Sertoma Youth Ranch Governance and Management:
The Ranch is governed by a 24 member Board of Directors with officers elected and directed by approved By-Laws. The full board meets once per month, and committees meet before official board meetings. The Operations & Maintenance Chair Person, a volunteer as are all Board members, serves as the Ranch Director and oversees the Ranch Manager who is contracted by the Ranch. Nearly all non-routine maintenance and work done at the Ranch is performed by volunteers. When maintenance is beyond the ability of a volunteer, only then is the service contracted.
Doug Marris – Ranch Manager
Doug comes to the ranch with an abundance of energy, enthusiasm and a wide range of skills which he characterizes as from photography to jet engine mechanic with landscaping, tree cutter and carpenter in between. He did his military service between 1981 and 2004 working on fighter jets for four years and telecommunications for 19. During time off from the military Doug supervised VIP and media for Woodstock 99 in Rome New York. After leaving the military he started a real estate business in upstate New York buying dairy farms, subdividing and reselling them. Following a move to Florida he has been active in the concert and festival scene racking up 82 events working security and crowd control either supervising or as a staff member.
Doug brings his “Mind, Body and Soul Festival (Health and Holistic) for the first time to the Ranch in 2017 but has been doing it for three years. The event will feature 110 one hour workshops over three days including yoga, martial arts, massage, sexuality, love and relationships. There will be a drum circle in the evening, music, art and children’s events, a pet playground and pet parade. The emphasis is on being family friendly with no drugs or alcohol tolerated.
Already in the few months that Doug has been on the job at the ranch he has made many improvements. The stream has been cleaned out, roofs cleaned off, fill brought in to help with erosion. During the volunteer weekend a number of new picnic tables were built and fences painted. Doug has undertaken the upgrading of the site electrical boxes to include 30 amp and 110 connections. Showers and bathrooms have been painted and a major construction of new restrooms next to pavilion completed. In the off season mowing is a never ending job so if you see Doug around the ranch on the tractor stop and say hello.
Carl Sturgeon – Past Ranch Manager and significant other Cherie Milburn
Ranch Manager from May 1st to August 2016
Carl grew up in Milford, Michigan, a little town north west of the Motor City – Detroit. He is therefore, of course, a car guy like his father, but really likes anything vintage. He has enjoyed calling Florida home for 23 years, but equally likes spending time at his family’s cabin in the mountains of Montana near Yellowstone.
Cherie is pursuing her Registered Nursing degree, but prior to this she worked for 15 years as a Graphic Designer and Artist and 4 years at a Psychiatric Hospital. She can surely handle any personality Sertoma can toss at her. In both her degrees of Commercial Art and CNA/HHA, she graduated with honors and a 4.0 GPA.
Ranch Manager from May 1st to August 2016
Phil Minor – Previous Ranch Manager, and wife Lynda Lyons
Ranch Manager from April 2012 to April 2015
Retired in 2009 from Boone, North Carolina, where they owned a couple of businesses then moved to Charleston, South Carolina, for an 8 month stay. Upon retiring they became “full-timers” which is the lingo for living in their RV full time. After Charleston they and their two dogs, Vega and Pollux, moved to Keystone Heights, Florida.
Phil is retired Navy serving 22 years and Lynda graduated from Florida State with an accounting degree. Between them they have 4 adult children. While camping at the Stringbreak music festival in April 2012, Mitch Lind asked them “how ’bout taking this caretaker’s job?” Phil and Lynda and the two dogs were heading to New Orleans after the festival. Phil said, “Got to find someone after 60 days… 60 days turned into 3 years.”
Here are just a few things that Phil has done to benefit the Ranch for years to come:
- Mapping water infrastructure, i.e. mains, turn off (isolation valves)
- Key Management, i.e. was given 100 keys to identify and still has “mystery keys”
- Upgraded 25 electric sites
- Cleaned corrosion on all electrical panels and upgraded them
- Maintaining all the equipment
- Fixed all the vents in the bathroom
Here are just a few things that Lynda has done to benefit the Ranch:
- Totally organized the front office of the Ranch
- Documented many of the S.O.P. of the Ranch so the next person coming in would have it
- Developed Excel spreadsheets for all accounting of deposits, etc.
When Phil and Lynda were asked what they will miss most about the Ranch, Phil said, “We will miss the party in our backyard every weekend.”
What will they miss the least about the Ranch? Lynda said, “We look forward to cleaning one bathroom instead of 13.”
Retiring once again, they purchased a house in Keystone Heights. This will not be the last of them, however. They plan on attending most of the festivals here AND plan on staying active with the board of directors and/or one of the many committees that help operate the Ranch.
Steve Schadt – President
Steve is the son of one of the Ranch founders and has been coming to the Ranch since he was a teen and directly involved since 1976.
