Originally from Pennsylvania, Linda’s early youth was spent on a working farm with multiple species. By the time she was in her teen years, she pursued an intense involvement in equestrian sports. Career highlights include Prix de Ville competition in Show Jumping. She additionally expanded into show hunters, eventing, dressage, drag hunting, and racing. For respite she enjoys pack tripping in the wilderness.
After decades of working in the horse industry as a rider, instructor, and trainer, Linda began to visualize the idea of “giving back” to the horse community. She assisted in the development of Animal Welfare Project, dedicated to professionally re-training homeless horses and dogs, so they could be more readily adopted into quality homes.
Educationally, she achieved a Bachelors’ Degree in Independent Studies (Animal Science, with an Equine specialization) from Murray State University in Kentucky. She has also pursued coursework in business, including non-profit. Other interests include farm and property management as well as real estate and land conservation.
Linda’s interests blend perfectly with the efforts of Corolla Wild Horse Fund, and she especially appreciates the ongoing efforts being made by the community for the protection of this special Mustang herd
Jo Langone came to the Fund in April of 2014 after relocating from the Northeast. She was Assistant to the Director of Operations during that first summer and assumed the newly created dual role of Director of Operations/Programs in September 2014. She continued in that capacity until January 2017, when she was named Acting Executive Director. She returned to the role of Director of Operations and Programs when the position of Executive Director was filled.
An accomplished sales and marketing veteran for 20 years, with management experience in new business development and administration, Jo gained most of her experience in the hospitality industry but was also a fundraiser and event planner and coordinator prior to that.
Jo graduated from New York University and always felt a calling for protection of wildlife. The opportunity to work for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and to further its mission continues to be her dream of fulfillment and self-realization.
Jo lives in Kill Devil Hills with her husband, John, and their two dogs, Nora and Nicky.
Meg Puckett accepted the role of Herd Manager for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund in July 2016. She came to the CWHF from The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, where she worked in education, volunteer management, and media/public relations. Before that she was an educator at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, and she also worked on the USS Monitor project at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News while she was in graduate school. Meg graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with degrees in History and English, and is also a lifelong equestrian. She’s a certified equine and canine sports massage therapist and freelance writer (in her spare time!).
Meg’s background in nonprofits, public history, education and interpretation, and animal science has helped prepare her for the multi-faceted role of Herd Manager. She’s just as comfortable talking to a group of dignitaries as she is mucking out stalls and has a deep rooted love and connection to the Albemarle region, having grown up in the area. Preserving the ecology and the history of the Outer Banks is something that she’s always been passionate about, and the wild horses of Corolla have held a special place in her heart since she was a little girl.
Meg lives in Kill Devil Hills with her dogs Turtle and Hazel, four cats, and two birds. Her horse Jack is living a happy, retired life up in Virginia Beach.