Executive Staff and BOD

Executive Staff

Deanie Hayes

Deanie Hayes, Executive Director

I came to O’Connell Youth Ranch in 1989 with a goal of working with kids. I wanted to have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives. What a revelation! Not only did I have the opportunity to teach them, but I learned from them as well; their struggles, their needs, their joys, and their desires for a more positive life.

I began my venture late in life. After 20 years of working with youth groups, directing summer youth camps and being an active member of my church, I felt a real need expand my horizons even further. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Social Work and began my adventure in Lawrence at DCF (then SRS). After two years, I felt the desire to work with youth on a more personal level. The opportunity presented itself for me to become of part of the O’Connell Youth Ranch Family. This was the best decision I could have made for my career life!

Through my 25 years of being 1st the ranch Social Worker and later Director I can always be assured that every day is a new day and I learn something new with each day. The greatest reward on this job is to be able to witness personal change in the life of a young man and THEN to have him knock on my door – sometimes – as much as 10 years after they have left our family to say, “Hey, Ms. Deanie. I knew you would still be here and I just wanted to stop by and tell you how I am doing.” And then, I have the joy of hearing another successful story!!!

I love this ranch family!

Board of Directors

Deanie Hayes

Janis Bunker

Vice President
Joe Baker

David Platt

Scott Risley

Mark Andersen

Jane Bateman

Bobbie Flory

Kent Fry

Tom Groene

Rodger Henry