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.

Laura Pallavicini ~ Executive 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

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 ~ Program Director and Instructor
  • 11+ years riding experience
  • Graduate-Appalachian State University
  • BA in Psychology
  • PATH Intl. certified instructor

Evy Crumb ~ Instructor

  • Graduate- State University of New York, Cobleskill, NY
  • Bachelors of Technology in Agricultural Education
  • PATH Intl. certified instructor
Marcie Hughes ~ Volunteer Coordinator
  • Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 3+ years active volunteerism in W-S special needs community
  • 12 years experience as art/design business owner
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