MEET OUR PEOPLE
Polly Kornblith, Founder & Executive Director
Founder Polly Kornblith is a PATH-certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (TRI) and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) with a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Polly's entire career has been in the field of education and she has been involved in animal-assisted therapy for over 10 years. Polly is ably assisted by the Board of Directors, an Advisory Council and dozens of dedicated volunteers!
Sarah Lovett, Equine Manager & Instructor
Sarah majored in Equine Business Management and Riding at Johnson and Wales University and is pursuing a Master’s in Sports Leadership. She holds an instructor certification with the Certified Horsemanship Association and a MA riding instructor license.
Margret Bell, Equine Specialist
Animals have always been an indispensable, healing part of Margret's life, which led her to become PATH-certified as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL).
A psychologist, Margret has particular expertise in working with sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and other interpersonal trauma survivors, combat Veterans, and Veterans more generally. She is a proud mom to two pugs, Bean and Oliver, and her horse Wingman (Spot).
Cindy Conquest, Instructor
Cindy has worked for 10+ years with riders of all ages and abilities from Arkansas to Australia (and many places in between!). Cindy majored in Neurobiology and Spanish at the University of Vermont and she has her Master's degree in Education. Cindy enjoys using horseback riding to help her students improve self-confidence, interpersonal skills and executive functions. Outside the barn, you'll find Cindy in a Spanish classroom, on the volleyball court, or out for a stroll with her pig Clarence.
Karen Gostenhofer, Instructor
Karen Gostenhofer is a lifelong equestrienne, landscape architectural designer, painter, and expressive arts facilitator. She teaches classical riding/training, is an advanced PATH Therapeutic Riding and Interactive Vaulting Instructor as well as a Centered Riding Instructor. Karen utilizes TTeam/TTouch and Natural Horsemanship. Karen’s experience includes teaching students from 18 months to 102 years old!
Elizabeth Shealy, Instructor & Physical Therapist
Elizabeth Shealy is excited to be part of the team at the Horse SenseAbility where she can combine her passion for horses with 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. She is NDT certified and has spent most of her career working with children with special needs. In 2016, Elizabeth expanded her skills to include the use of hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. Elizabeth is a PATH certified riding Instructor and holds a MA riding instructor license.
Lisa Slawsby, Equine Specialist
Lisa started as a volunteer here at Horse SenseAbility and has become a true "barn rat," spending part of almost everyday here working with the horses and our participants. Lisa supervises our Wildstar Wranglers program. In her spare time, Lisa is a certified professional dog trainer who creates comprehensive teaching plans for her clients that encourages a partnership between them and their pets.