Ben’s Ranch Foundation, Inc. (BRF), a 501c3 charitable organization based in Carmel, is excited to announce its first, full-time Executive Director. Fairland resident Tina Rhoden-Lewellyn brings more than 30 years of experience serving Central Indiana’s most vulnerable young people.
Most recently, she served as Program Manager for Community Health Network, where she was responsible for overseeing staff and programs at Lutherwood, a residential treatment center for youth with behavioral and mental health challenges.
Ben’s Ranch Foundation connects teens struggling with mental health challenges to paid internships with farms, stables and equine therapy facilities. The jobs compliment medical therapies by helping give teens purpose and exposure to the healing powers of animals and nature.
BRF was founded by businessman Brose McVey in honor of his late son, Ben, who struggled with mental health. While McVey has served as the organization’s leader, he is ready to bring the organization’s very first full-time member onto the team.
“I am very excited to see Ben’s Ranch Foundation evolve and grow,” McVey said. “The organization is in great hands with Tina, as I know she will ensure we continue to help even more teens with their mental health challenges. I will continue to be very involved and lead our Board of Directors.”
Rhoden-Lewellyn has worked for many organizations centered around serving vulnerable teens and children, including Damar Services, U.S. Dream Academy and Shelby County Youth Center.
“I am honored to be named BRF’s Executive Director and to continue furthering this incredible mission,” Rhoden-Lewellyn said. “This position marries two areas of my life – serving vulnerable young people and the equestrian community. I’ve supported my daughter’s equestrian goals for years and seen the growth and joy working with animals can provide. I’m looking forward to helping other teens see those same benefits.”
Rhoden-Lewellyn can be reached via email at [email protected] or by calling 1-877-66-FARMS.