Our Mission: “Horses Healing Humans" exists to enrich the lives of people with special challenges through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.

Our Team


lparadisLee Paradis, BA, BS, ESMT


Board Of Directors

Program Director
PATH, Int’l Certified Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health

Lee comes from an extensive background in horsemanship, leadership training, psychology, human development, and health care. Dually Certified by PATH, Int’l (Formerly NARHA) as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health, she also maintains certifications in CPR/AED/First Aid, Equine Massage, EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy), Equine Sports Massage Therapy, and continues to study the teachings of Epona, Natural Horsemanship and related studies. leeparadis@gmail.com

Ryan Meldrum, BGS, JD

Executive Director

After graduating from New York Military Academy, Ryan began a career in service by rebuilding homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. From there he served in the U.S. Navy from 2006-2011 as a Navigation Electronics Technician onboard the fast attack submarine, USS Alexandria (SSN 757). With the GI Bill, Ryan earned a Bachelor’s in two years summa cum laude as well as a Doctorate from the University of Connecticut and Pace University, 2013 and 2016 respectively. He has since operated at non-profit organizations in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut to include the Raritan Valley Montessori Academy and The Legal Aid Society in the Bronx. HHHCTRyan@gmail.com



Kathryn Asay Vine, AS, BS

Facilities/Equine Operations Director
PATH, Int’l Certified Advanced Instructor
Level 3 English CHA Riding Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health

Kathryn contributes her considerable experience and knowledge as an instructor and Equine Specialist, and is responsible for creating “the Kathryn Effect” – a calming, nurturing influence that causes our horses to build confidence and helps them to enjoy their work. Kathryn’s background in Equine Sciences and management is invaluable to the program. hhhtrkv@gmail.com


Kara Tedford, BS, TRI

Kara is a recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire’s Equine Program where she majored in Therapeutic Riding. She has been teaching as a certified PATH Intl. Instructor for two years now. She is also the proud owner of an Arabian Saddlebred, George, who she used to compete locally. With a great appreciation for horses and their unique therapeutic effects on people, she is eager and enthusiastic to join the team.





pganeyPatricia Ganey, BA

PATH, Int’l Certified Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health

Patty has volunteered in Therapeutic Riding since 2003, became certified, and started teaching in 2011. Professionally, she worked in Management Consulting in Boston, MA for Bain and Company prior to taking time off to raise a family with her husband. Their small farm in Lyme is home to 3 horses, 3 large, loud Labradors and 3 sons. In her spare time, she competes in eventing and dressage with her latest project, a 9 year-old OTTB gelding. There’s also a wonderful Morgan mare and a distinguished, retired 31 year-old Appendix gelding.



Lise B. Mayers, LCSW, ACSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Mental Health Advisor

A licensed clinical social worker in CT and RI, she started helping at therapeutic riding programs over 30 years ago. Lise has been a Therapist at Horses Healing Humans for four years. She is thrilled to be part of the team providing innovative programs to our clients.



Board of Directors

Harold Packman, Treasurer


Jenna Moore, Secretary

Jenna Moore is a resident of Eastford in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner. She and her husband, along with their dogs, horses, and donkey, moved to the area from Northern New York in April 2016. Jenna is a 1988 graduate of University of New Hampshire. She has worked in non-profit development her entire professional career. While in the Boston area after graduation, she worked at the Center for Plant Conservation and Greater Boston Legal Services. From 1995-2016, Jenna worked at the North Country Children’s Clinic as Development Director and Samaritan Medical Center Foundation as Executive Director and Grants Manager.  Jenna has served on a variety of Boards including the Black River Valley Horse Association.




James Venditto, Jr, MA, Advisory Member

Jim combines his lifetime of teaching, administrative experience, and love of farm life to help keep the facility safe and functional.






*** We are currently seeking dedicated Board members who understand our mission and want to help HHH grow. Please contact leeparadis@gmail.com


Each and every one of our volunteers is a valuable asset to our team. Below are just a few key players:

Libby Baxter, LMT

Libby Baxter is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Blue Healer Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork in Mystic, CT. Libby is a client at HHH, taking weekly riding lessons and sometimes joining in for Equizen yoga on horseback. Her volunteer work includes paddock maintenance, feeding and grooming, massage therapy and energy bodywork for the horses, as well as equine essential oil treatments with Young Living essential oils.





We offer 4-12 week internship programs for college Juniors and Seniors studying Psychotherapy, Animal Science, Equine Business Management, Therapeutic Horsemanship and other related studies. Housing and Scholarships may be available. Faculty recommendation required.


Horses Healing Humans CT is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer