LoveWay Staff

Our Staff

Alice Rea

Alice Rea

Barn Assistant

On staff since 2015  Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Alice was home-schooled and in 4-H learning how to raise all sorts of animals – from ducks to chickens, goats, llamas and horses! She also has a strong interest in digital art and 3D animation, and is slowly working towards these occupational fields. Alice enjoys living at home with her father and sister.

Fun Fact: Alice really, really likes Star Wars! She also likes space and science, and loves to play video games with friends. And surprise! She used to be Copper’s owner before he came to LoveWay!

Bhakti Fiori

Bhakti Fiori

Business Operations Manager

On staff since Fall 2016  Hometown: Port Chester, NY

Bhakti grew up in New York and most recently resided in sunny California, with many other places in between. She loves to read and exercise in her spare time. With a colorful resume, she has done everything from corporate training to respiratory therapy to being a preschool teacher. Bhakti’s background in early childhood education and a personal relationship with Evie, a special needs child, drew her to our clients and our mission.

Bhakti relocated from California to be with her daughter, Triniti, and her husband, Rod, and her 3 wonderful grandsons, Brady, Brecken, Mikey.

Cait Wilson

Cait Wilson

Equine Manager

On staff since Summer 2016  Hometown: Wayne, PA

Cait caught the “horse bug” at 6 years old and has never looked back (thanks, Mom!). She has a background in the English disciplines and a number of years experience instructing children. Cait is a graduate of Colorado State University’s Equine Science program and has been a PATH Intl. individual member since 2010.

When she moved to Indiana in 2016, she knew she wanted to get involved with a therapeutic riding center and quickly found LoveWay. It wasn’t long before she had joined staff! Now she has a whole herd of horses to call her own and is thrilled to be part of such an inspiring and dedicated team.

Chris Stice

Chris Stice

Assistant Program Manager & PATH Certified Instructor

On staff since Spring 2006  Hometown: Billings, MT

Chris started riding when she was about three.  When she was little she used to ride in front of the saddle with her dad. While living in Montana she lived on a ranch where her family kept their horses.  Around age 10 her sister was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Having been so closely affected by that inspired her work at LoveWay.

Chris and her daughter Ariel started volunteering in the Saturday Morning Teen Volunteer program in 2005.  She fell in love with LoveWay and started coming out on her own when her kids (she also has a son, Tristan) were in school.  Chris had been volunteering for about six months when the barn manager asked if she might be interested in becoming an instructor.

Daryl Abbott

Daryl Abbott

Community Outreach Specialist

On staff since 2009 Hometown: White Pigeon, MI

Daryl graduated from Goshen College and was previously the CEO at CAPS (Child and Parent Services) for 32 years. Daryl enjoyed serving and wasn’t ready to retire after his career at CAPS; LoveWay has been a good fit for him to continue using his many God-given gifts.

He has been married to wife Sue for 43 years. They have three adult children; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild.  Daryl and Sue enjoy biking, spending time with their kids and going to their cottage in Michigan.

Fun Fact: 
“I knew nothing about horses before I came to LoveWay, even though I had ridden horses a few times.  I know a little more about horses now thanks to my colleagues who have educated me.”

Erin "EJ" Miranda-Patiño

Erin "EJ" Miranda-Patiño

Administrative Assistant

On staff since Summer 2017 Hometown: Goshen, IN

EJ left her corporate customer service job of 10 years in search of a more fulfilling career working with animals. She began volunteering at a farm sanctuary near Ann Arbor, Michigan. After commuting for close to a year she decided to look for a nonprofit closer to her home in Middlebury. She began volunteering at LoveWay in January of 2017. She started mucking out stalls and shortly after that began helping as a side walker in classes.  When a position became available she was quick to apply, wanting to be a part of the mission of LoveWay on a daily basis.

EJ is a graduate of Ball State University and is bilingual in English and Spanish. In her free time she enjoys writing, photography, and running. She has completed several marathons, ultra-marathons, and mud/obstacle course runs.  EJ has been with her wife Reyna for over 20 years. They have 2 dogs and dream of adopting a pot-bellied pig.

Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson

Development Associate

On staff since Spring 2014 Hometown: Tinley Park, IL

Erin came to LoveWay during an internship through Ivy Tech. She recently graduated with her Associate’s degree in Human Services. She is a part of the transfer program for her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work through IUSB and plans to continue until receiving her Master’s in Social Work. Before moving to the Goshen/Middlebury area to be with family around several years ago, she resided in Atlanta. Along with being a full-time student, she is also a Nanny to her awesome niece Mia and nephew Michael.

Erin loves working with children and feels very fortunate for all of the amazing experiences that she has had while at LoveWay. Once she is finished with schooling, she hopes to become a part-time PATH certified instructor at LoveWay.

Izzy Baehl

Izzy Baehl

Barn Assistant

On staff since Spring 2017 Hometown: Naperville, IL

Izzy grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She loved spending time with animals especially her golden retriever, Byron. Her love of animals led her to pursue a degree that would allow her to work with animals.  While at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, she started volunteering at horse sanctuaries and a therapeutic riding center in the area.

After graduating with a Bachelors in Animal Sciences, Izzy moved to Elkhart with her husband, Tom. Since then, she joined Loveway and enjoys spending time with all of the horses. She cannot pick a favorite because she likes them all so much.  She loves being a part of the Loveway team and helping out with the mission.

Jon Kauffmann-Kennel

Jon Kauffmann-Kennel

Volunteer & Marketing Coord., Interim Executive Director

On staff since Spring 2017  Hometown: Lombard, IL

Jon’s background is in public relations as well as working with volunteers and supervising staff.  He previously worked at Greencroft Communities and MDC Goldenrod, which provides services to people with disabilities.  He has also managed radio stations and taught communication at Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite University, and previously was Program Director at public radio station WVPE.  Jon has known about LoveWay for a long time, and was attracted to the position for the combination of using his communication skills to serve people with special needs at a great organization.

Jon graduated from Goshen College and has an MA from the University of Iowa.  Jon and wife Mary are parents to two sons who each have two young children.  They love grandparenting as well as birding and nature.  Jon is an avid photographer, fantasy baseball player and lifelong Cubs fan.  He also sings in the vocal ensembles Vesper Chorale and The Open Fifths, a men’s vocal group.

 

Maggie Korenstra

Maggie Korenstra

PATH Certified Instructor

Back on staff since Fall 2015  Hometown: Middlebury, IN

A graduate of Northridge High School, Maggie grew up owning and showing horses. Working with horses has been a part of her life for 20 years! She was a 10-year member of 4-H Saddle Club and competed in High School Rodeo. Through her time in Saddle Club Maggie discovered her passion of working with others on their riding and helping them with their horses overall. Maggie became a volunteer at LoveWay in 2009 to combine her love of working with horses and others. She came on staff in the fall of 2009 and became a certified instructor in April 2010. After a brief hiatus, she came back on staff in Fall 2015 as part-time Instructor.

In her free time, Maggie and her horse Ross love to head to National Barrel Horse Association Shows and compete in barrel racing. Maggie immensely enjoys working with everyone who comes through LoveWay’s doors; clients, volunteers, staff, and horses!

Shelley Becker

Shelley Becker

PATH Certified Instructor

Back on staff since Fall 2017  Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Shelley came to LoveWay as a Volunteer in 2008 and served on staff from 2011-2015 as an Instructor and in marketing and fundraising.  Her degree from Indiana State is in graphic design.  She initially came to LoveWay “to get a break from being a stay-at-home mom and stayed at LoveWay because I couldn’t get enough of the feeling inside me after a class with the kids and horses.”

Shelley and her husband Brent have two children, Jacob and Jordyn.  They have a mini-farm of 3 horses, 3 goats, 3 dogs and 2 cats!

Shelley says “I know God sent me here.  I knew absolutely nothing about horses at the time and even less about special needs children.  God not only grew a great passion in my heart for the mission of LoveWay but also equipped me to do things I never dreamed I could.  Becoming an Instructor was a HUGE task for me.  It was definitely the Lord’s will and a LOT of help from teammates that I am blessed to say I am a PATH Instructor.”

Tim Krecsmar

Tim Krecsmar

PATH Certified Instructor

On staff since 1993 Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Tim is LoveWay’s most seasoned instructor having been at Loveway for 23 years. He began his journey in January of 1991 and he became an instructor in 1998. When not instructing at LoveWay, Tim still molds imaginations as a Special Education teacher at Concord Junior High School.

Tim resides with his wife, Meg, and children: Kessa, Jackson, Kerecsen, and Kelemen.