Leadership Team

Lynn J. Pilcher ­– Executive Director
MA, Counseling Psychology; Antioch University New England
BA, Psychology; St. Olaf College

Lynn served as Spring Lake Ranch’s Assistant Director for more than 10 years before taking over as Executive Director in 2014. During her time as Assistant Director, she also held the title of Director of Resident Services and was responsible for overseeing the clinical aspect of the program. As Executive Director, Lynn is responsible for the overall operation of Spring Lake Ranch, including the Rutland Program. Seeing a greater need for clinical support for residents and families, she was integral in the expansion of clinical services in the past few years. It is her belief that the integration of work, clinical, and community create the optimal opportunity for recovery to occur. While Lynn’s focus involves working with board committees, developing strategic vision and budgets, she still values the times she works directly with residents on crew, in the kitchen doing dishes, or helping out in any way she can to make a resident or his/her family have a great experience at the Ranch.

Becki Bates - Work Program Director
BA, Counseling; Empire State College
Becki Bates has worked at Spring Lake Ranch since 1980. During that time, she has done virtually every job at the Ranch with a focus on direct service to clients. As Director of the Work Program, her focus is on working with others to create a caring, inclusive, respectful, and supportive community where each individual can take the risks that will help them move forward in their lives. Becki is responsible for overseeing the four work crew leaders, and is one of the most passionate community members to have ever come to the Ranch.

Elizabeth Karle – Business Manager
MBA, Accounting; Southern New Hampshire University
BS, Accounting; Bentley University

Liz came to Spring Lake Ranch in 2013 as the Assistant Business Manager and worked her way up to Business Manager in 2016. Prior to joining the Ranch, Liz worked at a private accounting firm and a little on her own before realizing that while numbers are great, she wanted more interaction with people. Liz lives in down the road with her husband and their daughter, Maya, who often joins us for holidays.

Vanessa Lane, LADC – Clinical Director
MALS, Psychology; Dartmouth College
BS. Joint Honors Degree in Psychology/Biology ; Surrey University
, England
Vanessa joined the Ranch in 2015 from Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, one of Vermont’s largest community mental health treatment facilities, where she served as Assistant Director of the Adult Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Community Rehabilitation, and Treatment program. She is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) with more than 15 years of experience in the field. As the Ranch’s Clinical Director, Vanessa oversees the Resident Services Program, which incorporates all clinical programming, med room/nursing and psychiatric services, and recovery coaching services. Vanessa lives on the hill with her husband, horses, donkeys, and cat.

Jill Loeber – Rutland Program Assistant Director and Royce Street House Manager
Jill came to the Ranch in 2004 and worked in the front office before moving to the business office where she spent the next 8 years. When the Rutland Program was reorganized in 2013, Jill moved into town to co-lead the program and manage our transitional home on Royce Street. Jill resides in Rutland with her long-time partner. She has two adult children.

Mary Mitiguy – Director of Human Resources
MBA, Organizational Development; Pepperdine
BA, Biology; Canisius College
Mary joined the Ranch as Director of Human Resources in 2016. She has worked in human resources and organizational development in various industries, including manufacturing, construction, financial services and insurance for more than 30 years. She loves the Ranch because she believes in the community and at any time, chickens appear on her office windowsills. Mary enjoys hiking and skiing with her children, gardening, and knitting by the woodstove with her dogs nearby.

Rachel Stark – Director of Admissions
MBA, Corporate Finance; Fordham University
BA, Economics; Fordham College
Rachel came to the Ranch after a 16-year career in finance in the New York Metropolitan area. After her own struggles with addiction and related mental health issues, Rachel was hired in 2007 as a House Advisor and hasn’t left since. Rachel took over the responsibility of Admissions and Business Development in 2009. She is a passionate believer in our model of work therapy and community. Rachel lives on the hill, and can often be found paddle boarding on Spring Lake as soon as it gets moderately warm out.

Lana Vanucchi – Rutland Program Director
MS, Social Work; San Jose State College
MS, Environmental Education; Lesley College
BS, Outdoor Education and Recreation; Lyndon State College

Lana came to Spring Lake Ranch in 2014 as the Program Manager for Rutland. Lana has more than 36 years of experience in social services, having worked for in-patient acute care hospitals as a Group Counselor and Utilization Manager; Human Services Alcohol and Drug Department providing psychosocial assessments for drug court and running programs for teens to teach them how to have fun without alcohol or other drugs. She also worked for Child Protective Services as a Group Home Counselor, has been a teacher/counselor in alternative schools; and provided outdoor education and adventure trips for at-risk youth. Her passion is helping people move forward in their lives in the healthiest ways possible by integrating the most holistic and basic avenues of healthy food and sleep, exercise, quiet times in nature, and developing healthy relationships with self and others.