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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for the Dude Ranchers’ Association is the governing body of over 90 of the best dude and guest ranches in the dude ranch industry.

These board members ensure DRA member ranches are providing the most authentic western vacation to their guests while meeting the lodging and equine industries’ highest standards. If you are wanting to learn more or have any questions regarding the Dude Ranchers’ Association, the dude ranch industry, or membership info the DRA, be sure to contact one of the following board members or the DRA office.


Janice Schoonover

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Idaho
Email Janice | 208.263.9066

I was born and raised on the ranch that guests know as Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. My family roots have grown pretty deep in the Gold Creek Valley, with six generations from my mother’s side and five generations from my father’s side calling the Gold Creek Valley their homes. I married my high school sweetheart, Roley Schoonover, in 1982. After a few years away for college, we returned to Northern Idaho and added guest ranching to the family ranch in 1991. Our two children, Danielle and Isaac, grew up on the guest ranch. Both have married and now live and work at the ranch, along with three grandchildren Emily, Gabe, and Zeke.

Vice President

Hunter Sullivan

CM Ranch, Wyoming
Email Hunter307.455.2331

I am fortunate to say I have extensive ranch and outdoor experience and a true passion for ranch life. Before finding my home at the CM Ranch, I spent 8 years at the Spotted Horse Ranch south of Jackson, where I served as Ranch Operations Manager. I also had broad backcountry and fly-fishing experience. My wife Mollie, myself, and our two children, Luke and Nora have been the CM Managers for 10+ years now. Our love of the CM grows with every passing season and we continue to carry on the rich traditions that the CM is well known for, with a few added touches of our own. There is no better place to raise our children and grow our family.


Lucas Turner

Triangle X Ranch, Wyoming
Email Lucas307.733.2183

I am a fourth generation dude rancher and was born and raised at Triangle X Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My family started the ranch in 1926 and I became involved in the family business at a very young age. By the age of 14 I was a full-time ranch employee and I’ve spent nearly my entire working life helping work and run the family business. My fascination with aviation briefly took me away from the ranch. After graduating from the aviation program at Purdue University I was a flight instructor, and then moved onto flying private jets.  It only took a couple of years before my love for Wyoming and the dude ranching way of life brought me home in 2005. I’ve since taken the reins from my father, and I’m as committed to continuing the family legacy with my wife Lauren, our three children and the Turner family. It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the DRA board.

Mary Eaton

District I: Wyoming

Mary Eaton

Eatons’ Ranch, Wyoming
Email Mary307.655.9552

I’m lucky enough to call Eatons’ Ranch in Wolf, Wyoming my home. I am proud to be a part of the fourth and fifth generations that are currently managing our historic dude ranch. I first started as a rambunctious teenager when they brought me on as a seasonal employee. In 2004, when my parents retired, I had the opportunity to take on a full-time position and have never looked back. Over the years I have had many different roles on the ranch alongside my family and friends. One of my favorite things about this lifestyle is not only getting to work alongside them but also getting to know and bond with guests, both old and new, year after year. And of course, like many other dude ranch love stories, I met my husband Nate at the ranch 17 years ago. We are lucky to have a wonderful daughter, Olivia who keeps us busy on and off the ranch. I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition of my family having a strong presence in the DRA and DRF. It is truly an honor to serve on the DRA board.

District I: Wyoming

Clay Miller

Paradise Guest Ranch, Wyoming
Email Clay307.620.0860

This will be Clay’s 25th year at Paradise Ranch. He has been involved with the tourism industry since college days and loves being a part of the original form of Wyoming hospitality….Dude Ranching! During the winter he spends his time doing marketing work for the ranch and is a past president of The Dude Rancher’s Association as well as past chairman of The Wyoming Tourism Board. Summers are pretty well spoken for as he is involved with the barn at Paradise as well as the fishing program, the French Creek Saloon and nightly entertainment. Clay is once again involved with tourism as he sits on the Johnson County Tourism Board and The Dude Rancher’s Association Board.

