Meet Our Team!

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 a “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.

Ryan Eash

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 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.

Arica Freshour

Arica Freshour

Volunteer Coordinator

On staff since Winter 2020
Hometown: White Pigeon, MI

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Though I love them all, Shanna is the one that has pulled on my heart strings the most! Having been the first horse I worked with when I started volunteering back in 2013, Shanna has always been very patient, kind and friendly to be around!

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I’m very family-oriented and spend a lot of time with my family and friends throughout the week and weekend mostly joining in or hosting game nights! I’m also very involved in my church, Bristol United Methodist, being a Volunteer Coordinator there as well! And though I don’t have any two-legged children to chase after yet, my 4-legged fur babies definitely keep me active and happy!

Fun fact about yourself:
I’m a fraternal twin!

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
A fire starter of some sort, a sharp-ended object, and my Bible to keep me emotionally and spiritually stable!

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.

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.

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

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!).

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, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

 

Kevin Ritenour

Kevin Ritenour

Administrative Assistant

On staff since Fall 2019
Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Cole (He’s a cat, but he’s 4-legged so he 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.

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 McDonald’s coffee.

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.

Angela Kidder

Angela Kidder

Barn Assistant

On staff since Fall 2019
Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
It’s hard to choose! But I might have to say Elsa, she likes to nuzzle my jacket and tries to pull my hat off my head when we are doing Equivibe. She makes me laugh.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I’m a home-body so I try to be at home as much as I can. I enjoy doing crocheting, needlework, reading, and baking. But a big part of my life for the last 10 years or so is spent at Red Oaks Farm. I am usually there training for Rated Arab shows, where I compete in mostly hunters, but also do lots of dressage.

Fun fact about yourself:
Christmas is my favorite holiday! I am someone that starts listening to Christmas music in August, because it makes me so happy.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
I would bring my favorite book, a way to make drinkable water, and sunscreen!! (I burn very quickly haha!)

 

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.

Melissa Keller

Melissa Keller

Weekend Feeder

On staff since Fall 2019
Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
I LOVE them ALL. Gerard because he nuzzles my chest every time I get him to feed. Junior because he is soooo sweet. Bonnie, she comes every single time I call her, she’s excited to see me. Pickles, the barn kitty, she loves to get on my shoulder when I’m sweeping the barn and “talking” to me.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I love going to the beach, work in my yard, do new projects on my first home. Creating a calming home for myself and two kitties.

Fun fact about yourself:
I just learned how to change a car tire, hahahaha. I’ve never worked as a barn assistant.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
Food, a boyfriend, and a pontoon.