Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services Elects New Board Members

New Board of Directors Represents Diverse Sectors of Military Services and Veterans Support Experience

Press Release
For Immediate Release: February 16, 2023

North Stonington, CT February 16, 2023– Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services (V.E.T.S.) announced the election
of six new members to its Board of Directors. V.E.T.S. provides healing therapeutic services to the broad veteran
community through equine, agricultural and educational engagement at no cost to the veteran participants.

The new directors come from varied sectors of military experience and support of the veteran community which
has brought important new perspectives to the organization’s mission. V.E.T.S. looks forward to their continued
future contributions. The newly elected board members, whose terms began January 1st, 2023, included:

Floresia Allen– President of S.W.E.E.T. Potato Society, Healthcare professional/Rehabilitation Specialist, BOD
for other organizations and 501c3 experience
Joshua Bladen– Engineering Supervisor, Navy Lieutenant
Jim Cottrell– US Army Veteran, Deployed Southeast Asia, Kuwait, NAVFAC GS-0802-12
Ashley Mullen– Director of Communications and Marketing; Senior Marketing Associate, New York Life
Kevin Robitaille– J.D., Attorney Advisor USCGA, Master of Law, Colonel U.S. Army (Ret.)
David Roessler– Secretary; Insurance Agent, First Casualty Insurance Group, V.E.T.S. Volunteer

The organization also welcomed new committee members:
Charis Cox– Fundraising, Marketing & Public Relations Committees, U.S. Navy Veteran
Cassandra Daley– Fundraising, Marketing & Public Relations Committees, U.S. Army Veteran
Dawn Davis– Fundraising, Marketing & Public Relations Committees,
Jean-Claude Nicolas– Fundraising, Marketing & Public Relations Committees, U.S. Army Veteran
Mike Warren– Fundraising, Marketing & Public Relations Committees, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

V.E.T.S. current leadership consists of:
Craig McCalister– Co-Founder; Executive Director, USCG Veteran
Thor Torgersen– Co-Founder; Board President, Equine Specialist Mental Health & Learning
Christina Clark– Co-Founder; Treasurer; Board Member, Manager, Financial, Planning and Analysis of JSF at
Collins Aerospace, Board member for other non-profit organizations that support the military
Nickolas Alevras– Board Member; Owner of Two Brothers Pizza, Greek National Defense Force Veteran

Established in 2015, Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services (V.E.T.S.) provides equine-assisted programs to veterans
with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. Our veterans enjoy improvements in many aspects of life from
strength, flexibility, and balance to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being.

About Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services:
Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in southeastern Connecticut. V.E.T.S.
mission is to provide healing therapeutic services to the veteran community through equine and educational
engagement at no cost to our veterans. To learn more about this update and the organization please
contact Thor Torgersen (860) 235-7872.