Candlelight Ranch’s talented staff, dedicated Board of Directors and Advisory Council are committed to helping special needs children, youth and families learn, explore and heal at the ranch. Our staff is dedicated to the daily operations, programs, development and long-term sustainability of Candlelight Ranch. Our Board of Directors and Advisory Council consists of business and community leaders that provide organizational and fiduciary oversight to ensure long-term financial and programmatic success.

Our Staff

Stacie Bryan Executive Director

Stacie Bryan is a dynamic leader with a profound commitment to philanthropy and community service, driven by her passion for…Read More

Tara Gray Development Director

Tara’s history with Candlelight Ranch started in 2006, when her angelic daughter Reese took her last breath in the arms…Read More

Lynette Holtz Ranch Program Director

Lynette has a BA in Humanities and a MA in Literature from Midwestern State University. She has been an organic…Read More

Madison Peterson Communications, Data & Grant Manager

Madison’s love for the outdoors began as a young child exploring the pine forests of East Texas, but her passion…Read More

Angelia Tomlin Ranch Manager

Angelia has always been a country girl and somewhat of a tomboy. She has served as our Ranch Foreman for…Read More

Michael Weahkee Operations Manager

Michael’s interest and passion for the outdoors began as a young child living in a wide range of places. Through…Read More

Adrian Dearmond Program Coordinator

Adrian’s passion for outdoor recreation began while she was on summer staff at Camp Barnabas, a camp for individuals with…Read More

Tori Martinez Program Specialist

Tori’s passion for nature and helping others is what brought her to Candlelight Ranch. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in…Read More

Our Board

Monika Orr Secretary

Monika has a BS in Business from the University of Central Missouri.  She has worked in the Market Research Technology…Read More

Dr. Mary Van Haneghan

Dr. Mary Van Haneghan has two decades of nonprofit organizational management. Her academic research has ranged from historical institutional models…Read More

Don Barr Co-Founder, Emeritus

Born and raised in Houston, Don Barr moved to Austin in 1975 after spending 18 summers as a camper, counselor,…Read More

Randy Barr Co-Founder, Emeritus

Co-Founder Randy Barr is deeply passionate about Candlelight Ranch. He feels the Retreat is so beautiful and peaceful that being…Read More

Brian Hamner

Brian and his family have been a part of Candlelight Ranch from its inception. With the ranch’s pavilion named  in…Read More

Paul Masschelin Board President

Paul is a retired senior finance executive with an Engineering degree from State University of  Antwerp, Belgium and MBA degree…Read More

Russ Miller

Russ Miller started volunteering at Candlelight Ranch in 2020 and recently joined the Ranch Committee.  He has held previous board…Read More

Jennifer Sellers Board Treasurer

Jennifer Sellers joined the Candlelight Ranch Board of Directors in 2021.  Jennifer has a BA and MS in Accounting from…Read More

Dr. William Fisher

Dr. William Fisher came to Candlelight Ranch as a volunteer and fell in love with the mission and this beautiful…Read More

Arun Jacob

Arun Jacob joined the Candlelight Ranch Team in 2022, after experiencing the Families in Nature Program and a corporate volunteering…Read More

Melissa Weston
Adam Flagg Board Vice President

Adam Flagg was drawn to join the Candlelight Ranch board in 2022 after learning about the organization through the Austin…Read More

Due West

Due West began volunteering at Candlelight Ranch in 2021 while also serving on the Ranch Committee. He joined the board…Read More

Ben Cousins
Crystal Cousins
Laura Arend
Stephanie Weber
Jean Wahl

Our Advisory Council

Ronnie Taylor

Ronnie Taylor owns and operates Homewell Care Services of Austin. He spent 30 years in the grocery business starting as…Read More

Dauphen Jackson

Dauphen joined the Candlelight Ranch Board of Directors in 2017. With a strong professional background in Business Administration, Finance and…Read More

LuAnn Gilmore

A native Texan, LuAnn supports many local charities and together with her husband, Jack, believes in helping disadvantaged and disabled…Read More

Kellie Mater

Kellie Mater joined the Candlelight Ranch Board of Directors in 2016. A marketing executive in the high-tech sector, Kellie brings…Read More

Aaron Persons

Aaron has 30 years of financial services leadership, serving in executive roles for banks and credit unions leading retail operations…Read More

Randal Dahl

As a native Texan and resident in the Marble Falls area since 2006, Randal has supported numerous non-profits and charities…Read More

Ali Knight

Anyone who knows Ali knows that she “lights up” and loves to talk about Candlelight Ranch to anyone who will…Read More

Dorie Pickle

Dorie Pickle is CreativePickle’s Founding Principal and Managing Director. With roots in the frenzied dot-com boom in Austin, Dorie started…Read More

Becca Schafer

Becca Gutierrez Schafer is a single mother, activist, public speaker, and award winning chef. She founded Becca Events and Catering…Read More

Tom Sultenfuss

Tom has been involved with Candlelight Ranch since the beginning 20 years ago.  His much-loved sister, Jeri, was one of…Read More

Ashley Cooper
Stephanie Cooper
Angie Dixon