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LoveWay has a new Executive Director!
Shelley Becker has taken on the job of Executive Director of LoveWay! “We are excited to announce Shelley’s promotion to Executive Director,” states April Klein-Carroll, President of LoveWay’s Board of Directors. “Shelley has a rich history with LoveWay and a heartwarming passion for our mission. The board is confident that the depth of Shelley’s character, experience and motivation will help LoveWay develop in a way that continues to deepen its impact on the community.”
Becker is excited to accept the challenges of the position. “I began as a volunteer who was uncertain of how to interact with horses and special needs persons. Seeing the magical transformation that took place through therapeutic riding moved me in ways that words cannot describe. My love and respect for the riders and horses grew in a way that inspired me to do more and I decided to become a PATH-certified Instructor,” she says.
She notes that “LoveWay has always been more than a ‘job’ to me, it’s been an honor and blessing to work for such an incredible organization.”
Becker holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Indiana State University. She originally came to LoveWay as a volunteer in 2008 and in addition to becoming an Instructor she served as Development Associate, grant writer and Fundraising/Marketing Director at LoveWay from 2011-2015. She returned to the staff in September 2017.
LoveWay was founded in 1973 by Sandy and Gary Weatherwax in memory of their 16-year-old daughter Laurie, who was inspired by therapeutic riding. They began giving lessons in their driveway with the help of specially selected horses and volunteers. LoveWay now serves around 300 riders each year with the help of 150 volunteers, a staff of around a dozen members, and 17 members of its equine team. LoveWay has a heated indoor arena and stable, an outdoor arena, and wooded riding trails at its 29-acre center.
We are currently hiring!
LoveWay is looking for some exceptional people. Here are the available opportunities:
LoveWay is looking for an Administrative Assistant to serve as the primary receptionist and to provide support services for the organization. LoveWay provides compassionate therapeutic equestrian experiences for individuals with special needs.
This position requires strong customer service skills, knowledge of data management software, and experience with social media implementation and website management.
This individual should be energetic, compassionate, have a heart for working with people with special needs and animals, be flexible, able to take direction, capable of managing multiple tasks, and able to work independently as well as part of a team in a supportive role.
LoveWay seeks one full- and one part-time PATH Certified Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor to provide transformational class instruction, following LoveWay and PATH regulations and guidelines. Our Instructors operate daily Therapeutic Riding (TR) classes to empower special-needs clients. Instructors direct Horse Leader and Side Walker Volunteers to ensure safe and impactful sessions tailored to the individualized needs of the rider and should be passionate about LoveWay’s mission.
Job Description: PATH Instructor
LoveWay seeks a Programs Manager to provide remarkable and transforming experiences for our riders. Oversees all programs, assures compliance with PATH accreditation, serves as ambassador to schools and other referring agencies, manages the program budget, may serve as Lead Instructor supervising and coaching Instructors and Instructors In Training, and instructs classes as needed. A PATH-certified Instructor with at least three years’ experience is preferred.
If you are interested in volunteering at LoveWay for the first time you need to submit a Volunteer Application and attend one of our orientation sessions. Click this link to download our Volunteer Application form.
Contact Jon, our Volunteer & Marketing Coordinator, at [email protected] or call 574-825-5666 to find out when LoveWay’s next orientation is scheduled.