He became a board member in 2000 and is currently the president. Steve is also a charter member of the Ranch Hands Sertoma Club.
There is almost no job at the Ranch that Steve has not pitched in with. He has cleaned toilets, mowed grass, cooked in the kitchen, and for a time was the ranch manager. He ran volunteers for 6 years and ran publicity for another 6 years.
Steve stays involved to see the Ranch improve so Florida’s children and youth groups can enjoy the beautiful outdoor environment as he did.
Joe & Toni Chance
Joe is originally from Connecticut and in 1991, Joe and Toni moved to Spring Hill Florida. Joe attended Morehead State University in Kentucky and Central Connecticut State majoring in business administration. After 35 years working in retail management Joe retired. “I discovered Sertoma Youth Ranch in 2009 when I was given a ticket from friends to Riverhawk music festival. I’ve been hooked ever since”. Joe and Toni volunteer their time at festival and work parties and also donate monetarily yearly to the Sertoma Youth Ranch. In 2016, Joe and Toni became board members “to keep the Ranch moving forward”.
Bobbie Dusenberry – Treasurer, Chairperson of Finance and Legal Committee
Bobbie is originally from N.J. but after graduating from Florida Southern in 1983, she made Florida her home. She has lived in Safety Harbor for over 20 years with Bill Fawcett.
Bobbie and Bill discovered the Ranch by attending the first Riverhawk Music festival. Music and camping are a part of her DNA. They loved the Ranch and started attending the other music festivals. “Soon most of our local camping was right here…in our own backyard!”
In 2008, Bobbie, Bill and a bunch of friends rented the smaller pavilion for camping, music, and comradery. Everyone had such a good time they decided to do it again the same time the following year. They placed a donation bucket out so everyone could help pay for the cost of renting the pavilion. Anything left over was donated back to the Ranch. 2015 marks the 8th year in doing this thing called the Broken String Fling – a benefit and fund raiser for the Ranch including a volunteer work party on Sunday. About year 3 (2010) one of the board members, Mitch Lind, asked Bobbie and Bill to get involved with the board. With Bobbie’s financial background, she became Treasurer after the first year. “I always feel privileged that I can lend my expertise and services to such a worthy organization.” She is also a member of the Seaport Sertoma Club in Tampa.” Bill, although no longer on the board, still makes valuable contributions as a Ranch volunteer.
As a co-founder of Sertoma Youth Ranch back in 1973, Jesse has spent a good part of his life involved with the Sertoma Clubs. He was Charter President for the Hillsborough Sertoma Club starting in 1969, which he repeated 7 times. He has been the District Governor three different times – 1990 to 1993, 2005 to 2007, and 2008 to 2011, Director from 2011 Ranch Board from 1973 to 1985, 1990 to 1992, and is a current member of the board.
He received a very much deserved Sertoma Lifetime National Award in 2012. Also noted is a perfect attendance in the 44 years as a Sertoman.
Besides his Sertoma life, Jesse was in R&D as a Chemical Engineer for rockets and guided missiles from 1956 to 1958. He also owned 3 Auto Parts stores from 1960 to 1981. Most recently he was an insurance agent from 1981 to 2005.
Lenore Nepveu – Chairperson of Membership & Volunteer
Lenore has lived in Sarasota for 30+ years, originally from Ohio.
She is Manager of Implementations for WO Media Sales, a division of WideOrbit, Inc, a Media software company headquartered in San Francisco. Her team of Implementation Specialists travel the country training TV and Radio sales departments on the company’s software – used for Nielsen and Arbitron research and client proposals.
Her previous careers include, 24 years as an Account Executive for TV, Radio and Cable: Created marketing campaigns for local and regional advertisers, managed advertising budgets and developed successful relationships.
She has also sold cars, worked retail, milked cows, raised sheep, made pizza, trained horses and just about everything else you can think of.
Outside of work she and husband Dave enjoy camping in their 5th wheel with their two yellow Labs, kayaking, cooking and music festivals.
Lenore was President of the Sailor Circus Foundation in Sarasota for a couple of years, managing Scholarship funds for High School Seniors in Sailor Circus. She has also been a 4H leader.
And last but not least, she loves Sertoma Youth Ranch!
Diane originally fell in love with the back-to-nature environment and has been active at the Ranch since 1993 with her husband and children.
Dianne teaches crafts to the kids. She likes to get retired teachers and members of her extended family involved in the programs. She has an extensive collection of craft supplies that she creatively uses in her workshops. She would like to see music workshops added for the children so the legacy can be passed along.
Ray Morgan retired in 1997 from ESI Inc. He was a proud member of Local 67 Heat Frost Insulators Asbestos Workers. Ray has been a member of the Tampa East Sertoma Club since September 1997. In 2001, he joined the Sertoma Youth Ranch and has been a member ever since.
