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PO Box 903

Spring Lake, NC 28390


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Team Members

Justin McLeod, Co-Founder 

 
Executive Director - Board of Directors, President
- Team Member, Driver, Training Officer
Justin has been involved with NC EAST since the beginning and before when it was known as MCEERU.
 
He is a career firefighter engineer and emergency medical technician and has been in the field of emergency services for close to 20 years. He has been involved with horses in one capacity or another for almost a decade. When he is not saving human lives and property he is saving horses and livestock, not only with NC EAST but with the North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team (NCSMART), a large animal rescue team that he operates with his wife (see bio for Tori Miller McLeod). NCSMART is combined with their other equine and livestock service company, 4Hooves Farm Equine Services, to form 4HFES and NCSMART, LLC (www.4HoovesSMART.com). 4Hooves Equine Services is an equine transport and equine/livestock removal, relocation and burial service.

Justin is an Assistant Instructor with Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc. (TLAER) and through NCSMART he and Tori also provide basic equine/livestock technical rescue training and trailer safety and transportation presentations for emergency responders, equine and livestock professionals and owners, as well as various groups and organizations.

When not busy saving lives or providing training clinics and presentations, Justin operates 4Hooves Farm with Tori where they currently have 9 horses, 2 mini-donkeys, 1 mule, 8 goats, and 3 dogs.

Currently Justin is not only one of the Executive Directors but an active member both on the unit and on the Board of Directors, as well as co-coordinates the bi-annual training days and helps to recruit new volunteers.
Tori Miller-McLeod, Co-Founder
 
Executive Director - Board of Directors
- Team Member, Driver, Training Officer
Tori has been with NC EAST since its inception and since 2010 when it was known as MCEERU.  She has 30+ years of horse experience including ownership, training, facility management, veterinary assistant, rescue and rehabilitation, and cruelty investigations. 
 
She is married to Justin McLeod (see bio for Justin McLeod) and like him, she has been involved in human emergency services for more than a decade as a paramedic and currently a supervisor in a 911 Emergency Communications Center.  She spends time, not only with NC EAST but with the North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team (NCSMART), a large animal rescue team that she operates with Justin.  NCSMART is combined with their other equine and livestock service company, 4Hooves Farm Equine Services, to form 4HFES and NCSMART, LLC (www.4HoovesSMART.com).  4Hooves Equine Services is an equine transport and equine/livestock removal, relocation and burial service. 
 
In 2002, Tori attended her first large animal technical rescue training course instructed by world renowned specialists in the field of large animal rescue Dr. Tomas Gimenez and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez with Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc. (TLAER, Inc.) and was certified at the Operations Level. Having attended numerous TLAER, Inc training courses, she is currently an Assistant Instructor with TLAER, Inc. and through NCSMART she and her husband, Justin,  provide basic equine/livestock technical rescue training and trailer safety and transportation presentations for emergency responders, equine and livestock professionals and owners, as well as various groups and organizations. 
 
When not busy saving lives or providing training clinics and presentations, Tori operates 4Hooves Farm, family owned, with Justin where they currently have 9 horses, 2 mini-donkeys, 1 mule, 6 goats, and 3 dogs.  Tori, along with Justin, are Board of Directors members and supporters of Sandhills Horse Rescue which is an organization based in Wagram, NC that rescues, rehabs, and rehomes equines that have been the victim of neglect or abuse.  She is also the website manager for NC EAST as well as for 4HFES and NCSMART, LLC (www.4HoovesSMART.com).  

