MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS

CATHY FOSTER

TTA Board Position: President, Liaison to Tewksbury Township

 

Where Did I Grow Up: Texas and NY.

What Did I Study In School: Business Administration.

When Did I Move to Tewksbury: 1991; I was drawn by the beautiful countryside. It was definitely worth the commute.

What Do I Love Most About the TTA: I've been part of the TTA since 1998 and I love the mission of the Association and the heart and camaraderie of its members.

What Do I Do For Fun: I love to spend time with my family, ride my horses, hike along the beautiful trails here, and participate in obedience and schutzhund with my German Shepherds, Gunner and Aska.  And I do love the fun, creativity, and rewards that come with gardening!

What's My Favorite Animal: I love them all. But I love mine the most of course, including my horses, dogs, cats, bird, fish, and blue-tongued skink!

What's My Favorite Food: There's nothing better than home-grown Jersey tomatoes and fresh basil.

If I Had A Super Power: I would put an end to animal cruelty and neglect.

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GIA-RAQUEL ESPOSITO

TTA Board Position: Vice President, Liaison to the Tewksbury Equestrian Committee 

Where Did I Grow Up: Pittstown, NJ.

What Did I Study In School: Corporate Communications.

Where Do I Live: I moved to Tewksbury in 2019.

What Do I Love Most About the TTA: Exploring our lovely landscape with even lovelier people and sharing our passion for horses with the community.

What Do I Do For Fun:  When I'm not with my horses, I love hiking with my Corgi, Abernathy, and working on our mutual paddle-boarding skills!    

What's My Favorite Animal: Platypus :-)

What's My Favorite Food: Avocados and anything made with them!

If I Had A Super Power, What Would I Want It To Be: The ability to heal any ailment be it to human, equine, canine, or other!

LOUISA SARGENT

TTA Board Position: Secretary, Liaison to Tewksbury Land Trust & New Jersey Conservation Foundation

 

Where Did I Grow Up: Chatham, NJ.

What Did I Study In School: Spanish.

When Did I Move to Tewksbury: 2007.

What Do I Love Most About the TTA: Bonding with other horse lovers.

What Do I Do For Fun: Play with horses, read, swim, hike.

What's My Favorite Animal: Horses and cats.

What's My Favorite Food: Chocolate!!  Ice Cream!!!

If I Had A Super Power, What Would I Want It To Be: Fly... of course!

ROXANNE SOROKO

TTA Board Position: Treasurer & Online Communications Committee

 

Where Did I Grow Up: Montville, NJ.

What Did I Study In School: Business Communications, Marketing, and Advertising.

When Did I Move to Tewksbury: 2005.

What Do I Love Most About the TTA: The immense network of trails that run through both private and public lands.  

What Do I Do For Fun: Ride, of course, and spend time with my family.

What's My Favorite Animal: Horse, of course!

What's My Favorite Food: Burgers and fries.

If I Had A Super Power, What Would I Want It To Be: The power to add more time to each day!

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MELISSA SCHMEIDER

TTA Board Position: Membership Services & Hospitality Committee 

 

Where Did I Grow Up: Allendale, NJ.

What Did I Study In School: Business and marketing.

Where Do I Live: My horse actually moved to Tewksbury in November 2020 and I live in Long Valley (moved there 18 years ago).

What Do I Love Most About the TTA: Bonding with other horse lovers and enjoying the beauty of the area.

What Do I Do For Fun:  Play with horses and dogs, make pottery!

What's My Favorite Animal: All creatures but mostly horses, dogs, donkeys, elephants, giraffes and foxes.

What's My Favorite Food: German food, anything my husband or Mom cooks.

If I Had A Super Power, What Would I Want It To Be: The ability to heal the sick!

JEANNIE SHUSTER

TTA Board Position: Trail Committee 

Where Did I Grow Up: Morris County, NJ.

What Did I Study In School: Science and literature  . . . funny, since I work in a math world now!

When Did I Move to Tewksbury: 2004.

