Janet is honored to be the full time executive director for Horse and Buddy. Janet grew up in Indiana, took a quick detour to Tucson, and has now lived in NC for 30 years. She has a Bachelor's in Computer Science and an MBA from Duke. Janet lives on her farm in Siler City with “too many” furry creatures. In her free time, she likes to hike with her dog and work on projects at the farm.
Rick was raised in Summit, MS and joined the US Army at the age of 17. Rick has lived around the world and has traveled as a salesman to more than 100 countries over the last 10 years. He is a small business owner who lives in Holly Springs with his wife Kathy and their 14 year old daughter Emma. Emma has been riding with Horse and Buddy for 4 years.
Dan and his wife Beth were both born and raised in Raleigh and have lived in Cary with their 2 now adult sons since 1994. Dan graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in accounting. After seven years in public accounting, Dan has held various corporate accounting and finance positions and has been CFO of TowerCo since its founding in 2004. Dan became involved with Horse & Buddy through a TowerCo service project in 2011 and is in his first year on the board.
Originally from Morehead City, NC, Hewitt moved to the area to complete high school at NC School of Math & Science in 1992. He attended and graduated NCSU receiving his bachelor’s in Math with a physics minor. He put down roots with his wife, Laura, in Chatham County. Hewitt has two sons: Coyt age 12 and Jace age 9. Over the years of living in the country, he and his family have grown a small hobby farm of horses, a menagerie of barnyard fowl, dogs, and cats. They hope to expand their farm in the coming years. Hewitt became involved with Horse & Buddy through TowerCo in 2011. Hewitt currently works with TowerCo as the VP of IT. Hewitt joined the board in 2017.
Jen was raised in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from SUNY at Fredonia. She continued her education at Duke and earned her MBA from Fuqua. Jen, her husband Mark and their four children; Evan, Chelsea, Logan and Kyle have called Cary home since 1999. Her career began at West Point in Telecommunications and she is currently the VP of Property Management and Financial Operations at TowerCo. Jen initially became involved with Horse & Buddy through a TowerCo service project in 2011. Jen joined the board in 2017.
Marlow is a Raleigh native who graduated from North Carolina State University in 1993 with a degree in pre-medicine. He started every game for the Men’s soccer team all 4 years with the team winning the 1990 ACC Championship making the NCAA Final Four. He went on to play professionally for 5 years. Marlow and his wife, Tiffani, have 3 children; Justice, Sydney, and Jackson. Marlow has been in the insurance business since 1999 and owns a Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services business in Apex. He is also the Director of Club Development and Partnership for NCFC Youth. Marlow joined the board in 2018.
Tom grew up on a horse farm in Kentucky. He received a BS in Biology from Furman University, MS in Forest Ecology from NC State and PhD in Forest Ecology from the University of Washington. He was a faculty at UW-Madison for 27 years before retiring and accepting the Professor and Head of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources position at NC State. Tom found endurance horse racing after his running days were over. He lives on a farm near Wendell NC with his five endurance horses (Dancer, Puppy, Saqr, Xpress and his new 2-year old mare, Babe) and his beloved dog, Karma. Tom is inspired by his Mom, who taught at Kentucky School for the Deaf for +30 years, and wants to use his grant-writing skills to help raise money to support this amazing Horse and Buddy program.
Cory was raised in South Bend, IN, and attended the University of Missouri, from which he graduated with a bachelor of journalism in 2006. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs with a focus in nonprofits from MU’s Truman School of Public Affairs. Previously, Cory worked as communications director for a number of college basketball programs around the country, including Purdue University, the University of Arizona and Duke University. He and his wife Meghan, a special education teacher, live in Angier, NC, with their three dogs. Cory joined the board in 2019.
Beth Tanner was first introduced to Horse and Buddy when she was looking for a program for her youngest daughter to both give her daughter positive experiences with animals and provide another source of therapeutic intervention. Both Beth and her husband, Brentley, are North Carolina natives as well as fellow UNC - Chapel Hill and Campbell Law alumni. Beth practices law for the State of North Carolina as the Associate Director of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. Her job at the Commission requires that she investigate claims of innocence made by people who are convicted of crimes in North Carolina. Prior to her work at the Commission, Beth worked for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety -- representing both the state prison system and state juvenile justice department. Beth has also worked as a private attorney representing families in custody and divorce and healthcare providers. Beth has a passion for families impacted by developmental and physical disability. As a mother to a child with autism, Beth understands how important it is to support the community that supported her family. Beth has seen the positive impact of Horse and Buddy and can understand, personally, that the time spent on the farm, both by the individual rider and by the riders family, can be a welcoming and bright spot in what can otherwise be difficult and hard days. Horse and Buddy is a place that makes a difference, and Beth is excited to be part of the Board to continue this amazing work.
Dina Fiorentino was born and raised in the Chicago, IL suburbs. Dina graduated from Illinois State University with a double major in Business Finance and Organizational Management. She has worked in the high tech industry for 30+ years for companies such as SAS Institute, GTE Wireless, and Apple Computer in leadership roles in marketing, business operations and customer service. Dina was first introduced to Horse and Buddy when her daughter was a rider, almost 10 years ago. She experienced the amazing impact being on the farm makes to the rider and the family and appreciates the opportunity to support the Horse and Buddy mission as a board member. Dina currently lives in Apex, NC with her son and daughter.