Jennifer Leigh, Board President
Jennifer Leigh is the Director of CSR & Philanthropy at CVS Health, a pharmacy innovation company with the purpose of helping people on their path to better health. In this role, Jennifer oversees corporate philanthropy in New England and the western part of the country, managing nonprofit relationships in 31 out of the 50 states that CVS Health operates in. Prior to CVS Health, Jennifer was the Communications Director for The Economic Progress Institute, and a consultant dedicated to helping nonprofits throughout the region with strategic communications. Jennifer is currently the President of the Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island, the President of Gaits of Harmony Therapeutic Riding, Inc., and serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Rhode Island and the Advisory Committee for the Rhode Island Film Collaborative. An avid horse lover, Jennifer started riding at the age of 6, eventually showing hunter jumper on her horse, Blaze. Currently she loves riding our program horses on Saturdays when she volunteers, and recently started leasing a wonderful Thoroughbred, Willie, at a farm in northern Rhode Island.
Cathy Capalbo, Board Treasurer
Cathy Capalbo became interested in therapeutic riding when her daughter and founder of Gaits of Harmony, Elizabeth Capalbo, began her own journey of volunteering and education 18 years ago. Cathy is a retired high school mathematics teacher with training and experience in strategic planning and program development. During her career she had multiple roles and responsibilities: teacher, department chair, strategic planning committee chair, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges self-study committee chair. Each afforded her with a comprehensive view of the importance of goal setting, planning, evaluation, and collaboration as well as the power of public support. During her 34 years of working with children of all abilities, Cathy also demonstrated the value and benefits of employing a variety of tools and methodologies to improve instruction and a child’s quality of life. Now horses have become a part of her teaching environment. While Cathy had no personal horse experience prior to her work at Gaits of Harmony, she enjoys volunteering to assist with lessons and helping with barn chores. She strongly believes in and supports the work about which her daughter is so passionate. She is grateful to be able to help out in all aspects of the business. Cathy currently serves as the Board Treasurer.
Alayna Woodley, Board Secretary
Alayna Woodley is the Manager of Care Coordination at Wood River Health Services in Hope Valley, RI where she helps to provide case management and community resource services to patients. Prior to Wood River, Alayna was the Social Services Director for The Salvation Army of Rhode Island helping to provide assistance to those in need throughout Rhode Island. Alayna also spent 5 years working in the mental health field, providing home based clinical services to at-risk youth and their families when she discovered her passion for helping others. She has previously served on the Advisory Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program and was a participant in the Rhode Island Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program. Alayna has a BS in Conflict Analysis & Resolution, a Masters in Social Work, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Alayna has experience in nonprofit management, grant writing, mental health, program development and evaluation and social services. She is an avid animal lover and advocate for all in need. Alayna is excited to be a part of the Board of Directors and looks forward to helping this amazing organization grow.
Bruce Desoris, Board Member
Bruce A. Desrosiers is a Partner of Restivo Monacelli, an innovative tax, accounting and business advisory firm with offices in Providence, RI, Foxboro, MA and Boca Raton, FL.
As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with more than 20 years of accounting, tax, plus business experience, Bruce is a key member of the firm’s growing tax compliance and consulting practice. Bruce navigates through complex and ever-changing tax laws to guide a variety of industry groups, including privately held businesses, estates and trusts, individuals and nonprofit organizations. Clients leverage his expertise and forward-thinking approach to avoid tax reporting and compliance errors that have the potential to increase audit risk and damage a company’s reputation with its customers and the marketplace.
Widely recognized as a thought leader on tax related topics, Bruce is a frequent speaker and presenter, and is the co-author of The Practice of Cost Segregation Analysis. He also plays a significant role in the development and training of new and existing professional staff. Bruce and his team leverage their depth of expertise to advise clients on the
latest tax laws and deliver creative, highly-tailored strategies to minimize taxes and maximize bottom line results.
Bruce began his career with Ernst & Young, LLP in 1994 before joining Sullivan & Company CPA’s LLP in 1997. He continued with the firm through its merger with West Hartford based Blum Shapiro in 2013, where he served as Tax Director until joining Restivo Monacelli.
Lynda Ingalls, Board Member, Instructor
Lynda (Lyn) Ingalls is a PATH International Registered Instructor of Therapeutic Riding. She has a B.A. in English from the University of RI, and retired in 2015 after 20 years with AT&T as a Service Executive.
She has more than fifty years of equine experience including showing hunters and jumpers, managing a boarding facility, traditional riding instructor, training, and trail riding. Her involvement with Therapeutic Riding began more than 20 years ago with the first Therapeutic Program in RI, Merrylegs, in Coventry. Lyn served as a volunteer leader and sidewalker, later affiliating with In Harmony Therapeutic Riding, in Ashaway. There, she apprenticed as an instructor, and earned her PATH Certification. During the following ten years, she also served as horse trainer/exerciser, writer for the organization newsletter, grant writer, and assisted with new volunteer training. It was during this time that she met Liz Capalbo, founder of Gaits of Harmony Therapeutic Riding.
When Liz opened GOH in 2014, Lyn enthusiastically joined her as Therapeutic and Traditional Riding Instructor, and Board member.
Jane Keane Enos, Board Member, Volunteer
Jane has been a volunteer at the Gaits of Harmony (GOH) since the spring of 2016. Never having had equine experience, she found that opportunity through the therapeutic riding program community of support, a once childhood dream for her to care for and be involved with horses, now a reality at GOH.
Jane brings to the therapeutic riding program her joy, compassion and her career long experience advocating, supporting and empowering families with children, youth and adults with academic, developmental, social, emotional and behavioral challenges. She additionally brings extensive knowledge and experience in special education law (IDEA), mental health systems of care, program management and community development.
Asa retired consultant to the Rhode Island Department of Education, for the Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports, prior to the employment through the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families, the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island and founder of the Parent Support Network of Rhode Island along with other career opportunities in the field of child and family advocacy and support, she continues her passion of service through volunteering at GOH.
Katie Wood, Board Member