“I keep coming to Giant Steps
because I love the people
and the animals,
and the great affection
I witness between both.”

-A Giant Steps Team Member

About Giant Steps

OUR MISSION is to enrich and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities through the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and related equine-assisted activities.

Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center is a non-profit therapeutic equestrian program creating a supportive and dynamic environment to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities living in the San Francisco Bay area.

We are fortunate to have a large pool of individuals who work to ensure the organization is able to meet its mission. Giant Steps has grown to 4 full-time staff, 4 part-time staff and 9 PATH-certified instructors, more than 200 specially-trained community volunteers and a robust Board of Directors. The passion, hard work and love these individuals give to the program are the reason for Giant Steps’ success.

Our Team

Beth Porter
Executive Director
Julie Larson
Program Director
Katherine Theus
Development & Communications Assistant
Jen McWherter
Head Instructor
Tucker Ricioli
Office Manager
Meghan Farley
Volunteer Coordinator
Sean Willer
Facility Manager
Cynthia Bartel

We rely on the critical support of our volunteers.
Our effective and affordable programs would not be possible without the hard work and generosity of these amazing team members.

Our Instructors

All of our instructors have been trained and certified through PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), which has also accredited Giant Steps with their highest designation of a “Premier Accredited Center.”

Amy Barbaro
PATH Certified Instructor
Marilyn Bartow
PATH Certified Instructor
Jenn Collins
PATH Certified Instructor
Nicole DeVito
PATH Certified Instructor
Debbie Gardner
PATH Certified Instructor
Holly Hansen
PATH Certified Instructor
Jenny Lampshire
PATH Certified Instructor
Sue Rickard
PATH Certified Instructor
Mariah Shields
PATH Certified Instructor
Terri Roberson
EFL Facilitator

PATH International provides safety standards and guidelines to its members.
For more information, please visit their website: www.pathintl.org

Our Board of Directors

Larissa McCalla, J.D., Chair
Owner, Equuleus Designs, LLC

Terri Lee Roberson, Psy.D., Vice Chair
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Darby Furth Bonomi, PhD
Consulting Psychologist

Mark Cavalier
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Advisors in coordination with The Private Bank

Jennifer Emmert Evans
Co-owner, COO Whidbey Tea

Julie Garella
Owner, Ice Horse

David Grohol
Technology Investor / Entrepreneur

Jeffrey Roush
Senior Partner, Chief Compliance Officer, 5T Wealth Management, LLC

Bridget Twomey
Owner, The White Barn Project

Susan Wayland
Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations, San Francisco Day School

It takes all of us to make Giant Steps. Please consider donating today. GIVE NOW