Council Members

  • Kent Allen, DVM
  • Scott W. Anderson, DVM
  • Nancy G. Bedford
  • Ellen MacNeille Charles
  • Susie Chatfield-Taylor
  • Robert Cohencious
  • Shelley Duke, Vice Chairperson
  • Sarah Eck
  • Bertram R. Firestone
  • Diana J. Firestone
  • P. Douglas Fout
  • Gillian Gordon-Moore
  • Michael Hillman
  • Cynthia H. Ingram
  • Joseph Keusch
  • Robert T. Manfuso
  • Bill Reightler
  • Donna Rogers
  • Lisa Rossi
  • Jane Seigler
  • Beverly R. Steinman, Chairperson
  • Ellie Trueman
  • Suzanne S. Youngkin

Ex-Officio Members & University Representatives

  • Danielle Bradley
    Chair, MARE Center Council
  • Cyril Clarke
    Dean, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Alison Wainwright Davitt
    Assistant Dean of Advancement, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Michael D. Erskine
    Director, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center
  • Richard V. Gargagliano 
    Director of Development, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center
  • David Hodgson
    Large Animal Department Head, Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • James H.T. (“Jamie”) McConnell, Jr.
    Family Representative
  • Michael Moyer
    Associate Vice President of Development for Colleges, Virginia Tech
  • Nathaniel White
    Professor Emeritus, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center
  • Sheryl Williams
    Interim Executive Director, Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation

Founding Members

  • Daniel V. Flynn
    Georgetown Equine Hospital
  • Mr. Bertram R. Firestone
    Newstead Farm
  • Mrs. Diana J. Firestone
    Newstead Farm

Council Objectives

  • To provide advice and counsel to the center's director and staff in order to meet the needs of the equine industry and of the constituency it serves;
  • To provide assistance in generating private support to further the operations, enhancement, and expansion of the programs;
  • To assist in informing the public about the center's contributions to the equine industry in the Commonwealth and the Mid-Atlantic region; and
  • To strengthen case referrals and facilitate communication with clients and practitioners.