Dana Butler-Moburg, Executive Director Contact Dana

For the past 16 years, Dana has been the executive director for the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in San Juan Capistrano. The Shea Center is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs. In the last 16 years, the Center has quadrupled its operating revenue to a $2.4 million annual operating budget while growing services to serve over 650 clients with special needs each year at the Center. With 13 full-time staff and 15 part-time and contract staff, the Shea Center is one of the largest therapeutic equestrian centers in the U.S. Her work has been recognized with the Founder's Award by the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International for making a meaningful impact on the entire industry of therapeutic riding. In 2009, she was also named one of "20 Women to Watch in Orange County" by OC Metro magazine.

The Shea Center is also in the final stretch of a $12 million capital development project which completed construction in January 2010.

She brings a 26-year background in non-profit management and administration to The Shea Center with an emphasis in community organization, development, communications and board management. She spent seven years with the American Heart Association in Los Angeles during which time she received two national awards for her work in communications and marketing.

For Butler-Moburg, a fourth level dressage rider, coming to the Shea Center was the perfect combination of a personal love of horses and a professional love of the important services that non-profits provide to the communities they serve. She has also become one of only 17 equestrian instructors worldwide to be trained in the BalimoTM system to teach riding and The Shea Center will be the first therapeutic equestrian program worldwide to apply these principles to their clients with special needs.

As a consultant, Ms. Butler-Moburg has worked with Fortune 500 companies on media and communications projects and has consulted with nearly 100 non-profit organizations, mostly therapeutic equestrian programs.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she graduated from the University of Washington in 1989 then moved to Southern California where she and her husband Frank have made it their permanent home.


Janelle Robinson, Director of Therapeutic Programs Contact Janelle

Janelle is a licensed physical therapist practicing since 1990. She has been at The Shea Center since 1999 and is responsible for all program services. She is an expert equestrian and combines her knowledge of horses with an extensive knowledge of pediatric, geriatric, orthopedic, acute and neurological rehabilitation to treat clients of all ages and abilities. Her many certifications include Certified Clinical Instructor for the American Physical Therapy Association, American Hippotherapy Registered Therapist, Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International certified instructor, and one of only 18 worldwide graduates of the BalimoTM program specializing in the work of Professor Eckart Meyners, a German applied kinesiologist and early childhood development expert.