Our Team

Sara Tucker

Sara Tucker

Executive Director

After a long career in senior management positions and consulting in the health care industry, Sara joined NCMT as Executive Director. She combines her years of experience in operations and finance, her extensive knowledge and work in the public health care sector, non-profit world and her love of horses to bring a unique dynamic to New Canaan Mounted Troop. Sara graduated with a BSN from Georgetown University where she has been on the Board of Advisor’s for the School of Nursing and Health Studies since 2006. She received a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, Mailman School, where she remains an active alumnus. As Administrator of Maternal Child Health at Columbia University College of Physician & Surgeons, Sara set up physician practices in New York City, Westchester and New Jersey. She worked in the Caribbean to develop educational materials with the support of a Pew Charitable Trust Grant. She is a past board member of the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk and lives in Westport and New York City. 

sara.tucker@newcanaanmountedtroop.org 

Stephanie Cowser

Stephanie Cowser

Equestrian Program Coordinator

life-long equestrian, Stephanie and her family live in New Canaan, where she also grew up.  She joined the Board of NCMT in 2014. She has been an active volunteer, taking leadership positions for multiple non-profit organizations including various Private & Public School committees, The Junior League of Stamford/Norwalk and several Thoroughbred and Dog Rescue and Rehoming groups. Stephanie is the Managing Partner of The Cowser Group, a global Executive Search firm and Triad Consulting LLC, a Management Consulting firm.  Prior to thatshe served on the Board of Directors and held several executive positions, including CFO and COO of The MVL Group, the parent company of multiple high profile market research companies. Stephanie holds a degree in Finance and Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado.  In 2010, Stephanie adopted an Off-the-Track Thoroughbred, Joko Motion, who is currently showing in the hunter divisions.

stephanie.cowser@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Caroleigh Evarts

Caroleigh Evarts

Therapeutic Program Coordinator

Caroleigh and her family have lived in New Canaan since 1989. She is a founding board member of Arts for Healing Inc., New Canaan, CT, and served as a board member of the United Way of New Canaan, started and managed for 10 years the New Canaan chapter of TOPSoccer which each fall served over 30 children with special needs from Fairfield County. Caroleigh has been a member of the Parents Advisory Council for NCPS Special Education, and served regularly on the Parent Advisory and Event Committees for PACE (Parents Against Childhood Epilepsy) which raised money annually for epilepsy research.

Her professional experience includes 8 years as a self-employed CT licensed home improvement contractor as Evarts Home Projects LLC. She formerly was employed in the financial services industry by Kidder Peabody & Co. and Alex Brown & Sons, Inc.

An avid equestrian, Caroleigh trains with Lisa Pierson Dressage in Brewster, NY.

supertroopers@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Hannah Wirfel

Hannah Wirfel

Head Riding Instructor

Prior to turning professional, Hannah had an illustrious junior riding career, having trained with Walter “Tim” Kees in the equitation divisions and Leslie Burr Howard in the high junior and amateur owner jumper divisions.  She competed in the Maclay Finals in 2001, the last year that event was held at Madison Square Garden, and has numerous ribbons and accomplishments from shows along the East Coast, including Devon, WEF, and Southhampton.  

Hannah has taught riders of all ages, including beginners, summer camp, adults, and junior equitation riders seeking to get qualified for the Medal and Maclay Finals. In addition, Hannah was an IHSA coach for the Trinity College Equestrian Team. She also coached the Miss Porter’s School “IEA” Equestrian Team. Most recently, Hannah completed the rigorous process of becoming a Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. 

Hannah is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. 

hannah.wirfel@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Anne Dylewski

Anne Dylewski

Barn Manager

Since joining NCMT in 2005, Anne brings over twenty years of riding and equine management experience. She works to ensure that the horses and ponies of Troop are happy, healthy and ready to teach the Troopers on a daily basis. Anne takes pride in developing individualized feeding and care programs for our diverse herd of horses. In addition, she works with the cadets to teach them barn management and equine care skills, involving the cadets at all levels for an enriched experience. Anne holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut.

anne.dylewski@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Fredi Martinez

Fredi Martinez

Horse Care Professional

Fredi came to NCMT in 2010, bringing many years of experience in horse care and maintenance. He has worked extensively at  top competitive show barns in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, where he was in charge of the health, appearance of “A” circuit horses and ponies. Fredi works with Anne, Francisco and the rest of the staff to ensure that all of the horses and ponies at NCMT are well cared for and receive appropriate turnout time. Fredi also helps train horses to have excellent ground manners which ensures the safest possible environment at NCMT.

Francisco Tinajero

Francisco Tinajero

Horse Care Professional

Francisco joined NCMT in 2010 and assists Fredi in fulfilling the responsibility of daily horse care and maintenance, taking care of turnout, feeding and other daily tasksHe grew up around horses and is well versed in handling all of their needs.  Francisco is also in charge of our property maintenance,  lending his strong carpentry, painting and landscaping skills to ensure that our facility remains in top shape.

