“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. Since its inception in 1998, Giant Steps has grown to five full-time staff, four part-time staff, eight PATH-certified instructors, more than 125 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 & PATH Certified Instructor
Katherine Theus
Development & Communications Associate
Jen McWherter
Head Instructor & PATH Certified
Tucker Ricioli
Office Manager
Meghan Farley
Volunteer Coordinator & PATH Certified Instructor
Sean Willer
Facility Manager & PATH Certified Instructor
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
Jenn Collins
PATH Certified Instructor
Chrissie Cutting
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
Aine Vejby
Speech Pathologist

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

Our Board of Directors

Mark Cavalier, Chair
Managing Director, Wells Fargo Wealth Management

Jane Rodger Whatmore, Secretary
Project Management, Film/TV Production

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

Jennifer Emmert Evans
Co-owner, COO Whidbey Tea

Toni Forsberg
Senior Director of Human Resources, Medtronic

Julie Garella
Owner, Ice Horse

Danielle Louton
Senior Planning Wealth Strategist, Wells Fargo Private Bank

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

Alycia Mondavi
Marketing, C. Mondavi & Family, Dark Matter Wines

Terri Lee Roberson, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Laura Rombauer
Owner, Napa Valley Vintage Home, Rombauer Family Vineyards

John Scheuring
Partner, Scheuring LLP

Bridget Twomey
Executive Director, The White Barn Project

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