Our Board

Catherine Gibson

President of Riding with HEART

Catherine is a strategic marketing professional, with extensive experience in the tech industry. She is VP of Client Engagement for BLEND360, a management consulting company, where she provides exceptional marketing consultants to Fortune 50 clients. She also serves as Senior Consultant and Facilitator for Ignite Advisory Group, which runs Customer Advisory Boards for Fortune 1000 firms. Previously she was marketing director for BT in the Americas; and VP, Events for a global telecom industry association. And she spent over 20 years at AT&T, where she led such functions as their Enterprise Industry Events, Executive Forums, and their Customer Advisory Councils. Catherine earned a BA in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University.

Catherine has been president of the Board of Trustees since 2016, and her daughter was a volunteer at Riding with HEART throughout high school.

Cheryl Buxton

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Cheryl Buxton recently retired after 24 years as Global Managing Director of Pharmaceuticals for Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest Executive Search Company. Based in the firm’s Princeton office, Ms. Buxton conducts senior-level assignments, with a special focus on research-driven organizations. She also led the R&D sector for the Pharmaceutical and Consumer divisions within Korn/Ferry.  Ms. Buxton joined the Firm’s London office and European headquarters before spending time in Paris and then relocating to Princeton in 1997.

Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, Ms. Buxton was human resources director for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, (Cilag Ltd), based in the U.K., where her focus was on organizational issues and strategic resourcing and guidance on European directives.

She also provided human resources support to three smaller companies in the group for Europe. Her human resources career started at Bristol Myers Ltd., where she was responsible for its consumer and pharmaceutical business.

Ms. Buxton holds a master’s degree in employment law and industrial relations from Leicester University, a degree in Nursing, a diploma in personnel management, is a member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.  Ms. Buxton is on the Executive Council for Springboard, a non-profit organization encouraging women entrepreneurs in Life Sciences, and Advisory Board for South Asia Pharmaceutical Council.  She previously was on the Board of SIFE.

A keen horsewoman, she is a competitive amateur showjumper, endurance rider and fox hunter.

Richard Defuccio

Richard is a founding portfolio manager at Marquis Wealth Advisors, managing equity and fixed income portfolios for individuals, retirement plans, and non-profit organizations.  He has been a volunteer and fundraiser for the Susan B. Komen Ride for the Cure, a volunteer for the Alexandria Equestrian Association’s Baron Tour (2014 and 2015), and volunteer for the Vought House in Clinton, New Jersey.  


Richard is a 30-year resident of Alexandra Township, New Jersey and is married to Kerry Cahill-Defuccio.  They are the parents of two college-age children.  Their daughter volunteered with Riding with Heart when she was in high school.

Maureen Haney


"I am honored to be a member of the distinguished Riding with HEART Board of Trustees.  Their exceptional horses, with their grace, beauty, power, strength, and intellectual personality, have amazing abilities to connect with people in awe-inspiring ways. The Director, staff, and volunteers are extraordinary…dedicating themselves to changing lives each and every day.  It is a privilege to help support an organization so committed to the well-being of those in need.”   


Maureen spent much of her career at AT&T, holding leadership positions primarily focused across marketing and sales.  Post AT&T, Maureen assumed the role of VP for Client Engagement at BLEND360, a Marketing and Data Sciences consulting firm.  She has a passion for helping people and continues to mentor and coach professionals for business success and career growth.


Maureen has always been active in volunteering for non-profit businesses.  In addition to being a member of Riding with HEART’s Board, she is the Financial Secretary on her church’s Board.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration

Dr. Suzanne Smith, VMD

Dr. Suzanne Smith is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.  Dr. Smith has been involved in the veterinary community as a former President of the NJ Veterinary Medical Association.  She founded the New Jersey Animal Hall of Fame.  She has served as Chair of the NJ University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and she served several years on their Admission Committee.  Additionally, Dr. Smith has served in the past on committees of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Smith was a member of the NJ Governor’s Lyme Disease Advisory Committee.  She served several terms of the Executive Board of Mane Stream, a therapeutic riding center, in Oldwick, NJ.


Dr. Smith has spent the last ten years involved in NAVS (Native American Veterinary Services) as a veterinary volunteer on several of the more impoverished reservations in the Southwest performing surgical procedures and providing veterinary care for horses and small animals. As part of her efforts in NAVS, she dedicated time mentoring and teaching veterinary and pre-veterinary students in New Mexico and Arizona.

Jennifer Stevenson

Jennifer Stevenson has announced her retirement from the Board of Directors at  Riding with HEART. Jennifer served us for many years sharing her time and expertise as professional photographer, marketing expert and guidance with many fundraisers, and events. 

Jennifer, all of us at Riding with HEART offer you a heartfelt thank you for every moment you gave us! You will be missed.

A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Jennifer was a high school English teacher for ten years where she explored written, spoken, and verbal language with a variety of learners through the Advanced Placement and Advanced Creative Writing levels. Currently, Jennifer is the owner of Paws and Rewind, LLC, which specializes in equestrian marketing, photography, and videography.  She is a proud board member of both the International Side Saddle Organization The Liberty Side Saddle Network. 


She is also the Director of Camp Leaping Horn, as well as the founder and former EMD Chairwoman of the Flemington Woman’s Club. Jennifer resides in Hunterdon County, New Jersey with her husband Sean.  She is an amateur equestrian and enjoys show jumping, side saddle riding, and spending time with her pets and horse Ozzy.

Kerri Nottage, MD, MPH


Dr. Kerri Nottage is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist and is currently serving as Executive Medical Director at Janssen Research & Development. She received her undergraduate degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Rhode Island and her medical degree from Brown University. She completed her residency training in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Brown, followed by fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. She is a former faculty member in the Department of Hematology at St. Jude prior to relocating to Hunterdon Country, NJ.

She is currently the clinical leader of a first-in-class compound in the oncology therapeutic area and has a particular interest in drug development for life-threatening pediatric diseases, many of which are orphan diseases. Her research interests include benign and malignant hematological disorders. When not working, Kerri is energized by dance, exercise, a good book, exploring the beauty of Hunterdon County, and time spent with family and dear friends.

Becky Mann

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Becky is supply chain professional with extensive experience in the consumer and medical device sectors. She is currently serving as Director of Logistics Remediation at Johnson & Johnson, the largest and most broadly based healthcare company in the world, where her focus is on improving the customer experience by balancing people, process, and technology in distribution centers. Becky earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University, and an MBA in Management from Centenary College. While at Susquehanna University she also co-founded an Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) club team.


Outside of work Becky is a competitive amateur show jumper and enjoys playing all sports, traveling, exploring nature, and time spent with family and cherished friends.

Board Member Emeriti


Steven Tarshis

Joe Baxter - 2009 - 2016

Jean Good, President, 2014 - 2016

Amy Howard