The Riverwood Staff

The Riverwood family is made up of many talented individuals, beginning with our exceptional volunteers, parents, board of directors and of course our amazing stable of horses. All of these people and animals draw inspiration, guidance and most of all leadership from our amazing staff.

Susan Hubbard ~ Executive Director and Founder
  • 40 years riding/horse experience
  • Graduate-Averett University
  • Graduate-Memorial Hospital School of Nursing-Danville, VA
  • Instructor for riding: Mary Baldwin College, Bridgewater College, and James Madison University
  • RN
  • PATH Intl. certified instructor
 
Laura Pallavicini ~ Program Director and Advanced Instructor
  • 30+ years riding/horse experience
  • Graduate-UNC-Chapel Hill
  • BS Psychology, Specializing in Child and Family Development
  • Member of the IHSA, UNC Equestrian Team, Level 3/4 Parelli Student
  • EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist
  • Professional experience working with foster care families and children/adolescents with severe mental/emotional traumas and behavioral disorders
  • PATH Intl. certified instructor, former N.C. State Chairperson for PATH Intl.
Cindy Martin ~ Office Manager and Instructor
  • 15+ years horse and riding experience
  • Volunteer work with The Downtown School, Junior Achievement and Red Cross
  • Administrative work in public relations
  • PATH Intl. (formerly NARHA) Region 3 Representative from 2002 – 2005
  • PATH Intl. certified instructor
  • Attending Forsyth Technical Community College – Nonprofit Leadership & Management
Erin Smith ~ Development Director
  • 12+ years horse and riding experience
  • Graduate-University of Kansas
  • BA in Psychology
  • Shares a passion for horses and serving those with special needs
Leigh-Ana Castillejo ~ Equine Manager and Advanced Instructor
  • 15 years horse and riding experience
  • Graduate-Wilson College
  • BS Equine Facilitated Therapeutics and Equine Studies
  • PATH Intl. certified instructor
Aliza McIlwain ~ Instructor and Volunteer Coordinator
  • 11 years riding experience
  • Graduate-Appalachian State University
  • BA in Psychology
  • Riverwood volunteer, summers of 2010 and 2012
  • Experience working with children as an instructor in swimming and self-definse, camp counselor
  • PATH Intl. certified instructor
Kyle Petty ~ Barn and Facilities Manager
  • Guilford College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • 33 years with Sharpe Images in the graphics and marketing business
  • PATH Intl. certified instructor
Liz Baldwin ~ Farm Staff
  • 27 years riding experience
  • Graduate- Maplebrook School, Amenia, NY
  • Volunteer Experience: Humane Society, Meals on Wheels, SECU Family House, Candle Tea
Cole Moser ~ Barn Staff
  • Reagan High School
  • 5+ years horse experience