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Meet the Board

Lisa Carter - President

Lisa Carter, one of the co-founders of H.U.G.S. Ranch in 2006, is now the president of the board and the executive director of the Ranch. She is a single mother of three children, pursuing what she feels God has called her to do. Lisa has a degree in Equine Management and has participated in clinics for working with children with mental health and social struggles. She worked as a veterinary technician for over 28 years and managed multiple horse farms in North Carolina. She is passionate about what she does and feels strongly that the Ranch needs to be used to God’s glory.

Tammi VanderMolen - Spiritual Leader

Tammi VanderMolen is the spiritual leader of H.U.G.S. Ranch and a key player on the board. Having known Lisa from childhood, Tammi has been a part of the Ranch’s story and mission from the very beginning. She has spent many years helping to get the ministry started and in her position on the board, being an integral part of the Ranch for the past 12 years. Between raising four children of her own and mentoring many at the Ranch, Tammi personally understands the purpose and necessity of the work done at H.U.G.S.

Chad Bunce - Maintenance

Chad Bunce is an important member of the H.U.G.S. Ranch board. He has been involved at H.U.G.S. Ranch as a mentor since 2014 and as a board member since 2016, so he provides insight that comes only from personal experience with the daily functioning of the Ranch. He and his wife Kalie enjoy camping, spending time on the lake, and going on trips. Chad also enjoys riding horses, specifically team sorting, team roping, and trail riding.

Nicole Schwarb - Director of Finance

Nicole Schwarb has been involved at H.U.G.S. Ranch since 2015. Nicole started her journey as a mentor and has spent three summers volunteering in the summer programs. In 2017, she stepped into the Director of Finance position, overseeing the financials of the Ranch. Her background of 15 years in Finance and Accounting makes her a valuable asset to our Board of Directors. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys horseback riding, mountain biking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


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