Currently, Tori is one of the Executive Directors and an active member both on the unit and on the Board of Directors.  She also co-coordinates the bi-annual training days and helps to recruit new volunteers for NC EAST.  
Tim Ryan
 
Board of Directors - Vice President
- Team Member, Driver
Tim has been in the “horse business” almost his entire life. His mother’s side of the family has been involved in multiple disciplines since his grandfather moved the family to the US from Ireland in the early 1900s. The family business on Long Island NY, Rice Farms, was famous in the 40s and 50s and offered the best training in the hunter and jumper discipline. They produced many champions not only from the customer base, but also from the Rice family itself including the very first AHSA Horseman of the Year, Frank Rice. Rice Farms continued to provide the best care up until 1989 when sadly, the property was sold and developed. Today, much of the next generation Rice family is still involved in the industry as trainers, riders and owners in not only the Hunter and Jumper disciplines but also areas such as 3 Day Combined Driving on a national and international scale.

Tim was the final barn/farm manager for Rice Farms in the years leading up to the closing, overseeing a large operation of nearly 60 horses and boarders and staff. He also worked for River Wind Farm over a 15 year period with a long stint as farm manager. River Wind was/is a very successful and highly regarded hunter/jumper show stable in Massachusetts with over 40 horses and customers.

Tim’s love for horses and for the business extends to experience transporting horses throughout the east coast, grooming at the largest shows in the country, volunteer work with handicapped riding programs and he even owned a successful show jump rentals and sales business. If there is a way to be involved with horses, Tim will find it. He has been with NC EAST since it was known as MCEERU in early 2011 and a member of the Board of Directors since 2012. He was certified in the TLAER (Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue) Awareness Level in 2011 and certified at the Operations Level in 2013.

Today, Tim and his wife Deb, who is a great horsewoman in her own right, live in Southern Pines with their two dogs Brodie and Murphy. Tim is a technology services salesman covering the southeast, but don’t worry, he will always involved with horses in some way. Deb currently works for a well known jumper trainer in Southern Pines and they do still live on horse farm afterall....
Kelli Kwapnioski
 
Board of Directors, Secretary
- Team Member

Kelli has been with NC EAST since its inception, transferring over from MCEERU with other team members where she was a member since 2012.  She has been an Attendant for most of the scheduled events. She has almost two decades of horse experience and currently works as a veterinary assistant with Dr. Lisa Kivett of Foundation Equine Clinic in Southern Pines, NC.

 

Her love of horses started out by showing in 4-H and that eventually led her to get a B.S. in Animal Science specializing in Equine from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In college she was a member of the Equestrian Team, Horse Judging Team and was also a member of UNL's Rodeo Association.

 

In April 2012 she attended a Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue training course instructed by world renowned specialists in the field of large animal rescue Dr. Tomas Gimenez and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez with TLAER, Inc. and was certified at the Operations Level.  She attended both levels of TLAER training courses again in 2013 for the advanced learning opportunity.

 

Kelli was invited to join the Board of Directors in November 2013.

Kim McNeill Tew
 
Board of Directors, Treasurer
- Team Member
Kim has been with NC EAST and MCEERU since the beginning of March 2013.
She has ridden and worked with horses for around thirty years starting with hunter/jumpers as a child. She also competed in 4-H here in Moore County and was the NC Reserve Champion in the Pony Hunter Division in 1990. Later she worked at Seven Lakes Stables as Assistant Barn Manager and taught beginner riding lessons, led trail rides and took care of 12 horses. 
 
In 1997, she left that job and went off to St. Andrews Presbyterian College. While in college Kim began working for a local professional and trained in both dressage and eventing. She successfully showed her own horse at novice level and in the jumper arena up to 3'. Later, she managed another local farm with 20+ horses.  
 
In 2001, Kim graduated from St. Andrews College with a degree in Business Administration and worked as a Marketing Director for a wall decor company. She is currently the Vice President of her family's business, JuBilee Screen Printing (www.jubileescreenprint.com) . She is also a member of the Pinehurst Police Department Volunteer Mounted Patrol. 
 
Kim attended the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER, Inc.) Awareness and Operations Level training courses in 2013 and was certified. In January of 2014, Kim was asked to be on the Board of Directors and graciously took over the role of Treasurer for the organzation.
 
