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.

Grace Jeffers, Board  

Grace Jeffers is an esteemed design historian who focuses exclusively on materials. A graduate of the Bard Graduate Center, Jeffers is intent on considering the “big picture” of design. Her unique approach blends material science with social history, art history and design practice. She teaches people how to think differently about design.

Since childhood Jeffers has been intrigued by pattern and the materials that comprise design objects, Inspired in part by her father, who was a Formica salesman for 37 years. At the age of nine, she rejected the paper doilies chosen by other students and shingled her Valentines Day project in laminate; by the age of 16, she was designing a line of hand-painted clothing that was sold by Marshall Fields department store in Chicago.  Jeffers has become an innovative designer of patterns for paper, flooring, laminate and a range of other decorative surfacing materials, working for over ten different major manufacturers which include NASA, Burberry and Airstream. Her core interest lies in the intersections between design and nature, between art and artifice. In 2014 she presented “Manmade Natural”–her ASID and IIDEC approved lecture about the authenticity of materials and our preconceptions about them–at over 20 venues across the United States.

Jeffers’ definitive project is the restoration of the Ralph and Sunny Wilson House in Temple, Texas, for which she received the prestigious Merit Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation based on her unprecedented argument that the use of modern materials in architecture warrants recognition.  To date, the Wilson House, which makes extensive and pioneering use of laminates, is the only structure on the National Register of Historic Places listed because of its use of material.

A passionate writer about materials and the issues surrounding them, Jeffers has served as a contributor and design editor to architectural trade magazines such as “Interior Design” and “Surface” for over seventeen years; all told, she has written over 400 articles on the subjects of design, materials and design history.  She contributed to the catalog of the Cooper-Hewitt exhibition, “Skin: Surface and Substance in Contemporary Design,” and her work has been reported in the New York Times. Whether teaching, lecturing, designing or writing, Jeffers questions preconceptions about design and gives her audience a new framework with which to consider the material world.

Peter Nolan, Board  

Peter Nolan has an MA in Media from the Royal College of Art, London and an MSc in Marketing. He developed Windmill Lane Picture’s digital media group and clients included the National Lottery, the IDA, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Credit Suisse, Cap Gemini, and the Department of Marine and Natural Resources.
He then joined Deloitte as Director of the Emerging Business Support Centre consulting to businesses in UCD’s innovation center – Nova. He has lectured in University College Dublin, DIT, and University of Limerick, Irish Management Institute. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a past national Council Member of the Marketing Institute.
He is a founding member of the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) formed under the aegis of the United Nations and the governments of Canada, Sweden, Switzerland and Ireland. His has consulted extensively with non-profits on strategy and fund raising.
Nolan now lives in New York with his wife Grace Jeffers and is a writer. His poetry and short stories have been published in The Sentinel Quarterly, The Haiku Journal, A New Ulster, Streetcake Magazine and Short Stories for Kids.

Anne Fribourg, Board

Anne 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.