Meet the New Region 8 Director – Helen van der Voort


I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and after college in Massachusetts, I moved to the Big City – New York. My career started in investment banking which gave me the opportunity to travel extensively and even spend a few years living in Hong Kong. I was the recipient of a competitive fellowship from my firm to attend business school and received an MBA. I now work as a consultant, which in addition to allowing me to work from home in the beautiful Hudson Valley, gives me time to pursue other interests in various non-profit organizations. I have served in several roles on the Board of The Southlands Foundation in Rhinebeck, NY and I am currently the Treasurer of NEDA. For the past several years I’ve been the Volunteer Coordinator for the Fall Festival and Region 8 Championships, a huge undertaking. I am a very active volunteer at local dressage shows and horse trials. And of course, it goes without saying that I am passionate about horses and riding! I started in hunter-jumpers as a child, and like many took a break post-college, but returned to it with a vengeance 20+ years ago. I purchased my first horse and discovered dressage and haven’t looked back since. I am the textbook definition of an Adult Amateur.

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