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 Hill Program 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 Foreman

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

Karen Garbaccio Operations Manager

Karen has a BS in Communications from Stephen F. Austin State University. She found her love of the non-profit world…Read More

MaDarius Tyler High Ropes Course Manager

My career at Candlelight Ranch started out as a joint internship with Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. With no previous experience…Read More

Kristen White Program Intern

As a kid Kristen always loved being outdoors and still has a passion for being outdoors today. She enjoys fishing,…Read More

Our Board

Jenny Williams Board President

Jenny is a Program Director in NTT Data Service’s Consulting & Systems Integration organization (formerly Dell Services) and the past…Read More

Ronnie Taylor Board Vice 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

Jennifer Blackman

Jennifer Emmons Blackman has experience working in multiple business sectors, which gives her an edge while collaborating with the diverse…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

Tanya Graham

A licensed social worker, Tanya brings a passion for service and second chances to Candlelight Ranch as a board member…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

Monika Orr

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 Secretary

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

Jan Wierschke

Jan Wierschke joined the Candlelight Ranch in March 2016.  She is the Vice President of Medical Management where she oversees…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
Dan Bauerle

Dan is a 4th generation Austinite raised in SouthWest Austin.  He and his family has been involved in Ranching, Real…Read More

Our Advisory Council

Ed Bell

Ed has been a part of the Candlelight Ranch family since 2010.  Through the years, he has held various roles…Read More

Gina Budd
Bergan Casey

Bergan Casey operates Casey Communications, LLC, which provides communications and organizational management support to non-profit clients. Casey’s toolbox includes media…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
Harriett Kirsh Pozen

Harriett Kirsh Pozen has always dedicated herself to volunteerism and the non-profit world. A native Texan from McAllen, she has…Read More

Dorie Pickle
Becca Schafer
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

John Haughey

John has spent over 35 years working and living in USA, Asia, and Europe. He held senior executive positions at…Read More