Our Volunteers

Welcome!

As an all volunteer organization, we cannot exist without our wonderful, talented, dedicated volunteers! Take a minute to check them out below. If you are interested in joining our ranks download our volunteer application HERE and email it to our Volunteer Coordinator, Aurora at aurorajchaffee@gmail.com.

Once you have submitted your application, we will schedule you an orientation and tour of the Ranch. Our goal is to get you plugged in to the areas you are interested in serving to mutually benefit you and our organization. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Our Leadership

TracyOct2016Tracy Cookman, Founder || CEO

Tracy works tirelessly on all aspects of the ranch. She is our fearless leader, Queen of hay moving, horse expert, and wise advice giver. We love Tracy and we benefit from her vision and leadership. Tracy is the Founder of Charis Youth Ranch and has been the driving force since 2009 when it was started. Tracy can be reached at newlifehorses@gmail.com.

Favorite horse: Memo Queen

 

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Lindsay joined the ranch team in 2011. With horses being a part of her life from early childhood Lindsay has experience in many equine disciplines including endurance/competitive trail, western pleasure, halter showmanship, and hunter jumper. Her true passion is connecting kids with horses and she has served the ranch as Youth Program Coordinator and Youth Program Director. She and her husband are passionate advocates for children and families and are active in the foster/adoptive community. Lindsay and Justin have 3 wonderful children, 2 dogs and 2 horses.   

 LuciaCroppedLucia, Barn Manager

We are so grateful for the talent and wisdom that Lucia brings to the team from years of experience managing 60 horses in Germany. As Barn Manager, Lucia is in charge of the overall well-being and training of all of our horses. In addition to being a professional trainer, Lucia is a licensed Dressage Instructor to the third level. Her knowledge and understanding of horses is irreplaceable to us. She is also dedicated to serving in our youth programs and training up volunteers in all things horse-related.

Favorite Horse: Sterling

 

 

 

 

Aurora Chaffee, Volunteer Coordinator

An all around horsewoman, we are excited to have Aurora’s enthusiasm and talents to work with our horses and volunteers. She is wonderful with kids and embodies grace and good humor on the ranch. Additionally, Aurora is passionate about beginning our Freedom Veteran Program at the ranch. She can be reached at aurorajchaffee@gmail.com with questions about volunteering with us.

Favorite Horse: Mosticolli Mort

                                      

 

Our Volunteers 

 

Hannah Rininger

Hannah has a quiet strength which serves her well when working with rescued horses. We are thankful for her flexibility and desire to serve. Hannah has a calm demeanor that is both refreshing and reliable.

Favorite Horse: Rosie

 

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Alyssa Rocha

Al is one talented lady. Al is always looking for ways to serve others, and we are so thankful for her many talents with horses, dogs, and kids. She has an amazing passion and drive for what she sets her mind to and will go the extra mile for anyone and anything.

Favorite Horse: Angel

 

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Cindy is a super compassionate, wonderful person. She has such a tender heart and is much loved by every kid who meets her. She is also a wonderful photographer who captures some priceless moments for us. You can find some of our horses featured on her art page Angel Mountain Media.

 Favorite Horse: Romeo

 

Rachel Rademacher

Rachel has been a wonderful addition to our team, She helps our feeding team and with the kids programs. She has a lovely calm and friendly presence that the kids and volunteers alike easily get along with. She’s a western girl to the core and loves a good lope through the pastures.

Favorite Horse: Chevy

 

Andrea HaAndreamilton

Andrea is a long time friend of the ranch and is a talented member of our fundraising team. She fed horses for years before switching over to managing our online fundraising shop.  Andrea has been very dedicated to our vision and fostered one of our rescues, Missy, for several years before finally adopting her! 

Favorite Horse: TR

 

 

Jessica Ward

Although Jessica wouldn’t call herself a horse expert, she cannot get enough of the quiet peace that blankets the ranch. Her willingness to learn and reliability are all we could ever ask for from a volunteer.

Favorite Horse: Mariposa

 

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Caroline Buck

Caroline  can never get enough of the ranch. Where there is a need, she will be there to fill it. Caroline is a wonderful asset to our summer kids programs as well as being dedicated to the horses. She has an awesome drive to serve, and no matter the task she is their to help. We are so fortunate that to have her as a volunteer to pour into our operation and horses.

Favorite Horse: TR

 

 

 

Imogen Hartle

Imogen is a confident, capable woman that adds a strength and enthusiasm to our team. We love her willing attitude to learn new things and work with different horses. 

Favorite Horse: Cleo

 

 

 

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 Kaitlyn joined our team in the Spring of 2016, we love this hardworking gal! She has a special heart and love for our Roper Dawg, an older gelding who is nearly blind. Kaitlyn is an all-around amazing volunteer, fantastic with the kids, and she is always willing to serve no matter the task.

