Barnabas Staff & Board of Directors
Shayla Anderson is the Intake Coordinator, and Special Needs Program Director at Barnabas Horse Foundation in Myrtle Beach, SC. She is also the Assistant Secretary for the Board of Directors.
Her journey with Barnabas began in 2017 while she was pursuing her M.Ed. in Special Education at Coastal Carolina University (CCU). During that time frame, Barnabas partnered with the LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) Program at CCU to provide young adults with varying intellectual and physical abilities the opportunity to acquire daily functioning skills through engaging with horses, caring for them, and taking part in farm chores. From that opportunity, Shayla witnessed first-hand the power, confidence, joy, and sense of independence that horses can ignite in this unique group of individuals. After falling in love with the safe, brave space that Barnabas fostered for all that entered its gates, Shayla wanted to volunteer her time personally. Upon graduating, Shayla served as a special education teacher for 2 years in the public-school setting.
She has been a full-time employee for this organization since June 2020 and has been thoroughly enriched as she acquires more knowledge and understanding of the field of psychotherapy. Beginning in July of 2020, Shayla began her training to become a Natural Lifemanship practitioner. She has successfully completed her Fundamentals training and uses the skills learned to serve as an equine professional in psychotherapy sessions, and to conduct equine-assisted learning programs for children and young adults with disabilities.
Shayla is a 26-year-old young woman, eager to be a light and foster love and compassion in all she does. She calls herself more than blessed to be able to combine both her passions of serving individuals with special needs, and her love for animals to provide this life altering experience. She is loyal to the cause and credits her growth into the woman she is today to Barnabas Horse Foundation and its army of supporters and advocates (horses and humans).