Stable Connections Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors come from varied backgrounds, bringing a multitude of experiences and unique perspectives that guide us in our efforts to offer programs that better the lives of individuals with emotional, behavioral and physical challenges. They support the mission of Stable Connections by providing leadership, strategic guidance and a strong interest in the mission statement. The members assist us in offering quality equine assisted therapy programs to individuals living in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont.

The Board’s relationship with the organization is critical to its success by reviewing the annual budget, financial statements, current program overview and fundraising campaign. Lending support to the fundraising activities by attending the events and/or promoting the event’s sponsorship opportunities to community friends and colleagues. They are our goodwill ambassadors and spokespersons for the organization and the programs.
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Karen Guile-Caron
Founder & Director, EAGALA Military certified

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Karen Guile - Caron
Founder & Director,
EAGALA Military Certified

Karen graduated in 1980 with a degree in Physical Therapy, and attended Lyndon State College working towards her degree in Special Education with a minor in Psychology. Her desire to work with horses and at-risk youth led Karen to become the first person to be EAGALA Certified with an EAGALA Individual Military Services Designation in Vermont and New Hampshire. In 2009, Stable Connections made its home on land owned by Karen in Guildhall, Vermont.
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Ed Hermenau
Director

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Ed Hermenau
Director

Born in Kittery Maine and raised in Portsmouth NH. Graduated from The University of New Hampshire with a degree in Forest Management. Married for 36 years with 2 children and 3 grandchildren, and a resident of Massachusetts since 1980. A career of 37 years with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Boston, as an Underwriting Manager and IT Project Manager over that time. Ed’s been a lifelong animal lover, riding horses as a child including taking riding lessons. Dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, turtles, rabbits have all called the Hermenau house “home”. Ed currently volunteers as a “cat wrangler” with the North Attleboro, MA animal shelter.
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Steve Ellis
Director

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Steve Ellis
Director

A New Hampshire native, Steve received his degree from St. Anselm College, later serving as a Trustee on their Board for over 20 years. After college, he served in the Army Reserves as a medic/operating room specialist. Following his work career at the Hartford Insurance Company for 37 years, Steve retired to the north country and became deeply engaged in the community, serving as a Pittsburg Selectman for 6 years. He has served on the following boards over the years: Indian Stream Health Center, North Country Chamber of Commerce, Tillotson Center, North Country Community Recreation Center, and the Boy Scouts of America.
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Bonnie Boulanger
Director

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Bonnie Boulanger
Director

Bonnie is a graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law) who has spent the majority of her career in public service, focusing on at-risk populations, educational issues, and conflict resolution. Over the years, she has also volunteered her time on various community boards and committees.  She is happiest when surrounded by animals. Her interest in justice was honed in childhood by her parents’ refusal to get her a horse despite years of impassioned pleas.   She was allowed a cat instead, which is not at all the same thing. The current household feline adamantly disagrees with this assessment. The dog wisely takes no position. 
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Tom Caron
Secretary & Webmaster

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Tom Caron
Secretary & Webmaster

Seemingly forever staining and mending fences, Tom graduated in 1991 from Saint Michael’s College with a B.A. in History and Political Science and went to work at the family business in Pittsburg, N.H. Tall Timber Lodge has been in the Caron family since 1982.
Among his regular duties, Tom is a licensed N.H. Hunting Guide and current Director and Past President of the N.H. Guides’ Association. Tom has also served as the town of Canaan, Vermont representative of the Headwaters Committee on the Connecticut River Joint Commission, as well as the Treasurer of the Pittsburg Anglers Association.
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Aaron Guile
Director & Corporate Attorney

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Aaron Guile
Director & Corporate Attorney

From an early age, horses have been a part of Aaron’s life. He began riding at the age of five and grew up with horses in the way other children grow up with cats and dogs. Graduating from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2010, Aaron practices law in San Diego, CA, providing assistance and support to Stable Connections in every way possible.
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Judy Houghton
Director

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Judy Houghton
Director

Judy was born in Stoneham, MA and received her undergraduate degree from St. Marys of the Wood and her masters degree from Boston College. Judy is recently retired but has over 35 years experience as a mental health counselor and has worked with and been a Director of Stable Connections. She currently lives in Indianapolis, IN with her dog Angus.
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Roger Turcotte
Director

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Roger Turcotte
Director

Roger’s leadership experience is drawn from a variety of sources. As the managing partner of a successful real estate company; as president of his local board; as chairman of NH Association of REALTORS® legal committee and as a member of that association’s executive committee and board of directors. He was selected by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as a  leadership trainer /facilitator for its REALTOR® Leader Programs, and was certified by NAR as a strategic planning facilitator for local and state associations.   Additionally, Roger retired at the rank of Colonel after serving 31 years as a commissioned officer in the NH Army National Guard.
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2494 Route 102, Guildhall, VT
(802) 522-3048
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