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As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, The Horse Park at Woodside is overseen by our Board of Governors. All candidates are nominated through a formal Board process, then confirmed through a vote of the general membership.

Our active, fully volunteer Board works closely with our Executive Director and leadership team to chart the Park's direction in line with our mission and to support ongoing programs. The Board also interacts with members on key projects and welcomes participation on public committees and events.


Board Members

Eileen Morgenthaler, President

Eileen grew up in southern California and didn’t take up riding until she was 40! Now she’s an avid eventer, and keeps several horses at the Park. Her daughter, a former Pony Club member, evented as well. Eileen is the pulse of the Park, ever-present, with a hand in everything, including membership aspects, fundraising, emergency preparedness and compliance, operations support, and board development and guidance.

Eileen, a graduate of Stanford University, spent 20 years in sales and marketing before retiring to raise two children with her husband, whom she met on a blind date. In addition to horses, she is a passionate skier and traveler. Eileen served on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, and has served the Park for more than a decade in varying roles on the Board of Governors.


Susan Carsen

A native Californian, Susan grew up with horses, doing Pony Club and adopting a retired racehorse while earning her degree at UC Davis. Now, her Australian Shepherd Etta has replaced horses, and you can see them out walking the cross-country field. Susan helps the Park navigate fundraising, development and public relations.

After 30 years of fundraising and public relations experience, Susan started Carsen Consulting which provides nonprofit management and fundraising counsel to clients in health care, culture and the arts, education and human services. She’s a member of Women in Consulting Silicon Valley Leaders’ Network, and volunteers in several capacities with the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


Kristin Crosland


Kristin has enjoyed the breadth of equestrian sport throughout her lifetime: Pony Club, pack mule trekking, eventing, dressage, barrel racing, hunters and equitation, but she’s found her true passion in Grand Prix show jumping. As Board Vice President, she is a contemplative and inspiring master of organization, deftly handling tasks such as spearheading Park communications, promoting thoughtful facility planning and land management, and offering input from financial aspects to fundraising.

Kristin earned a BS from Duke University and an MS from the University of Utah. She continued her graduate studies at Harvard Law School, UCLA, and Stanford. After a decade in academia and the public policy sector, she transitioned to “medtech” – medical devices and digital health. She worked up the ranks to become COO of Experien Group, working with leadership teams of early-stage startups and corporate giants alike. Kristin also runs “abreast”, a patient advocacy community for breast cancer.


Barb Eckstein

Barb, a journalist and lifelong rider, participated in Pony Club in Canada and Africa, then went on to compete in eventing and hunter/jumpers, before ultimately transitioning to endurance riding. Along with being the Board Secretary, she spearheads the annual Galloping Gazette, and assists with other writing aspects including the website, and public relations.

She has a BA from the University of Calgary, earned a Masters at Stanford University, was a News Writer/Producer in San Francisco for two decades, then went on hiatus to raise a son with her techie husband. She serves on the Portola Valley Trails & Paths Committee, the PV Horse Fair, the SMC Parks Volunteer Horse Patrol, and is a past member of the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede. In the interest of having sons and mothers do community service together, she helped found the local chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, YMSL Alpine.

Larick Hill

When his last child left for college, Larick joined his wife on a trail ride at a camp for inner city at-risk youth. He ended up bringing home the horse he was riding. This started him on an odyssey of riding in parks from California to Wyoming to Texas and points in between. Larick is on the Park’s Operations Committee, offering guidance relating to site planning, infrastructure development and architectural and engineering issues.

Larick founded his own architectural and engineering firm more than three decades ago and has completed a wide range of residential and commercial projects. He’s involved in a variety of equine organizations including the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Mounted Search and Rescue, SMC Parks Volunteer Horse Patrol, SMC Large Animal Evacuation Group, Los Viajeros Riding Club, San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association, and Woodside Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA). He earned his MA in Architecture at the University of Utah.


Melissa Hollatz

Melissa grew up on the historic Circle Bar Guest Ranch in Montana, so has ridden her entire life. She now competes in eventing and local dressage and hunter/jumper shows. She’s frequently seen with her border collie who loves to go for morning walks at the Horse Park. Melissa serves as Board Vice President, Legal, guiding the Park in any and all legal matters.

Melissa is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she focuses on all aspects of public and private company representation, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, financings, and corporate governance, with an emphasis on technology companies. Melissa received both her BA and JD from Stanford University.


Victoria Klein

Victoria rode as a youngster in Minnesota, then devoted 10 years to school and a career. She circled back to horses in order to end a recurring nightmare of sitting on a horse unable to go into the jump ring. She now competes in eventing. As the Vice President of Fundraising and Public Relations, Victoria is dedicated to development efforts for the Park, and she also works actively on the cross country course committee.

During three decades in Asset Management, Victoria worked at Robertson Stephens, Bank of America and Barclays Global Investors. She was an early pioneer of exchange-traded funds (iShares) at BGI, and spent 10 years running the global sales until BGI’s sale to BlackRock. Victoria has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound, and continued her graduate work in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge in England. She serves as co-chair of the Pacesetters fundraising effort for the local charity, Riley's Place.


Ana Kostioukova


Ana grew up riding at the Park, competing in eventing. She’s now focusing on hunter/jumper training, building her partnership with her Irish Sport horse George. Ana serves on the fundraising committee, and helps with membership and social media for the Park.

Ana graduated from Claremont McKenna College and initially pursued a career in finance as an institutional investment consultant at BlackRock. After earning her CFA charter, she transitioned into venture capital where she worked on both the investing and operating sides. She followed her mentor to NIO, “the Tesla of China,” where she wore many hats: business development, corporate strategy, and product strategy.

