Alison H. (Lucy) Vaill – President
Lucy Vaill grew up in Buffalo, New York, where she was first introduced to horses. She was to become a devoted rider—which she is today, and is the owner of a Lusitano in training for dressage competition. She combines this with being a volunteer at Windrush Farm for many years working with all age groups. In addition, she has been on the Windrush Farm Board of Directors for seven years, and now serves as Chair of that governing body.
Lucy received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in 1967 and a few years later, earned her Master’s in Child Life, also at Wheelock. She is a former elementary school teacher, became a Child Life Specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, and served as Board Chair for the Family Coop Preschool in North Andover.
Lucy and her husband, Tim, have three children and seven grandchildren, and are residents of Andover, Massachusetts. They remain active in the Greater Boston community and are constantly seeking innovative ideas for equestrian-based remedial programs for special needs individuals. Windrush Farm is part of their core being.
Ben Nutter – Vice President & Chair of Facilities Committee
Ben Nutter is Vice President of the Board at Windrush Farm. He has been practicing residential and commercial architecture for over four decades. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Ben was trained in the office of Royal Barry Wills. In 1984 Ben opened an office in his hometown of Topsfield MA where he dedicates volunteer hours to various non-profit and municipal efforts. Ben is an advocate of regionally inspired architecture and is committed to environmentally sensitive design. His work is found throughout New England and has been profiled in several books and magazines. Ben lives on his family farm, is an avid alpine skier and bike rider. It was during Ben’s brief equestrian career that he met the Kittredge family, the founders of Windrush Farm.
Janet Schickling – Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee
Janet is passionate about the Windrush mission and is active in financial oversight of Windrush and participates on the Endowment Committee. Janet recently retired from GE Aviation as Director of International Sales. Over her career she held leadership positions in Finance, Compliance and Business Development. While at GE she was an active mentor and volunteer in community initiatives. She brings extensive volunteer experience to the Board, in particular with childhood education. In addition to a BA in Economics and Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross, she is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program and Six Sigma Leadership Program. Janet and her husband, John, reside in Boxford.
John Adams – Secretary & Chair of Governance Committee
John Adams is Board Secretary and Chairs the Governance Committee. He and his family are long term residents of Boxford. While no longer riding actively, John was a competitive hunter- jumper and former Chair of the Myopia Equestrian Committee. He keeps his hand in with animals by keeping one retired horse, 2 donkeys, 4 goats and 3 dogs. John is a licensed attorney in NY and MA and is a local real estate broker with J Barrett. He has been a Board member for 6 years and has actively supported numerous volunteer activities at Windrush Farm.
Mary Rimmer – Chair of Nominating Committee
Mary Rimmer is graduate of University of NH having majored in Environmental Conservation and obtained a Masters from Boston University in Energy and Environmental Sciences. She is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist by the Society of Wetland Scientists.
Mary previously worked as an Environmental Planner at the BSC Group and served as the first Conservation Administrator for the Town of Manchester, MA from 1990-1994. In 1994 Mary began Rimmer Environmental Consulting where she is Principal, providing independent consulting services specializing in wetland delineation, restoration, permitting and management. In addition to representing public and private and non-profit clients, she provides peer review services to a number of municipalities in the North Shore area. She has been a life-long rider and horse lover and presently owns two horses.
Emer McCourt has spent 30 years developing and executing marketing strategies for a variety of businesses and institutions in the greater Boston area. She began her marketing journey at Faneuil Hall Marketplace Inc. in the 1990’s overseeing an eclectic calendar of special events and working intensively with the Greater Boston tourism industry; the commercial real estate market and the retail and dining sectors. In 2000 she joined the leadership team at the Harvard Museum of Natural History as Marketing & Public Relations Director. Later she transformed the public profile of the Concord Museum in historic Concord, MA.
In 2016, Emer McCourt established McCourt Communications to provide marketing strategy, oversight and hands-on practical solutions to small businesses. Since 2020 she has expanded her growing art practice drawing animals in charcoal.
Emer, and her husband Stephen Willett, live in Hamilton, MA with their three teenage children. Emer has always loved horses and keeps her own thoroughbred in nearby Ipswich, MA.
Jen has been a professional dressage trainer on the North Shore for the past 30 years. She graduated from UMASS Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science-Equine Studies.
