President, CEO, and Founder of Spirit's Promise
Marisa Striano was born on Long Island, the oldest of three daughters, to Peter and Caroline Striano. She began riding horses at the age of eight. Marisa graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset and from Stonehill College in Massachusetts with a degree in psychology. She worked as a special education teacher, as a project manager for a construction company, and in the garment industry before opening her own clothing store in Chappaqua. Her love of animals led her back to founding Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue in 2010 with her beautiful daughter, Jessica. Her son, Peter, is the creator of the farm’s website www.spiritspromiserescue.org.
In 2015, Marisa's marriage came to an end. Shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Despite this adversity, she continued on her path to both personal healing and helping others to heal. She began to understand that being vulnerable herself would help her to better understand those who were coming to Spirit's Promise.
Marisa’s vision to help both horses and people led her to become certified in EAGALA. In addition, she has completed her certification as an Equus Life Coach through the Koelle Institute. Marisa is also a certified grief counselor. In 2020 she will begin her Masters Degree in Social Work at NYU. The programs she has created at Spirit’s Promise have helped countless people to deal with trauma and grief. Marisa specializes in work with teenagers. She has created a haven for people to find peace and comfort while appreciating the beauty of nature.