Ken Lawler

Ken grew up on the Monterey Peninsula raising 4-H animals, riding horses, playing sports and loving the outdoors. His passion for horses stuck with him, and after dabbling in show jumping, he now trail rides weekly at his family ranch near Hollister. Ken assists the Park with strategic facility and financial planning.

Ken earned both a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering at Stanford University, the place, incidentally, where he met his wife. They have five children, one of whom became a professional show jumping rider after graduating from Stanford. Ken also got an MBA from UCLA before starting his career in the semiconductor business. Ken shifted from industry to venture capitalism, most recently with Battery Ventures.


Leslie Lian

Leslie grew up in Los Angeles and spent her youth trying to find horses to ride. She brushed ponies at Kiddie Land in Beverly Hills, exercised polo ponies, explored hidden canyon trails, and eventually competed in hunter/jumpers, eventing and dressage. She now hacks her two homebreds around the Park. Leslie is the doyen of land management at the Park, but also helps write for Park publications and the website.

Leslie graduated from UCLA and holds a Master’s Degree in English from University of Virginia. She worked in academic publishing at Harvard Business School Press and UC Press, as well as at a Hollywood literary agency. A parent of two boys, she has been involved in managing the school garden at Woodside Elementary School and serving on the board of the Woodside High School Foundation. She’ a Neighborhood Leader for CERPP, and has been involved in pet therapy and therapeutic riding programs.


Lesa Mellis


Lesa grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and started her riding adventures in Western before moving on to ride hunters and then transitioning to eventing. Her horse is now retired and living the good life at the Park. Lesa is the Board Treasurer, supporting financial planning and reporting, working to keep the Park on budget, and offering advice relating to all monetary matters.

Lesa, a certified public accountant in California and Minnesota, recently retired from PwC where she was a Global Mobility Partner within the firm’s People and Organization practice. Prior to PwC, she worked with the 3M Corporation while attending St. Catherine University. She and her husband have three children.


Katrina Montinola

Katrina was raised in the Philippines, and as a young girl traveled internationally to compete in Pony Club events. She is now an active competitor at jumper shows. Katrina is the Park’s Vice President of Membership, leading the annual member survey, assisting with Board recruitment and committees, and assisting with the Galloping Gazette.

Katrina graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Information and Computer Science. She’s spent her career in the software industry. Her specialty includes hiring and managing engineering teams, computer networking and web server development. She most recently was the VP of Engineering at Archimedes, and before that worked at Oracle, PointCast, E-Stamp and ChemConnect.


Nicole Rubin

Nicole developed a passion for horses while watching her daughter compete in hunter/jumpers for a decade. While she enjoys the occasional trail ride herself, she’s mostly grateful just to be in the company of these noble animals. Nicole brings her incredible non-profit leadership and fundraising expertise to the Board, helping guide strategic planning, communications, and development programs for the Park.

Nicole has spent her career in the nonprofit and health care sectors. Most recently, she worked for Ronald McDonald House Charities Global, was CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California and executive director of the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Nicole earned a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She’s served on the boards for Menlo School, Phillips Brooks School, the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, and Global Strategies, an HIV/AIDS and maternal/child health organization.


Tom Shanahan

Tom grew up in Pasadena, but came north to attend university. He played polo for 20 years before hanging up his mallet. He still lives in Woodside, where he also served a term as mayor. Tom’s mission is to keep the Park solvent, and he’s a respected taskmaster in all financial aspects, serving as the Park’s Investment Manager.

For fun, Tom teaches a course on Wall Street and Silicon Valley at Stanford University. Before retiring, he was head of West Coast Investment Banking for Needham & Company. He’s the former CFO and co-founder of Agile Software Corporation and has additional Silicon Valley experience with SBT Corporation, DG FastChannel, Inc. and Sherpa Corporation. He’s a graduate of Stanford and the Harvard Business School, and also served as an officer in the First Infantry Division in Vietnam.


Rob Solomon


On Rob's 40th birthday his wife gave him a trail horse. That started the Solomons down the path of bringing many horses into their family, as they taught their three kids to ride. Rob recently added a buckskin Quarter Horse named Shiner's Royal to the family, so he can ride at the Park with his wife and daughter.  His focus on the Board of Governors is fundraising, but he also helps with strategic planning and development.

Rob has spent the last 25 years working as a technology executive and investor in Silicon Valley. Most recently he served as the CEO and Chairman at GoFundMe. He has also held management roles at Yahoo, Sidestep/Kayak, and Groupon. He was a Venture Partner at both Accel Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV).  Rob attended UC Berkeley where he was a member of two NCAA national championship water polo teams and earned All-America honors.


Phillip Whalen


Phillip is an active member of the Woodside horse community, and he and his wife have given homes to a menagerie of animals including horses, donkeys, goats, chickens, and an assortment of indoor critters. A dogged questioner, Phillip is involved in many operational aspects at the Park, including infrastructure planning, equipment and facilities oversight, landscaping and signage.

Now a Senior Visiting Executive at SRI International, Phillip had an extensive management career in emerging cloud, mobile and application software companies, including Real Time Genomics, IVT Inc, OnStation Corporation and Thinking Tools. He holds a BA from Denison University, MA from Webster University and MBA from Stanford. He’s volunteered in various capacities, including Woodside’s Audit Committee, Woodside Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA), San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association, The Mounted Patrol, and the Mounted Patrol Foundation.