Our Human Team

Adaptive Horsemanship

Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board of Directors meets monthly, or more frequently as needed, to review the status of classes, finances, horses and other matters and to make decisions regarding those areas as well as marketing, fundraising and special events. Board members include those with a passion for horses and transforming the lives of veterans, first responders, at-risk youth and special needs individuals.

If you are interested in joining the Board, please call us at 970-443-5124 or allow us to contact you by visiting our Contact page.

2022/23 Board of Directors:
President – Teres Lambert
Vice President – Mike Doyle
Secretary – Gabby Thompson
Treasurer – Mike Doyle
Additional Board Members – Shannon Miller, Jill Doyle, Lisa Pitsch, Jan Goldstein

Our Staff

Jessie Butler

Program Manager & Certified Instructor (CSU Class Coordinator)

Jessie is a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) and also holds an instructor certification from the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). Jessie has a degree in Animal Science from Montana State University. She loves teaching so much, she spends her weeks going back and forth between 3 different barns teaching lessons! Each day, she is eager to embrace a new opportunity to learn from her students, horses, and co-workers!

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Mattie Monson

Volunteer Coordinator

Mattie joined the FREE staff in April 2022 as Volunteer Coordinator. She is well versed in the FREE program, having served as a volunteer and an intern. Mattie attends Colorado State University where she is majoring in Equine Science. “Being a part of FREE is something bigger than yourself and helping others through the medium of horses is an amazing experience,” she states. I’m passionate about helping other learn about adaptive horsemanship and how being a volunteer can change your life.” In her spare time, Mattie is active with CSU’s Ranch Horse Team as well as the English and Western Intercollegiate Horse Shows Team. Plus she enjoys riding and taking care of her mare Sunny.

Jessica Arts

Wellness Program and Certified Instructor

Jessica is a proud Colorado native. She has extensive and wide variety of horse experience including packing and outfitting in the mountains, hunter jumpers, vaulting, training young horses, and even jousting. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2015 with degrees in Equine Science and Sociology and a minor in business administration. She got her certification with PATH later that same year. She’s also a certified wellness coach. She loves being active outdoors; paddleboarding, bike riding, skiing, camping, hiking, running and playing with her dog Mia.

Sarah Cunningham

Certified Instructor

Sarah started volunteering at a PATH Therapeutic Riding Center when she was in high school and it changed her life. She loved devoting time to be with the riders, the horses, and the volunteers, so when she went to college she took classes to learn more about equine assisted activities and therapies. Through those classes, she was able to get her PATH Instructor Certification and start teaching adaptive horsemanship with Front Range Exceptional Equestrians. Her goal is to grow as an instructor and become more involved in the E.A.A.T. industry.

Beth Allman

Legacy Class Coordinator & Certified Instructor

Beth has the distinction of being a part of FREE’s instructor team longer than any other member. Yes, Beth has been instructing with the non-profit for more than 30 years. Beth spends a majority of her instructing time at Legacy Stables–and she also provides horses for the Legacy riders. If you want to know any fact related to the history of FREE, ask Beth. She is one of the non-profit’s founders.

Liv Tilley

Certified Instructor

Liv was raised in northern California and started riding when she was at about six years old—and hasn’t stopped. While Liv grew up riding hunter/jumper, today she has expanded her riding to “all sorts of styles and disciplines.” Liv also has experience with training rescue horses and took the Right Horse class at CSU, calling the class “a wonderful experience.” A love for horses and people resulted in Liv earning a dual degree in psychology and equine science from Colorado State University. In addition to being a certified PATH International therapeutic riding instructor, Liv is obtaining her equine specialist mental health and learning certification. When Liv isn’t working one of her multiple jobs, you might find her enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book, hiking with her boyfriend and pup or hanging out at the barn with her horse where she’s working to turn her boyfriend—who was a not a horse person when they met—into a horse person.

Lisa Pitsch

Certified Instructor

Born in France, Lisa moved to Seattle, Wash., at age 8 where she became hooked on horses. In addition to riding horses for fun, Lisa volunteered as a teen at a therapeutic riding center. Today, Lisa attends Colorado State University where she will complete her education May 2002 in equine science, psychology and business. Lisa joined the FREE program in 2019, first serving as a side walker and then a horse leader. Her volunteer experience perked her interest to become a certified PATH Intl. instructor. Lisa owns two horses: a horse she adopted from CSU’s Right Horse program and a mustang that was part of a mustang round up. She is an active horsewoman, specializing in eventing.