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Drew Weber, owner of the Lowell Spinners, is chairman of the Ironstone Leadership Committee. The committee is created to raise money to augment and expand the programs and facilities at Ironstone Farm.
Drew Weber, owner of the Lowell Spinners, is chairman of the Ironstone Leadership Committee. The committee is created to raise money to augment and expand the programs and facilities at Ironstone Farm. To learn more about Ironstone’s plans for the future, click here.
Susan Wornick, serves as honorary chairwoman of Ironstone Farm's new Leadership Committee. Other members of the Ironstone Farm Leadership Committee are: Nancy Angell Doug Berthiaume Diana Berthiaume Dennis Eckersley Jennifer Eckersley Tom Jones Bill Iannazzi Dave McCarthy Dave McGillivray Tiffany O’Connor Dave Pierre Dave Sollars Pete Soucy
Susan Wornick, serves as honorary chairwoman of Ironstone Farm’s new Leadership Committee, with Lowell Spinners owner Drew Weber serving as chairman.
Other members of the Ironstone Farm Leadership Committee are:
Nancy Angell
Doug Berthiaume
Diana Berthiaume
Dennis Eckersley
Jennifer Eckersley
Tom Jones
Bill Iannazzi
Dave McCarthy
Dave McGillivray
Tiffany O’Connor
Dave Pierre
Dave Sollars
Pete Soucy

There are many ways that people can contribute to Ironstone Farm and its nonprofit organizations. One way is by joining boards to offer support to specific programs, or to join a committee to organize special events or help in specific areas of expertise. People interested in joining one of the boards or committees are encouraged to call Ironstone Farm at 978-475-4056.

Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm is governed by the Challenge Unlimited Board of Trustees and managed daily by an executive director and full-time and part-time staff. The full board meets quarterly, with an Executive Board and standing committees meeting monthly or more often as needed, and reporting to the full board.

In addition, Challenge Unlimited receives support from an Advisory Council that joins the Board of Trustees for an annual meeting (on the second Wednesday in May). There are several Challenge Unlimited committees aimed at addressing specific areas, including:

  • Spirit of Giving, our largest fundraiser of the year
  • Marketing
  • Corporate outreach
  • Board and donor cultivation
  • Finance

Ironstone Therapy is governed by a Board of Directors that includes Dr. Peter Raffalli, MD, FAAP, attending physician for child neurology at Children’s Hospital Boston and the instructor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. Deedee O’Brien is the executive director of Ironstone Farm. Elaine Francis, Ed. D., board secretary, was named the first dean of education at Fitchburg State University in 2003 and also served as chairwoman of both the university’s Special Education Department and its moderate and severe disabilities graduate programs.

Ironstone Therapy was created and chaired for many years by the late Jim Gleason, MS, PT, associate director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. He was also an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Traditional healing. More horsepower.

Ironstone Farm is home to Challenge Unlimited, Inc. (est 1983) and Ironstone Therapy, Inc. (est. 1998), two nonprofit organizations established to provide a variety of services for people with and without disabilities. Both organizations use horses and the wholesome environment of a working farm, while involving people in serving others through volunteering.