The TeamMeet the Elk Creek Ranch Staff

Hap and Susan Ridgway

Hap & Susan Ridgway

President & Queen

Hap was born and raised in Cody. He graduated from Dartmouth College, followed by a two-year tour in the Army before completing a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University. Hap was the headmaster of Berwick Academy in Maine for 18 years before he and Susan retired and moved back to Wyoming and Sunlight Valley permanently in 2007. Throughout her career, Susan coached girls field hockey and lacrosse, while raising four children, Kyle, Melissa, Aly and Grant.

 

 

Tina Moore

Tina Moore

Director

Tina graduated from University of Montana with degrees in English and History. She taught both subjects for four years in Darby, Montana, then received a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is in her 25th year of working as a learning specialist with at-risk students at Corvallis High School. Tina has also been coaching track and field for 13 years.

 

 

Melissa Stanley

Melissa Stanley

Director

Melissa manages the day-to-day operations at Elk Creek Ranch, ensuring our days are filled with rewarding challenges and lots of laughs. She graduated from Connecticut College in 2006 and moved to Bozeman, Montana where she worked in the counseling program at the Hawthorne School. She now teaches Nordic skiing and winter ecology to youth groups at the Bohart Ranch Cross Country Ski Center.

 
Aly Ridgway

Aly Ridgway

Director

With sisters Melissa and Kyle, Aly also manages the day-to-day operations of Elk Creek Ranch. Showing us all a bit of true grit, Aly finds time to complete her marathon training before a full day of ranch work. During the school year, Aly teaches in the toddler program at Little Tree Education in Bozeman, Montana. Previously, Aly was a ski instructor at Vail Resorts in Colorado. Aly is currently pursuing her masters degree in secondary education.

 
Kyle Bishop

Kyle Bishop

Director

While not at Elk Creek, Kyle Bishop teaches Spanish to high school students at Berwick Academy in Maine, where she also serves as the dean of the sophomore class and coaches girls lacrosse. Kyle graduated from Connecticut College in 2004. Kyle heads up the Leadership Program at Elk Creek Ranch.

 
Debbie Moore

Debbie Moore

Director

Debbie is an artist and educator living in Duvall, Washington, working with disabled children. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in studio art. At Elk Creek, Debbie always has an open ear for a rancher in need of a conversation. She is also our resident prankster. Debbie's son Sean Watson is now a senior counselor at the ranch.

 
Rob Plakke

Rob Plakke

Director

Rob is Elk Creek's fishing guru—always ready to take ranchers on adventures to the rivers of the Absarokas or the lakes of the Beartooths. While not fishing, Rob will be found heading up one of the more ambitious construction projects at the ranch. During the school year, Rob teaches English at Corvallis High School in Montana. Rob, Tina and their daughter Keenan return to Elk Creek every summer providing a vital addition to the staff.

 
Connie Dover

Connie Dover

Cook

Elk Creek Ranch is incredibly lucky to have Connie Dover as our cook in the summers. Not only is her food nutritious and delicious, but Connie is also a singer of Scots, Irish and American traditional ballads. This poet and Emmy-winning producer and songwriter is a very special addition to our Saturday night campfire sings.

 

2016 Senior Counselors

Porter Crockard

Porter Crockard

Birmingham, AL
Wofford College ’17
9th year at Elk Creek

Cameron Delaney

Cameron Delaney

Evergreen, CO
Montana State University ’18
8th year at Elk Creek

Jessy Fabbri

Jessy Fabbri

Lake Forest, IL
Montana State University '20
6th year at Elk Creek

Keenan Moore

Keenan Moore

Corvallis, MT
Montana State University ’16
9th year at Elk Creek

Hugh Morgan

Hugh Morgan

Ann Arbor, MI
Washtenaw Community College ’18
6th year at Elk Creek

Ali Tucker

Ali Tucker

Portland, OR
Montana State University '19
5th year at Elk Creek

Andrew Wales

Andrew Wales

Newton Center, MA
Syracuse University ’20
6th year at Elk Creek

Rebecca Wales

Rebecca Wales

Newton Center, MA
Skidmore College ’18
7th year at Elk Creek

Sean Watson

Sean Watson

Duvall, WA
Oregon State University ’18
8th year at Elk Creek

 

2016 Junior Counselors

Conall Anderson

Conall Anderson

York, ME
Montana State University ’19
4th year at Elk Creek

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Palm Beach, FL
Auburn University’20
4th year at Elk Creek

Grace Dubansky

Grace Dubansky

Oakland, MD
Working on her family farm
4th year at Elk Creek

Mary Grace Eddington

Mary Grace Eddington

Baton Rouge, LA
Appalachian State University ’19
4th year at Elk Creek

Gavin Faulkner

Gavin Faulkner

Hopkinton, NH
Montana State University ’20
5th year at Elk Creek

Catlin Hedeman

Catlin Hedeman

Concord, MA
Occidental College '21
4th year at Elk Creek

Vicki Holcomb

Vicki Holcomb

McLean, VA
Lafayette College '19
4th year at Elk Creek

Lauren Shell

Lauren Shell

Bryson City, NC
University of North Carolina at Ashville ’18
3rd year at Elk Creek

Nate Williamson

Nate Williamson

Morgantown, WV
Gustavus Adolphus College '20
2nd year at Elk Creek

Jonah Hall

Jonah Hall

Park City, UT
Park City High School '17
3rd year at Elk Creek

Max Schubert

Max Schubert

Cleveland Heights, OH
The Montessori High School at University Circle '16
3rd year at Elk Creek