About Las Campanas Compadres
Las Campanas Compadres, Inc. (LCC) was founded by Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra in May, 2007. The original idea was to start a program devoted to people with special needs and to elicit the co-operation of Las Campanas in utilizing the club’s world class facilities. The program is made possible through Las Campanas’ generous offer of the use of their beautiful equestrian and swimming facilities, and the enthusiastic response from the Las Campanas community to support the program through the donation of valuable volunteer time.
We initiated our activities with a riding program. We hired a NAHRA (North American Handicap Riders Association) rated instructor, organized a pool of volunteers, and developed a therapeutic program. We then started a therapeutic swimming program run by Dave Caldwell. The program has over 100 registered students and underwrites approximately 1,500 lessons per year. To date we have underwritten over 8000 free riding and swimming lessons.
Riding: We have an accredited Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)instructor, Karen Evans. NARHA promotes equine facilitated therapy and activity programs in the United States and Canada.
Swimming: David Caldwell runs our swimming program. David is an accredited swimming instructor who has had a successful career as a swimming coach for major university swimming programs. Currently, Dave works at Santa Fe Prep School where he works in the Athletic department coaching Cross Country and Swimming along with teaching Middle School PE.
LCC Board of Directors
Suzanna & Lawrence Becerra, Founders
Bob Lehrer, CFO
Darlene M. Romero, Secretary
John M. Romero
Ron Walters Award
The Ron Walters award is presented each year to the Las Campanas Compadres volunteer who in the opinion of the founders, Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra, has demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm for the program. The recipient will have an unparalleled sense of ardor, determination, and compassion, character traits that Ron Walters lived by.
Recipients of the Ron Walters Award
Mimi Kingsbury Award
The Mimi Kingsbury Award is presented each year to the Las Campanas Compadres Swimming program volunteer who in the opinion of Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra has demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm for the program. The recipient will have exhibited great compassion, respect, and teamwork; all character traits that Mimi Kingsbury lives by.