Our Team

Our Founders

Since early in life, Krissie Newman and Ryan Newman havs had a soft spot for animals and the environment. They have supported various organizations such as Project Halo following the devastation from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and construction of the Catawba County – North Carolina Humane Society shelter, yet both felt more needed to be done.

To further their passion, they both established the Ryan Newman Foundation in 2005 to educate and encourage people to spay or neuter their pets, to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters, to educate children and adults about the importance of conservation so the beauty of the great outdoors can be appreciated by future generations, and to provide college scholarship funding through the Rich Vogler Scholarship program.

Then in 2010 the idea for Rescue Ranch was born and was officially formed in January 2012.

See below for information about the individuals who govern the organizational policies of Rescue Ranch, oversee its fiduciary stability and carry out the mission of Rescue Ranch. We are grateful for their talents and expertise.

Our Leadership

April Arrington
Director of Foster/Adoptions Program

Donna Mathes

Amy Spear
Development Manager

Allyson Floyd
Humane Education Manager

Jennifer Bhagarit

Humane Education Instructor

Leslie Smith

Animal Care Coordinator

Madison Hess
Animal Care Assistant

Kerryn Alesi
Administrative Assistant

Krissie Newman
Co-Founder & President

Ryan Newman
Co-Founder & Vice President

James Boyle
Secretary / Treasurer

Mike Arms
Board Member

Chris Cartner
Board Member

Michael Horvath
Board Member

Blair Miller
Board Member