What Do I Love Most About the TTA: Having a network of friends and horse people who treasure their horses, and dogs & cats, as much as I do!  Also, the awesome scenery along the Tewksbury trails.

What Do I Do For Fun: Ride, read, swim.

What's My Favorite Animal: It's a tie between horses, cats, and dogs

What's My Favorite Food: LOBSTER!!!

If I Had A Super Power, What Would I Want It To Be: The ability to talk to animals!

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JOY CUSTER

TTA Board Position: Trail Committee

 

Where Did I Grow Up: Paramus, NJ.

What Did I Study In School: Business/Finance.

Where Do I Live: Tewksbury, NJ, since 2016.

What Do I Love Most About the TTA: Trail clearing and meeting all the gracious board members/members on the way!

What Do I Do For Fun: Trail clearing with my power tools and my tractor.  I love power tools! Also, I host raft floats down the Delaware in the summer and love to paddleboard.    

What's My Favorite Animal: My geldings VALIANT AND GENT and my dog Ella.

What's My Favorite Food: Anything but TRIPE!

If I Had A Super Power, What Would I Want It To Be: End corruption in the government on every level with my new invention - laser truth tool!

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KATHI DECK

TTA Board Position: Landowner Committee

 

Where Did I Grow Up: Martinsville, NJ.

What Did I Study In School: Hotel/Restaurant Management & Real Estate

Whe Do I Live: Bedminster, NJ

What Do I Love Most About the TTA: How the community/landowners come together to celebrate horse/rider!

What Do I Do For Fun: House hunting (Real Estate career), everything horse, playing with my dogs, kayaking, biking… If I ever have time!  

What's My Favorite Animal: Dogs & horses

What's My Favorite Food: Seafood

If I Had A Super Power, What Would I Want It To Be: Slowing down the aging process for all!

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MARGARET ESPOSITO

TTA Board Position: Trail Committee 

 

Where Did I Grow Up: Poland.

What Did I Study In School: Law.

Where Do I Live: I moved to Tewksbury in 2020.

What Do I Love Most About the TTA: Working together to preserve and expand this beautiful trail system and networking with people who share my passion.

What Do I Do For Fun:  Ride (duh!), golf, cook!    

What's My Favorite Animal: Horses - no doubt about it.

What's My Favorite Food: Chilean sea bass and chocolate (obviously not in the same dish although I am not opposed to trying to marry those flavors together).

If I Had A Super Power, What Would I Want It To Be: The ability to live forever!!

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MARY ANNE GERRITY

TTA Board Position: Landowner Committee & Hospitality Committee

 

Where Did I Grow Up: Linden, NJ.

What Did I Study In School: Business but my career eventually went to the wonderful world of exports, which I enjoyed for 20 years.

Where Do I Live: In 2019, my childhood dream was to live on a farm - and I finally - my dream came true!  I live in Tewksbury!!

What Do I Love Most About the TTA: Trail clearing and meeting all the gracious board members/members on the way!

What Do I Do For Fun:  Anything to do with horses!  I also love to travel and read.    

What's My Favorite Animal: Horses and cats but I also love the donkeys and chickens I live with and the llamas I visit in the Adirondacks.

What's My Favorite Food: Anything but liver!

If I Had A Super Power, What Would I Want It To Be: To be able to get people to communicate to resolve difference.

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Barbara Emmer Bernard

TTA Board Position: Trail Committee

 

Where Did I Grow Up: Summit, NJ

What Did I Study In School: BS in Accounting and a BS in Management

Where Do I Live: I live on Sutton Road, Califon for 5 years this August.

What Do I Love Most About the TTA: I love the people I have met over the years, clearing the trails so I can ride them (LOL,) volunteering and being part of this organization.

What Do I Do For Fun:  Play with my grandchildren, ride my horses (Hunter Paces are my favorite) and socialize with my friends. 

What's My Favorite Animal: I have two favorite animals, horses and dogs, I have three of each.

What's My Favorite Food: Pizza is my favorite food.

If I Had A Super Power, What Would I Want It To Be: To have the ability to find a super duper President!