Caroline Fritch
Program Director & Lead Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Caroline is an established Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) and Program Director with over 15 years’ experience in program development, management, certification, and accreditation. Her accomplishments throughout her career include thousands of hours of safe lessons, and responsibility for establishing and maintaining Premiere Accreditation status through PATH. She was instrumental in creating and implementing summer camps for special needs riders, after school programs for at-risk youth, organizing special needs horse shows, and being involved in the Special Olympics as an Equine Coach.  Horses and helping people are her passions and we welcome her to LOARC.  Caroline and her husband recently relocated to California from South Carolina.  Caroline can be reached at

Liz DesJardins
Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor in Training

Liz is a recent arrival to LOARC, helping with lessons and horse care. She is a lifetime equestrian who got her first taste of equine therapy 15 years ago, volunteering at a therapeutic riding facility on the East Coast. She is en route to completion of her Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor training through PATH International. We hope to have her teaching on her own in the spring!

Outside the barn, Liz has a 20-plus year career in regulatory and quality assurance for major pharmaceutical and dietary-supplement companies. In her spare time, when not riding her black Friesian Rhett, she loves exploring the area with her husband and step-daughter, cooking, toiling in her Santa Cruz Mountains garden and working with rescue animals, helping them find new love and purpose. Liz can be reached at

Dave Weaver
Business Manager

Dave joined LOARC in 2015 as our volunteer website administrator as he was pivoting from a 20+ year career in business aviation.  During his time at NetJets and Executive Jet Management in Ohio, Dave held management roles in Flight Operations and Information Technology.

As LOARC grew, our need for someone to handle a variety of business roles increased.  In January 2018, Dave accepted the role of Business Manager, and handles numerous duties related to the health and growth of LOARC.

Dave is an avid mountain biker who loves exploring the Western US, especially the Santa Cruz Mountains, on bike or on foot with his family and friends.  Dave, his wife and their kids live in Scotts Valley.  Dave can be reached at

Jo Romaniello, MS
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Jo recently joined the LOARC team volunteering clinical and organizational support to LOARC staff and volunteers on an as needed basis.  

Jo has gathered over 30 years of experience as a clinical counselor/consultant, supervisor, facilitator/trainer and educator.  She works in private practice, educational, non-profit organizational settings.  Jo is a volunteer member of the Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces, where she serves as a resiliency program trainer and facilitator in support of military families and veterans.   Jo engages in a variety of artistic activities, such as knitting, jewelry making, gardening and other creative projects.  And she loves to cook!  She and her husband share music as members of their church worship team, as well as love of travel and photography. They also enjoy the unconditional love of two cats and a Chihuahua named Meshach. Jo can be reached at