Lisa A. Gatti – Founder and CEO
Lisa has a BS in Elementary and Special Education and lent her skills as a special educator in a high school setting to Nassau BOCES for 8 years prior to starting Pal-O-Mine. Lisa also holds a Business Management Certificate from Suffolk Community College. In addition, she is trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Crisis Prevention Intervention. In 2009, she graduated from the Energeia Partnership, the Academy of Regional Stewardship at Molloy College. Lisa’s passion for horses started as a young girl which led her to competitive barrel racing and captain of her college equestrian team. In 1996 and 2000, Lisa was selected as the United States Team Leader for the Equestrian Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia and Sydney, Australia. Starting in 2009, Lisa served as a Member of the Board of Directors of EAGALA, the global standard for equine assisted psychotherapy and personal development. She served as Board Chair from 2011-2013. In 2015 Lisa was named to the Board of Long Island Autism Communities where she lends her expertise to the not for profit in vocational opportunities for those on the spectrum as they age out of the educational system. The recipient of numerous awards for her business and leadership skills, Lisa was recently honored with the 2016 SmartCEO Corporate Culture Award.
Alexandra Cella, MSW – Office Manager
Alex graduated from Adelphi University with her Master’s in Social work and came to Pal-O-Mine as an intern in 2009. She left to work in a skilled nursing home for a few years and returned to Pal-O-Mine to be the Office Manager. She also assists in the barn, attends many Pal-O-Mine events and helps with fundraising efforts. Alex has 20 years of horse experience and began riding English and jumping at the age of 10. She went on to complete the Wilson Tech Equine Studies Program in 2004 where she earned her Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Certification.
Carol Evers – Bookkeeper
With over forty years experience in the working world and a graduate of Mrs. Skinner’s Secretarial School in Garden City, NY, Carol spent over five years as management of Old Dominion Trucking. As the head bookkeeper of Pal-O-Mine Equestrian and a job coach, she uses her extensive management training to assist Pal-O-Mine Equestrian and the youth and adults that participate in the vocational development and work-study programs and is a volunteer trainer. Carol is also a Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Advisory Board Member and when she isn’t at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian and caring for the rabbits and cat, she enjoys perfecting her golf game.
Carol Ann Guerriero, MS- Program Director
Carol Ann is a NYS Certified Elementary School Teacher who has been with Pal-O-Mine Equestrian since 2000. Carol Ann has her Associates Degree from Nassau Community College in Applied Science with a concentration in Marketing and her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Hofstra University in Psychology and Education, respectively. Carol Ann was a 1st and K-1 elementary school teacher in the Garden City UFSD and a 4th and 5th grade teacher in the Baldwin UFSD. She was also a home care aid for children with autism and is trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis. A life-long rider, Carol Ann has years of experience as working as a therapeutic horse back riding instructor, barn manager, and a barrel racer. She is trained in Crisis Prevention and Intervention.
Dana Grimaldi, BS – Volunteer Coordinator and J-STEP Job Coach
Dana, who has a lifelong passion for horses, graduated with a BS in Equine Science from SUNY Morrisville and an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Suffolk Community College. For more than 20 years Dana has been involved with the ownership and management of racing stables, the training, breeding, and rehabilitation of racehorses at Belmont park, Saratoga racecourse and other racetracks and breeding farms in Florida, Kentucky, California and Texas. A rider from the age of 10 Dana has years of experience working as a therapeutic riding instructor, barn manager and has ridden many different disciplines including western, jumping and dressage.