Who We Are

Meet Our Staff

  • Ann Hawley

    Ann Hawley

    Volunteer Supervisor

    I’ve had a special place in my heart for Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch for over 20 years. My husband Greg and I met Kim and Troy in the early 90’s, and we’ve cherished their sweet friendship over the years. We’ve continued to pray for the Lord’s leading on their lives and, although we moved to Portland years ago, our bond has remained strong.

  • Rachel Hanson-McBride

    Rachel Hanson-McBride

    CRM Customizer

    Hey there, friends. It is a bit odd to introduce myself to all of you in this way. Since there are such a variety of reasons you may be reading these words, I am not sure that I can speak to every question in these short paragraphs. Still, I want to encourage you with a few thoughts from my life here at the ranch.

  • Xandra Bruckner

    Xandra Bruckner

    Gardener, Finance Assistant
    Session Instructor

    When I was seventeen years old, God placed a unique desire in my heart: the dream of starting a ranch that paired kids and horses together, using aspects of psychology as a tool to help them. I went to college to major in psychology, but I struggled with the seemingly impossible task of starting a ranch from the ground up.

  • Judy Jeffery

    Judy Jeffery

    Assistant to Founders

    I’m no stranger to the wounding arrows of the Enemy. Nor have I been spared from being lured by his awful lies. Falling victim to these lies and wounds, I once lived a secret life bound in a self-made prison. Finally, the truth of Galatians 5:1 broke through the deception, “It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

  • Lynn Watkins

    Lynn Watkins

    Program Assistant
    Fellowship Coordinator

    I was introduced to Crystal Peaks when I heard Kim speak on Focus on the Family. Being a horse lover, I was intrigued by how the Ranch used horses to share the love and hope of Jesus to kids and families that were experiencing brokenness and pain. I remember listening and being so moved by all the stories. My first thought was: THAT is what I want to be a part of!

  • Deirdre Gomez

    Deirdre Gomez

    Equine Assistant
    Session Instructor

    I first heard of CPYR about fifteen years ago. Kim Meeder was the guest speaker at a women’s conference at our church. I loved her first book, Hope Rising, and subsequently started visiting the Ranch. In 2015, my husband, daughter, and I moved back to Bend after raising our four children in Portland, OR.

  • Jeff Gorham

    Jeff Gorham

    Senior Session Instructor

    There are so many things that I love about what I get to do on the ranch. I love working with children, horses, dirt and the never-ending list of chores. I love "the ranch buzz", the sights and sounds of ranch life on a daily basis. There is nothing akin to the clamor of...

  • Aly Hinkle

    Aly Hinkle

    Session Instructor

    I've always had a passion for horses and for rescue. I had a feeling since middle school that God was preparing me to enter ministry in some aspect. Driving home from school one day, I heard Kim interviewing on Focus on the Family radio station and was blown away that God had called the Meeders to use horses in ministry.

  • Lorissa Ziemer

    Lorissa Ziemer

    Session Instructor

    The story of how I ended up at the Ranch has the hand of God all over it. I heard about the Ranch just after I graduated college. Looking back now, that seemed very odd because, as a kid, I was horse-crazy and obsessed with every book that had a horse on the cover.