ABOUT US

Ocean Riders of Marin has been managing the historic Golden Gate Dairy as a stable since 1998 on a special use permit from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Because we are a community based stable our members have been deeply committed to mitigating past environmental damages.  Due to our conservation efforts and our commitment to share the history, our horses, and the local habitat with the public, especially those from under resourced communities, we have earned a ten-year lease from the National Park Service.  Our long-term vision is to become a climate resilient equestrian facility, to preserve the historic structures, and to offer year round educational opportunities.

Maureen Pinto has her B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education and is the Barn Manager of the Golden Gate Dairy Stables and Program Director for Ocean Riders of Marin. She has worked with the National Park Service since 1998 and led the efforts of Ocean Riders to preserve the heritage of the Golden Gate Dairy and protect the environment in which we are located. In addition to ensuring that the Golden Gate Dairy continues to be the “home of happy horses”, Maureen coordinates the many programs that take place at the stables including our not-for-profit outreach programs that teach confidence, leadership skills and environmental stewardship to local under-resourced communities.

Leida Schoggen, President and Secretary of the Board of Directors, has been an elementary school teacher, a university administrator and an attorney. She has also served as board president of one other non-profit and was active in fundraising at the elementary school her children attended.

Judith Forrest, Vice President of the Board of Directors, is co-founder of Perspective2, a leadership and organization development consulting firm working with startup leaders and their companies. Recently, with her human and horse partners, Judith has been providing Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) experiential workshops for leaders and teams at the Golden Gate Dairy Stables. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Certified Equine Interaction Professional (CEIP).

Jessica Pinto, the Equine Program Director, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and PATH certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She is a lifetime equestrian and has over ten years of experience in the field of equine guided growth and learning. Jessica is the owner and operator of Equinicity Marin, an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) program located at the Golden Gate Dairy Stables.

Stephanie Holdenried is a nutritionist, an adventurer, and a nationally-certified (CEIP) equine-facilitated educator. She brings a holistic viewpoint to all her consulting work by scratching beneath the surface for what is fueling clients from the both the inside and the outside. Horses are her learning and guiding partners as she regularly co-facilitates women’s, girls’ and recovery groups in helping them find greater self-awareness and authenticity. She’s an avid horsewoman who graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a sixth-generation Californian.

Katja Gruenheidt has been studying Early Childhood Education and working with children of all ages for more than 10 years. She grew up in Germany, where she spend most of her youth at the local stable, caring, riding, and learning about horses.  Katja is a Nature Docent with the Audubon Canyon Ranch in Stinson Beach, serving inner city kids through nature education. Most recently, Katja, in collaboration with Ocean Riders of Marin, created The Barn Owls, a community based program for children to experience ranch life and build healing connections to horses and the natural world. She is excited to share her love for nature, creativity, and wonder with friends and program participants at the Golden Gate Dairy.

Kathleen Johnston, treasurer for the Board of Directors, was the president of an international electronics firm for twenty years where she managed finances and sales logistics. She now offers consulting to entrepreneurs as a strategic business analyst. She is committed to supporting Ocean Riders mission and is passionate about its outreach programs and sharing her horse Rascal with individuals these programs serve. She has lived in Muir Beach for twenty years and is an active participant in the community.

Patricia Swenson, Developmental Director for the Board of Directors, has a degree in sociology and has worked with at-risk youth and homeless adults. She owns her own business doing specialty finish work for homes, businesses and boats.

Cheryl Bossio is an avid animal lover who became a member of the Board of Directors of the Ocean Riders of Marin in 2016. She has spent her career as a trial lawyer working on behalf of injured children and adults exposed to environmental toxins in their rental homes, including toxic black mold, lead based paint, formaldehyde, asbestos and carbon monoxide. Cheryl lives in Sausalito with her husband of 20 years.

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