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.

Brian Pattee

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:

Brian Pattee

The Shea Center’s honored volunteer of the month for November is Brian Pattee. Raised in Colorado, Brian grew up with horses and, after moving to California, found he missed being around them. He learned about The Shea Center while visiting with friends and has been volunteering here for almost two years (over 140 hours of service). One can count on Brian to be on-time for his shift, flexible with changes and ready to help out where ever he can. Brian says he enjoys everything about the Center including the riders, staff, and horses. He remarks, “The smells of the horses, arenas, and barn bring back wonderful memories of earlier years. The kids are so inspiring; The Shea Center is like family to me now!” Instructor, Shari Masline, comments, “I have had the pleasure of working with Brian in my lessons as both a leader and sidewalker. He is wonderfully patient and kind - traits both our riders and horses appreciate!” Thank you, Brian, for your dedicated volunteerism!

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.