Chelsea joined the High Hopes team as Program Director in the summer of 2019. She began volunteering at High Hopes in 2006 and enjoyed her time as a horse leader and ELP coach during program and summer camp.
Volunteering at High Hopes inspired Chelsea to work with people with disabilities and learning differences- during college, her career goal was to “run High Hopes summer camp year-round” (which her professors informed her was not a “real job”).
She studied Psychology and Special Education at Salve Regina and completed her Masters’ degree in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. During school, Chelsea became interested in research and managed several projects on disability studies that were presented at regional and national conferences. Prior to transitioning to High Hopes, Chelsea worked as a Transition Program Director for a therapeutic boarding school focusing on experiential learning and career preparedness of young people with social and emotional diagnoses. She has taught General Psychology and Lifespan Development as an Adjunct Professor at Tunxis Community College since 2014 and lives in Wethersfield with her rescue dog, Harper, and husband, Erich. Chelsea rides dressage and has an affinity for off the track thoroughbreds.
Chelsea is certified as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and a Registered level Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.