Kim has been married to her wonderful husband Mike, who is a law enforcement officer, for over 10 years and is the proud owner of the cutest dog ever!  
Lisa Kivett, DVM MS DACVIM
 
Board of Directors
- Team Member

Dr. Lisa Kivett grew up in Kinston, North Carolina where she enjoyed riding hunter/jumpers and dressage horses. Lisa attended NC State University for undergraduate studies, pursuing a degree in Animal Science. After completing three years of undergraduate training, Lisa was admitted early to the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University.

    During veterinary school, Lisa was an active member of many organizations, co-founded a student chapter of the Society for Theriogenology (veterinary reproduction) and served as president of the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, where she implemented many new programs and founded the “youth horseman’s day” which is an ongoing event at the vet school. Lisa also supplemented her education by attending equine-specific conferences, completing a research project on embryo transfer, and working as a technician in the large animal teaching hospital on weekends.

     Following graduation from NC State in 2007, Lisa completed a rotating internship in equine medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University, followed by a three-year residency in equine internal medicine at Auburn University. As a resident, Lisa worked under the guidance of highly-trained specialists to hone her skills in neurology, cardiology, neonatology, gastroenterology, respiratory medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, ultrasound, endoscopy, and much more. During that time, she also earned a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lisa's Masters thesis involved a prospective scientific study of the effects of phenylbutazone (“Bute”) and firocoxib (“Equioxx) on equine lameness. She obtained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2013.     

     Lisa is certified in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue at the Operations Level through TLAER, Inc. which is a world renowned large animal technical rescue course instructed by subject matter experts Dr. Tomas Gimenez (retired) and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez.  In addition to being an active member and on the Board of Directors of the NC EAST, she is the advisory veterinarian for 4HFES and NCSMART, LLC (www.4HoovesSMART.com) as well as advisory and attending veterinarian for Sandhills Horse Rescue, a non-profit equine rescue organization based in the sandhills area of North Carolina. 

     Please visit www.FoundationEquineClinic.com for more information about Foundation Equine Clinic.

Jim Hamilton, DVM
 
- Veterinary Advisor
Originally from Ohio, Jim was an equine enthusiast from a very young age and operated a boarding stable on the family farm. After earning his bachelor's degree and doing post-graduate studies at Ohio State, he earned a doctorate from the University Of Georgia, College Of Veterinary Medicine. He then joined a sports medicine practice at Belmont Park in New York working exclusively with thoroughbred racehorses- he remained there until 1992.
 
Dr. Hamilton now resides and practices in the Southern Pines area as a partner in Southern Pines Equine Associates (www.SPEquine.com) a well equipped and prestigous equine veterinary clinic.   Jim, along with his partner at Southern Pines Equine Associates, are often the on-site and on-call veterinarians for equine events at the Carolina Horse Park at Five Points in Raeford, NC.
 
Jim is the author of "Equine Emergencies on the Road", published by Blue Green Publishing. "Equine Emergencies on the Road" is a glove compartment manual on prevention and treatment of illness and injury of horses that occurs during transport. His interest is in equine sports medicine, especially respiratory, orthopedics and diagnostics. In 1997 he became involved in the AVMA's (American Veterinary Medical Association) Disaster Response Program as Team Commander of VMAT-3 (Veterinary Medical Assistance Team) which responds to natural disasters and other large scale emergency incidents.
 
Dr. Hamilton is a member of the North Carolina State Animal Response Team (SART), American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Academy of Veterinary Disaster Medicine, and a past member of the United States Pony Club's National Safety Committee. In 2002, the American Association of Equine Practitioners formed a taskforce to address the issue of equine in disasters and named Dr. Hamilton as the Chair. This group hopes to guide the AAEP in the role it should play in responding to as well as mitigating disasters affecting the equine population. Jim joined MCEERU as the team’s Advisory Veterinarian and has held that title for well over a decade and he will continue to support NC EAST in the same role in the coming years.

