Meet the LoveWay team

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

Shelley Becker

Executive Director & PATH Intl. 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

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.

Lily Thomas

Assistant to Equine Director

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.

Leah Gall

Lead PATH Intl. Certified Instructor 

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 love to sing. However, God did not bless me with a perfect singing voice. I sing anyway. If I hear a song that I like and I know the words, I’ll sing it, no matter who is around.

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.

Brooke Archer

Development Associate & PATH Intl. Certified Instructor

On staff since Winter 2020
Hometown: Katonah, NY

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Dolly!

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
Hang out with my animals!

Fun fact about yourself:
I’m working on getting my Masters Degree.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
My animals, Andrew, and my school stuff.

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

Instructor in Training

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.

Shari Warlick

Instructor in Training

On staff since Winter 2022
Hometown: Elkhart, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
Gypsy.

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I travel, hike, canoe, visit my children, and ride motorcycles.

Fun fact about yourself:
I am a Board & Brush VIP. I was given my own apron.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
My Bible, a fire starter, and my husband Mark. I would have a much higher chance of survival with Mark along.

Hope Rubera

Instructor in Training

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.

Jessika Ellett

Program Coordinator 

On staff since Fall 2022
Hometown: Bristol, IN

Favorite 4-legged team member at LoveWay:
I will say all of them for now, because I love horses in general, and I don’t know the horses just yet!

What do you do outside of LoveWay:
I am a mom and wife, which keeps me busy, but I also like to read and be outside in my free time. 

Fun fact about yourself:
I have scoliosis but I don’t let it stop me from doing things I enjoy. 

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring:
A fire starter, knife or axe, mosquito repellent!   

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!

Melissa Keller

Administrative Assistant

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 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.

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.

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.

Suzanna Edmonds

Barn Assistant

On staff since Spring 2022
Hometown:

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

Ella Yoder

Barn Assistant

On staff since Summer 2022
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LoveWay Board of Directors

President

Reid Mellott

Vice President

Mark Taylor

Vice President

Adam Christoffersen

Secretary

Patsy Boehler

TREASURER

Ross Hougland

Members

Chris Clementz
Mary Grimmer
Molly Welch-Miller
Kari Welker
Jen Anderson
Andrew Cunningham

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