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.

Tamara Bryant, NEER North’s treasurer and Treasurer of the Arsenal for the Arts Center in Watertown, MA. She owns and operates Bottom Line Accounting, Inc. which provides in-kind bookkeeping services to NEER North. Tamara has been a dedicated barn volunteer for over four years with our organization.

Sarah Robinson, Director, has been a friend of NEER North since 2001. She has served as Pentucket Pony Club's D.C., is a member of the West Newbury Riding and Driving Club and a lifelong equestrian. Sarah donates her services as an animal communicator to NEER North's rescues.

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.