Our Board of Directors

Elizabeth Tobin

Elizabeth Tobin

President

Elizabeth Tobin, a long-time resident of New Canaan, became President of NCMT in 2012 after serving as Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer for several years. Her family joined NCMT in 1996. Elizabeth is employed as an analyst by First Eagle Investment Management, a global money management firm. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Paris, France and an MBA in International Finance from Fordham University, NY.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

 

Jeanne Hunt Smith

Jeanne Hunt Smith

Vice President

 Jeanne received her Bachelor of Arts in English – Journalism from Miami University (Ohio) in 1981. She currently is Group Broadcast Director at ICON International, a corporate barter company headquartered in Stamford, CT.  She has been a member of the NCMT family since 1989, serving on several committees over the years, including the original Capital Campaign to purchase the NCMT property, followed by the campaign to rebuild the barn.  From 1999 to 2010, Jeanne was the proud owner of former NCMT school horse, “Chester”.  She lives in Darien with her familyHer daughter Olivia is a 2014 graduate of Sweet Briar College, an IHSA Cachionne Cup top 10 Finalist, who went through the ranks at NCMT, riding NCMT school horses to ribbons in the CHJA Children’s Medal Finals in 2005 and 2007.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Meghan Flattery Allen

Meghan Flattery Allen

Treasurer

Meghan received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia University. She spent several years as a CPA for an international accounting firm and also held controller and director of accounting positions in private industry. Meghan has volunteered her time in the New Canaan schools, New Canaan Community Foundation and National Charity League. Meghan passed along her longtime love of horses to her daughter who began riding at NCMT in 2006 until she graduated from high school in the spring of 2016.   She joined the Board in 2008 and began serving as Secretary in 2009 and is currently the Treasurer. Meghan lives in New Canaan with her husband and daughter.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Felicia Alford

Felicia Alford

Board Member

Felicia and her family have lived in New Canaan since 2011.   Before moving to New Canaan, she resided in Kingwood, TX where she served on the Parent/Teacher Association for Willow Creek Elementary as Vice President. Since moving back to New Canaan, she has been active with West Elementary School as Classroom Coordinator, Performing Arts Committee Chair and volunteers her time at NCMT.

Her professional experience includes 20 years as an Interior Designer both commercial and Residential as well as an Architectural Sales Representative of Interior Products. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Texas Tech University.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Matthew Malone

Matthew Malone

Board Member

Matt Malone is a partner at Privcap Media, a NYC-based marketing agency for private equity firms, where he oversees digital strategy and creative. Prior to Privcap, Matt was a staff reporter at Condé Nast Portfolio, a (now-defunct) business magazine. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Cosmopolitan (yes, Cosmo) and other publications. He was an investigative business journalism fellow at Columbia Business School and Columbia Journalism School, where he holds two masters degrees. He graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in economics. His daughters, Madeleine, Ellie and Cooper, are all Troopers and his wife Melissa is a board member and active equestrian.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Melissa Malone

Melissa Malone

Board Member

Melissa Malone is the director of nursing and pediatric nurse practitioner at Incarnation Children’s Center, a medical facility for children and adolescents infected with HIV. She received her masters in nursing from Boston College and a bachelors in child development from Connecticut College. She became a member of NCMT in 2014—her two oldest daughters are Troopers—and helped lead the fundraising committee for the 2015 gala. She is also a Super Troopers volunteer and an active equestrian. A Connecticut native, she lives in Old Greenwich with her husband and their three daughters.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Aimee Mueller

Aimee Mueller

Board Member

Aimee Mueller has been involved at NCMT as a volunteer parent and most currently a board member since 2010. Her professional background includes working for Smithkline Beecham and Pfizer Inc. as a Toxicologist Specialist prior to becoming a Registered Nurse. She holds a BS in Biology and a BS in Nursing both degrees from Fairfield University.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Ronni Sayewitz

Ronni Sayewitz

Board Member

Ronni enrolled her daughter at NCMT shortly after their family left South Carolina for Connecticut three years ago, and she has been an active volunteer ever since. Last year, she joined the board and now spends most of her time focused on The Leadership Council and The Troop Scoop newsletter. When she isn’t volunteering at the barn, Ronni serves on the board of the Middlebrook Middle School PTA and the Kevin’s Fund non-profit organzation, and is a member of the Wilton Woman’s Club. She graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a degree in journalism in 1994, and worked as a reporter and editor in Florida and Texas before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Ronni lives in Wilton with her husband, Keith, and their two children, Jordan and Hayley.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Robert Speranza

Board Member

Rob has been a part of NCMT ever since his daughter Isabella joined four years ago. He currently works in private equity for Brynwood Partners and previously for PepsiCo, where he held several senior roles in general management, marke’ng and sales throughout his 17-year career. He is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in business and completed his MBA at the FW Olin School of Business at Babson College. Rob and his family reside in Darien, CT.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Brenda Thickett

Brenda Thickett

Board Member

Brenda and her family live in Norwalk, CT and her daughter has been a rider at NCMT for several years.  She works for the Boston Consulting Group and is the director of the Social Impact Practice.  Before BCG, Brenda worked with Bankers Trust, Young & Rubicam and several small businesses.  Brenda holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins.  She also serves as the Board Chair of the nonprofit Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) of Connecticut.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Belinda Wasser

Belinda Wasser

Board Member

Belinda Wasser joined NCMT two years ago for her daughter, Emily, and they both quickly became active members of the Troop family. A business workflow and logistics expert with 25 years of experience, Belinda is the founder of RocketGirl Solutions, which is hired by small businesses on a contract basis to act as their part-time “business manager.” At NCMT, Belinda heads the Marketing & Communications Committee and is a first-year board member. Belinda has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest and other national and local media and has a BA from the University of Virginia. She lives in New Canaan with her daughter, Emily, her extremely significant other, Greg, and spends her free time gardening, playing paddle tennis and learning how to cook.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Advisors to the Board of Directors

Carol Dubrowski

Carol Dubrowski

Advisor to the Board

Carol and her family have lived in Wilton since 1993. She has been an active volunteer at NCMT for 20 years working with the leadership council, the parent committee and the fundraising committee. She is a retired preschool teacher.

BOD@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

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