Founders and Emeritus Board Members

GallopNYC was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2005. During the 2007-08 academic year, GallopNYC began lessons with one instructor, ten participants, and about fifteen regular volunteers.  

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Andrea Anderson Equine Artist/Rider Founder
Richard Billson Parent of GallopNYC rider.Attorney. Former Vice President, Marketing for Zurich Insurance. Board member of Hawthorne Country Day School (special needs). Brooklyn Resident. Board Member 2012-2017
Linda Bogin Equestrienne Board Member 2007-2012
Rose Bonamusa Retired Business Owner. Equestrienne. Founder
David Ciriello Advisory Services KPMG LLP. Active with The Samaritans, Camp Sunshine, and other child service organizations. Active member of the Advisory Board for the Hudson Union Society. Board Member 2009–2011
Kelly Darby Founder. Equestrienne.  Founder 2005
Art Goldberg Founder. Owner, Fair Hill Farm.  Founder 2005
Ben Goldberg Founder; PATH Int’l Advanced Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Fair Hill Farm.  Founder 2005
Frances M. Green Attorney and equestrian. Of Counsel in the Labor and Employment practice of Epstein Becker and Green, and co-head of the firm’s nationwide Women’s Initiative. Contributor to The Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change, edited by Stephanie Marohn and published by Elite Books. Ms. Green is also the author of the Executive Women’s Networking Blog. Fran is a member of the Old Chatham Hunt Club and enjoys being out with the beautiful and spirited hounds on her Thoroughbred, Lady Gaga. Council of Advisors 2014 – 2020
Maggie Kulik Founder; Graphic Artist. Equestrian.  Founder 2005
Allan F. Kramer, III Retired research editor and trade publisher. Full time volunteer at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Member of many not-for-profit boards in Brooklyn.   MS from Pratt in Information Sciences. Board Member 2008–2012
Derek Manwaring Worldwide Marketing Director, Colgate Palmolive. Fifteen years of global experience in consumer product marketing. Parent of two, including a child with disabilities who benefits from hippotherapy. Board Member 2012–2017
Suzanne Marquard Retired Prudential Executive, attorney, equestrienne and philanthropist. Winner of Equus Foundation Humanitarian Award. A.B Radcliffe College. J.D. Fordham University. Board Member 2012–2019, Chair 2014-2019
Soledad Mills CEO, Equitable Origin. Master of International Affairs, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs. Therapeutic Riding volunteer and instructor since 2005. Avid rider and former horse owner Board Member 2015-2018
Leslie Jensen Founder, Steering Committee, 2005. Rising Professionals Group.  Founder
Natalia Kory Technology executive at JP Morgan Chase and former Chief Technology and Product Officer at Clarient Global LLC, a DTCC company. An accomplished executive with demonstrated success in building strategies, managing global IT organization, and directing technology innovation. Passionate about helping people with disabilities fulfill their potential. Board Member 2017-2019
Lisa Paige Former trader on Wall Street who retired to raise a family. Member of the New York Advisory Board for Facing History and Ourselves. Active in various fundraising and community organizations. 2018 -2019
Alexis Papageorge Parent of three children, including a GallopNYC rider. Brooklyn transplant from California. MD SUNY Downstate. Pediatrician at Soho Pediatric Group. Horse lover since horse camp as a kid. Board Member 2014 – 2016.
Sheila Patel Partner, Goldman Sachs. Member of the Women in Leadership Initiative at Princeton University. Horse owner. Board Member 2011-2018
David Reis KellerWilliamsNYC Residential and Commercial Property Salesperson. MD, in consultative cardiology practice. Board Member 2017
Lori Silverstein Board Member 2018-2020
Jean Smith Development Professional. Horseback rider. Board Member 2012-2014
Vince Smith Halstead Property, Village Office. Vince has served in executive capacities for a number of Manhattan Fortune 50 companies including American Express, Pfizer and Citibank. He was a member of the Wharton Advisory Panel of Executives. A thoroughbred horse owner and member of two racing syndicates, Vince enjoys a passion for the sport, from the visits to the stables to the experience of having 3 horses compete in the Breeder’s Cup. Board Member 2009-2016
Sharlene Sylvia Deloitte Tax LLP, Tax Senior Manager, National Federal Tax SolutionsLong time volunteer with New York Cares including work with people with disabilities Member of AICPA; New York Road Runners Board Member 2014
Boriana Tchobanova Vice President, Strategic Planning and Analytics, American Express.MBA and BS, University of New Orleans. Member of board of directors of NYCFNAC (New York City Financial Network Action Consortium). Fluent in several languages. Avid tennis player. Board Member 2010-2013
Kim Walker Director of Direct Mail fundraising for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Member of the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation Advisory Council. Horse owner. Board Member 2008-2015
Brett Whysel Managing Director, U.S. Public Finance and Infrastructure Banking Group, BMO Capital Markets, specializing in quantitative analytics and strategy in Public Finance. Avid photographer.  Board Member 2008–2012

In Memoriam

Hendrik Laverge, Board Member & Treasurer 2005-2018.

Terry Lawler,