Meet Our Team
Jessie Siegel is the Business Manager of Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue. Her days are spent contacting possible donors and making sure all the volunteers/staff have what they need. She is in charge of a lot of the “backstage” work that goes on to help keep Spirit’s Promise amazing for our groups and visitors. She also takes pride in her 20 beautiful chickens and 2 roosters that she loves very much and cares for every day. She lives on the property with her mother, Marisa Striano, the founder of Spirit's Promise, and her wife, Vanessa Kordich. Jessie and her mother make a great team as they accomplish every task that needs to get done on the farm whether it is fundraising or doing night checks.
Jessie is a singer and an actress and loves to hold concerts at the barn to benefit the rescued animals. She finds solace and comfort being on the farm and helping others through the beautiful work that Spirit’s Promise does to bring humans and horses together. She enjoys spending her mornings sipping coffee and watching the horses play outside her kitchen window. Jessie and Vanessa got married at Spirit’s Promise on October 6, 2018 and it was the most magical day of their lives. They both cherish living on the farm with their mini dachshund, Millie, and their cats, Frankie and Oliver. Jessie’s family and animals mean the world to her and she feels so blessed that she gets to work with them each day to help horses heal people.
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 Turano, 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. Both animal lovers, they began volunteering at Spirit’s Promise in 2014 as a way to give back to the community. Sherry has also been a volunteer for LI Kitties and SAVES. Her love for "all creatures great and small" is the driving force behind her involvement with Spirit's Promise.
Sherry is also 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. Sherry retired from teaching in 2018 and is now able to devote herself to her work at Spirit’s Promise as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director.
Vanessa Kordich is a queer female engineer working in Southampton. She has been working in the construction industry since 2016. Vanessa attended West Islip High School, graduating in 2009, and continued her education at New York Institute of Technology completing a Bachelor's Degree in Architectural Technology in 2016. She is a member of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the American Lighting Association (ALA), and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Vanessa has worked on many notable projects in the industry such as a new NYU campus building located at 181 Mercer Street in NYC. Most recently she has worked on many architecturally celebrated homes on the east end of Long Island.
Vanessa is currently working on projects at Spirit's Promise including the implementation of environmentally conscious solutions to energy efficiency as well as improving the facility and grounds through new design techniques. Vanessa lives in Riverhead with her wife, Jessie Siegel, their dog, Millie, and their two cats, Frankie and Oliver.
Christina Perrone was born and raised on Long Island. She graduated from Brentwood High school (2003) and Long Island University-C.W. Post (2007). While attending college, Christina decided to follow in her family's footsteps and join the 106th Rescue Wing Air National Guard based in Westhampton Beach, NY as an Aircrew Flight Equipment repairer for a Combat Search and Rescue platform to include HH-60 Pavehawk, HC-130 Aircraft and Guardian Angels. Fourteen short years into her career, Christina has deployed overseas multiple times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve in areas of responsibility such as Afghanistan, Djibouti, and Iraq.
Christina started volunteering at Spirit's Promise in August 2016 and is now a barn manager. She also helps to coordinate the volunteers at the farm. This tranquil horse sanctuary allows her to step out of her comfort zone, brings new challenges, and shows her undeniable love for animals of all sizes. Her favorite activity at the barn involves mucking, spending time with her favorite horse, Major #0017, and chasing the house potbelly pig, Ruby.
Jenny Turano is a native Long Islander, graduating from Patchogue- Medford High School in 2010 and Stony Brook University with a degree in English Literature in 2014. She will be returning to the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare in the fall to work on obtaining her Master’s degree in Social Work. While living in Wading River with her mother and step-father, Jenny was introduced to Spirits Promise, volunteering when she could, as well as attending events when her work schedule allowed. Even though Jenny now lives further away, she is very happy to be more involved at Spirits Promise, as the Administrative Specialist. Being at the farm with her family and friends brings Jenny such joy, and tranquility - which is what she hopes it does for all who visit. Jenny is a very proud cat mom to her “baby” Lucy, but she loves all animals, big and small. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Kevin. Jenny is also an avid knitter, and enjoys learning about the fiber arts.
Rainy Paris began to volunteer at Spirit's Promise in 2016. She grew up in a large family in Farmingdale and graduated from Farmingdale High School. Rainy is currently studying Health Science at Stony Brook University. Whether she is helping to take care of the barn, caring for the horses, assisting in therapy sessions, or helping to train new volunteers, Rainy loves to watch both the animals and the people who come to Spirit's Promise recover from trauma and hardships and learn to love and trust again.