach family in 2005 and is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer college, with a degree in child development. She is a member of the New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA), is a past president of NHAVA, and received the 2011 Judith Lonergan Volunteer Administrator Award. Lauren received the 2014 New Hampshire Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Management and has earned the credential "Certified in Volunteer Administration" by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administrator. She is a PATH Intl. registered therapeutic riding instructor and a level I therapeutic driving instructor.

 

 

Veronica Lester, Development Director: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Veronica joined the team in January 2014 as an intern from Saint Anselm College. Upon graduation, she became a full-time staff member, with a degree in Communication. From taking horseback riding lessons in her youth, she experienced the powerful bond between horse and human and found a passion volunteering in a therapeutic riding program. Veronica shares her skills in written, verbal, and visual communication to further the mission of the organization.

 


Allison McCully, Special Programs & Barn Assistant/ Instructor: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Allison became involved with UpReach as a volunteer in 2004. After receiving her PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification, she joined the UpReach staff as a part-time instructor in 2008. Allison graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Science and since became a full-time staff member.  In 2017, she was certified as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.

 

 

 

 

Danielle Martin, Barn Manager & Instructor: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

One of the newest staff members, Danielle began working at UpReach while finishing her degree. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May of 2015 with a degree in Equine Sciences with a concentration in Therapeutic Riding. Danielle earned her PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification in the spring of 2013.

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth "Liz" Devine, Volunteer Coordinator & Instructor: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Liz, one of the newest UpReach staff members graduated from the University of New Hampshire in December of 2014 with a degree in Equine Sciences and a concentration in Therapeutic Riding. She received her PATH, Intl. instructor certification in the spring of 2013 and continues to teach lessons both at UpReach and at the UNH therapeutic riding program. In addition, Liz spent a summer teaching at the Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy in Madison, NH.

 

 

 

Jessica "Jess" Hughes, AmeriCorps VISTA, Community Outreach Coordinator:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jess is joining the UpReach team for the coming year (May 2017 - May 2018) as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She will be working on several projects throughout the year and helping UpReach strengthen our corporate and civic group partnerships. Jess graduated with a degree in Psychology in May of 2012 and then enter the Peace Corps, where she served as Youth Development volunteer for two and a half years. Recently, Jess has returned from Hawaii, where she lived and worked at a Horticultural Therapy program for a little over a year.

 

 

 

Jan DiMarzio, Bingo Coordinator