Staff

Staff

Sarah Armentrout

Co-Founder & Head of School, sarmentrout@carlisleacademymaine.com

aAs co-founder of Carlisle Academy, Sarah manages curriculum development and strategic oversight while also still teaching a student base of para-equestrians, pony clubbers, and student interns. She has been in the field of equine-assisted therapies and equestrian sports as a coach and competitor for over 25 years and is a PATH, Intl. Advanced Riding Instructor, a PATH, Intl. Mentor, and a USEF Certified Silver Level Para-Dressage Coach. In the 1990’s Sarah worked at the National Center for Equine-Facilitated Therapy in Woodside, California under the tutelage of the late Barbara Heine, early visionary of the American Hippotherapy Association. She then moved into management at the Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped in Hailey, ID with husband Nick, while also apprenticing as working student for Connected Riding Founder, Peggy Cummings. Prior to creating Carlisle Academy, Sarah was the Group Team Leader of Corporate Communications at Tom’s of Maine, managing brand identity, marketing and corporate giving. Sarah currently serves on the statewide Board of Directors for the Maine Community Foundation and recently graduated with the 4th cohort of MCF’s Leadership Learning Exchange for Equity. Sarah sits on the National Advisory Council of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation and serves on a para-equestrian working committee for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Between 2016-2019, Sarah acted as the National Coordinator for the Veterans Paralympic Equestrian Sport Initiative through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Adaptive Sport Grant funded to Carlisle Academy, which helped shape the curriculum and pilot for the USEF Para-Dressage Coach Certificate Program under USEF Head of Coach Development & Technical Advisor, Michel Assouline. Sarah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a B.A in Religion and is always ready to integrate her academic interests with daily business operations and industry pursuits. She lives at Spring Creek Farm in Lyman, Maine with her husband and three children, home to their horses and many farm animals.


Nick Armentrout

Co-Founder & General Manager, nick@carlisleacademymaine.com

Nick has a professional background in small business and supply chain administration, sales, land and livestock management. Over the course of his career, Nick has managed four small businesses for others, and two of his own, throughout start-up phase to maturity. Prior to working for Carlisle Academy he spent 10 years sourcing and supplying raw materials for the manufacture of 100% U.S.-sourced and constructed knit-wool clothing fabrics, as well as goods certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard – “GOTS,” and Cradle to Cradle Certified ™ for the company Ramblers Way. He holds a BA in English from Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland, where he went to play lacrosse but studied Romantic Poets instead. He is University of Maine Master Gardener, and a Saltwater Institute Values-Centered Leadership graduate. Nick has spent most of his adult years engaged with animal agriculture and organic farming. Initially ranching in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, he then returned home to start Spring Creek Farm with Sarah in 1998.  Nick manages Spring Creek Farm, a mixed-power, organic horse, sheep, hay and grain farm that also serves as the host facility for Carlisle Academy. He is most happy behind his 2 draft horses getting a job done.


Alissa Luckey

Office & Communications Manager, aluckey@carlisleacademymaine.com

A native Bostonian, Alissa received her Bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in Marketing and International Business and spent 10 years in the corporate digital marketing world, working at several start-ups in both Boston and New York. After relocating to Maine in 2019, Alissa decided to change directions and pursue a more meaningful career, where she could connect to nature and animals – a dream of hers from a young age. As the Office and Communications Manager at Carlisle Academy, Alissa brings both sides of her skills, knowledge, and passions to the table. Alissa can be found both in the office and the stables – managing activities from student accounts to marketing and customer relations.


Joyce Brown, CTRI

Certified PATH, International Instructor

Joyce began at Carlisle Academy in 2007 as a horse handler and instructor, holding various administrative roles as well through early 2014. She continued to volunteer as an apprentice and joins Carlisle staff again for the 2020 season as an instructor and facilitator. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and a PATH, Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. A confirmed horse lover from her first Shetland pony ride at 3 years old, Joyce finally had her first “official” riding lesson in her mid-30s and has been riding and studying all things equine ever since. With all she learned through her relationship with her first horse Lady, she was inspired to develop Hands to Horses, an unmounted therapeutic horsemanship program for the experiential learning program at Sweetser which she taught for many years. Joyce studies the art of dressage and remains in awe of the gifts horses share with us in every single interaction.


Kate Goldwyn Musk

Equestrian Center Coach, Certified Centered Riding Instructor/Pony Club Instructor, kmusk@carlisleacademymaine.com

Kate Goldwyn Musk teaches riders of all ages at Carlisle Academy’s Equestrian Center. She has been a professional riding instructor, trainer and horsewoman for more than 20 years. She is a certified Centered Riding® Instructor, and was also certified as a CHA Instructor in 2003. She founded and developed her own farm, Strawberry Fields, where she taught hunter seat, jumping, basic dressage, recreational riding, and Centered Riding® to riders of all ages.  Kate competed from childhood in local to national level horse shows. Coached by Gary Duffy, she competed in Equitation and Junior Working Hunters, from Wellington, FL to Saratoga, NY, including the Washington International Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Devon Horse Show. She has extensive experience coaching and preparing horses and riders for hunters, pony hunters, equitation, junior and adult amateur classes. Kate initiated the SUNY Cortland Equestrian Club and has also taught children and adults with special needs. It is Kate’s belief that while competition can offer fun and achievement for many riders, good horsemanship, sportsmanship and the love of the horse must always come first.


