Contact CHA

The Certified Horsemanship Association office, Kentucky

Executive Office & Staff

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The Certified Horsemanship Association Headquarters

1795 Alysheba Way, Suite 7102
Lexington, KY 40509

859-255-0726 fax

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Tammi Gainer

Executive Director

330-204-1876 direct

Terri Weaver

Member Services Director

859-259-3399 direct

859-255-0726 fax

Julie Goodnight


Speaker at trade shows & conferences, contributor to The Instructor magazine

2024 CHA Executive Committee

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Kristin Jaworski, President
Fort Worth Herd
Fort Worth, TX

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Jennifer Eaton, President Elect
Interscholastic Equestrian Association
Groveland, MA


Anne Brzezicki, Vice President of New Initiatives
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
Murfreesboro, TN

Elizabeth Duffy

Elizabeth Duffy, Secretary
Camp America
Eatonton, GA

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Terry Williams, Treasurer
Blanchester, OH

Bob Coleman

Bob Coleman, Past President 
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

2024 CHA Board of Directors

Teddy Franke

Teddy Franke
Franke Equine & Camp Morrow
Pine Hollow, OR


Rebecca Halvorson
Guthrie, OK


Sandy Jirkovsky
Whitesboro, TX

Kristina Lechlitner

Katrina Lechlitner
Spring Hills Camp
Reed City, MI

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Deanna Mancuso
Dover Plains, NY


Jessica Mullins
YMCA Camp Kern
Franklin, OH

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Debra Powell
Nelsonville, OH

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Katie Reynolds
Amarillo, TX

2024 CHA Provincial and State Representatives

Region 1


CHA Region Director

Debbie Holmes



CHA Region Director

Rowanne Fairchild

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British Columbia

CHA Region Director

Lorraine Hoskyn


British Colombia

CHA Provincial Rep

Teresa Carosella

Caleb Hein


CHA State Rep

Caleb Hein

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CHA State Rep

Holly Haeger


CHA State Rep

Trisha Kiefer-Reed


CHA State Rep

Sherilyn Sander



CHA State Rep

Cynthia MacFarlan

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CHA Provincial Rep

Amy Frederick

Region 2


CHA Region Director

Tara Reimer

Region 3


CHA Region Director

Jennifer Willey


CHA Provincial Rep

Stephanie McWatt

Region 4


CHA Region Director

Jennifer Gay


CHA Region Director

Katherine Berg


CHA State Rep

Courtney Smith


CHA State Rep

Laura Gageby

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CHA State Rep

Ingrid Pearson


CHA State Rep

Chryse Phister

Region 5

New York

CHA Region Director

Jo-Anne Young

New York

CHA Region Director

Kathie Hilsher


CHA Region Director

Shelby Rader

New York

CHA State Rep

Valerie McCloskey

New Jersey

CHA State Rep

Krista Smith


CHA State Rep

Jim McDonald


CHA State Rep

Jim Glunt

Region 6


CHA Region Director

Lori Maciulewicz


CHA Region Director

Mary Paige Kowalski


CHA Region Director

Kristine Mika

Pam Sugden

New Brunswick

CHA State Rep

Pam Sugden

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New Hampshire

CHA State Rep

Julie Dillon


CHA State Rep

Andrea Hathaway-Miglorie


CHA State Rep

Trina Lavertu

Region 7

South Florida

CHA Region Director

Ken Najorka

North Florida

CHA Region Director

Keli Wakeley

Kelly Cannon

South Carolina

CHA State Rep

Kelly Cannon


CHA State Rep

Kerri Roberts


CHA State Rep

Sandy Lockridge

Region 8


CHA Region Director

Amanda Eck

Laura Hamrin


CHA Region Director

Laura Hamrin

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CHA Region Director

Jill Montgomery


CHA State Rep

Katy Nichoalds

New Mexico

CHA State Rep

Shannon Burt


CHA State Rep

Sanna Roling


CHA State Rep

Rachel Anderson

Region 9


CHA Region Director

Schellie Blochberger


CHA Region Director

Shanda Mattix


CHA State Rep

Julie Fischer

South Eastern MO

CHA State Rep

Donovan Dobbs

North Western MO

CHA State Rep

Kiersten Thompson


CHA State Rep

Jennifer Cole

Region 10


CHA Region Director

Amy Obringer

Southern California

CHA State Rep

Lori Hall-McNary

Northern California

CHA State Rep

Brenda Falco


CHA State Rep

Donna Hansen

Certified Horsemanship Association Committees

The Standing Committees Job Descriptions

Research & Development

The Research and Development Committee researches opportunities, activities, or projects as identified by the board of directors which may enhance and further the overall mission of the organization. This may include the development of new educational materials, updating existing educational materials, identifying and addressing the needs of members and the organization, and researching and development of any other opportunities that are beneficial to the organization. This committee works closely with staff and in collaboration with the other committees.

