Meet the LoveWay team

You will find experienced, dedicated and passionate team members at LoveWay. 

Shelley Becker

Executive Director &
PATH Intl. Certified Instructor
/ CHA IRD

Back on staff since Fall 2017
Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Junior – He is big and strong, yet he instills confidence to all who lead and ride him. He has a kind heart and patient demeanor.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I eat, sleep and shower and then come back. LOL. I also love to spend time with my family, our animals and read whenever I get a chance.

Fun fact about yourself:
I talk to my animals at home in a special voice for each one.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
My bible, my family and my frenchie.

Ryan Eash

Director of Equine Development

On staff since Fall 2018
Hometown: Goshen, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
All of them (not fair Ryan).

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I am also a dad, husband, pastor and I enjoy training my own horses.

Fun fact about yourself:
I used to train dogs.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
Matches, an axe and a bucket.

Kayla Borg

Equine Assistant

On staff since Summer 2023
Hometown: Goshen, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Lucky.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I enjoy spending time with my husband and all my furry friends, which include my dogs and horses.

Fun fact about yourself:
I can touch my nose with my tongue.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
I would bring my Bible, my husband, and a horse.

Leah Gall

Program Coordinator &
Lead PATH Intl. Certified Instructor
/ CHA IRD

On staff since Summer 2021
Hometown: Topeka, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Teddy.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I have two daughters and a husband that keep me on my toes. I also enjoy training and competing with my own personal horse.

Fun fact about yourself:
I recently learned that I like to make marbles.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
I’d bring a book, an umbrella for shade, and a blanket to lay on.

Tim Krecsmar

PATH Intl. Certified Instructor 

On staff since 1993
Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Junior (although all the Haflingers are really intriguing).

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
Special education teacher.

Fun fact about yourself:
Never heard/knew about S’mores until I was an adult (first time I heard about one I thought it was a joke).

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
Solar powered MP3 player loaded with thousands of songs, crates of my favorite books, crates of chocolate (didn’t say any of this had to be realistic!)

Sydney Blackburn

PATH Intl. Certified Instructor / CHA IRD

On staff since Summer 2021
Hometown: Three Rivers, MI

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Otto – Because he has an incredibly calm and sweet personality for his age and loves attention. He is also my favorite color of horse!

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
Whenever I have free time I enjoy reading books or listening to audiobooks (so I can get work done at the same time). My favorite hobby is to explore new trails with my horses and go on exciting adventures!

Fun fact about yourself:
I have memorized pi up to the 50th digit.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
I would bring a couple crates of duct tape (because it can be used to make anything), my bible, and my horses.

Hope Rubera

PATH Intl. Certified Instructor / CHA IRD

On staff since Summer 2022
Hometown: Marlborough, CT

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Buddy.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
In my free moments I love being outside, hiking, exploring, traveling, and hanging out with my kitty!

Fun fact about yourself:
I can touch my head with my toes.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
Bible, friend, kitty.

Pam Schmalfeldt

CHA IRD

On staff since Fall 2022
Hometown: Edwardsburg, MI

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Buttercup because she reminds me of a horse I had named April.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I spend time with my husband and three boys. I ride my own horse if I have time!

Fun fact about yourself:
I take Taekwondo classes with my boys and am working towards earning my black belt!

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
A tent, extra clothes and books.

Savannah Gay

CHA IRD

On staff since Winter 2023
Hometown: Youngstown, OH

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Buddy

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I enjoy singing with my family and animals of all kinds, but especially horses.

Fun fact about yourself:
I have a black belt in karate!

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
I would bring my family, my 4 pets and a book.

Christy Snyder

Volunteer Coordinator

On staff since Winter 2023
Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Eva! She is super cute even though she is a drooler.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I love to spend time with my family, friends, and dogs, plus I’m a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Fun fact about yourself:
If I could wear a baseball cap every day, I would!

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
Baseball cap, my 3 dogs, and lots of water!

Kevin Ritenour

Office Administrator

On staff since Fall 2019
Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Piper (She’s a cat, but she’s 4-legged so she counts).

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing video games, comic books, etc.

Fun fact about yourself:
I have 32 screws in my pelvis. It makes interesting x-rays.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
My computer, video games, and a very long internet cable to reach the mainland.

Laura Fater

Administrative Assistant

On staff since Fall 2023
Hometown: Middlebury, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Buttercup because she posed nicely for the photo with me.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
Have adventures with my husband, play with my hound dog and travel to see my daughters and son-in-law.

Fun fact about yourself:
I like to paint whether it’s learning to using watercolors or painting rooms in my house.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
My husband, a stack of books and Diet Coke.

Suzanna Edmonds

Barn Assistant

On staff since Spring 2022
Hometown: Shipshewana, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
I really like all the horses, but Kayla is probably my favorite.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I have a couple cleanings jobs, sell books from home, babysit my nieces and nephews on occasion, ride along with my husband (he’s a local delivery truck driver), hang our with my Mom and sisters, and I love photographing nature and still life.

Fun fact about yourself:
I can yodel.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
My husband (he’s more of a person than a thing, but, ya know), a compass, and a survival kit.

Madeline Davis

Barn Assistant

On staff since Summer 2023
Hometown: Engadine, MI

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Teddy.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I paint and do crafts.

Fun fact about yourself:
I’m related to John Adams on my father’s side.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
A machete, journal, and rope.

Natasha Stephic

Barn Assistant

On staff since Fall 2023
Hometown: Goshen, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
My top two favorites right now are Teddy and Rocky.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I enjoy spending time with my horse Winston. I love to travel, I enjoy being outside doing just about anything. My life mostly revolves around being with my family and my horse.

Fun fact about yourself:
I have hugged a stallion race horse worth 80 million dollars.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
I would take my husband, horse, and dog. My husband would make sure I had food, shelter, and safety. My horse would give me my sanity and balance. My dog would keep me warm because he is a giant snuggle bug,

Faith Berkey

Barn Assistant

On staff since Winter 2023
Hometown:

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:

What do you do outside of LoveWay:

Fun fact about yourself:

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:

LoveWay Board of Directors

Patsy Boehler
Adam Christoffersen
Brian Hall
Ross Hougland
Rod Humphreys
Jennifer Irions

Julie Ann Kotowski
Kristen LeBaron
Jeryl Miller
John Morgan
Kari Welker

Ready to transform lives and create miracles — one ride at a time?