DONATE To encourage, enrich and empower individuals through the therapeutic benefits of horses, animals and nature in an uplifting and nurturing setting. Main Stay is a place where bodies are challenged, minds embrace possibilities, and spirits are renewed.


Our Team

As a premier accredited PATH Intl center, all therapeutic riding and equine facilitated learning sessions are taught by a certified PATH instructor. In addition to PATH certification, many of our instructors are also licensed teachers, or occupational/physical/speech therapists. Animal assisted activity sessions are facilitated by a licensed educator or mental health professional and align with the Illinois Department of Education Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards.

Standards include:

1. Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success.

2. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.

3. Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school and community contexts.

Specific SEL Standard goals related to Animal Assisted Activities can be included on a student IEP if appropriate.

Some collaborating agencies prefer to use other formal or standardized pre and post evaluation measures, which we are happy to use when requested.

Main Stay’s instructors complete at least 20 hours of continuing education annually which assures ongoing professional growth and development.

Board of Directors

Sara Foszcz, President

Michelle Runnion Welter, V.P.

Michelle Toll, Treasurer

Joan Castell, Secretary
Gloria Kraft, Member
brittney hogen

Brittney Hogen, Member


Loriann Dowell, Exec. Director

Jean Maraist, Program Dir.

Carla Kaizen, AAA Coor.

Roxie Elliot-Crandall, Equine Mgr

Art Anderson, Barn Mgr.

Kim Werner, Office Admin.*
Brittany Grandfield with Pistol
Brittany Grandfield, Asst Vol Coord/Instructor*
Dani McKenna, Instructor*
Tina Kranz, Instructor*
Jessica Boyd, Barn Assistant*
Lonnie Rouse Jr., Barn Assistant*
Peggy Sorokowski, Vol. Coord.*
Natasha Fetzer, Barn Assistant*

Leah Bohl, Barn Relief*

LeAnn Belt with Howie

LeAnn Belt, Equine Asst*

Joanne Mulvey, Instructor*

Contact information

Main Stay Therapeutic Farm

6919 Keystone Rd., Richmond, IL 60071

Tel: 815.653.9374  Fax: 815.728.1224

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