NMCTR Staff

Ashley Armijo

Ashley Armijo

Director and Lead Registered Instructor

Ashley attended the University of New Mexico, pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked in the developmentally disabled community for 8 years and was a home supervisor for ARCA in Albuquerque. She was a former member of the United States Pony Club and has ridden horses for over 25 years. She serves on WMPC Horse Trials Committee. When she is not working, she spends her time 3-day eventing competing with her show horses. Her desire to help others and her love for horses led her to seek her PATH Intl Registered Instructor Certification. She joined the NMCTR team in 2013.

Angelika Hellmer

Angelika Hellmer

Registered Instructor

Angelika was born and grew up in Germany before moving to the East Coast in 1989. She always had a passion for horses, growing up riding in Germany, then raising 2 horse-crazy girls who participated in the United States Pony Club. While managing her own barn and horses in New England, she also started volunteering for a local PATH International therapeutic riding center in Goffstown, NH, and grew increasingly fond of this work. After moving to horse country Ocala, Florida  3 years ago she connected with Marion County Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premium Center, and acquired her PATH instructor license. She is currently working on getting her certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.  

Calle Poindexter-Hayes

Calle Poindexter-Hayes

Registered Instructor and Volunteer Coordinator

Calle is the founder and owner of High Point Nonprofit Services. She has been a PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor since 2010, is a certified PATH Intl. Mentor and serves on the PATH Intl. Standards Task Force. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M, her Master of Public Administration from Sam Houston State University and was a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie National Champion Equestrian Team. She is the Board President for Lone Star Therapeutic Equestrian Network, on the Therapeutic Living Services Board of Directors, on Friendship Walk Committee for Best Buddies NM. She enjoys being active in the beautiful outdoors, going to punk rock concerts, reading, and chilling with her six animals.

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Rider Coordinator

Karen notes, “Volunteering with the Center lets me combine my love of horses and my desire to work with individuals with special needs. I also enjoy working with parents and families to arrange schedules and resolve issues which come up.” Karen has a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.A. in Education. She provided career and vocational counseling to persons with multiple barriers to employment. She and her spouse, Connie, retired to Eldorado in 2008, where they live with their rescue dog Teddy. Karen has volunteered with NMCTR since 2012.