West Texas Boys Ranch names new leaders

The West Texas Boys Ranch (WTBR) recently inducted several key leaders into the organization. They are incoming vice president, Doran Reynolds, program director, Justin Weishuhn, and chairman of the board, Jeff Harper. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Reynolds previously served as general manager for Concho Valley Implement in San Angelo. During the last ten years, Reynolds has served on the Ranch Board and the Foundation Board. ‘Doran’s history with the Boys Ranch will help guide us into the future,’ said Jim Kavanagh, president. ‘We know him and he knows us, quite simply. And this familiarity eases the transition between leadership.’ As vice president, Reynolds will be groomed for the presidency. He will assist in the day to day administration of the ranch. ‘The ranch has been a part of my life for many years and I look forward to spreading the word about this wonderful place.’ said Reynolds. ‘We’ve got great kids. It’s just a shame more people don’t know about us but that’s got to change.’ Reynolds and his wife Suzi reside in San Angelo and are active members of the First United Methodist Church. He also serves as a committee member for the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association. They have one son, J.T. Justin Weishuhn has assumed the position of program director, following the resignation of Terry Meads who recently moved to Kansas. During his seven years with the ranch, Weishuhn has served as facility and farm and ranch manager, and has also been involved with the vocational and 4-H programs. As program director he is excited about the many opportunities to interact with the boys, cottage families, schools and other groups who support the Boys Ranch. Continuing the West Texas Boys Ranch tradition of community support, Weishuhn is a member of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association, and is chairman of the Horse Show. He is also an environmental advisor for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and works with local businesses and property owners to resolve water and wastewater pollution problems. ‘The staff at the Boys Ranch bring many different skill sets to this job. It’s a great feeling to know that as a team we help boys set goals and give them the life skills they need to be successful citizens,’ says Weishuhn. Also continuing his leadership with the West Texas Boys Ranch is the appointment of Jeff Harper for a second term as chairman of the board. Harper is a local business leader with Johnson’s Funeral Home and is a long-time supporter of the ranch. Harper and his wife, Cindy, have one son named J.D. and a daughter named Cristin. ‘I love working with children and helping them be all they can be,’ said Harper. ‘The work we do at the Boys Ranch gives me a lot of satisfaction.’ During his first term as chairman of the board, Harper created an environment that is conducive to greater interaction between the boys, the board and the staff. One example has been the initiation of the Spirituality Committee, which hosts chapel services on the fourth Sunday of the month at the ranch. These services offer fellowship for Boys Ranch families and the wider San Angelo community. The Ranch also proudly announces five new board members: Quentin Banister, Owner, Banister Plumbing and Heating Company; Lee Callan, Rancher, Menard, Texas; Amy Landon, Program Secretary, First United Methodist Church; Stephen Lupton, District Attorney, 51st Judicial District; and Rex Stephenson, Teacher, Lee Junior High School. Since 1947, over 1,300 boys from across the State of Texas have called West Texas Boys Ranch home. As a real working ranch, West Texas Boys Ranch provides out of home placement for boys age six to 17 years. Reflecting a commitment to Christian values, the Boys Ranch offers caring families and homes for boys in need so they can become healthy, happy, self-sufficient citizens. The 963-acre ranch is located just west of San Angelo. If you know of a boy that needs help, of if you would like to learn more about our services, please call (915) 949-1936, or visit our Web site, www.westtexasboysranch.org.

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