Heartland Youth Ranch Founders and Board of Directors
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Susan Schauer: I grew up in Nebraska; in fact, where we live and where Heartland Youth Ranch is located was once my grandfather's farm. I have always had a love for horses. My first horse was a Shetland pony. I learned to ride bareback because we had no saddles. That little pony taught me a lot about riding and getting thrown off and getting back on in other words persistence and determination. I showed horses in 4-H and open shows through my high school and early adult life. I continue to enjoy riding and working with horses. They teach us so much about life, patience, trust and self-confidence. I gave my life to Christ my freshman year of high school after hearing and understanding the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. I have worked with youth being a 4-H leader for over 10 years. I also worked with the youth in our church. I attended Bible college for two years and then nursing school. In 2009, I felt God was leading me into some type of ministry but was not sure what until I heard about Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch on a Focus on the Family broadcast. My daughter-in-law Jennifer and I attended the information clinic at CPYR in 2010 to learn how to start a similar ministry. We incorporated Heartland Youth Ranch in December 2010 and received our 501c3 status in July 2011. We have been serving children and their families since April 2011. It's exciting seeing what God is doing here and we are privileged that God is using us through this ministry.
Jennifer Schauer: I am a city-girl-turned-country who is still slightly afraid of horses, but I love helping behind the scenes at Heartland Youth Ranch. I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. After graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University, I moved to Rapid City, SD; while visiting family in the Ord area, I met my future hubby (Jon) and in-laws (Curt and Sue). We live with our two kiddos and four dogs outside of North Loup, NE. In 2010, I was fortunate to visit Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon with Sue, and completely fell in love with Sue's vision of creating a similar ministry in central Nebraska. I love working with families and children. I'm thrilled to be involved with HYR, and believe that HYR is a vital ministry for the Ord area. Kids need a place where they can go and be unconditionally loved and accepted. HYR is such a place, and I'm so blessed to be a part of it.
Our Board of Directors:
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Jim Craft: I grew up in Nebraska until I was nine years old at which time the family moved to California. After high school I earned an AA degree in Police Science, then entered the Armed Service for three years. After being discharged I worked as a fingerprint specialist with the Dept of Justice, and furthered my education earning a BA degree in Criminal Justice. I spent thirty-two years in Law Enforcement before retiring. I have always been drawn to Nebraska and small areas; so, after our respective retirements, my wife, Sherian, and I moved to my hometown of North Loup. Involvement in the community has been a priority and through my friend Sue Schauer I became aware of her ministry, Heartland Youth Ranch. I was intrigued with the possibilities of working with the youth giving them an atmosphere of love, ethics and great values. Sue Schauer asked me to be a board member which after prayer and thought, I accepted. Because of Sue’s vision and Heartlands three years of growth I have seen personally God’s hand in the youth who actively attend HYR. God willing the ranch will continue to grow physically and spiritually and I can experience young people’s growth in self worth, love and becoming citizens we all can be proud.
Kiley White: I am married to my wife, Tresia almost 20 years. We have two sons, Christapher who is in the 10th grade and Aaron who is in 8th. I am currently employed at the Grocery Kart in Ord, where I have been the manager for over 20 years. I have had many years of board experience as I have served on the local chamber as well as the library board among many others. I am also serving on our church board as well as the historical society. I became a part of Heartland Youth Ranch after being asked by Sue and thoughtfully praying for direction. I felt the position was an awesome opportunity to be able to work on, and see God's work through the work of Jennifer and Sue. Being on the board so far has been an uplifting and rewarding experience to be able to see all of the children and their families touched by the love and grace of God. Being a part of the Ord Christian Church and teaching the youth as a previous youth group leader and Sunday School teacher I felt that joining this board would be another step of helping youth and spreading God's love. This position has been very rewarding and I feel that the joy from the youth has been tremendously uplifting to one and all involved.