Our Team

Our Founders

Since early in life, Krissie and Ryan Newman have 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, the couple 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

Ed Kinsch
Executive Director

James Boyle
Secretary / Treasurer

April Arrington
Director of Foster/Adoptions Program

Amy Kwiatkowski
Manager of Development & Volunteers

Allyson Floyd
Humane Education Manager

Leslie Smith
Animal Care Coordinator

Emily Blakey
Humane Education Instructor

Madison Hess
Animal Care 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