our staff

Hidden Acres Staff

 

Rebecca Caruso, LCSW, Clinical Program Director

Rebecca joined the Hidden Acres team in 2014 as a PATH Intl. certified therapeutic riding instructor.  She also maintains certification as an equine specialist in mental health and learning.  Rebecca has more than 20 years experience as a licensed clinical social worker with experience working with children, adolescents, families and survivors of trauma and abuse.  After spending a year as the interim Program Director of Hidden Acres, she is now the Clinical Program Director, focusing on serving populations with mental health issues and social/emotional challenges through equine facilitated learning and therapy.  She is also developing Hidden Acres programs for mindfulness, self awareness and self discovery.  Rebecca enjoys horseback riding, cross country skiing and hiking in her time away from the farm.

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Barbara DeBisschop, Director of Development

We welcome Barbara DeBisschop to the Hidden Acres staff as our Director of Development.  Barbara comes to Hidden Acres with over 20 years of corporate experience in Marketing, Community Engagement and Relationship Management.   In this role, she will concentrate on grant writing, fundraising, community events and building partnerships to further the Hidden Acres mission and vision for the future.  In addition to her professional background, Barbara is a Life Coach and Reiki Practitioner and conducts workshops in Spirituality, Mandalas and Mosaic Art.  

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Amy Coulter, Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Amy Coulter is a PATH certified instructor and a specialist in Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Learning.  Prior to moving to Connecticut in 2007, she was a therapeutic riding instructor at Lancaster County Therapeutic Riding (now Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding) in Lancaster, PA.  Amy is a retired attorney specializing in school law and special ed.

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Nancy Moore, Barn Manager

Nancy Moore is our Hidden Acres Barn Manager and PATH Certified Therapeutic Carriage Driving Instructor. Lifelong horseman with a background in hunters and over 20 years of carriage driving experience. 

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Will Garceau, Barn Staff

 

 

Will joined Hidden Acres in 2012 starting as a volunteer while in High School.  He is currently attending Pace University in pursuit of a degree in Business Management.  Will is a talented horseman and rider and is very involved in the schooling and training of our therapy herd.