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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.

“LoveWay University” Begins

“LoveWay University” is a new series of continuing education programs of interest to the organization’s volunteers, riders and their families, staff, board members and other friends of LoveWay.  The series will provide information on areas of interest related to LoveWay’s mission.

Next Program: Autism

The next session will be about Autism. It will be led by Tracy Harrison, Ed.S., BCBA, NCSP, who holds a Master’s degree in school psychology, is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and is the Clinical Director at the Elkhart office of BACA (Behavioral Analysis Center for Autism).  The session will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 at Bristol United Methodist Church, 201 S. Division Street in Bristol.

Future sessions will include such topics as horse behavior and body language, the benefits of therapeutic riding, and information on specific special needs diagnoses such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorder and sensory processing.

LoveWay University sessions are free and open to interested members of the public.  To reserve a space please e-mail [email protected] or call 574-825-5666.

Volunteer Orientations

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.