Our Board

Anna-Christine Stanton, Board Chair

AnnaAnna-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.




Deirdre Ypma, Board Treasurer 

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, Board 


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.


Anne Fribourg, Board

Anne Fribourg graduated from Pembroke College (Brown University) in 1965  and joined the staff of the NYC Planning Department where she worked on economic development and manpower issues.  In 1972 she enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology and completed her doctorate in 1979.

As a clinical psychologist  she has worked with children and their families both in private practice and in the child welfare system. She also worked as the lower school psychologist at private boy’s school in New York City and served on the faculty of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program at the William Alanson White Institute.  From 1984-2000, she was Supervisor of Mental Health Services at Little Flower Children’s Services, a voluntary foster care and adoption agency in Brooklyn. Additionally she supervised and taught child therapy in the doctoral programs at Teacher College, Columbia University, and Ferkhauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University and at the Center for Attention and Learning Disorders at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Anne owns her own horse, Max, and regularly takes lessons at Blue Rider to fine-tune her communication with him.