Kristen Marcus
Executive Director

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 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.


Diana Christensen
PATH International Certified Driving Instructor

Diana grew up in a small town in northern Vermont with mostly dairy cows and Morgan horses.  She started driving at 14; draft horses on hay rides.  Diana progressed from hay rides to single show horses, draft pairs and eventually the six-horse draft hitch and received show training from Judge Lewis Springer.  
During college at Oklahoma State University, Diana qualified for Morgan Grand Nationals and competed in Youth of the Year, showing in carriage horse with a mare she trained herself. She also completed the Justin Morgan Youth Achievement Program at the highest level: demonstrating proficiency in riding, driving and breed knowledge. 
Diana has a B.S in Animal Science (Animal Biotechnology) and an M.S. in Large Animal Nutrition & Exercise Physiology.  She and her husband, Jeremy, live near Riverton, WY with their son, Colton, raising crops and cattle.  
Diana enjoys pleasure riding & driving, competing in Extreme Trail Competition and spending time with her family.  



Meagan Anderson
PATH, International Certified Riding Instructor & Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning  

I was born in Alaska and grew up with a family of horse lovers on Kodiak Island; and wouldn't change a thing about it, even if I had the chance. I started riding when I was 3 years old, and by the time I was 11, I was volunteering at the therapeutic riding program, Horse Abilities, in my hometown. I was a 4-H member for several years, taught lessons to kids who weren't old enough to join 4-H, stayed active in the rodeo community, and even trained two miniature donkeys to pull a cart.
I've always known I'd build my career around horses, I just didn't think I had what it takes to be a Therapeutic Riding Instructor.
For about 8 years, I chose to work on commercial fishing vessels in the summers, work for my father's construction company in the spring and fall, and spend winter months traveling. In 2014, I decided to settle down a bit and moved to Texas; all I really knew was that I wanted to be around horses more, so I began driving horse-drawn carriages in downtown Austin. I also worked as a groom and caretaker at a private barn.

It was pretty close to my dream job, but God had bigger plans for me. In 2016, I was in a car accident that left me seriously wondering what I had to lose if I attempted to become a Therapeutic Riding Professional and failed. My answer was "nothing," so I went for it. I decided to pursue a PATH Intl. certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, which I acquired, and that led to attaining a Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification as well.
I've received countless blessings since making that decision, and even had the honor of running Horse Abilities this past summer, a full 17 years after I first volunteered there! It's been an incredible journey, but it gets better...

Due to some delightfully serendipitous events, I'll be joining the CHAPS family beginning in April! I'm incredibly excited about becoming a member of such a wonderful community, and I'm just thrilled about this opportunity to make Sheridan my new home and to meet you all.

Fleur Ahern
PATH, International Instructor in-training
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.

Lynn Gordon
Licensed Professional Counselor

Lynn is a Westerner by heritage, growing up in Colorado. She attended college in Wyoming and Nebraska and has been in the Sheridan community for many years.

Lynn has been a counselor in a variety of settings, including the school, community counseling, developmental/early childhood counseling and now in private practice. She is experienced in all areas and ages of the human condition, ranging from early childhood to senior issues; grief, depression, anxiety, challenging behavior and self-esteem to name a few. Her desire to help others overcome trauma and pain is an important part of her work.
Lynn, in addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, holds certification in elementary education, middle school education and K-12 counseling. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher.
Lynn brings to the CHAPS program a keen interest in helping veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress, its resulting life issues and how the horses can help these be overcome.
Her “off-hours” combines time with her family, gardening, cooking and traveling.


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.

 Eddie Paylor
Volunteer Coordinator/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, 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. This year, she agreed to take on the position of Volunteer Coordinator. In her spare time you may find her piecing quilts, reading, riding or traveling.