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From the Ground Up
Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc.

...engaging the power of the horse to motivate, teach and heal.

Our Staff

Andrea Colella
Executive Director and Instructor

A SUNY Cobleskill Equine Science graduate, Andrea is also a PATH International and CHA (Certified Horseman's Association) certified instructor. In addition Andrea has completed the Pennsylvania Council on Therapeutic Horsemanship Instructor Course. 

Andrea is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer. Her dedication to connecting her passion for working with people with special needs, fitness, and horsemanship led her to create From the Ground Up in 2002.

Cathy Kerr                                        Cathy Kerr Instructor      

Cathy  graduated from Meredith Manor in 1978 with a Riding Master certificate in English.  Upon graduation, she was ask to stay on has a staff member which she accepted and earned her Teaching Master certificate.  She went back to Meredith Manor in 1984 to continue her education and worked an understudy program with Jo Sturby in Combined Training.  She has worked in the horse industry for the past 30 years in West Virginia, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut.   While living and working in Connecticut she volunteered for Pegasus, the therapeutic riding program that serves Westchester county, New York and Fairfield county, Connecticut.  She started volunteering for From the Ground Up in 2009. She is a PATH International certified instructor .

Ellen Ruysniak                              Hippotherapist

Ellen Ruysniak has been a part of From The Ground Up’s volunteer team since 2012. She completed her Level II Hippotherapy requirements in 2013 and is excited to offer Occupational Therapy using Hippotherapy as a strategy toward achievement of functional goals for individuals who may benefit from Occupational Therapy. Ellen’s practice began in 1983 as a Certified Therapy Assistant, intervening with children as young as two to through twenty one coping with a variety of developmental and congenital diagnosis. Ellen received her bachelor’s degree in 1992 and began work in an acute care setting with individuals dealing with various issues. She transitioned to serve several years as director of OT in 1998 in a Skilled Nursing Facility.When Ellen began to realize her dream of owning and riding horses. She quickly became interested in the therapeutic benefits of equine movement and horsemanship. Ellen looks forward to combining these loves to benefit others.




Andrea Colella
Executive Director
(315) 662-3000

Diane Slowik
Lesson Volunteer Coordinator
(315) 420-3051

Jodi Lockwood
Stable Volunteer Coordinator
(315) 247-1798

Chris Lombardi
Facilities Manager
(315) 569-3040