In 1998 Ana spent a year in the Transkei of South Africa when that location was being absorbed into the country of South Africa. Transkei had been an independent country -- the Xhosa location where Mandela was born. This God-given opportunity enriched Ana's worldview and increased her desire to minister to Him in whatever way He desired. With that request, He dropped a vision into her heart which later proved to be All The King’s Horses Children’s Ranch.
Susan has experience in 4-H and FFA Projects; is a Certified Food Handler and a sound system operator. She grew up in foster home setting (Susie’s parents fostered). She was a CASA (court appointed special advocate) and is CPR and first aid licensed. She assists with P.R. within the community.
Kathy has volunteered with several different organizations since arriving in Arizona in 1999. She served the Cochise Baptist Association as clerk, executive board member and retreat planning committee member. She was a parent representative for the Benson High School Advisory Council for six years and has served in numerous positions in the local churches. Kathy worked for more than 10 years as a caregiver for developmentally disabled adults. Kathy has been part of the Children’s Ranch since 2002 – first as a board member, then as secretary and now as Programs Director for the board. Kathy completed her Associates Degree in Sign Language Interpreting in 2009 (Cochise College) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services (Wayland Baptist University) in 2012. Kathy came to work full-time with the Ranch in January 2012 as Program Director and is now the first person to greet visitors as they come to the Ranch.
Jim has served on the Board and as Treasurer since 2002. He is a retired business and financial professional. His career has included positions as staff accountant for a major CPA firm, founder and president of a Denver area CPA firm, CFO then president of a mining company, VP of treasury operations for a major bank, real estate and golf course developer. Jim’s most recent position was Finance Director and occasional interim City Manager for the City of Benson, AZ. His prior ministries included being the financial team member for the construction of the Las Vegas Christian Academy.
Gene is a long time resident of Benson having moved here from Tucson with his family in 1958. After graduating from Benson Union High School he went to work for Apache Powder Company (Now Apache Nitrogen Products) in the accounting office. He retired from Apache as the accounting manager in 2003. Gene has always enjoyed working with and raising animals on his property east of Benson. As a high school student, he worked summers on ranches which gave him a taste of ranch life. Gene has held various positions in his church such as trustee, treasurer, and deacon. After his retirement from Apache, Gene has enjoyed being a volunteer for different Christian organizations. He heard of the need for help at the Children’s ranch and began volunteering. Since that time he has held positions such as Board Chair and project director. He has coordinated building projects for the ranch as well as played a major role in our "Winning of the Pooh" project.
Daina and Al have been married for 30 years. They retired from the Children’s Ranch as full-time house parents after having served in that capacity from 2012-2018. Before that, Daina was a stay-at-home parent to her grandson and also one of her nephews. Daina worked for 11 years in the floral department of Benson’s Safeway where her mastery of floral design remains a respected talent. Daina continues to work directly with children as a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Benson. She and Al have a home in St David.
Roger Choate is an Arizona native. Born in Tucson, his family lived in the Cochise area. He attended Valley Union High School in Elfrida. He went into the Navy shortly after high school. Four years later he entered college at the University of Arizona where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Roger came back to the Cochise area and worked the windmill business that his dad had started. In 1989 he met his wife, Anita. They married in 1991 and have three children, Tamara, Haley and Miles. That same year Roger started his career for the Tucson Fire Department. He became a Paramedic and retired June 2017 with 26 years on the department. He is enjoying his retirement buying and fixing up houses to rent, and works in his pomegranate orchard. He also enjoys bow fishing, hunting, boating, camping and being with his family. Roger is an Elder at the New Life Family Worship Center, where he also teaches Sunday School and fills in for the Teacher/Preacher on occasion.
Diana Ray lives in Vail with her husband Lawrence, two horses, a dog, and a cat. She has been a Christian elementary school teacher for 11 years and also has a background in music. Her love for children and for animals sparked her initial introduction to the Ranch a few years ago. As a friend and prayer partner of the Ranch, she was honored to come on board as secretary in 2012 and play a more active role in this ministry.
NEW BOARD MEMBER - Richard Searle joined the Children’s Ranch Board in July. This man of God is all about living to please the Lord. He is a family man, rancher of crops and cattle, sits on other boards including (among others) AZ State Highways and the Willcox Bank. His overall character shines out with Jesus and the country air of a genuine cowboy, including all the down home flavor of such a gentleman and scholar.
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