BOARD of directors


Susan Mitchell

President, Founder & Executive Director, USHWR
President & Directing Member, Governing Board of USHWR National Coalition,
Public Awareness Co-Director, Barn Operations, Event Planning and Fundraising

  • Registered Nurse, State of CT, Trauma Certified (1997-2013)

  • Member BOD Farmington Valley Trails Council (2012-2016)

  • League of American Bicyclist Instructor (2015-Present)

Katherine Laskey-Bolling

Director, Volunteer Training & Retention

  • Volunteer, USHWR (2016-present)

Steven S. Mitchell

Director, Marketing & Membership

  • Vice President, Mitchell Auto Group (1981- present)

  • Member BOD for East Coast Greenway (2009-2017)

  • League of American Bicyclists instructor (2015 - present)

Heather Gombos

Co-Secretary, USHWR, internal communications
Director, Human Resources,
Co-Director, Youth Council

  • Vice President, Business Operations & Corporate Secretary, Microcare Corp (2002 present)

  • Certified Senior Professional in HR

Annie Keenan

Co-Director, Youth Council

  • Account Manager, Beekley Medical II (2016-present)

Britta Starke

Directing Member, Governing Board of USHWR National Coalition & Public Awareness
Director, Equine Therapy
Co-Director, Equine Assisted Learning
Director, Grants Management/ Writing

  • MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

  • Director, UNC Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program

Christine Kruszek

Vice President, Nat’l Welfare Awareness, Events and Fundraising
Co-Director, Event Planning & Fundraising

  • Owner, Four Restaurant

  • Owner, Naples Restaurant

Darlene Macrina Supnick

Directing Member, Governing Board of USHWR National Coalition & Public Awareness

  • Host, Lets Talk, RVNTV

  • Recipient, US Congressional Angel in Adoption Award, DC

  • Wildlife Rehabber, State of NJ

  • Founder, first no kill companion animal shelter, NJ

  • Founder, Forgotten Angel’s Equine Rescue

  • Broker of Record, Realty Mark

  • Previous Owner, Krystal Construction Homes

Laurie Howell

Vice President, Physical Operations, Marketing
Co-Director, Programs, Equine Assisted Learning
Director, Equine Health/Welfare Management and Training

  • Regional Vice President, Coldwater Creek (2002-2014)

  • District Leader, Petsmart, New England, (2014-2017)

  • Sales Assistant, Mass Mutual Charter Oak Services (2017-present)

Lisa Voorvaart

Co-Secretary, USHWR, outgoing communications
Co-Director, Marketing and Membership

  • Litigation Paralegal, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. (1992-present)

  • President, Central Connecticut Paralegal Association ( 2010-2012)

  • Member, BOD, Simsbury Light Opera (2017-present)

Tracey Reardon

Treasurer, USHWR / USHWR Nat’l Coalition
Director, Financial Accounting

  • Accounting Manager, CT Innovations (2014-present)

  • Owner, TR Consulting, LLC (2017-present)

  • Volunteer, Fore Golf Tournament

Tracy Bennett

Director, Volunteer Recruitment, Coordinating & Scheduling

  • Teacher, West Hartford School System (1996-present)


Advisory Board

Bruce Donald

  • Tri-State Coordinator, East Cost Greenway (2017-present)

  • President, Farmington Valley Trails Council (20015-2017)

  • Chairman, Governor’s Connecticut Greenways Council

Diana Urban

  • Member, State of CT House of Representatives, District 43 (2001-2019)

  • Committee Chair/Co-Chair Children’s Committee

  • Senior consultant, results Leadership Group

  • Adjunct Professor, Three Rivers College

  • Professor, University of Connecticut, Avery Point

  • Member, National Association of Women Business Owners

  • Parents Committee, Williams College

  • Founder, Small Business Advocacy Task Force

Katherine Lambert

  • Attorney At Law, MacDermid, Reynolds & Glissman, P.C.

  • Member, BOD, Artists for World Peace

  • Past Member, BOD, Hartford Stage Company

  • Past Member, BOD, USHWR

Stacey Golub, DVM

  • Owner/ Equine Veterinarian, Connecticut Veterinary Services, LLC (2005-Present)

  • Founder/ Executive Director, Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue, Inc. (2011-Present)