Meet Our Team!

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith

Lead PATH Certified Instructor & Mentor

On staff since Fall 2017
Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay: Dolly

What do you do outside of LoveWay: Trail ride my horses, bake, and watch The Office (U.S. version)

Fun fact about yourself: I am a BIG Harry Potter fan!

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring: Juan Pablo (my dog), boots and a blanket

Shelley Becker

Shelley Becker

Executive Director, PATH Certified Instructor

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. When i have a few minutes I am an “m-uber” for my kids.

Fun fact about yourself:  I talk to my animals at home with special voices 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

Jess Shelner

Jess Shelner

PATH Certified Instructor

On staff since Fall 2018
Hometown: Rockford, MI

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay: Teddy, or as I like to call him, Theodore (All time favorite was Flirt)

What do you do outside of LoveWay: I get to stay at home with my 3 crazy kids and serve at our church whenever possible!

Fun fact about yourself: I lived in Vienna, Austria for a short time and have traveled to over 15 different countries.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring: My bible, Christmas music, and a speedboat

Ryan Eash

Ryan Eash

Director of Equine Development

On staff since Fall 2018
Hometown: Goshen, IN

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

What do you do outside of LW: I am also a dad, husband, pastor and I train cowhorses

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

Chris Stice

Chris Stice

Programs Coordinator, PATH Certified Instructor

On staff since Fall 2006
Hometown: Billings, MT

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay: My favorite horse is Junior

What do you do outside of LoveWay: After work I like to relax and watch Korean dramas (I really didn’t want to put this in my bio but was forced into it by my office buddies!)

Fun fact about yourself: I like to travel overseas.  I’ve been to Israel, Rome, England, Scotland, the Philippines and South Korea.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring: A book about how to survive on a deserted island, glasses so that I can read the book and my dog Lucy even though she is a being and not a thing.

Daryl Abbott

Daryl Abbott

Community Ambassador

On staff since Spring 2009
Hometown: White Pigeon, MI

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay: Penny

What do you do outside of LoveWay: I am very involved with my church including our Teen Club, Vacation Bible School, Prayer Ministry and greeter.

Fun fact about yourself: I had a variety of summer jobs while in college; orderly in a nursing home, painter, worker in a couple of RV factories, ambulance attendant and a security guard. 

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring: Cellphone/iPad, bicycle and McDonalds coffee

Kayla Abbott

Kayla Abbott

PATH Certified Instructor

On staff since Fall 2018
Hometown: Granger, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay: THIS QUESTION IS SO HARD TO ANSWER!! I HAVE TOO MANY FAVORITES!!! Either Kayla or Patches

What do you do outside of LoveWay: Read in my hammock, work on my aunt and uncle’s farm, trail ride, bake

Fun fact about yourself: I like to run 10k’s and half marathons

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

Tim Krecsmar

Tim Krecsmar

PATH Certified Instructor

On staff since 1993
Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Updated bio coming soon!

Katie Price

Katie Price

Volunteer Coordinator

On staff since Spring 2019
Hometown: Bristol, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay: Teddy

What do you do outside of LoveWay: I love to go fishing, spend time at our boat in St. Joseph, MI, and spend time with my fiance Nathan and our dog Hope out on the water.

Fun fact about yourself: I have met president Obama and Mark Cuban

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring: A tool kit, a magnifying glass, and twine

Vern Moore

Vern Moore

Bookkeeper

On staff since Spring 2019
Hometown: Sparta, MI

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay: Teddy

What do you do outside of LoveWay: Enjoy time with my wife

Fun fact about yourself: I enjoy being around people so much I’m having a hard time retiring

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring: My wife, water, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

 

Lily Thomas

Lily Thomas

Barn Assistant

On staff since Fall 2019
Hometown: Middlebury, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay: Junior

What do you do outside of LoveWay: Outside of LoveWay I attend IUSB and study biology. I also train and show Eventing horses.

Fun fact about yourself: I used to race go-karts.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring: My horse, a knife and a fishing pole.

Delaney Hochstedler

Delaney Hochstedler

Barn Assistant

On staff since Fall 2019
Hometown: Syracuse, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay: Absolutely Shanna!

What do you do outside of LoveWay: Outside of LoveWay I work at Goshen Hospital in the ICU. I enjoy spending time with my family and puppy (DiveBar). I also like watching The Office and Friends on Netflix.

Fun fact about yourself: I started volunteering at LoveWay in 2013 in the SMTV program.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring: My man purse, DiveBar (my dog), a hammock

Zoe West

Zoe West

Barn Assistant

On staff since Fall 2019
Hometown: Blue Springs, MO

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay: All of them

What do you do outside of LoveWay: Outside of LoveWay I like to hang out with friends and have fun. 

Fun fact about yourself: I love big loud trucks and other vehicles. 

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