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.
Robin R. Bostic
Robin’s leadership over her 30-year career in health economics, reimbursement and government affairs has been marked by Global expansion of patient access to life saving technologies.
Robin works as a court appointed advocate for children in foster care through CASA.
She established the Hill College Starlite Scholarship in 2010 recognizing aspiring musicians. Robin is President of Make All the Difference Foundation whose mission is empowering passionate and visionary people through innovative educational initiatives and advocacy for just causes; we make all the difference by inspiring and bringing hope to communities. Having been raised with horses in Texas, Robin has a long history of lessons learned from horses. Her current equine instructor is Tilly, a quarter horse reining horse who she rides through the apple orchards in New Hampshire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tim has been a longstanding member of the Windrush Farm Board. He is an attorney, and serves as Chair of the Endowment Committee.
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.
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.
With a unique background in engineering and finance, Dave worked in a variety of finance and operations roles in the utility and medical device industries for leading companies like Eversource and Philips Healthcare. Dave loves change, and during his career he experienced deregulation in the utility industry and significant shifts in healthcare reimbursement impacting the medical device industry.
Now retired, Dave is pursuing his passion for fly fishing and love of the outdoors, as well as spending ample time volunteering at Windrush Farm.
Dave and his wife Mary, along with their young Golden Retriever Finley, live in North Andover where they have resided for 30 years while raising a son and daughter.
2024 Board Bio for Amanda Hogan Mandy grew up on the North Shore. She is a graduate of Wheelock College in Boston with a BS in Early Childhood Education and a specialty in Special Education. Her lifelong love of horses, the desire to work with students with special needs and a strong appreciation for the great outdoors brought her to work with Marj Kittredge, founder of Windrush Farm, in the early 70’s. Mandy is certified as a: PATH International Master level instructor, Massachusetts Licensed Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Mandy co-authored the ESMHL curriculum and created the certification for this specialty and is an active faculty member and evaluator. Mandy has been a PATH International Committee Member and is on the Advisory Boards for: Essex North Shore Agricultural Tech High School’s Equine Science Program, MA; Little Britches Therapeutic Riding, CT and Horse SenseAbility at Wildstar Farm, MA. Mandy lives in Beverly, MA with her husband Mike. She continues to support Windrush staff and uses her riding and training skills to develop the amazing horses that are vital to the work at Windrush Farm.