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Board of Directors

Mikole Soto
Mikole Soto was born and raised in Sheridan. She attended the University of Wyoming where she received a Master’s in History and a Juris Doctorate degree. Mikole has recently moved back to Sheridan to work as an associate attorney with Chapman Valdez & Lansing.

Mikole first fell in love with horses when her younger sister was involved in the Heels Down program in Sheridan. Her family owning their own quarter horses, Mikole continued to compete in the AQHA show world up through college and competed in the World Show. Heels Down always meant a great deal to Mikole as her little sister was diagnosed with DYRK1A and the program provided her sister such great therapeutic relief. Mikole always wanted to find her way back to a program that provided these services and is beyond grateful CHAPS fills that role in this community. Overall, Mikole is passionate about this program and is excited to be part of this awesome team.

Teresa Garrett-Martin 

Teresa is an avid horse lover who spends a good deal of her time trailing horses and capturing them thru photography. For the past five years she has worked as an event photographer for an equine-based sports association and for many local rodeos. Traveling mostly on weekends during the summer, Teresa works over a five-state region capturing horses and their owners doing what they love. When not on the road, she hangs her work hat up at Epiphany in Sheridan WY.

Since 2016, she has been volunteering her photography talents to CHAPS. Knowing, first-hand, the benefits horses can bring to a person struggling with their mental health, Teresa is very excited to be a part of CHAPS. Their mission to help make a difference in the many lives of those who are struggling is near and dear to her.

Kristen Masters

Kristen Masters was born and raised in Sheridan County, attending Tongue River High School before graduating from the University of Wyoming with degrees in Art and English. 

Kristen currently resides in Dayton with her husband and two dogs, where she works as a Graphic Designer/Website Developer for an agriculture marketing company. Kristen also co-owns Generation Meats, a small business offering locally-raised beef and pork.

As a life-long horse enthusiast and resident of the Sheridan County community, Kristen is grateful for the opportunity to be involved at a deeper level with the people and programs at CHAPS.

Devin Worman
Devin was raised on a cattle ranch in Ucross, WY. He joined the Army after high school and is a Veteran of the Iraq War. After six years of active duty in the Army, he joined the Wyoming Army National Guard, reaching the rank of First Sergeant. Devin graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was the Project Manager for a heavy oil upgrading project in Laramie, WY, before moving back home to Sheridan, WY in 2019. He earned his MBA from the University of Wyoming in 2020.
Devin retired from the United States Army with 24 years of service, in 2020.

Devin has three children, Drew, Brooke, and Rhagen. He lives in Sheridan, WY. with his wife, Katy. Together they own four horses, one dog, and two cats.

Devin shoes horses in the Sheridan and surrounding community. His hobbies include roping, fishing, hunting and riding trails with his wife. He is an avid advocate for Veterans and enjoys mentoring and working with Veterans.


Fleur Ahern 
Fleur Ahern came to Wyoming in 2008 with her husband of 20 years and 14 year old son.

"I am from Co. Willow Ireland and received my I.C.E.S. And B.H.S.A.I. Training in Co. Kilkenny Ireland. While attending college, I was given the opportunity to teach and assist with The Riding for Disabled program which was very fulfilling and rewarding.

I went on to work in England and America with polo and other areas of the horse industry.
I am looking foreword to working and getting involved with such a great program as CHAPS."

Jeff Foral 
Jeff Foral was born in Oconto WI. He was raised on his grandparents' dairy farm. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, stationed at McChord AFB. He spent 3 years in security and 4 years being an air and oil hydraulic mechanic on aircraft.

Jeff moved to Sheridan, WY in 1994 where he has owned and operated a 1 man construction company since 1996.

Shana Neustel

Shana Neustel was born in Buffalo, WY but college took her to Spearfish, SD where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services.  After graduating, her sense of adventure took her on a semester abroad in South Africa, at the Unversity of Stellenbosch. 

While attending college in South Dakota, Shana worked at a facility for intellecutally disabled individuals.  This started her passion for helping people and has helped shape her career path. 

Shana currently lives in Sheridan, and works at the VA in the Community Care Business Office, helping to coordinate Veterans' medical appointments.  In her downtime, Shana can be found hiking, four-wheeling, fishing and camping with her significant other, Mark, and step-kids, Lexia and Levi.  

