Emily (Chetkowski) Aho, Executive Director - one of the founders of Villi Poni Farm sanctuary, Emily has owned Newfoundland Ponies since 2004. Our executive director wears many hats - she is a certified Equine Assisted Learning facilitator, a Registered Nurse, and a semi-retired children's author of 7 titles but best known for her Maine classic "Mabel Takes The Ferry" book, published in 1995 and still in print. Finding working with the elderly and disabled challenging yet rewarding, she loves her part time position as an Adult Family Care nurse. She is also an instructor for the Red Cross Nursing Assistant Training program, and enjoys teaching and helping people start their careers in the health care field. Emily sits on the board of the Equus Survival Trust, an international equine conservation group that is her mentor. Previously, she served on the Newfoundland Pony Society board of directors for 3 years, as member at large and vice-president. She has been involved in the rescue and rehoming of many ponies, including the subject ponies in the 2016 documentary "Where Once They Mattered." She enjoys public speaking, and outreach programs with the ponies but overall is happy to use all of her talents and experience towards one mission, saving the Newfoundland Pony.