Board of Directors
Cathy is a co-founder of SERRA. She was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD and moved to San Francisco in 1981 (“for a 6-month trial” which evolved into 37 years, and counting, of enjoyment in the Bay Area). She worked in San Francisco for many years as an executive assistant, retiring from her last job as executive assistant for the President of Private Client Services at Wells Fargo in 2001. On her “bucket list” was the desire to explore and develop her love of and interest in horses, including acquiring her own horse which has been a dream since she was a young girl. As a first step, she sought to become more educated in the care of horses “from the ground up”. That process revealed the desperate need for rehoming horses whose owners had fallen on hard times financially, become depleted by heath or medical challenges, or been beset by other circumstances resulting in neglect of their horses. She discovered that the fate of many of those horses was grim, too often resulting in unthinkable misery and suffering for these majestic creatures. To her horror and dismay, she learned that many of these horses were hauled off to Mexico or Canada for slaughtering. Cathy knew she had to do something—even if it were only for a relatively small number of horses at a time. In 2012, SERRA was founded with the goal of “Giving Every Horse a Chance”.
When Cathy is not busy with the rescue and her own horse Forrest, she spends time with her husband, Gary, and their two Golden Retrievers, Pacer & Chase, at their home in Tiburon.
During her young and teenage years, Marjorie spent most of her time thinking about, talking about, working with, riding and showing horses. Starting out with her little Shetland Pony, Kataba, her love for horses grew to into her life-long passion. Her dream was to be a large animal vet specializing in equine health and traveling from ranch to ranch caring for the animals.
Her university studies toward an equine veterinarian degree were postponed by an unexpected, but joyful career as a singer/dancer in New York and venues around the world. After her travels, she established herself in a successful consulting career and is currently raising her lovely teenage daughter in Marin County. During these years, her desires to care for the needs of horses and animals never wavered. This passion lead her to back to horses many times over the years. Now landing in equine rescue, Marjorie feels strongly that all treasured horses (and animals) deserve to be loved and live meaningful lives.
After joining SERRA in April 2016 as a volunteer, Marjorie felt great inspiration to bring her passion, dedication, and skills to support the well-being, medical rehab and training of the horses. She has great enthusiasm for their potential to live in loving, forever homes. She continues her equine education in horse health, nutrition, safety and continues her advanced training as a certified large animal emergency first responder.
Marjorie enjoyed assisting in the administrative development of SERRA, and realized her desire to join the board in March 2017. In September 2017, she was elected into the position of President. As a Director, she brings 25 years of business ownership, operations and management, board and officer-level experience for several for-profit and non-profit organizations, and experience in non-profit administration and fundraising.
Marjorie is passionate about her time with the horses, dedicated in her administrative role, supportive of the efforts of the volunteers, and confident in the quality of care SERRA gives to the animals. “I am proud to be a co-leader of an ethical, transparent organization dedicated to its mission, training techniques, loyal volunteers and the well-being of rescued horses.”
Susan began her love affair with horses as a youth at summer camps. Her parents bought her a horse in her early teens to help her through the turbulent teenage years of the 60's (which she only realized once she had teens herself!) That horse became her best friend and impacted her relationship with animals for life.
Susan spent her 30 year career as a nurse-midwife including several volunteer assignments overseas. In 2015, she moved to California, retired from clinical practice and began volunteering at Sonoma Horse Rescue. Once reconnected with horses, she found the same emotional, spiritual and physical satisfaction and reward that she experienced as a youth. No longer interested in horse ownership, but now committed to horse rescue, she finds deep pleasure in assisting the horses in every aspect of their lives.
In 2017 Susan became the Volunteer Coordinator for Sonoma Horse Rescue and is proud to become the newest Board Member. She is studying Equine Science at Santa Rosa Junior College which provides her with a deeper understanding of horses, and advances her skills with their daily care. Susan enjoys not only the horses, but the dedicated community of like-minded volunteers that make up Sonoma Horse Rescue.