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

Jenn Hartner Executive Director

Jenn has a strong history with Candlelight Ranch, and first developed a passion for the mission and people served in…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 Program & Communications Coordinator

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

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

Michael Weahkee Program & Logistics Specialist

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

Our Board

Ronnie Taylor Board President

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

Dauphen Jackson Board Treasurer

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

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

Maureen Fitzgerald, Ph. D
Kelly Bremer

Over the last 20 years of her professional career, Kelly has filled roles in both the nonprofit and corporate sector.  With…Read More

Paul Masschelin Board Vice 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

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

Our Advisory Council

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

Gina Budd

Gina Budd is a marketing executive that thrives on working with entrepreneurs and leadership teams to create integrated marketing strategies…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