Education & Training

The Education and Training Committee is responsible for the quality management of existing CHA program materials. This committee reviews CHA publications and materials. The purpose of this committee is to develop, implement, and maintain certification and educational materials, activities, and programs for instructors and members. This committee works in collaboration with staff and other committees.

Membership & Marketing

This committee combines marketing and membership. The Membership and Marketing Committee is responsible for recruitment and retention of the current membership of the organization. This committee is also responsible for the marketing of the products and services of the organization to the horse industry.  This committee develops marketing strategies devised to increase visibility, promote a positive public image, and increase membership and sales. This committee works collaboratively with the staff and other committees.

How to Become a Board Member

Nominations to the CHA Board of Directors:

Be on the Board. No way! . . . But wait, maybe . . . just maybe there might be some benefits you get from being on the board besides getting a chance to help CHA grow and guide the direction that CHA takes in it’s long range planning.

“Fun, educational, opportunity to travel and see other parts of the country as well as other facilities, learn how a board works and be a part of one, learn the ins and outs of a well managed non-profit business, learn about parliamentary procedures, meet many other quality people all with a common goal for CHA.  Being on the board is not a hard thing to do. You need to be able to commit the time to be at the meetings and do some work in between meetings.” Quote from our CHA Past President Bo Winslow, when asked about his experience of being on the board.

So you decide that you want to get involved with CHA and be a board member or you know that special dedicated person that would bring experience and ideas to the board. What do you do now? How do you let someone know? Actually it’s very simple. You contact the Nominations Committee Chair, who is the current Vice President of New Initiatives and you can find them in the link above. His/her main role is to recruit new board members and to ensure that each board member is equipped with the proper tools and motivation to carry out his/her responsibilities.

Some of the things that the nominating committee looks for are special skills or expertise such as: fundraising, finances, business, PR, technology, legal, horse industry, or mission specific, professional background, other professional affiliations, other board service, special interests or hobbies. The objective of board recruitment is to find willing, able, and committed board members. 

How do you know if a candidate is going to be the right person for your board?

These are the questions to ask yourself:

  • Why are you interested in our organization?

  • Why are you specifically interested in serving on a board?

  • Do you have any previous board service, leadership, or volunteer experience? Are you presently serving on other boards?

  • What kinds of skills or expertise can you offer? How will the organization benefit from your participation? How do you think we could best take advantage of your expertise?

  • What do you expect us to do for you so that your experience turns out to be satisfying?

  • What kind of time and financial commitment will you be able to make?

  • Are you willing to serve on committees and task forces?

  • Can we expect you to come to board meetings regularly? (The CHA Board meets twice a year, in the fall before the conference and in the spring. All board members are expected to be at both meetings if possible. Then they meet by phone in January and July.)

  • Would you be able to make a personal contribution? (Board members pay their own travel expenses and cost)

Some of the personal characteristics the nominating committee needs to consider:

Ability to: listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, and work well with people individually and in a group. Willing to: prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances, open doors in the community, evaluate oneself.

Develop certain skills if you do not already possess them, such as to: cultivate and solicit funds, cultivate and recruit board members and other volunteers, read and understand financial statements, learn more about the substantive program area of the organization.

Possess: honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for CHA’s development, a sense of humor.

Responsibilities of the individual board members include: to attend all board and committee meetings, be informed about the organization’s mission, services, policies, and programs, review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings, serve on committees and offer to take on special assignments, keep up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field, follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies and assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization’s annual financial statements.

Being a CHA Board Member can be a very worthwhile experience.
Hope to see you on the ballot!

CHA Why Statement

“CHA changes lives through safe experiences with horses.”