From 1990 until 2003 Jen had the opportunity to work under several highly respected trainers which then allowed me to start my own business in 2004. From 2004-2011 she ran a boarding and training facility with a partner in Rowley, MA. In the fall of 2011, Jen started her own business, Sarval Dressage, and presently works out of Labyrinth Farm in Ipswich MA. Jen is a member of the Development Committee.
Dr. Suzanne Graves
Suzanne Graves is a one of the Senior Physicians with Garden City Pediatrics in Beverly. Suzanne joined GCPA in the summer of 1993 after completing her Chief Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Suzanne enjoys a busy practice that now includes many second-generation patients allowing for extended continuity of care.
She is an active member of the Medical Staff at Beverly Hospital. She has also served on many boards at Beverly Hospital, Northeast Hospital System, and Lahey Health System.
Suzanne is also the President of the Evelyn Lilly Lutz Foundation. This non-profit organization is a supporting organization for Beverly Hospital. The mission of the Foundation is to encourage and support educational, healthcare and research initiatives and continuing education.
Suzanne lives with her husband, John in Manchester, Massachusetts, and has three adult children, Matthew, Nathan and Margaret. She enjoys horse riding, skiing, long distance walking, knitting, scrapbooking and reading in her spare time.
A Board member at Windrush Farm since 2010, Bob Gore served as Chairman of the Board from 2014 to 2019 – his leadership skills especially effective in successfully guiding Windrush Farm through an important leadership transition period.
Bob is an accomplished senior executive having served as the Managing Partner with Towers Perrin’s large and very successful Boston office, a world class human capital consulting organization. He is also a Board member of the Essex County Community Foundation, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Endicott College. In addition, Bob is a guest lecturer and facilitator at the Sloan School of Management. Prior Board, Executive Committee and Advisory positions include the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, and the University of Wyoming, his alma mater. Bob earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Bob lives on his beloved Berry Patch Farm in Boxford with his wife Judy, having lived there for 30 years raising their 2 daughters.
Camilla Cutler Rich
Camilla joined the Windrush Farm Board in 2020; for many years Camilla has volunteered her time and knowledge to numerous therapeutic equestrian programs. Her observations and constructive suggestions have measurably strengthened numerous aspects of Windrush Farms Programs. In addition, Camilla serves as a member of the Development Committee, actively and tirelessly a champion of Windrush Farm funding activities.
A mother of 4, Camilla is widely recognized as a passionate animal rights enthusiast; she has been especially active rescuing dogs, horses, mules and donkeys. From personal family experience, Camilla brings to the Windrush Farm Board a highly elevated sensitivity to those with developmental challenges, and also those grieving from personal loss or tragedy.
Camilla resides in Hamilton with her husband Carry, along with their daughter Diana, and 7 rescue dogs, 3 mules, and 3 donkeys.
Charles Kittredge grew up on Windrush Farm and has been a rider his entire life. He is the son of Windrush founder Marjorie Kittredge.
Charlie is an Affiliate Partner of Lindsay Goldberg, an investment firm based in New York City and the former Chairman and CEO of Crane & Co., Inc. He resides in Vermont with his wife, Susan.
Brad Hildt – Chair of Development Committee
Brad joined the Board of Windrush Farm in 2015, and has been an active volunteer in several capacities.
With a background in banking and finance both domestically and internationally, Brad formed his consulting firm in 1998 managing talent acquisition and transition coaching assignments. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Brad taught for 2 years at a technical college in Uganda, East Africa. Past Board experience includes the Northshore Education Consortium (President of the Friends Board), the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and the Theater of Newburyport.
Brad and his wife Beth Alling reside in Essex, with Loki, their exuberant canine rescue.
Betsy Payne lives in Boxford with two horses, two ponies and two cocker spaniels.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Betsy graduated from the Baldwin School, then from Mount Holyoke College and Stanford University. For forty-five years, Betsy taught English to high school students in a number of schools, most recently at the Pingree School in Hamilton and then as a volunteer at Esperanza Academy in Lawrence. An enthusiastic Windrush Farm volunteer for many years, she now focuses on “Giddy Up and Grow” and “Read, Write and Ride”, two very popular riding and literacy programs for area elementary and middle school students.
Tim has been a longstanding member of the Windrush Farm Board. He is an attorney, and serves as Chair of the Endowment Committee.
Nat Coolidge – Director Emeritus