Chelsea Bourn

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Chelsea Bourn

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Chelsea joined the High Hopes team as Program Director in the summer of 2019. She began volunteering at High Hopes in 2006 when she moved to Waterford and had graduation requirements to complete 25 community service hours.

Almost 800 volunteer hours later, Chelsea is thrilled to be at High Hopes in a new capacity. 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. Most recently, Chelsea was Transition Program Director at The Glenholme School in Washington, CT. 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.

Qualifications – academic and vocational
BA- Psychology and Special Education, Salve Regina University MA- Human Development and Family Students, University of Connecticut
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Teaching/Lecturing/Mentoring outside High Hopes
Adjunct Instructor in Psychology Department at Tunxis Community College since 2014
Date (approx) you started working at High Hopes
What prompted your interest in Therapeutic Horsemanship?
Volunteering at High Hopes! I started in 2006 due to my high school requirement for community service hours. I completed two internships at High Hopes while in college- one with an Occupational Therapist and one at Summer Camp.
Where did you work before High Hopes?
For five years immediately before High Hopes, I was Transition Program Director at a Therapeutic Boarding School in Washington, CT called The Glenholme School. Before I worked there, I was a Quality Improvement Specialist at The Connection in Middletown, CT- this was my first job out of Graduate School!
Please describe two or three (max. five) different things you love about High Hopes.
Volunteering at High Hopes during High School and Undergrad guided my professional ambitions! I love contributing to a place that is so welcoming to a variety of people, where participants feel they can be themselves and have fun.
Brief description of your life outside of High Hopes
My husband and I live in Wethersfield with our rescue dog, Harper! Outside of work, I enjoy spending time at the barn with my OTTB lease Abba.
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