Our Team

Sara Hodgkiss
Executive Director & Founder

In 2015, Veteran and founder Sara Hodgkiss saw an opportunity to help her fellow Veterans. An Afghanistan vet herself, she witnessed soldiers in her unit struggling with PTSD after deployment. Nestled in the heart of Amish country, Pennsylvania was a hidden gem from her childhood that would become a sanctuary and therapeutic facility for countless veterans and community members. Read More

John Beachel
President

John is a Veteran and served in the Army Airborne, 37th Engineer Brigade from 1990 until 1994, ranked as Specialist. His military qualifications include airborne, air assault, sapper and jungle expert. John understands the needs of veterans and how we can support them with our veteran program.

When John was just 6 years-old he rode his first horse. He has spent the last 20 years learning and teaching

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Cathy Imburgia
Vice President

Cathy is a long-time resident of Claymont, Delaware, and is Owner and President of Creative Communications, Inc. With more than 35 years experience in corporate, nonprofit and government communications, Cathy has worked extensively with city, county, state and federal government entities. Her volunteer service includes chairing the economic development Blueprint Community team, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Delaware Chapter, the YWCA Delaware and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce; and under Governor Jack Markell, appointed as a member of the Delaware Supplier Diversity Council. 

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Bonnie Brake
Treasurer

Bonnie is a volunteer at Woerth It Hollow. Bonnie has been a Healthcare worker for 27 years. She began volunteering at Woerth It Hollow because of her love of horses and a desire to help veterans. Although Bonnie is not a Veteran herself, she comes from a long line of those who have served.

Day Iseminger
Secretary
Director of Marketing & Communications

Day is not a veteran but she has a family that has served. She is the proud daughter and mother of veterans. Day has volunteered with many non profits over the years. She started volunteering at Woerth It Hollow to help with our website and social media. While Day volunteers for us in those capacities she has also spent time with our horses and goat. She is willing to lend a helping hand when we need someone to feed the animals, help with lessons, clean stalls, help set up events and more. Her daughter, Chesapeake, is part of our disability program. They enjoy their time at the farm.

Zach Farmer
Director of Operations

Zach is a graduate of Penn Manor High School and attended Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York, concentrating in Forest Biology. Following college, he spent four years in Alaska working as a Professional Hunting and Fishing guide along with a Deckhand/1st mate for Pacific Mountain Guides and Stoney River Lodge. Currently, and for the last 16 years, he works for a large-scale, global corporation and is a vital asset in Operations Management.

As his 2nd fulltime job, Zach is the driving force behind the scenes, daily operations at Woerth It Hollow. Passionate about the cause, making improvements to the premises, there isn’t anything that happens around the farm that he doesn’t have a hand in. Zach is the Fiancé of the Executive Director, Sara Hodgkiss- And between the two of them, the sky is the limit!

Maria Urbani-Carson
Director of Programs

Maria Urbani-Carson received her BS degree in Elementary and  Special Education from West Chester University and has worked with the special needs’ population since 1972 as a life skills specialist, a group home supervisor, and a special education teacher until her retirement in December 2017.  As a teacher, she developed many individual education life skills programs and assisted in numerous transition job training activities. She is an active member in the music and prayer ministry at her church and has 2 daughters and 13 nieces and nephews, one of them Sara Hodgkiss, founder of Woerth It Hollow. 

Dr. Ernie Saniga
Director of Finance

Erwin Saniga is the Dana Johnson Professor at the University of Delaware.  He has been at UD since 1977 where he teaches and does research in statistics.  He is also a  realist painter and  is represented by Steven Harvey Fine Arts projects in NYC.

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Troy Rowen
Resident Farrier

Troy Rowen is an Army veteran who is a professional farrier and expert on veterinary practices. The host of Cow-town Rodeo and a true gem in the equestrian community, Troy's expertise is an asset to our farm. 

His care, professionalism and contributions have been an essential part of operations & maintenance at the Hollow!  

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Luke Hodgkiss
Farm Hand

Luke graces us with his presence at the hollow, and though he is little his presence can be felt throughout the hollow. People shake in fear of the absolute terror that he is, from sun up to sun down. He doesn't sleep, he doesn't sit still, and at 8 years old he can probably outsmart most adults.

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