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.
Equestrian Program Coordinator
A 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 that, she 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.
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.
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.
Mali Schneider began instructing at NCMT in the Fall of 2015 and joined our team full time in September 2016. Her riding career started at an early age; she competed at local shows and later trained at Lion Hill in Easton, CT. Mali also spent ten years training with Jen Lamoureux and Kim Perlman of New York. She competed extensively across the tri-state area and further trained with Randi Boothe and Kip Rosenthal at Meadow Farm. She also trained with Bill Cooney at Lionshare and worked as a “catch rider.” Mali’s extensive horse show career over the years has taken her from Florida to Canada and as far west as Arizona.
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.
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.
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 tasks. He 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, 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.
Jeanne Hunt Smith
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 family. Her 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.
Meghan Flattery Allen
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.
Joan is a resident of Stamford, CT. She joined NCMT as an adult rider in 1997 and has been an active NCMT volunteer since that time. Joan has served on the Board of Directors since 2000 in several capacities, including fulfilling a term as President in 2009. Her professional experience includes over 25 years as a litigation paralegal with various local companies, including General Electric, and most recently at Whitmyer IP Group LLC in Stamford, CT. Joan is a 1986 graduate of Connecticut College with a degree in early childhood development and psychology. When Joan is not hanging around the barn, she can be found walking her dogs at the beach with her husband.
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.
Rose and her family have lived in New Canaan since 1997. A member of NCMT since 2005, she joined the Board of Directors in 2014. Her professional experience includes 15 years as an Oncology Registered Nurse. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Nursing from Widener University.
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.
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.
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.
Caroline grew up in New Canaan, CT, where she returned to raise her family in 1998. She has been an active volunteer with St. Mark’s Church and, since 2005, has been working with Dunbar Educational Consultants where she currently is a partner. She has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Advisors to the Board of Directors
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.
Advisor to the Board and TRP Instructor
Advisor to the Board
Kelly has been an active part of the organization for over 10 years including serving on the Executive Committee of NCMT’s Board of Directors for much of that time. Kelly lives in Darien with her husband and three daughters. Kelly also serves on the Board of Directors at Kids Helping Kids in Stamford, CT. She has spent considerable time in the community working with The Junior League of Summit, Ox Ridge School PTO, Convent of the Sacred Heart Parent Organization, Middlesex Middle School PTO, Darien Firefighters Foundation and Darien YWCA Parent Awareness Committee among others. She has a degree in Business and Finance with an art minor from Mount Saint Mary’s University. She then attended New York University and is currently completing a long overdue thesis to finish her MA. Prior to staying home with her children and focusing on volunteerism, Kelly spent 10 years working in New York for an Avatar Associated Investment Counsel and was the Director of Managed Accounts upon leaving.