Brian Hansen - Executive Director
Brian has been Executive Director at Spring Lake Ranch since May of 2019. As Executive Director he oversees the overall operations of Spring Lake Ranch while leading the organization to achieve its strategic vision. Prior to taking on this role Brian worked at Spring Lake Ranch as a House Advisor in 2007 and 2011 and spent many years working in the humanitarian sector in Africa, The Middle East, and Asia. During his time as a humanitarian Country Director he specialized in complex crises while leading programs that supported the needs of vulnerable populations and weakened government institutions including: Basic and Primary Health Care, Mobile Health Care, Maternal and Child Health Care, Acute Malnutrition, Health System Strengthening, Surgical & Intensive Care, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Food Security and Livelihoods, Emergency Response, Water Sanitation and Hygiene practices, Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Risk Management. In his free time Brian enjoys photography, reading, riding his motorcycle and playing with his dog.
Lynn J. Pilcher – Director of Residential Services
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 and Executive Director from 2014-2017. As Resident Services and is responsible for overseeing the clinical aspect of the program. As Executive Director, Lynn was 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.
Rachel Stark – Director of Admissions & Outreach
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.
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 just down the road with her husband and their kids, who often join us for holidays.
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 wood stove with her dogs nearby.
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.
Jill Loeber - Rutland Program Assistant Director and Royce Transition 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 eight 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. She manages all of the staff at Royce Street and helps to oversee the daily activities of the house. Jill resides in Rutland with her long-time partner. She has two adult children.
Amy Bowen – Work Program Director
MS, Education; Northeastern University
BA, Theological Studies and BA, English Language and Literature; Gordon College
Amy joined the Ranch in early 2019. As Director of the Work Program at Spring Lake Ranch, Amy is responsible for overseeing the work program and supporting the work crew leaders. Together, they integrate clinical work with physical work; helping residents build self-esteem and reinforce skills that will benefit them at work beyond the ranch. Amy has over 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of strategies and training for nonprofits, secondary education, higher education, and professional sport organizations; and directing experiential, place-based, outdoor, and farming educational programs. Outside of the Ranch, Amy co-owns her own farm in Vermont where she raises pigs, sheep, chicken, and runs a 200+ tree sugaring operation.
Abbey Harlow – Communications and Development Manager
MS, Arts Administration; Boston University
BA, American Studies; Smith College
Abbey joined the Ranch in early 2019, bringing almost a decade of experience in non-profit fundraising, communications, and engagement. Abbey manages the Ranch’s communications, marketing, and development efforts. Prior to her time here, Abbey worked at local organizations such as the Weston Playhouse and the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts at Dartmouth; and Boston arts non-profits Club Passim and Boston Center for the Arts. Outside of the Ranch, Abbey can often be found reading, working in her vegetable garden, teaching canning classes, or singing with her women’s vocal ensemble, the Howling Hens.
Ingrid Wisell – Assistant Business Manager
BA, Spanish & Spanish for Business; Castleton University
Ingrid joined Spring Lake Ranch in 2016. Prior to her time at the Ranch, she worked in the seafood industry for seven years, opening and running a fresh fish market in nearby Rutland. Eating healthily is important to Ingrid, and bringing fresh fish to a land-locked state was an exciting challenge. Ingrid grew up in Shrewsbury. As a young adult, she lived abroad in Venezuela, Mexico, and Spain. But she always came back to Shrewsbury! Ingrid loves to take walks in the woods with her two dogs and to spend time at the dock at Spring Lake. She speaks Spanish, and enjoys any opportunity to use it.
Suzan Marshall - Evening Support Staff
Suzan has worked at Spring Lake Ranch since 2014, providing support for residents during the evening. She has a background in social work and education.
Patricia Dannenbrink - Overnight Support Staff
Patricia has worked at the Ranch since April 2018, providing support for residents during the night. In addition to the Ranch, she also serves as a Para-Educator with Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union. Patricia has more than 16 years of experience in addiction services having worked as a Dual Diagnosis Specialist and Substance Abuse Counselor at Merced County Mental Health, responsible for facilitating dual diagnosis groups, providing intakes and assessments, individual counseling sessions, overseeing the DEJ and Prop 36 Programs, and more. She has also worked at Valley State Prison for Women as a Counselor and House Manager at Atwater Clean and Sober Living Home. She enjoys her church, being a Ministry Leader of Celebrate Recovery, Motorcycle Ministry (Born Again of Vermont), motorcycle riding, and trips to Illinois with her husband, dog, Mitzi, and her three adult children.
Food Services Staff
Barbara Favreau – Food Service Manager
Barbara has worked at Spring Lake Ranch for more than 20 years. In her role, Barbara is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the kitchen, including supervision of staff, meal planning, and more. Prior to joining SLR, she worked in food services at a small nearby college. In addition to her work in the kitchen, Barbara also serves as a resident advocate at the Ranch. She lives with her husband, Pete, and their dog, Jade.
Michael Zezza - Kitchen Assistant
Michael joined the Spring Lake Ranch team in June 2018 and assists the cooks in the kitchen. He has cooked in a variety of venues from cafeteria-style to fine dining, including in ski towns and his home town of Chester, where he currently resides with his dog, Fred.
Nathan Hewitt – Facilities Coordinator
Paul Smith’s College
Nathan has worked at Spring Lake Ranch since 2012 and is an important member of the maintenance team. Prior to his time at SLR, he worked as a self-employed logger and carpenter. His favorite place to be is at the lake! He lives with his wife, Christina, and their four children.
Michael Spoth – Facilities Technician
Mike has been a member of the Spring Lake Ranch community since 2015. Prior to SLR, he built high-end homes in Vermont and Massachusetts for 20 years. Mike is an avid skier and has skied 100 plus days a season! He resides in East Wallingford and enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Jennah and Mittasille.
Janet Stocker – Administrative Assistant
Janet has worked at Spring Lake Ranch since 2009, and is responsible for keeping everything and everyone at the Ranch on schedule! She also assists with fulfilling syrup, granola, and wood orders for the Ranch. Janet has also worked at Farm & Wilderness in nearby Plymouth, VT. Janet lives in Pittsfield with her cat, Punky.