Who we are
Pearson Marx – President
Pearson graduated from Princeton and studied creative writing at NYU. She published her first novel, On the Way to the Venus de Milo, with Simon & Schuster, and has recently completed a second. Her essays have appeared in numerous magazines. Over the past twenty years, Pearson has personally rescued over fifteen dogs, including two grey hounds, a mastiff, four pit bulls, and a variety of wonderful shepherd mixes. With her own home filled to capacity, Pearson founded Morgan’s Place in 2013. Since its inception, Morgan’s Place has saved over a hundred lives, and counting.
Teresa Piacenza – Executive Director
Teresa spent her childhood on her family’s estate in Argentina, surrounded by animals. In her teenage years, she learned non-violent methods of training horses in a country where the common practice was beating them into submission. When Teresa moved to Boston, there was no room for a horse in her one bedroom apartment; but she missed animal companionship and adopted Pepper, a golden mix, from a shelter in Alabama. Feeling so grateful for the love and companionship of Pepper, she began volunteering her time to the help rescue dogs in as many ways as she could. After moving to Connecticut, her passion for rescue already deeply developed, she met Pearson Marx and began volunteering for Morgan’s Place where she works with shelters in the South, (a high kill rate area), bringing mutts, retrievers, hounds, and other sweet dogs to Connecticut, fostering and training them. Teresa has helped save over 90 dogs at Morgan’s Place, and has plans to expand her work in Southern Kill Shelters, developing more foster homes, adopters, and publicizing the overpopulation problems that have caused certain death to so many wonderful dogs.
Writer and gardener, Cynthia Kling, did not realize how incomplete her life was without dogs. When she got her first, two chow mutts, they came from the pound where all they cared about was the size of your yard is and whether you have a full-time job. The idea of this kind of animal rescue like Morgan’s Place is brilliant and Cynthia’s honored to be a board member.
Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of stories, published by Knopf and Scribner. In 2006, her collected stories was named by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year, won the Ambassador Book Aware for Best Fiction of the Year, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Artists Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2008 she won the Rea Award for the Short Story, and in 2009, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. She is the co-editor of Unleashed: Poems by Writers’ Dogs, half the proceeds of which went to animal charities. In addition to volunteering at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan, Amy teaches creative writing at Harvard University and Bennington College.
Robert J. Creamer, Accountant and Attorney has deep ties in the Ridgefield, CT community. After graduating from Ohio State University with a Juris Doctor/Law degree, he worked as a tax lawyer for a large firm in NYC for two years, after which he formed his own firm in Ridgefield. In addition to serving on various boards of directors of non-profit organizations. Mr. Creamer is well versed in the policies and processes that are necessary for a 501c3 organization to become productive and successful. His love of dogs has also made him a wonderful addition to Morgan’s Place.