Tina Calanchini

Tina Calanchini

Executive Director Tina began working with Project R.I.D.E. in 2002 as a volunteer. She was intrigued that anyone would be crazy enough to place a child with special needs atop an animal period, let alone a 1200 pound horse. On her first day as a volunteer, all of the...
A Silver Carrot for Evan

A Silver Carrot for Evan

Meet Evan Grijnstein. Evan recently completed a community service project as part of his Bar Mitzvah training. He has been a rider at Project Ride for about 2 years and really loves it! He appreciates all of the volunteers and wanted to find a way to give back to the...
Genell Csik

Genell Csik

PATH International Certified Therapeutic Recreational Riding Instructor since 2015 Meet Genell Csik, our newest PATH Certified Instructor. She’s been volunteering with us since August and just passed her test in April 2015. “I was that horse-crazy kid who...
Lori Candelaria

Lori Candelaria

Office Manager since 2012 Lori rejoined staff in 2014 as an Executive Assistant after previously serving as interim Volunteer Coordinator and volunteering. She now manages the office and makes sure our operations run smoothly. Lori moved from the Bay Area in 2010 and...
Tamara Lipanovich

Tamara Lipanovich

PATH International Certified Riding Instructor since 2014 Tamara Lipanovich is a wife, mother to five, and grandmother to a small herd. She has ridden horses most of her life and enjoys riding a variety of disciplines ranging from Western trail riding to English...
Lauren Bender

Lauren Bender

PATH International Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor Lauren fell in love with horses early on in her life, but it wasn’t until she volunteered at a center in Fresno that she knew she was going to make a long term career out of therapeutic riding instruction. She...
Suzi Lawton

Suzi Lawton

Volunteer Coordinator of the Year Suzi joined Project R.I.D.E. as a volunteer in August 2008 and now works in our offices as an Outreach Coordinator, ensuring we have the volunteers we need for our program. With a past career in finance, Suzi has a passion for...
Marisa DeSalles

Marisa DeSalles

Community Outreach Manager Since 2008 Marisa DeSalles started volunteering with Project R.I.D.E. in 2003 and returned as a staff member in 2008. Marisa’s favorite part of her role at Project R.I.D.E. is watching new riders overcome their fears. She lives with...