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.

Mark Flynn

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:

Mark Flynn

The Shea Center is pleased to announce that Mark Flynn is our Volunteer of the Month for April. Mark's commitment and care for our horses is clearly expressed in his eagerness to help in any way he can at The Shea Center. When Mark first learned about The Shea Center, he was looking to volunteer where he could work with horses and make a difference. He has even considered becoming a certified instructor. The Shea Center felt like a perfect fit for him. Although Mark has only been volunteering at the Center for three months, he has gone through leader training and is a part of our hard working groom team, making sure our horses remain looking their best for our clients. Mark is a firefighter in the LAFD and still volunteers up to three days a week here at The Shea Center. He primarily sidewalks on Wednesdays with his favorite client Colette and enjoys her good sense of humor and her energy while she is riding. Other than the horse hugs, Marks says his favorite part about being at The Shea Center is being a part of the team that's working toward the common goal of enriching the lives of the clients that we serve and the horses that we love. LTA Caitlyn Turner says of Mark, "He's so dedicated to us here at Shea and works hard. He's always there if you need him to fill in a spot or grab something for you. He helps make things run smoothly down at the barn and he enjoys learning about everyone here at Shea." We could not be more thankful to have Mark on our team and we greatly appreciate his work ethic and diligence for our horses and our clients. Thank you for all you do Mark! And thank you to Medieval Times for providing two tickets to each of our volunteers of the month!

Star Winter 2018 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 75 Cents of Each
Dollar Raised Goes Directly
Back To Programs and Services.