Board of Directors

Susan Betso 

Danielle B. Class

Danielle is an animal lover, rescuer and caretaker.  She is one of the founders of ERA, a current board officer and has also completed the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue training program.   She was active as a fundraiser for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.  Danielle is a member of the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club and has enjoyed working with Nancy Knox and Billy Santoro.  Currently, Danielle resides in Monkton with her husband and son and is the caretaker for the family’s retired steeplechase horses.

Jessica Connors

Jessica has been riding horses and ponies since she was 2 years old.  She is a graduate ‘B’ from Pony Club and competed in hunters/jumpers, dressage, eventing and polocrosse.  She is still active with EHHPC by teaching clinics to the younger members.  Jessica was also a volunteer Firefighter/EMT for 10 years.  Besides her day job of working for Baltimore County Government, her life involves her old thoroughbred mare, Squeaky and her Bernese mountain dog, Riley.  Through pony club, President Evie Hickman recruited her to join ERA.  She is very interested in continuing her training with ERA and promoting this organization.

Sandy Hodiste

Randy Johnson

Randy, an animal lover, has assisted his wife Kim, a fellow ERA volunteer, in rescuing dozens of dogs, cats, chickens, goats and horses.  He worked with a nationwide group bringing Premarin foals from Canada, placing them in homes all over the United States.  A special educator, he previously worked in construction management and owned a construction company.  He lives on a small farm in Fallston in a home he and his wife built.

Cyril Murphy

Cyril began riding steeplechase races in U.S. from 2000-2007, and won 13 races each in 2002 and 2003.  Cyril won his first race NSA victory with Inti at 2011 International Gold Cup. In his first full season as principal trainer for Naylor in 2014, scored 14 wins and had a 26.4-percent strike rate, including training Dawalan to two 2015 Grade 1 victories and the Eclipse Award. Horses trained by Cyril contributed majority of purse money for Naylor’s record season.  Cyril trained Decoy Daddy to three stakes victories that season. Cyril lives in Glen Rock, with his wife, Becky, daughter, Madelaine, dogs, cats and horses.

Ashley Nace

Ashley began riding at the age of eight and immediately fell in love with the sport.  She and her father co-owned several horses since Ashley was in middle school.  Ashley has been a working student with various trainers and became involved with ERA through her father, who already was active with ERA.

Rachel Westerlund V.M.D.

Rachel moved to Maryland in 1988 after finishing veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania and finishing a medical/surgical internship at New Bolton Center.  She joined Maryland Equine Center and set down roots as an equine veterinarian.  As a course veterinarian for the local steeplechase races, she saw a growing need for emergency services and realized there were protocols and equipment for equine rescue and stabilization.  A call to the Massachusetts SPCA in 2002 introduced her to Ron Silva.  From there, it was easy to connect with people ready to invest and grow this new field.  An amazing group of talented horse people joined her and Equine Rescue Ambulance, Inc. was born. She is married and has two boys. She pursues fox hunting with the Green Spring Valley Hounds, her veterinary practice and a Masters in Public Health.  She is a member of the National Veterinary Volunteer Service and is poised to join the Maryland Defense Force.

Albert J.A. Young

Jay is a Principal in the Bel Air law firm of Brown, Brown and Young.  His practice is concentrated in Harford County in the area of business, real property, land use, estate planning and estate administration. He is a graduate of The John Carroll School, Washington College in Chestertown, Md. and the University Of Baltimore School Of Law.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Upper Chesapeake Health System, the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation, the Maryland Association for Wildlife Conservation, and Washington College.  He is also on the Appeal Board of the National Steeplechase Association and is VP of the Maryland Steeplechase Association. Jay is an avid equestrian and is President Emeritus and Member of the Board of Governors of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club.