Greg Herndon – Chairperson of Marketing & Sales Committee, and wife Roseanne Herndon
Greg is the president of Mojoe Productions, which provides sound, stage, and lighting for concerts and events. Greg has been on the Sertoma Youth Ranch board about ten years and is the chairman for Ways and Means Committee. His wife, Roseanne, is also a Ranch board member. They reside in Bradenton, FL.
Walter “BUD “ Osborn – Secretary
Bud was born and raised in St Petersburg. He attended St. Petersburg High School, St. Petersburg Jr. College, Fla. State Univ. and Duquesne University School of Business.
He spent fifty years in the Fast Food Industry, and retired from McDonald’s Corp as Vice President of Franchising for Central and South America. He had his own franchises of RAX Restaurants in Hillsborough and Pinellas County as well as in Louisiana.
Bud is an active member of the Inverness Sertoma Club. He has had a perfect attendance record of fourteen plus years, and as an officer for most of those years. Currently he is the club secretary. He has served as the district F.D.R. and received an outstanding award for being one of the top ten F.D.R. in the country. He is currently serving as the governor of the Heart of Florida district, and is also Sertoma Certified Regional Trainer.
One of the reasons Bud felt he could be of a value to the Sertoma Youth Ranch, is his contacts throughout the district. He can serve as a liaison and a “salesman” of the Ranch, to the various clubs in my district. He also has an advantage in that he lives in Inverness and its close proximity to the Ranch makes him somewhat readily available. Having been responsible for conducting most of his club’s fund raisers in recent years, gives him the experience and working knowledge and the ability to help the Ranch.
Danny is a 38 year member of Sertoma Youth Ranch. He has been active on the board of directors about half of that time and has held several offices over the years.
Danny is a charter member of the Ranch Hands Sertoma Club and was president of the club for two years. Prior to that, he was a member of Tampa East club.
Nancy has been a member of the Ranch for seven years and plays bluegrass with the Soggy Bottom Bluegrass Bunch (SBBB).
She was recruited to help in the kitchen and now runs it with the help of her loyal volunteers.
She especially likes the Sertoma mission of supporting the hearing impaired.
George is a charter member of the Ranch Hands Sertoma Club, invited to come out by a bluegrass band. It has been a family affair from the beginning for her as she has made good friends while working many of the jobs around the Ranch.
A work day was originally a regular activity for the Ranch Hands and the whole family pitched in. She loves the camping accompanied by the strings of a bluegrass band.
Dick “Chicken Dick” Schroeder
Dick has been a bluegrass player for many years. As a charter member of the Soggy Bottom Bluegrass Bunch (SBBB), he helped research a place where the club could grow and enjoy their regular meetings.
He has been doing the annual hog roast with them since 1984 and was actively involved in building the Soggy Bottom Pavilion at the Ranch.
You can find him driving the tractor for our kid’s hay rides during our many festivals and gatherings.
Bob Jeannin – Chairperson of Youth Committee
At 17, Bob was a 4-H Club Leader and Chairman of a 4-H Fair. After a career with General Electric, he was President and Festival Chairman of the Adirondack Bluegrass League.
Following that he was a Deputy Regional Representative for the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Bob Joined the Sertoma Youth Ranch Board in 2012.
Walter and Betty Frantz – Vice President & Kitchen Manager
Betty has been a member of Ranch Hands Sertoma Club for 18 years and president of this club for 10 years. She has been a Sertoma Youth Ranch member for 20 years and on the Board of Directors for 18 years.
Walter has been a member of Ranch Hands Sertoma Club for 18 years. He has been aSertoma Youth Ranch member 20 years and on the Board of Directors for 18 years.
Ken Stockdill – Chairperson of Operations & Maintenance Committee
Originally from Pennsylvania, Ken has made Florida his home since the late 1970’s. He is retired from being the Aquatic Director for the City of Saint Cloud and now is the owner/operator of Consolidated Crane Inspection, Inc. Ken is right at home at the Ranch being an Eagle Scout in his younger years. He is currently the co-coordinator for the Will McLean Music Festival held here at the Ranch.
Raised in Chicago and moved to Florida in 1996. Spent two years in the army serving with the First Infantry Division in the Republic of Viet Nam. I have worked for United Airlines, Nielsen Media, animal rescue, managed a bar, wrangled horses, etc. I am proud to be a 20 gallon blood donor. I am a volunteer for Community Radio WMNF where I have been Stage Manager, phone supervisor during membership drive, set up concerts, sold merchandise, and also have done outreach for them.
At SYR I have washed dishes, cleaned, cooked, mopped, served food, mowed, dug, made signs, picked up cans and trash, even helped resupply toilet paper in the port-o-lets, and brought in new volunteers. No matter what I do at the Ranch, I love it. I love Sertoma Youth Ranch and to give my services where needed. I am honored to be on the board.