PATH, International Certified for Therapeutic Instruction, and Manager of Majoda Stables. A decade of experience teaching at Majoda Stables and an expert in her field, Vera has a strong background in Natural Horsemanship, and is a supportive and caring teacher of children and adults alike!
After many years of teaching riding at other barns, Diane started her own program at Majoda Stables in 1992. Diane has always been interested in giving novice riders a solid and safe opportunity to learn how to ride horses for pleasure and fun. With a degree in Special Education, Diane developed a therapeutic program which runs in conjunction with our other programs.
With a life long background in Special Education, Bill has an ability to work with our Therapeutic students in a way that promotes communication, social skills, and relationship building.
Lisa is a PATH-certified riding instructor, and has extensive experience teaching young adults with special needs, and is a certified job coach. She was educated at The Boggs Center of Rutgers University, where she studied education in developmental disabilities.
Lisa is a very talented artist and has created beautiful art with many of the Majoda horses as her subjects.
Joanne is a PATH-trained riding instructor and has extensive experience as a special needs teacher. Her warmth and enthusiasm endears her to all her students. She teaches riders of all abilities. Joanne serves on Majoda's Board of Directors.
Donna works with riders who are new or returning, adult or children of all abilities. She has a lifelong love of the sport and is an active horse enthusiast, committed to Majoda and our program. She also serves on Majoda's Board of Directors.
Sydney has been riding and working with horses for a few years now and she has completely fallen in love with the horse world. She helps to train some of the horses that require more experience in hopes of bringing them into the lesson program. Sydney teaches beginner riders as well as some AHP students.
Colleen started volunteering and riding at Majoda in 2022. She had fallen in love with horses as a kid, and more than two decades later, has found great joy in getting back in the saddle. But at the heart of her work with Majoda are two of her greatest passions: animals and community. Colleen is a mental health advocate and also serves on the board of NAMI Philadelphia (National Alliance on Mental Illness), with deepening interests in animal-assisted therapies and the power of animals to help heal—both physically and mentally. Likewise, she works in online community development for a healthcare tech startup, connecting people living with chronic conditions who are looking for support and connection. Her background is in writing and marketing, and she holds a Master's of Communications from Penn. Colleen is also an aspiring goat owner and farm animal enthusiast.
Rachel started as a volunteer at Majoda in 2022 and joined the board in 2023. Rachel is a local realtor who is licensed in NJ and PA. She has always enjoyed being around horses and has been volunteering with different animal organizations since childhood.
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Throughout her career and afterward, Mary pursued many interests but always returned to horses. Her cumulative 14 years of formal instruction and four years’ experience as an American Riding Instructors Association-certified instructor of Western and Hunt Seat equitation ultimately led her to Majoda. Her passion for teaching (especially) novice riders of all ages, with or without physical or cerebral challenges, stems from her belief that learning to ride is therapeutic for all students.
Joanne has a deep love and appreciation for horses and a strong commitment to Majoda Stables mission and the Moorestown Community.
Donna was active with and around horses most of her childhood and adolescence. Donna rediscovered her passion for horses about 5 years ago and discovered therapeutic riding at Majoda where she has happily served on the Majoda board since 2021.
Shannon began with Majoda in 2021 as a volunteer while her daughter took riding lessons. She has since joined the board, started riding, and instructs the therapeutic riders. Shannon holds a Master's of Education in special education and is a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant. She and her husband own and operate Fuzzrocious Pedals, a boutique guitar pedal company where Shannon hand paints the enclosures. Majoda has allowed her to combine her love of animals and servicing individuals with special needs.
Amy's daughter is the reason she started volunteering with Majoda in 2020. She has a love and respect for horses that she never knew was missing from her life. Amy spent some time in the corporate world where she worked in marketing and event planning before switching to the field of education. A former teacher with a Master's Degree in Literacy Education, Amy now spends much of her time volunteering as a leader for Cub Scouts Pack 15 and BSA Scouts Troops 15 B & G in Mount Laurel.
Animals have always been an important part of Jeanne’s life. She studied animal science technology at Camden County College and has over 15 years of experience as a veterinary technician. Jeanne found her love for horses while trail riding. She wanted to learn more about horse behavior and care. This led her to volunteer at Majoda Stables where she also began taking riding lessons. When she’s not caring for horses, Jeanne enjoys hiking and paddling with her dragon boat team.
Wendy has had a lifelong love of horses. She rode briefly as a child and sought out Majoda as a place to actively begin riding and working with horses as an adult. Wendy came to Majoda as a volunteer at the beginning of 2023. A CPA working for a boutique law firm’s busy Estate Planning Practice, Wendy enjoys the special time and bond that volunteering at Majoda has offered her. She has also dedicated much time over the years to education and development having served on the Young Friends Boards for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Temple University Young Alumni Association, as well as helping in her family’s Private School, working with her mother to create a specialized Arts and Humanities Summer Program for elementary-aged children. Coming to Majoda has enabled Wendy to combine her love of animals, education, and community.
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