 Favorite Horse: Roper Dawg

 

 

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 This lovely lady is such a cowgirl. She is a newer rider, but has an excellent seat and desire to learn! Although she did not come to us with much horse experience she dives into every opportunity to learn and work with our horses. She has an amazing attitude and patience when it comes to our kids programs. We love Melinda for her ever-constant, cheerful demeanor.

Favorite Horse: Romeo

 

 

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Elise Fens

Elise joined our team in April 2017. She is pursuing a career as a vet tech and the ranch is the perfect place to gain hands on experience. She is a wonderfully hardworking girl. She’s shown much dedication and commitment volunteering as a feeder as well as for our summer kids programs. We are so grateful for how she gives up her time freely to serve both our horses and or community.

Favorite Horse: Chevy

 

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Sarah Bohney

Sarah is a get it done kind of girl; give her a task and she will see it through to completion. We love that about her! She joined our team in summer of 2017 and what an amazing addition she has made! She is one of those volunteers that serves without expecting anything back and is always looking to go the extra mile for the ranch and for the horses. 

Favorite Horse: Mort

 

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For someone who doesn’t care for riding horses, Cody is an amazing gift to our ranch; he is hardworking, persistent and creative it when it comes to ranch operations and facility maintenance. If he sees a problem he fixes it. Cody has a humble, quiet way of going about his projects and before you know he’s completed it brilliantly! We cannot thank him enough for everything he puts into the ranch!

 

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Ann Kowalski

Ann embodies good humor and a can-do attitude. She’s easily taken to training others and is willing to step in and serve wherever need-be; we love her volunteer spirit. Ann also has experience around horses and shares her compassion and care with herd excellently.

Favorite Horse: Dry Branch Dame (DBD)

 

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Judy Bienick

Rich and Judy are a power couple feeding team. They take such a great care of the horses, going the extra mile for the ranch every time they’re out.  Judy has a tender heart for all God’s creatures. She is compassionate and understanding, gentle and thoughtful. We love her influence at the ranch!

Favorite Horse: McCool

 

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Rich Bienick

Rich and Judy are a power couple feeding team. They take such a great care of the horses, going the extra mile for the ranch every time they’re out. Rich has a gift for seeing a need, and taking the initiative to brainstorm ways to solve it. We love this about him! We love that he wants to be a good steward of the horses and property and demonstrates that every time he’s out there.

Favorite Horse: Randy

 

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Stephanie Schiavone

We love all Stephanie has to give at the ranch. She is consistent, honest, and reliable. Stephanie has soft spot for horses and the panoramic vista of the mountains… who could not! It’s a temple of peace and quiet for her outside the hustle and bustle of every day life. We appreciate her flexibility and adaptability to volunteering with us.

Favorite Horse: Rajah

 

More volunteer profiles to come… :)

 

 

Board of Directors

TracyOct2016Tracy Cookman, Founder || CEO

Tracy has been self employed, operating her own business since she began her real estate career as a single mom in 2001 in Washington state. Specializing in building relationships with her clients in order to reach their real estate goals, she has been awarded for  sales achievement in both Washington and Colorado. Tracy wears many hats as mother to her 5 children first,  Founder of this nonprofit and Real Estate Broker. In addition to writing the Manifesto for Charis Youth Ranch, she co-wrote the Youth Program Curriculum which is taught every summer to the kids who come to the ranch. Prior to her career in real estate she worked in Human Resources as an Employment Counselor helping people find and keep jobs.  Her strengths are communication, perseverence and faith.

 

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JoAnn Johnston, Board Chair 
 JoAnn brings 33 years of real estate brokerage and construction experience to her position as Board Chair. A former owner and Operating Principal of a successful, worldwide real estate franchise, she operated 3 offices and managed over 200 real estate brokers and employees for 13 years. JoAnn is proficient in coaching, project management, and business. 
JoAnn is passionate about helping people reach their full potential both spiritually and physically. Now a professional network marketer, JoAnn and her husband John are teaching others about health and wellness and the ability for our bodies to heal themselves with proper nutrients and minerals.Her strengths are coaching, boldness and business management.

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Scott Rogers, Director

Scott began his service to the community in 1992 when he joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. After coordinating DARE programs for local schools and working with at-risk youth, he rose in rank within the Sheriff’s department and started supervising and training academy recruits and local college security staff. One of his assignments involved training security personnel at Azusa Pacific University (APU), a private Christian University dedicated to serving     God First, the university’s motto. After retiring from the department in 2007, Scott and his wife, Monica moved to Fort Collins, Colorado when Monica accepted a teaching position within Poudre School District. Again, Scott found himself working with at-risk youth at the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office. Now as Chief Investigator with the DA’s office, Scott oversees the juvenile diversion programs and is active in the community raising awareness about the realities of human trafficking in Northern Colorado. His strengths are compassion, communication and expertise with at-risk youth.

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