Board of Directors

"At UpReach we are fortunate to have a Board of Directors made up of concerned parents and members of the community. Their continued interest in, and efforts on behalf of our program is one of UpReach's greatest assets. "


Colleen Dichard, Interim President

Colleen joined UpReach has a volunteer in 2008 after retiring from BAE Systems. In 2010 she joined the Board of Directors and became co-chair of the fundraising committee. That same year she was also selected as the NAHARA (now known as PATH Intl.) Region 1 Volunteer of the year and was honored at the National Conference in Denver, CO. She currently volunteers as a leader in both therapeutic riding and driving lessons, assists with the Crotched Mountain Equine Collaborative Program, is an exercise rider, and lends a hand as necessary with volunteer training, barn help, and special events.

Cathy McDonald, Treasurer

Cathy has been involved with UpReach since March of 2003, when her son Patrick began participating in UpReach programming. After joining the Board of Directors in March of 2012, she began serving as treasurer in the summer of that year. Cathy has been employed by UPS as an airline pilot for over 24 years.

Lindsey Wiggin, Secretary

Lindsey recently joined the UpReach Board of Directors after moving back to New Hampshire after two years of service with Teach for America in Philadelphia. In May of 2015, Lindsey graduated with her Master of Education from the University of Pennsylvania and now teaches Social Studies at Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Previously, she has worked with the YMCA through Camp Huckins and also spent time working with The Granite YMCA. She is dedicated to serving others and is happy to be a part of the UpReach team!

Chet Bowen

Chet graduated with a BA in Psychology from Plymouth State University and earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. He has spent the majority of his career working in the mental health and higher education fields. Chet is passionate about the fact that everyone deserves a fair opportunity to succeed and that potential cannot be measured using a single gauge of a global scale. It is important to Chet that educational & vocational opportunities, life skills development, and a general sense of safety and belonging are available to all. The capacity to learn and grow, he believes, is entirely connected to a secure environment in which no one can try new things without the fear of failure and ridicule.

“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can” – Nikos Kazantzakis

Judy Cheron


Matthew Cobb, DVM

Dr. Cobb or "Doc" initially started with UpReach as the acting veterinarian. Joining the Board of Directors in 1998, he has continued in both roles and has served as Board President, Vice President and Treasurer. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1988 with a BS in Animal Science and with his DVM from Cornell University in 1993. Since then, Doc has practiced in Candia, New Hampshire where he and his wife, Deb, own and operate Candray Pet Care Center! Off the clock, Doc enjoys outdoor activities including boating, fishing, hiking, and spending time with Deb and their clan of kids and animals!

Kathryn Conway

After attending UpReach Demo Night in 2013 and witnessing the "magic" that occurs within the barn, Kathryn joined the Board of Directors. She has been fortunate to have continual opportunities to ride and be around horses. She is a passionate advocate for the therapeutic power that horses graciously offer in improving the lives of others and herself has benefited from their transformative powers time and time again. Kath brings over 25 years of experience in graphic design, marketing, communication, and corporate events. She is currently a partner in a small agency offering a full range of such services.

Carla Nielsen

Carla is a Branch and Business Development Manager at Merrimack County Savings Bank in Concord, New Hampshire. She is a graduate of the Whittemore School at UNH and has been a Goffstown resident for over 20 years. She and her husband, Kenton, are dedicated UpReach volunteers.

Lindsay Rose


Dan Silva