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Board President

Caroline Black is a founding member of the Endeavor board. Her son, Will (who has special needs and attends Fox Lane High School in a self-contained special ed class) is the inspiration for her involvement with Endeavor – he loves his experience riding at the farm and working with the horses. Caroline herself has been a horsewoman since early childhood, having competed extensively in equitation and hunter classes. Caroline received her BA from Connecticut College and an MA from Columbia University. She is the Program Director at the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York and resides with her husband, Bill, sons Will and Luke and two beloved hounds in Bedford, NY.


Board Vice President

Jaclene originally hails from New York, NY, but now calls Bedford her home. After receiving her B.A. from Georgetown University, she worked in the Trusts and Estates Department at Sotheby's for one year. She then found her calling at Sullivan - an independent brand engagement firm where she holds the title Director of People, and has worked for the past 20 years. In addition to being a board member, Jaclene loves to volunteer at Endeavor.

Alan Sorkin resides in Croton-on-Hudson with his wife Pamela, and both are active volunteers at Endeavor.  They have two sons, Max and Jacob. 

Over his 25 years in financial services, Alan served as the Managing Director and Head of Institutional Client Group Sales for Barclays Capital. He also served as the Global Chief Operating Officer for Equities and as a member of the Equities Executive Committee. Mr. Sorkin also represented Barclays as a Board Member for OpenExchange, a leading real-time video community network start-up. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Sorkin served as the Global Head of Client Strategy and Institutional Corporate Marketing for Lehman Brothers. A former US Army officer, Mr. Sorkin holds an MBA from Harvard University, and a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts.


Board Treasurer

Dr. Laura Faulkner obtained her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Political Science in 2007. Following an internship in ambulatory medicine and hospital work at Fairfield Equine Associates and a fellowship at New Bolton Center (University of Pennsylvania) in large animal ultrasound and cardiology, Laura joined the staff at Miller & Associates (Brewster, NY) in July of 2013. Laura's practice with Miller & Associates focuses on sport horse medicine with an emphasis on imaging.

When time permits, Laura enjoys riding and showing her family's young homebred jumpers, Capri and Quinn.  She is also the proud "mother" of Harrison Ford, the Shetland pony she adopted in her third year of vet school. Ford has been a happy equine partner at Endeavor since late 2015 and Laura enjoys watching him thrive in that environment.


Board Secretary

Emily Bushnell is an Instructor and was among the founding members of Endeavor. In addition to Emily’s experience in the world of equine-assisted activities and therapies, Emily has a background in marketing, non-profit management, and business development. Emily holds a BA in Psychology from Duke University and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. She also obtained a certificate in Non-Profit Management from NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.

Emily grew up outside San Diego, and currently lives in Bedford with her husband and son, along with two dogs, one cat, three horses and twelve chickens.


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Oliver Bushnell works in real estate investment and development in New York with projects in Manhattan, Puerto Rico, and Boston. Oliver plays an active role in acquisitions, asset management, investor relations and annual reporting. Oliver received his bachelor's degree in economics from Tufts University and a professional certificate in real estate finance and investment from NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Oliver caught the horse bug later in life, but now resides with his wife in Bedford where they have several horses. Each day now brings Oliver a new equine lesson.


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Alex grew up in Cheshire, England and lived there until he was 15. His passion for horses, riding and animals led him to Bedford, NY, where he owns and operates Buxton Farm located in Bedford Hills and a second location at Grand Central Farm in North Salem. He has served on the Board of Trustees for The Friends of John Jay Homestead, and The Board of Directors for The Bedford Riding Lanes Association for more than nine years. He joined the Bedford Historical Society Board in 2010. Alex is also a supporter of the Humane Society, the ASPCA and numerous horse rescue groups.

Alex has two dogs; Lilly, from the ASPCA and William, from Danny and Ron's Rescue.


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Marina resides in New York City with her Argentine husband and their three sons.  A social worker by training, she has always been attracted to non-profits that enhance the quality of life and opportunities for all people.  Vice Chairman of the Board of the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Marina is also actively involved in supporting the schools her children attend - Friends Seminary, Hunter College High School, and St. Bernard’s.

Marina was introduced to Endeavor through her nephew and devoted Endeavor volunteer, Charlie Rose, and is passionate about finding ways to support the Charlie Rose Memorial Scholarship Fund so that Endeavor’s programs and services can be accessible to all who would benefit, regardless of their ability to pay.  She graduated from Kenyon College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.


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Kate has been riding since the age of 7 and has been a professional trainer for 26 years. She opened CEO Stables in 2005 and currently trains and competes on the A circuit.

"Horses have given me so much over the years and I'm excited to have this opportunity to give back to the community I love through these wonderful animals and the innovative programs that Endeavor has created."


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Allyson grew up in northern New Jersey in a family that is passionate about horses. She graduated from The University of Virginia with a BA in Art History and received an Associates Degree from the New York School of Interior Design. She then worked for Bunny Williams before starting her own interior design company, Allyson Ross Designs. Allyson is active in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Northern Westchester Boys and Girls Club and the John Jay Homestead. As a new member of the Board of Directors, Allyson is looking forward to volunteering and getting involved in all aspects of Endeavor. Allyson and her husband have lived in Bedford for 12 years while raising their four busy young children.


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Denise Santomero joins the Endeavor Board with an abiding love of all animals, especially horses, and a strong sense of service. Denise actively participates in Endeavor’s Veterans’ Program and has spearheaded an equine assisted therapy program at Westchester Community College in conjunction with their Veterans’ Club.

Her current and past board memberships include the SPCA of Westchester, the Foundation Board of Westchester Community College, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Northern Westchester, Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, The Junior League of Northern Westchester, The Council of Junior Leagues of Westchester, the Native Plant Center, the Bedford Garden Club, Untermeyer Garden Conservancy, Westmoreland Sanctuary, and Marsh Sanctuary.

Denise is also committed to St. Matthew’s Church, Westchester Land Trust, Historic Hudson Valley, and the Hudson Institute.

Denise is a former Private Banker with Chemical Bank, having received her MBA in International Finance from NYU and her BA in English from Vassar. She was also with Kidder Peabody investment bankers. She grew up in California near horse country where favorite memories include riding bareback through the alfalfa fields. Denise currently owns and runs Rabbit Hill Farm in Bedford, a compilation of a 50 tree orchard, vegetable gardens, flower gardens, woodlands with maple syrup production, grasslands, horses, three varieties of bees for honey production, silkie chickens, guinea hens, bantam chickens, Astralorp chickens, and two cats. Denise and her husband Camillo have three children: twins C4 and Charlotte, and Mason.


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Sally has lived in Bedford for 32 years, raising a son and daughter here. She has been involved with horses her entire life and has been lucky to have had incredible and magical horses, including world-class show jumpers from an early age. She rides almost every day, either jumping on the farm or enjoying the unique trails.

Sally is a realtor with Douglas Elliman in the Bedford area. She has been selling real estate for 25 years and specializes in horse properties of all sizes, estate properties, and land investment. She covers all of Northern Westchester and is also licensed in CT. 

She has enjoyed working on different charities related to the "horse world", including co-chairing an "Anne's Night" in 2014 for the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village. She also works with the BRLA and has organized their last two barn tours. 

Sally is married to Doug Slater, a wonderful and creative builder and real estate investor.


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