Kelly Dobert


- Team Member
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Lisa Oldroyd

- Team Member
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 Colt Baxter, DVM 
 
- Team Member, Driver

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Becca Baxter, DVM

 

- Team Member, Driver

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Natalie Killebrew-Weeks

 

- Team Member, Driver

Natalie Weeks is the head instructor at Creekside Equestrian Center in Smithfield, NC and general manager of the facility. Natalie was introduced to horses by the age of 4 years old and has had a love and passion for them ever since. Having rode and competed in several disciplines herself, from Reining, Western Pleasure, Hunters/Jumpers, Dressage and Halter, Natalie has a variety of skills to share with her students. She has qualified halter horses for the AQHA and PHBA world show and has trained and produced a Multi-Champion welsh stallion and proves her teaching skills each time her students enter the show ring. Natalie is a certified riding instructor through the American Riding Instructors Association and holds several judges' cards with the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association (NCHJA), the Open Horse Shows Association (OHSA), the National Open Horse Show Association (NOHA) and is certified through the North Carolina State University's Equine Program. Natalie is also certified with the National High School Association in coaching and is pursuing further teaching certifications and judging cards. Having a background in Equine Science and working with a Veterinary Hospital for several years, Natalie possesses the knowledge and experience to look after each horses health and well being on a personal and daily basis as well as during an emergency where knowledge and experience are crucial.

Lorin McNulty

 

- Team Member, Driver

Since the age of 4, Lorin took both English and western riding lessons.  At age 12, she began helping at a large ranch breaking and training horses where she continued to work for the next for five years.  Into adulthood, Lorin began working as a veterinary technician off and on at different local facilities, and abroad in Germany, for 8 yearsIn 2001, she began working on a degree in Veterinary Medicine, unfortunately she was only able to complete three years when her family obligations made her change her major to Fire and Life Safety Sciences and Environmental Management.  In 2003, Lorin was certified as an equine cruelty investigator with the United States Equine Rescue League (USERL) and worked closely with animal control on equine cruelty investigations for several years.  Lorin joined the crew at Crains Creek Fire Department in 2007 and became certified as a Firefighter, Technical Rescuer, and Emergency Medical Technician with both state (North Carolina) and national certifications.  She was promoted in 2010 to Lieutenant and became certified as a Fire and Life Safety Officer.  Lorin has successfully competed in western trail pleasure since she was a young girl and continues to share her knowledge with others as a riding coach and lesson instructor.  She currently lives in Vass on a small horse farm where she occasionally shows, provides lessons and equestrian instruction.

LaDonna Cleveland

 

- Team Member

     LaDonna was born and raised on a self sustainable farm in Virginia.  Growing up her family had every farm animal and grew their own vegetables.  Her interest in horses started early and she began riding at the age of 3. 
     After graduating high school, LaDonna spent 4 years in the USAF as a radiology specialist.  She met and married Thomas Cleveland, a law enforcement specialist in 1985.  Tommy and LaDonna spent 8 glorious years in Europe and while living in England, she worked as an exercise rider at a Hunt yard and for a riding school on the weekends where my main purpose in life was hacking out across country.  Then the couple were off to Germany where LaDonna worked at a show jumping yard and even competed in a few novice classes.  She then traveled all over Germany for three years as chief groom and warm up rider where she met some world class riders. 
     LaDonna and her husband returned to the States in 1996 but it wasn't until 2005 that she was able to get a horse of her own.  She had a TWH on free lease until 2007, then sent him back to his owner when she decided to sell him.  LaDonna purchased her equine partner, Sassafrass, in November of the same year.  Even after numerous injuries,  she loves that mare to pieces and spends every moment she can in the saddle.
     She currently works full time as a Medical Assistant for a local doctor'soffice to support her four-legged habit.  LaDonna and Tommy reside in Fayetteville and currently have 4 dogs, all rescues,  and 2 horses.  When she is not working, riding, or spending time with family and friends LaDonna devotes countless hours sharing adoptable dogs and horses in hopes of finding them homes.  

William "Lil' Bill" Britton

 

- Team Member

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