Say Hello to our Board of Directors

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Ruthanne Hawkins


Ruthanne is an executive assistant, reiki practitioner, animal communicator, and horse lover extreme. As a former participant in the Equi Evolution program, she found significant peace from her work with the horses and has fully immersed herself into the world of equine-facilitated learning and animal advocacy and welfare.

 “I never imagined the connections between horses and humans would be so intense and fulfilling. That connection is the drive that
has led me to where I am today.”

She is committed to helping improve access to equine-centered wellness programs and improving welfare efforts around the world. Her passion and love for this work and the horses is evident from the moment you meet her. 

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Kara McKenna


Kara McKenna is a senior tax accountant that brings more than 15 years of financial experience to the Evolution Foundation, but this only speaks to the right side of Kara’s brain. Kara is an empath, an artist, a truth seeker and a highly sensitive person that believes in the power of unity and connection.


Kara is a dedicated follower of the teachings of spiritual leaders, such as Thich Nhat Hanh, in addition to pursuing her passion of healing the planet as a practitioner of yoga and the global mindfulness community. She is also a dedicated supporter of equine therapy, as a healing modality bridging the gap of peace and equanimity between humans and animals. 

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Farrar Blanchard

Board Member

Bio Coming Soon!

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Shannon Gauthier

Board Member

Shannon has 40+ years in the horse industry. She is a MA licensed instructor and owner of Wee Bits & Blazes Farm in Rehoboth. Lover of all breeds the farm currently has a Mustang, a German Riding Pony, an OTTB, an APHA, and a mixed breed lovingly known as a HalfSaddleWaffle.


Shannon spent 8+ years in the Massachusetts 4H program as a volunteer, parent, and former member as well as 3 years as a parent volunteer with the United States Pony Club. But her most important equine job is as the Mom and support system for a USEA Training Level Eventer. 


A Marketing Specialist for a Healthcare IT company, she holds a Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications from Saint Bonaventure University. She is also a Marketing Consultant for a hybrid CPA/Financial Planning firm. Before her career in Marketing Shannon was a Preschool Teacher and Education Liaison in the public school system.

We are always looking for new team members who are passionate about helping humans and horses.
If you are interested in joining our Board, please contact