Shana's love for horses started at a young age.  Growing up, she could be found thumbing through her large books of horse breeds, only to pick out several different kinds and write them in a notebook with names such as "Star," "Two Socks," and "Lightning" so she could remember who she was "riding" on her bicycle during the summer.  Never having the opportunity to own horses herself, Shana is beyond excited to be involved with CHAPS and help other individuals experience the magic of horses. 

This could be you!  Email Kristen at if you are interested in becoming a board member. 




Kristen Marcus
Executive Director/ESMHL 
Our Executive Director is a Wyoming native from Ten Sleep. Kristen has an A.S. in Equine Science, a B.S. in Animal Science (Equine nutrition and management), a Masters of Agriculture in Equine Breeding and a M.S. in Agricultural Communications.

Kristen grew up on the back of a horse and spent her childhood on the family ranch working cattle, horses and pigs.  She is certifed through the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) in Western & English Riding as well as Stable Management.  Kristen is also a PATH International certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning. 

She has been in Sheridan since 2009 and is grateful to be living at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains again. Kristen and her husband, Jeremy, have two children, Briannon & Cian (pronounced key-in). Her hobbies include horseback riding, 4-wheeling, scrapbooking, photography and reading.

Fleur Ahern
PATH, International Instructor
Fleur Ahern came to Wyoming in 2008 with her husband of 20 years and 14 year old son. She is from Co. Willow Ireland and received her I.C.E.S. and B.H.S.A.I. training in Co. Kilkenny Ireland. While attending college, she was given the opportunity to teach and assist with The Riding for Disabled program which was very fulfilling and rewarding. She went on to work in England and America with polo and other areas of the horse industry.

Fleur is kind, easy going and always has a smile on her face. She brings years of experience and a passion for horses and people with her to CHAPS.  Her clients love her and each one has progressed his/her skills under Fleur's skilled tutelage.

Tracy Shaw
PATH International Riding & Driving Instructor
Tracy has driven horses for over 30 years including all breeds in all combinations including single, team, tandom, random, unicorn, 4-up, and 6-up. She is PATH, International dual certified for riding and driving.

Tracy has taught riding and driving horses for over 20 years and worked for Coors with the 40-horse hitch. She has many years experience competing and working the in the draft horse industry. 

Chelsea Adams
Volunteer Coordinator/Instructor In-training
A love of horses brought Chelsea to CHAPS around 2014 to volunteer. She's thoroughly enjoyed working in lessons with the clients and horses. After years as a volunteer, she's decided to turn it into a career. She'll be working toward certification this year. The love of watching how happy the clients can be on the horses, and the love of working with the horses themselves pushed her in this direction.


Gina Marchese
Barn Manager
Gina's first ride was at the age of nine at Camp Tanasi, a Girl Scout camp in east Tennessee. Since then, horses have been a constant in her life. From working for lessons in Virginia, to schooling therapy horses in Colorado, and exercise riding rodeo horses in southern Wyoming, she has always found a way to work with and be around horses.

Gina is pleased to be able to work for CHAPS as the barn manager and feels it a privilege to care for the horses that are so important to all the riders and volunteers.

Gina is a certified Stable Manager through the American Riding Instructor Association (ARIA). She is also a certifed Equine Masseuse and trained equine Chiropractor.

Eddie Paylor
Fundraising Assistant
Eddie is a disabled Army Veteran who came to Sheridan to work on his PTSD issues at the Sheridan VA Medical Center. During his time at CHAPS, he fell in love with the center. Eddie asked about volunteer opportunities having decided to give back to the program he so much enjoyed. Now Eddie is a Volunteer Coordinator/Fundraising assistant, working to schedule volunteers for events and fundraisers as well as planning and executing fundraisers


Nancy Marchese
Volunteer Coordinator
Nancy relocated to Sheridan in the fall of 2011 after her husband retired from the military. She is happy to have her feet firmly planted in one place after moving every few years. She has worked with various non-profits through the years and has been a volunteer for CHAPS since the spring of 2012. In her spare time you may find her piecing quilts, reading, riding or traveling.



We are a Premier Accredited Center with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), a global authority and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies that inspire and enrich the human spirit. 

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Phone: 307.673.6161