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

Executive Director
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


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


Kristin LeClair

Volunteer Coordinator

Kristin has long had an unwavering love of horses and an appreciation of the unique therapeutic effects they have on humans. After volunteering many hours with HHH, she joined the staff and looks forward to helping our programs grow and flourish. hhhctkristin@gmail.com



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

 Stefana Pecher, MD, FAAFP, CCFP, MCFP, Secretary

As a Board Certified Family Physician, Dr. Pecher is a valuable resource as a consultant and in rider assessments. Also a horsewoman, Dr. Pecher has a keen appreciation and understanding of the value of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy. She has been a pivotal influence in getting this program at HHH off the ground.


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



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