Adult Volunteer of the Year:

Rita Santaella

Rita is a well-rounded volunteer. She helps on our Advanced Volunteer Team, is regularly in lessons sidewalking and leading our horses, assists with the military program, and helps with all our special events. Rita is the kind of volunteer who “gets it.” She understands her relationship with her clients, her boundaries in relating to our horses, and how to communicate needs to our staff. We greatly value Rita’s participation and rely on her significant contributions.

Youth Volunteer of the Year:

Deeba Saffarian

Deeba began volunteering at The Shea Center in 2015 as an enthusiastic sidewalker and now is a terrific horse leader. She has joined our Advanced Volunteer Team coaching new volunteers on their first shift and helps the volunteer department with other special events. Her enthusiasm for the Center is so contagious that she has recruited both her twin sister, Saba, and her father, Reza, to become Shea Center volunteers.

Julie Bohrer

Rookie Volunteer of the Year:

Kim White

Kim is a licensed physical therapy assistant and understands what it takes to accomplish therapy goals. She is an asset to all the lessons in which she is involved. Kim also assists the grooming team, volunteers for the Drive to Ride campaign, and willingly helps with any task requested of her.

Volunteer of the Month:

Julie Bohrer

The Shea Center is delighted to announce that Julie Bohrer is the February Volunteer of the Month! Julie came to us through an internship for her studies at University of California, Irvine, and has since fallen in love with the Center. She feels she was lucky to find a place that combines her lifelong love of horses with her desire to help improve the lives of others. Her passion for learning about equine assisted therapy is evidenced by her dedication to client lessons, especially on Wednesday mornings, when she works with physical therapist, Jillian, and her rider, Chelsea. Julie says, “It is awe inspiring to see the excitement, satisfaction, and self-confidence that riders gain when they are on a horse.” Julie is empathetic, flexible, and ever positive, making her a joy to be around and an invaluable help around the barn. She can be spotted around The Shea Center sporting red cowgirl boots and an infectious smile. Thank you for all that you do Julie; we appreciate it!

Star Fall 2017 Session Volunteers




Did You Know...

therapy program

We have 250+ Riders Each
Week, Over 1,000 Participants
Each Year

boy feeding horse

Autism is Our #1 Diagnosis,
Cerebral Palsy is Our #2

special programs

More Than 74 Cents of Each
Dollar Raised Goes Directly
Back To Programs and Services.