Meet The Staff

Partnering with Horses to Empower Humans

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Claudia comes to Topfield with a diverse educational background including Advertising & Communications as well as Marketing and Veterinary Technology. Claudia was previously a research professional with 25 years in consumer product goods research and takes this attention to detail and commitment to quality into her work at Topfield as the Executive Director. Claudia maintains an orderly and smoothly functioning work environment as well as ensures top quality care for our equines. Having owned horses for 35 years and lived on a horse farm for 20 years, Claudia brings a wealth of knowledge to Topfield.

CLAUDIA DWORACZYK

Executive Director

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Joan comes to Topfield after nearly 15 years as an art instructor for Our Montessori school in Yorktown, NY. Joan holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design and a Master’s degree in education from NYU. Joan spent her youth competing in Hunter/Jumper and Equitation competitions all over the tri-state area. Returning to her first love, Joan is passionate about the care and training of Topfield’s horses to ensure a pleasant experience for our clients.

JOAN MEAGLE

Barn Manager

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Lori Powers comes to Topfield with a varied background mainly in production management and finance from her 10 years working at MTV Networks and also serving on various fundraising committees for her children's schools. Lori is excited to be part of the Topfield Team and the inspiring work they are doing. She lives in Cold Spring, NY with her husband Mike, 3 energetic boys, and 1 sweet sheepadoodle. 

LORI POWERS

Office Administrator

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Amber started riding at age 8 and has never stopped. She had groomed and competed in the tri-state area for years until moving to Europe in 1999. She has always been interested in volunteering and helping others and was lucky enough to have had a wonderful experience in Spain working with people of all ages in therapeutic riding for 15 years, eventually having her own little barn of 6 horses and 60+ riders with a fantastic group of instructors and physical and occupational therapists. She has a passion for horses and for the people they help. She is excited to be a part of Topfield and finally feels at home again in the US! 

AMBER BAYLY

Therapeutic Horsemanship Instructor

Rosani comes to Topfield Center from a background in Agricultural  and Livestock Sciences. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and she has  always been interested in horses and how horses can help people since  childhood. During her time in college, Rosani did some volunteer work for  school credit at the zoo in Puerto Rico working with all kinds of wild  animals such as elephants, lions, kangaroos and dolphins. After finishing  college in 2019, Rosani came to the U.S to follow her dream and so she  became a PATH Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor in November  2020. In her free time Rosani also really enjoys swimming (certified  swimming instructor) and photography. She is thrilled and motivated to be  part of the Topfield Center to teach and help our clients and horses to achieve their goals and to be at their best everyday.

ROSANI ORTIZ

Barn Assistant/PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

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Astrid is a consultant to Topfield, helping us to maintain the highest of PATH Standards at Topfield,  She has a strong background in teaching therapeutic riding lessons and uses that knowledge to assist in developing Topfield Programming.
Born and raised in Austria amidst “Halflinger Country”,  Astrid grew up with horses, learning Dressage and Hunter Jumping.  Astrid came to the United States at the age of 21 and made it her forever home.  She started volunteering at Topfield in 2011 and fell in love with the mission, the horses and the clients. Astrid obtained her certification as a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor and EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist in 2014. 

ASTRID HARRISON

Program Consultant, Retired Topfield PATH Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor