Meet The Staff

Marya Pecukonis, M.S., NBCT (Director, Lead Instructor)

  • PATH,( formerly NARHA) certified therapeutic riding instructor -
  •  4H certification Knowledge/Riding (Levels  I - IV)
  • PATH ESMHL - Eqine Specialist Mental Health and Learning 
  • President MCET Maryland Council Equine Therapies
  • Master's Degree Johns Hopkins University - Post master's Administration and Supervision
    • Communicative Disorders-  National Board Certified Teacher  - Exceptional Needs Specialist

Teaching children and young adults with exceptional needs over the past twenty five years has given me great insight and extensive experience in working with individuals who have been diagnosed with challenges to include:  Autism, learning disabilities, speech and language disorders, ADD, ADHD, developmental disabilities,  cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, emotional disabilities, deaf/hard of hearing, and visual challenges.  I teach from a strengths perspective model to enhance the attributes of all learners. My main focus of education has always been to support individuals to work towards achieving independent skill mastery. My philosophy is that all children can learn regardless of their challenges and should have access to activities alongside their non-disabled peers.      

Edward Pecukonis, MSW, Ph.D. (Licensed Mental Health Therapist)

Associate Professor and Director of Maternal and Child Health Training, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, Md. Assistant Professor for University of Maryland Department of Family Medicine, and Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine's Department of  Psychiatry's Institute for Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Ed supports the equine assisted psychotherapy program at LeCheval Stable. 

Meredith Pecukonis    (PATH Instructor)

Meredith is a student at the University of Maryland. She was awarded PATH Registered Instructor in 2014. She has past experience as a 4H Centaurs club leader, State of Maryland top ten Horse Bowl competitor, National top five horse bowl team, Nationally placed third in individual rating.  She teaches for the  riding program at Le Cheval, organizes volunteer recruitment, and is a member of the University of Maryland Equestrian Riding Team. 

Melody Anglin  (PATH Instructor)
Melody is a PATH certified riding instructor and part time student with experience in centered riding and therapeutic riding.
Melody has previous experience at local barns and spends time with her husband and cute dog, Radar.

Lisa Baker

Lisa has been riding for many years. She competes in dressage and enjoys trail rides with her 17.2 hand Thoroughbred gelding, Midnight. A graduate from Shepardstown College, she also trains young horses, co-teaches and support new volunteers.  She is a Special Olympics trained volunteer and riding instructor at Woodland Horse Center in Montgomery County.


Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Speech Language Pathologist


Volunteer Training sessions are provided monthly for new working students. PATH training hours are provided for those co-teachers seeking certification or training.

Thank you  *working students in training, volunteers and  barn management who continue to support LeCheval Stable, especially during winter months and during Special Olympics.