our Board of Directors
Lacy Azevedo-Treasurer
Susan Bradford
Kathy Brookby
Linda Collins-President
Terri Dillon
Marcella Farmer, Secretary
Mary Hitchcock
Greg Holthusen
Susan Hubbard-Executive Director
Victoria E. Newell, DVM
Elizabeth Phillips
Sue Royster

The Riverwood family is made up of many talented individuals, begining 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.

Susan Hubbard
Susan Hubbard ~ Executive Director/Founder
  • 40 years riding/horse experience
  • Graduate-Averett University
  • Graduate-Memorial Hospital School of Nursing-Danville, VA
  • Instructor for riding: Mary Baldwin College, Bridgewater College, and James Madison University
  • RN
  • PATH Intl. certified instructor
Laura Pallavicini
Laura Pallavicini ~ Program Director/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
Cindy Martin ~ Office Manager/Registered 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
Erin Smith ~ Development Director
  • 12+ years horse and riding experience
  • University of Kansas
  • BA in Psychology
  • Shares a passion for horses and serving those with special needs
Aliza McIlwain
Aliza McIlwain ~ Instructor
  • Appalachian State University
  • BA in Psychology
  • 11 years riding experience
  • Riverwood volunteer, summers of 2010 and 2012
  • Experience working with children as an instructor in swimming and self-definse, camp counselor
  • PATH Intl. certified instructor
Kyle Petty
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
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
McKenzie Bryant
McKenzie Bryant ~ Farm Staff
  • 12 years horse and riding experience
  • Graduate of Reagan High School
  • Currently majoring in biology at Forsyth Technical Community College with plans to transfer to Appalachian State University