Joan Goldwyn, PT

Centered Riding Instructor

Joan is a Certified Centered Riding Instructor as well as a retired physical therapist. As a professional with 45 years of experience and training in myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy, reiki and Tai Chi, she uses bodywork techniques and mind-body postural awareness to improve equitation, balance and soft connection with the horse. Joan has had dozens of equine partners through the years and trained with the late Susan Harris, an internationally acclaimed clinician and author of many equestrian books. She helped establish Strawberry Fields Equestrian Center in Cortland, New York with her husband Glenn and daughter Kate Goldwyn Musk, which they ran as a family for 25 years. She now joins Carlisle Academy part-time to teach riders of all ages and abilities in private lessons.


Lana Dufour-Kosacz

Instructor & Occupational Therapy Graduate 

Lana has been a life-long horsewoman, having grown up in Pony Club and participating in eventing and dressage shows regionally. She joined Carlisle Academy 10 years ago as a horse handler and instructor and reconnected in 2021 while finishing up OT school. Lana is a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s Occupational Therapy Program. Occupational therapy has been a common thread throughout Lana’s life. Her grandmother started a center for brain-injured children after giving birth to her aunt, who was congenitally brain injured. Later in life, her grandmother received occupational therapy after sustaining multiple strokes. As a mental health professional for six years, Lana worked with clients in homes, communities, and schools. Throughout her career, she has been a supervisor, liaison, transitional coordinator and most recently the manager of a therapeutic tutoring center. In all settings, most of the clients also received occupational therapy. Through developing as a professional in this career, she honors the importance of client-based practice and holistic treatment, believing perseverance and adaptation are the greatest human qualities in which she is grateful to support. Lana has always appreciated the power of the horse to heal and is excited to utilize her OT skills while teaching lessons and facilitating wellness programs at Carlisle Academy.


OLIVIA RICHMOND

Instructor & Pony Club Assistant

Olivia is a life-long horse person having grown up on her family’s Hundred Acre Wood Farm in Jefferson, Maine where they hosted both Pony Club and 4-H programs. Olivia has achieved her C-3 Eventing Pony Club Certification, has taught lessons at Camp Medolark, and currently teaches youth in Carlisle’s Pony Club Riding Center Program. When not teaching or training, she is busy at the University of Southern Maine pursuing an Art Education degree and performing on the track team.   


Affiliate Coaches & Faculty:

Deb Dean Smith

USDF Gold Medalist, Professional Dressage Instructor

Deb is a guest instructor focused on teaching able-bodied and para-dressage riders during her monthly visits to Carlisle Academy. Deb has been the trainer at Huntington Farm in Vermont since 1994. She is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist who has received many top placings and high score awards in USDF shows on various horses. Deb has trained many horses from youngsters through to the FEI levels. A former high level event rider, Deborah teaches many event and dressage students throughout the New England area.


Diana Gallant, M.Ed

Certified Equine Experiential Education Facilitator

Diana Gallant is a learning and performance development consultant with over 20 years’ experience analyzing workplace performance issues and developing solutions aligned with strategic business goals. She has broad industry experience across financial, automotive, transportation, healthcare, telecommunications, sales, customer service, engineering, government, higher education and non-profit organizations. A life-long horsewoman, Diana recognizes the benefits horses bring to teams and leaders in the workplace as safe, entertaining, and nonjudgmental “simulators” of common group dynamics. Her unique combination of professional and equine experience forms the basis of her team building and leadership programs. Diana earned a B.S. in Rehabilitation from the University of Maine at Farmington and an M.A. in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado. She is also a certified facilitator of equine experiential education programs designed specifically for team and leader development in the workplace.


Janet Smaldone, PT; HPCS (Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist)

PATH Registered Therapist, Certified Physiotherapist for US Equestrians Networkjsmaldone@carlisleacademymaine.com

Janet worked at Carlisle Academy as a physical therapist in from 2011-2021. She is a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist credentialed by American Hippotherapy Certification Board, and an active dressage rider. She has over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist in primarily pediatrics, in a variety of settings, including 10 years at National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy located in Woodside, California, and has also worked in adult rehabilitation. She was appointed 2018 USEF Para Dressage Team Physical Therapist and worked with the athletes in training and at the World Equestrian games that year. She became a USEF licensed official as a National Classifier for Para-Equestrian Sports in 2019. She is also certified in Pediatric and Baby NDT (Neurodevelopmental Treatment), and has varied training including craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and yoga.


Rebecca Henry, MS, OTR/L, AHCB-CT

Occupational Therapist

Rebecca Henry is a licensed Occupational Therapist for over 15 years, As well as a Certified Therapist through the American Hippotherapy Certification Board and PATH, International. From 2013-2021 she worked at Carlisle Academy’s Therapy Center using hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. Rebecca is Adjunct Faculty at the University of New England teaching an undergraduate course, developed by Carlisle Academy entitled Introduction to Equine-Facilitated Therapy and offered within the Department of Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies. Rebecca is a graduate of The University of New England’s Occupational Therapy School. She has experience working with children and adults with physical, developmental and mental health disabilities within acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and now Child Development Services where she works full time. Her passion to help others combined with a long time love of horses fuel her continued connection as faculty and advisor at Carlisle Academy.


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