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Robert J. Lightner
Founder & Chairman
Tony Vornberger
Ranch Director
I grew up in Burlington Kentucky and graduated from Conner HS in 1985. Right after high school I joined the Army where I served almost 7 years. While in the Army I served half my time as a combat medic first in Korea then Texas. In 1988 the Army put me through nursing school and I served my remaining time in Washington DC at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Most of that time was served on the Pediatric Ward. I met my Wife Debbie while serving at Walter Reed. It was love at first sight and we were married 4 months later. While I was still in the Army, my wife gave birth to our twin boys Brandon and Brian. After leaving the Army we returned to Northern Kentucky and I was hired on by Cincinnati Childrens Hospital. I worked there as a home care nurse for 16 years. In 1997 my wife gave birth to our daughter Tiffany. We currently attend First Church of Christ, Burlington. I am leading a Men's Life Group on Wednesday evening.
Paul Randall Hamm
Maintenance Director
Randy is a graduate of Fleming County, KY High School. He and his wife Peggy have four daughters and one grandson. In addition to his regular responsibilities, Randy assists in several aspects of guest services and enjoys working outdoors. Randy and his family are members of Hebron Church of Christ where Randy is an elder. Hobbies include woodworking, fishing and watching Kentucky basketball.
David J. Brueggemeyer
Food Service Director and Executive Chef
David has been the Potter's Ranch chef since opening in 1997. David graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. His experience includes Food Service at Procter and Gamble, Trio Restaurant in Kenwood, The Waterfornt, Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse, and several other local restaurants. David and his wife Debbie have a son Joseph and twin daughters Lily and Mia.
Chris Gerth
Activities Director
Chris was born in the Panama Canal Zone and moved to Northern KY as a child. He graduated from Beechwood HS and pursued a culinary career for many years. Chris volunteered at Potter's Ranch for a year before coming on board full time in 2007 as Activities Director. Although his heart lies in leading groups and team building activities on the Ropes Challenge Courses, Climbing Wall, and Zipline; Chris also enjoys the variety his position provides to be able to serve as Chef and Maintenance work as well. Chris married Jayme Clements in 2000 and they have four children together. They currently reside on the Ranch and attend Croosroads Church.
Aaron Barker
Administrative Director
Aaron is a Northern Kentucky native who graduated from Simon Kenton High School in 1999. Throughout the years he has worked in youth ministry, training, customer service, sales and logistics and has been an itinerant evangelist preaching revivals and providing pulpit supply for nearly 20 years. Outside of the wonderful atmosphere and ministry provided at Potter’s Ranch, Aaron also hosts a popular podcast entitled “The Breakdown.” With nearly 10,000 show downloads in 2017 and thousands of unique monthly visitors at www.breakdradio.com, Aaron provides social and political commentary from a Biblical perspective with the Gospel in the crosshairs of every conversation. He has been married to Allison for 16 years and they have two beautiful daughters, Makayla and Bree. The Barker’s attend Grace Fellowship Church in Florence, KY.
Carlin Adams
Facilities/Maintenance Helper
Carlin is a native of Boone County and is married to his best friend, Darlene. Carlin graduated from Conner High School and worked in the customer service field prior to coming to Potter's Ranch in June of 2003. Leisure activities include woodworking, outdoor activities, time with family and friends, good music, riding motorcycle and muscle cars. Carlin's varied skills allow him to provide a variety of services to Potter's Ranch including maintenance, construction and guest services.
Jayme Gerth
Office Staff
Jayme grew up in Northern Kentucky and graduated from St. Henry HS. She then graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Jayme helps with the accounting work at the Ranch. Jayme married Chris Gerth in 2000 and they now have four children. They attend Crossroads Church and currently reside on the Ranch. She enjoys seeing so many of God's natural wonders at the Ranch.
Debbie Vornberger
I was born in Barberton Ohio and Graduated from Barberton High School in 1982. I served in the Army from 1982 to 1985. I was a Tactical systems operator and Mechanic while in the Army and served in West Germany and Hinesville Georgia. After leaving Regular Army, I served in the Army Reserves for a year as a dental technician trainee. From there I joined the Navy from the end of 1985 through 1990. While in the Navy I served In California, then Washington DC. In the Navy I worked as a sailor, public relations specialist, and photographer. I met my husband while serving in Washington DC. Shortly after having my twin boys Brandon and Brian we moved to Florence Kentucky. I received my Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies before having my daughter Tiffany in 1997.
JoEllen Mullins
Equine Director
JoEllen grew up on a small farm in Fort Wayne In, was a 4-H horse member for 10 years. She starting teaching riding lessons at 16 and worked summers as a horse camp counselor for Camp McMillan Girl Scouts. Then became the Equestrian Director of Red Cedar Center for Special Services, Fort Wayne, In. She was Show Chairman for the Fort Wayne Charity Horse Show for 5 yrs. She moved to Cincinnati after being offered the Equestrian Program Director position at YMCA Camp Kern and later became the Equestrian Director for their Year Round Equine programs. JoEllen was also the Equestrian Director at Dogwood Springs in Northport, Al. where she coached the University of Alabama Intercollegiate Equestrian Teams. She also served as Board President for Ohio Therapeutic Horsemanship 501©3 for 2 years. JoEllen is married to Eric Mullins who serves the Ranch in several departments. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Our members of the Eastview Baptist Church.