Karyn Malinowski, Ph. D.

Director, Professor of Animal Sciences

Karyn was appointed director in July 2001. Dr. Malinowski has been a faculty member at Cook College (now known as the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences) since 1978. Her research and extension programs concentrate on improving the well-being and quality of life of the equine athlete while ensuring the vitality and viability of the equine industry, both statewide and nationally.

Message From The Director

Kenneth McKeever, Ph.D., FACSM

Associate Director of Research, Professor of Animal Sciences

Kenneth joined the Faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers University as an Associate Professor in 1995 and proceeded to build, develop, and coordinated one of the most active Equine Exercise Physiology laboratories in the country. Dr. McKeever earned the rank of Full Professor in 2009 and currently serves as Associate Director of Research for the Equine Science Center.

Kathleen Rahman, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Academics for the Equine Science Center

Kathleen joined the Faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers University as a Teaching Instructor in 2014. She exhibits a high level of enthusiasm and passion for Animal Science, teaching, and undergraduate advising. She currently serves as Associate Director of Academics for the Equine Science Center.

Carey Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Outreach, Associate Professor Animal Sciences

Carey joined Rutgers University in July 2003 as its equine Extension Specialist, and the Associate Director of Outreach for the Equine Science Center taking an active role in teaching, conducting research, and working with the equine and academic communities to ensure the viability of the horse industry in New Jersey.

Kyle Hartmann

Administrative Assistant

Kyle joined the Rutgers Equine Science Center in 2014. Previously working for the university in another capacity, Mr. Hartmann was excited to bring his experience to this new opportunity. Since his start, the Center has seen multiple redesigns and changes on media projects and promotional items.

Rutgers Affiliated Faculty & Staff

Carol A. Bagnell, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Animal Sciences

William J. Bamka

Agricultural Resource Management Agent

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Burlington County

Clint Burgher

Director

NJAES Animal Care Program

Donna Fennell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Sciences

Thomas Gianfagna, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Plant Biology and Pathology

Daniel Giménez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Sciences

Paul Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

George C. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Entomology

Zane R. Helsel, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Plant Biology and Pathology

Larry S. Katz, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Animal Sciences

Laura Kenny

Program Associate

Department of Animal Sciences

Stephen J. Komar

Agricultural Resource Management Agent

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Sussex County

Uta Krogmann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Sciences

David Lee

Agricultural Resource Management Agent

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Salem County

William Meyer, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of  Plant Biology and Pathology

Robert C. Mickel

Agricultural Resource Management Agent

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Hunterdon County

James Murphy, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Plant Biology and Pathology

Stephanie Murphy, Ph.D.

Director

Soil Testing Laboratory

Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Sciences

Janet Onishi, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Department of Nutritional Sciences

Joanne Powell

Supervisor

NJAES Department of Animal Care

Sarah L. Ralston, VMD, Ph.D., dACVN

Professor

Department of Animal Sciences

Brian Schilling, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

William J. Sciarappa, Ph.D.

Agricultural Resource Management Agent

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Monmouth County

Michael V.K. Sukhdeo, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resource

Kevin Sullivan

Researcher

Office of Research Analytics

Michael L. Westendorf, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Animal Sciences

Collaborators from other Universities & Industries

Amy Biddle

Assistant Professor

Department of Animal and Food Sciences

Michael Fugaro, VMD, dACVS

Professor Equine Studies

Centenary College

David Horohov, Ph.D.

Chair and Director

Gluck Equine Research Center and Department of Veterinary Science University of Kentucky

Charles Kearns, Ph.D.

Director, Medical Affairs

theheart.org and Medscape Education

Robert Lehnard, Ph.D.

Professor, Director

Laboratory of Work Physiology College of Education, University of Maine

Roger Moon

Professor

University of Minnesota

Peter Ryan, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Mississippi State University

Carolyn Stull, Ph.D.

Animal Welfare Cooperative Extension Specialist

University of California Davis

Manoel Tamassia, DVM, Ph.D., dACT

Director Division of Animal Health

New Jersey Dept of Agriculture

RUBEA Advisory Board

In 1992, a committee of stakeholders representing various equine interests formed the Equine Advisory Committee to support the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, formally known as Cook College.  The committee secured from the New Jersey Legislature an allocation of $1.2 million in uncollected pari-mutuel winnings for the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – of which $300,000 was used to support equine research and the facilities and operations of the Equine Science Center.  Subsequently, $900,000 in funding to the Experiment Station for Strategic Initiatives was made a line item in the state budget.

The Equine Advisory Committee evolved into a more formal advisory group, the Rutgers University Board for Equine Advancement (RUBEA).  Over time the goals and composition of the board have been modified as required.

RUBEA’s mission is to assist the Rutgers Equine Science Center in its decisions regarding its equine teaching, research, and outreach; and to promote and support these activities through fund-raising and advocacy efforts. RUBEA’s vision is to be recognized as the advisory, advocacy, and fund-raising organization for the Rutgers Equine Science Center, meeting the financial needs for its sustenance and growth.

Membership on the board, once drawn from a wide spectrum of equine organizations in the state, was refined to emphasize individuals and organizations who impact the horse industry, not only in New Jersey but nationally and internationally, and have the desire and wherewithal to assist the Equine Science Center in meeting its fund-raising goals.  RUBEA hopes this expanded function will make it as effective as possible in promoting the stature and progress of the Equine Science Center and assuring its continued vitality.

Officers

Ryck Suydam, Chair

Suydam Farms

President, New Jersey Farm Bureau

Elizabeth Durkin, Esq., Vice Chair

Founder, The Durkin Firm

David Meirs II, VMD, Chair Emeritus

President, Walnridge Farm

Taylor Palmer Jr., Chair Emeritus

Owner and Proprietor, Boxwood Farm

Members at Large

Peter C. Bousum, VMD

Founding Partner and President,

Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center

Michael Campbell

Executive Director, Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, New Jersey

Peter Cofrancesco III

New Jersey Quarter Horse Association

Sandra Denarski, Chair Emeritus

Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Finance Corporation, ret.

Dylan Klein

Ph.D. Student, Graduate School - New Brunswick

Karyn Malinowski, Ph.D.

Founding Director, Equine Science Center

Hon. Cathy Nicola

Council President, North Brunswick Township

Max Spann, Sr.

Chairman, Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Company

Thomas Luchento

President, Standarbred Breeders and Owners Association, New Jersey