Meet Our Team
Elk Ridge Ranch employs a unique team of individuals dedicated to using their knowledge and experience in helping young men enrich their lives through positive role modeling, encouragement, empowerment and developing the focus necessary to define and pursue their Life Plan.
Mr. Madsen was raised on a small ranchette in southeastern Idaho where he enjoyed the benefits of a rural lifestyle. He launched his career over two decades ago as a therapy technician with the Department of Health and Welfare quickly advancing to a training position with Juvenile Corrections. This was the catalyst for what has now been a 21 year pursuit of mentoring others toward changing and improving their lives.
During that time Mr. Madsen has served as Chairman of the Board and Administrator of a non-profit youth ranch, followed by a position as Chairman of the Board with a successful for profit treatment center overseeing both traditional behavioral treatments and drug and alcohol treatment for young men 10 to 18 years of age.
Prior to acquiring Elk Ridge Ranch he assisted with the development of several treatment programs honoring his dedication to philanthropy and community service. He combines that knowledge and experience together for the internship program at Elk Ridge Ranch.
Geoff Neyman: Business Manager
Amber Egbert: Internship Manager
Phil & Sarah Ostler: Host Couple
Pat has taught K-12 Special Education (through a variety of content areas), 6-12 general classroom English, 6-12 general Environmental and Earth Science, K-12 Bilingual Education (English/Spanish), Adult ESL, ESL College Courses at Bachelors and Masters levels, Special Education courses at Bachelors and Master's levels, and High School Drama (which resulted in public presentations).
She is a PEW fellow, having studied brain research and how people learn as part of a grant from the PEW Foundation, which also resulted in a College Teaching Degree from Heritage College, where she was later the coordinator and administrator for Heritage Colleges' undergraduate and graduate education programs. She has also worked for University of Northern Colorado and Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell as a testing specialist, and at the University of Southern Colorado and University of Arizona as a Head Resident for boys, girls, and married dorms.
Her life has been full of teaching and learning and helping others to learn. She has also been involved with many committees such as Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB) for Heritage College from 1999-2001. She also enjoyed working with the Parent Enhancement Task Force and on a committee to organize a "Discovery School" while at Moses Lake School District in Washington State.
Pat has always loved teaching people, especially young adults and enjoys helping others to become empowered regarding their strengths and learning styles.
Kevin Boren: Addictions Recovery Coach
Jay Anderson is an artist trained in both traditional painting/drawing and computer generated 3D graphics. He received his formal art training at Brigham Young University studying illustration.
After working as a freelance illustrator for a few years he began working in the 3D gaming industry. Jay worked for Electronic Arts (EA) as an Environment Artist, creating environments and other content for games such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Madden, and Superman Returns.
He now teaches both traditional art and 3D computer graphics. He especially enjoys teaching young adults seeking careers in commercial art fields, teaching them the needed tools and skills to be competitive in those fields.
The host couple works with staff to coordinate the daily activities of the ranch while serving as positive role models for interns and working in conjunction with all other staff.
Entry Level Staff:
The staff provide guidance and support to interns and assist instructors with their daily chores, assignments and recreational activities.
Our nightshift personnel maintain safety and security for interns, personnel and property.