Marylou Tortorello – Founder & President

Marylou founded 13 Hands Equine Rescue in November 2015. She has been a lifelong animal lover with a special affinity for horses. Her commitment to horses has allowed 13 Hands to save horses from the slaughter pipeline, find them new homes and partner with some of them to help our veterans heal.  She also runs a bookkeeping business.



Glenn Albright – Board Member

Glenn is a licensed psychologist who received his PhD from City University of New York in the area of Experimental Cognition and Applied Psychophysiology. Glenn is a professor at Baruch College.



Joi Muratore – Board Member

Joi has a business background which she plans to use to help 13 Hands continue to raise awareness of the plight of horses everywhere and how each of us can work to effect positive change for all equines.




13 Hands Equine Rescue Board Member
Ruth Toporoff – Board Member

Ruth is an animal law student and avid horse lover.  She has supported 13 Hands for many years and is passionate about advancing animal protection through education and the law.




Kim Zimmerman – Board Member

Kim is a retired Special Education teacher in Westchester County, and volunteers her time with Mohawk Day Camp and their farm/nature program.  Kim met us when she had to re-home the Day Camp pony and we haven’t looked back since!



Thomas Zimmerman – Board Member

Tom is the President of his family owned business in Westchester County.  He volunteers his time at the rescue helping out wherever he can; mending fences, painting, greeting visitors and helping out in the barn.



David Tortorello – [Honorary Board Member]

David works with a large global professional services firm where he is the segment leader in Disputes, Forensics & Legal Technology.