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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Birmingham, AL Wofford College ’179th year at Elk Creek
Evergreen, CO Montana State University ’188th year at Elk Creek
Lake Forest, ILMontana State University '206th year at Elk Creek
Corvallis, MTMontana State University ’169th year at Elk Creek
Ann Arbor, MIWashtenaw Community College ’186th year at Elk Creek
Portland, ORMontana State University '195th year at Elk Creek
Newton Center, MASyracuse University ’206th year at Elk Creek
Newton Center, MASkidmore College ’187th year at Elk Creek
Duvall, WA Oregon State University ’188th year at Elk Creek
York, MEMontana State University ’19 4th year at Elk Creek
Palm Beach, FL Auburn University’204th year at Elk Creek
Oakland, MDWorking on her family farm4th year at Elk Creek
Baton Rouge, LAAppalachian State University ’194th year at Elk Creek
Hopkinton, NHMontana State University ’205th year at Elk Creek
Concord, MAOccidental College '214th year at Elk Creek
McLean, VALafayette College '194th year at Elk Creek
Bryson City, NCUniversity of North Carolina at Ashville ’183rd year at Elk Creek
Morgantown, WVGustavus Adolphus College '202nd year at Elk Creek
Park City, UTPark City High School '173rd year at Elk Creek
Cleveland Heights, OHThe Montessori High School at University Circle '16 3rd year at Elk Creek