“You will not find a friendlier or kinder people than Marisa and Jessie from Spirit’s Promise. They run a clean rescue for so many horses and mini’s, and even a pig! They are wonderful- fun- accepting – welcoming and full of life and love–impossible not to have a wonderful time here.”

Lisa Jill May 14, 2017

“Our 18-month old loves horses. (She spends a lot of time with her grandma and grandpa’s rescue minis and watches Spirit: Riding Free.  We were excited to take her to In the Spirit of Christmas today for some Christmas fun. What a beautiful place. The people who worked there were all so warm and friendly, and they went out of their way to tell us the individual stories of the animals they’ve rescued. We fed the animals and then went inside. It was our daughter’s first time meeting Santa, and it couldn’t have gone better. We took some photos with him and then sat down to have some cocoa and cookies (which were very delicious). After a few minutes, our daughter rushed back across the room to be with Santa again. This place is very special, and we hope to make this an annual holiday tradition.”

Carrie Salm December 17, 2017

Members of the Board

Sherry Turpin was born and raised on the south shore of Long Island. She is a graduate of Patchogue-Medford High School (1981) and SUNY Stony Brook (1985). Sherry began teaching English at Center Moriches High School in 1985 and received an MA in Liberal Studies from SUNY Stony Brook in 1989. Her daughter, Jennifer is also a graduate of Patchogue-Medford High School (2010) and SUNY Stony Brook (2014). Sherry married her husband, Eric, and moved to Wading River in 2010. They are both animal lovers and began volunteering at Spirit’s Promise, as well as LI Kitties, in 2014.

Sherry is a strong advocate for community service. Her parents instilled in her, at a very early age, the importance of giving back to one’s community. At Center Moriches High School Sherry developed and implemented the Community Service and Involvement Program (CSIP) for students in grades nine through twelve. She has involved her students’ participation in such events as the AIDS Walk, Light the Night, and the Ride for Life. When she retires from teaching in 2018, Sherry hopes to devote herself to an even greater extent to her volunteer work.

Kathy Vlacci- Treasurer Co-Owner or R&K Precision Auto

Jessie Siegel- President Event Coordinator and Continuity Operator at SP

Marisa Striano- Founder/ Executive Director

Vanessa Kordich Electrical Contracting Estimator

Marisa Striano graduated from Stonehill College with a degree in psychology, with a specialty in trauma.  She interned for several developmentally disabled schools, veteran’s years working in the garment industry, Marisa was in project management for a construction company.  Her love of animals led her back to founding the Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and hospitals and nursing homes.  An avid rider from the age of eight, she competed in riding dressage and worked as a riding instructor at several day camps.  After a few Rehabilitation Program in 2010, where she is the current President and Executive Director.

Kathy Tomaszewski-Vlacci’s love of animals came at an early age from growing up on a farm on the east end of Long Island in Calverton. 

After graduating Riverhead High School she went on to graduate from Grumman Data Systems Institute and became a computer programmer (when computers were larger than your standard refrigerator). 

In 1986, she met her husband Rich and they started R&K Precision Autoworks on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. They have been in business for over 30 years. They raised two boys who have started their own families and she now has a beautiful granddaughter who has stolen her heart. 

Kathy enjoys any time spent with her family and finds solace in helping out at Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue where she volunteers her time to this wonderful cause. It gives her inner peace to be back at the farm and to be with these gentle giants.