Michael Fernbacher, Board Chair
Michael Fernbacher is an architect and store design executive with 30 years’ experience in conceiving and implementing store design strategies that define and expand global luxury brands. With hands-on experience in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, Michael executes projects across domestic and international markets, resulting in more than one thousand
Whether for the luxury designer footwear brand, STUART WEITZMAN, or creating new branded concept shops and showrooms for the luxury apparel and accessories brand THE ROW (established by the Olsen twins), Michael has been relied upon to provide design leadership in close collaboration with key stakeholders and C-Suite executives.
Michael has been involved with BRS for 6 years, as a rider, parent of a helper, and Board Member. He has been Board Chair since 2013, and is driven by the conviction that Blue Rider provides a unique and vital service to our community, that has the power to transform lives.
Carla Sadoff, Board Secretary
Carla Sadoff is known for her laser-like, straight communication and for demanding (and getting) the best people have to give – their most effective selves. She brings more than three decades of training in different methodologies to her international consulting work in construction, healthcare, energy and non-profits. She has worked with many executives on multi-billion dollar projects, including overseeing several large capital projects in the oil and gas industry. Carla’s diverse background in executive coaching, healthcare and business has trained her to take effective action with grace in any environment.
A longtime advocate of programs that contribute to the under-served, Carla is actively involved with several organizations. She has participated in medical missions with the Kellerman Foundation and found her heart in the Impenetrable Forest of Uganda working with the Batwa Pygmies. She also supports the Hudson Opera House – the oldest opera house in NY state (offering free and low cost cultural events and programs) and Blue Rider Stable, a therapeutic riding stable.
Deirdre Ypma, CFA has been a Senior Vice President with Neuberger Berman since 2015. As Director of Portfolio Analysis, Deirdre advices teams on portfolio construction and risk management. Prior to joining the firm, Deirdre spent 14 years at APG Asset Management (one of the largest pension funds in the world) both in New York and The Netherlands, where she initially managed portfolios in-house and from 2003 ran external equity pools. She received her MSc degree in Business from the RijksUniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands, and her MBA from the University of Scranton, PA.
Drawn by its inclusive nature, the strong sense of community and the opportunity for individual development that Blue Rider Stables offers, Deirdre joined the Board in the summer of 2017 after having been a rider and volunteer with her two daughters for a number of years
John Greene was born in the United Kingdom where he completed his Curative Training. For the past 35 years he has been a resident of the United States. He lived in Beaver Run for many years where he was a class teacher, house parent and gardener. After completing the Waldorf teacher education training at Sunbridge, he helped start the River Valley Waldorf School in Pennsylvania. He then spent six years at Sunbridge College as the Registrar and Administrator. He was the council chair for many years and also served on the board. John was also the Executive Director of the Rudolf Steiner Institute and the administrator at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School.
He currently runs a life-sharing endeavor for special needs adults in Stockbridge. John brings the three men in his home to Blue Rider because he believes it offers the best program in the area.
John joined the Board of Blue Rider because of his enthusiasm for the programs it offers. He appreciates that BRS is individualized for each rider and holds high expectations on what each individual can achieve and accomplish. He is excited to help Blue Rider not only maintains that goal, but develop and deepen its core mission long into the future. John is also a proud father of 5 children.
Anna-Christine Stanton is a licensed Massage Therapist. She graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in New York, in 1985. She passed her Board certification for the State of New York and received her License in 1986. She began her career working for a Chiropractor. She worked in his office alongside him for four years, doing mainly medically orientated work. During this time she also spent time in Germany studying Rhythmical Massage. In 1990 she moved to Great Barrington, MA, and began building a small practice in the Berkshires. Throughout the last 15 years she has studied Myofacial Release, Orthopedic Massage Techniques for Cervical pain and dysfunction, Cranial Sacral Treatment, LaStone Basalt Stone Treatment, and Aromatherapy Treatments with the Aromatherapy Associates from England.
She has also been on the Board of Blue Rider Stables since 1994. Working on the Board as well as taking a hands on approach to therapy on Horseback. Her passion for working with Massage and its relationship to movement has been beneficial for clients over the years. Inthe future she will be continuing to devote herself to her Practice and to Blue Rider; as well as continue to build on therapeutic modalities as they change and grow.
Laurie Gilden Lindner, Ph.D. joined the Blue Rider Board in the Fall of 2016. For 30 years Laurie directed multi-disciplinary Developmental Disability programs in Medical Centers and in the Cambridge, Massachusetts community. More recently, Laurie was the Co-owner of a management and financial consulting firm with her late husband Richard Lindner. Laurie earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology and Communication Disorders in Children.
She is now retired and lives in Great Barrington, spending much of her time with her beloved dog, Morgan, and her horse, Starlight. Laurie also takes lessons at Blue Rider Stables with Christine. Laurie believes strongly in the Blue Rider mission, and joined the Board to help support the fundraising needs of the organization and to assist in furthering the development of programs for the future.