Board of Directors
Mary Martin, NEER North’s president and founder, has been involved with horses for over 40 years. After serving as a board member of a Rhode Island-based rescue, in 2009, she started her own Massachusetts rescue, which received 501c3 status as New England Equine Rescue-North, Inc., in 2011. A licensed riding instructor and member of multiple horse-related organizations, Mary works with other equine rescues locally and nationally to advocate for equine welfare and to raise public awareness of and support for rescue activities.
Dr. Derek Cavatorta has been an associate large animal veterinarian at SRH Veterinary Services in Ipswich, MA, since 2012. He grew up in Rowley and attended Triton Regional High School. He earned his B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts before completing veterinary school and a PhD in Immunology from Cornell University. Dr. Derek is very excited to join the team at NEER-North and to help provide assistance for horses in need.
Susan G. McQuade, NEER North’s treasurer, has a degree in Finance and has worked as an independent investment executive for Raymond James and financial advisor at Wells Fargo. She is a Massachusetts Notary Public. A native New Englander, she is a member of the New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association, has two horses of her own, and volunteers at The Bradford Equestrian Center and the Essex Equestrian Center.
Melissa Coe is the director and president of Lucky’s Legacy, a privately funded equine sanctuary in Epping, New Hampshire. A former board member of E.P.O.N.A. Horse Rescue in New Hampshire, she is employed as a project manager at Consigli Construction, and has worked previously at Veterans Development Corporation, William A. Berry & Son, and the Berry Fund Charitable Foundation.
Elena Jespersen, a rider and horse owner, is a Reiki master who works with both equines and humans. She was a board member of the Wentworth Hunt Club from 1990-2001 and served as Wentworth’s president for two years. In addition, she is a longtime board director of International Cars, Ltd. Active in numerous community organizations, she is a former Cub Scout den leader and currently serves on the board of Newburyport’s Theater in the Open.
Ashley Hill, NEER North's board secretary, has been riding on the North Shore and beyond for over 30 years. She competed on the Sweet Briar College Intercollegiate Team and played Club Polo at University of Virginia, where she earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree. Ashley is the West Newbury land captain for the Myopia Hunt and works as Outreach Coordinator for Essex County Trail Association.