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 over 27 years. Janet has a 19 year old daughter named Sarah who is in the Navy and lives on her farm in Siler City with “too many” furry creatures. In her newly acquired free time, she likes to hike with her dog and work on projects at the farm.
Mike grew up in Annapolis, MD, and went to James Madison University where he played soccer and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He and his wife moved to Raleigh in 1999 and have lived here ever since. Mike began his career in public accounting, but moved into the corporate world in 2000 where he has progressed to his current role as CFO for Castle Worldwide. Mike lives in Cary with his wife Katrina and their 14 year old daughter Anna (who has been riding with Horse and Buddy for over 10 years), 10 year old son Shawn & their cat Sam. Mike has seen firsthand the benefits that Horse & Buddy provides to the riders, and is honored to serve on the board for such a wonderful organization.
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.