Joanna Dychton, Farm Director
Joanna Dychton has worked for Lollypop Farm since May of 1998. She began immediately after earning her degree in Zoology from the State University of New York at Oswego. Joanna has always loved animals, and always wanted to work with them in some capacity. She had all types of domestic animals growing up and her aunt had horses. Joanna started as a Farm Attendant in 1998, then became Farm Manager in the winter of 1999, and was recently promoted to Farm Director in February of 2021. Lollypop Farm is a unique shelter in that it can take in unwanted and abused farm animals. In her time at Lollypop Farm, Joanna has worked with goats, sheep, cattle, equine, swine, llamas, alpacas, deer, emu, chickens, ducks, geese, and other various fowl. She has been a part of some of the largest farm animal cruelty cases NYS has seen. Joanna has also been asked to teach farm animal handling to other agencies staff and cruelty investigators.
Lauren Guerrera, Stable Manager
Stable Manager Lauren Guererra has loved horses since she was a child, and started riding at age 8. Lauren spent as much time as she could working around horses and learning everything she possibly could about them. As a senior in high school, Lauren participated in a co-op at Lollypop Farm, working with the Equine Department. It was then that she knew she wanted to focus on horse rescue as a career!
Lauren received her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Equine Science & Management from SUNY Morrisville in 2004, then went on to earn her Bachelors Degree in Professional Studies in Management, specializing in Equine Business Management from Cazenovia College in 2006. While completing her studies, Lauren competed on Cazenovia’s Intercollegiate Dressage Association team. She also worked at a local riding stable throughout college and completed her senior internship with ReRun, a Thoroughbred adoption agency.
Lauren started working at Lollypop Farm in 2015 as an Adoptions/Admissions Counselor before moving into the Equine Department as an Equine Attendant. She was then promoted to Stable Manager and loves overseeing the care of all horses at Lollypop Farm.
Lauren lives on a small farm with her husband, daughter, and animals (two dogs, a cat, a hamster, three chickens, and two horses (a Thoroughbred named Bailey, and a pony named Candy who was adopted from Lollypop Farm). In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time outside with her family, playing with her dogs, and riding horses!
Equine Attendant, Claudia Walsh, was introduced to the great world of horses by her grandfather. At age 8 she began taking riding lessons. Claudia continued taking riding lessons for the next 10 years in both English and Western disciplines. She has owned her horse Hudson for 12 years. Claudia has been employed at Lollypop Farm for almost 2 years and thoroughly enjoys caring for the horses and being part of the Equine Department.