District II, Montana

Patty Wirth

Rocking Z Ranch, Montana
Email Patty406.458.3890

I was born on a cattle ranch in central Montana and had a great childhood working with cattle, training horses, cooking, and taking friends riding. I married Zack, graduated from Montana State University, raised six wonderful kids, and was part of our construction company. When Zack’s dad died we bought his families’ ranch near Wolf Creek, MT, built our house, and tried to make our living ranching and being a general contractor. Zack got tired of the construction business. We brainstormed about our options and how to make the ranch pay. Zack commented that “Everyone who visits here gets out of their vehicle, takes a deep sigh, and says how pretty it is. How do we make money out of pretty?” It’s a great life having people come from all over the world and enjoy our horsemanship, horses, riding, and family. It is a great honor to be on the DRA Board. Starting from scratch, it is very valuable to have the expertise and promotion as part of this association.

District II, Montana

Kameron Kelsey

Nine Quarter Circle Ranch Montana
Email Kameron406.995.4276

Born and raised on the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch just outside Yellowstone National Park, dude ranching holds a special meaning to me. I spent my childhood learning the art of horsemanship and hospitality. It was when I moved away to college, studying Agricultural Science at Cal Poly, that I also realized how important it is to preserve Western heritage. Once I finished school and earned my pilot’s license, I knew that dude ranching, and the Nine Quarter Circle was where I wanted to spend my days. So, in 2012, I returned to the ranch and now I have taken over the reins from my father. It is my hope to continue the legacy that my father and grandfather have carried for over 75 years.

District III, Colorado

Tim Dyer

Rainbow Trout Ranch, Colorado
Email Tim719.376.2440

I have been living in Loveland Colorado all my life where I was born and raised and married my wife Meg and we raised our 2 sons, Corey, and Austin. We are now blessed with 2 amazing daughters-in-law and 2 beautiful Grandbabies. We have a history of cattle ranching and farming. We also have a Home Inspection business, where we came across our first guest ranch. We managed and helped build back the ranch to an amazing dude ranch where I served on the board while being a General Manager. We are now blessed to be working in southern Colorado at the Rainbow Trout Guest Ranch, which has been run by the Vanburkum family for the past 30 years. I love to bring the western hospitality that I have been raised with into the ranches we run and bring all our guests back to the simpler times of the American West. It is an honor to serve on the DRA board and I want to continue providing guests with an authentic dude ranch experience.

District III, Colorado

Amy May

Black Mountain Ranch, Colorado
Email Amy970.653.4226

I stand out from many of the other board members as I actually was not raised on a ranch but on the beaches of South Florida! I come from a family of entrepreneurs and grew up in the hospitality industry. After graduating from Business school, I was blessed to be able to fulfill my love of traveling, both domestic and internationally. As fate would have it, I met a cowboy while skiing in Vail and the rest is history. I joined the May Family, and Black Mountain Ranch, 14 years ago and serve as Office and Reservations Manager. My husband, Ryan, and I feel so grateful to be raising our two daughters on the family ranch; watching them appreciate the outdoors, learn about the animals, experience the value of hard work while being surrounded by guests from all over the world . . .what could be better than that!
I am very excited to join this incredible team and look forward to working with all of the DRA member ranches.

District IV, The Rest of the West

John Varian

V6 Ranch, CA
Email John850.463.2421

John Varian was born and raised on the V6 Ranch in Parkfield, CA. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo John and his dad Jack decided to revitalize the dwindling town of Parkfield. In the late 80s and early 90s, they got to work building the Parkfield Cafe and Lodge along with the Parkfield Log Company, a log furniture business. Soon after, John married his wife Barbara and their family grew alongside of the businesses. In 2013 the Varian family changed course when John’s woodworking shop burned to the ground. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as John and Barbara built the Blue Oak Camp and found their true passion in hosting guests for authentic ranching experiences on the V6 Ranch. On V6 Ranch rides the Varian family who are so excited to be able to work with three generations of family and share our beautiful home and unique lifestyle in the Cowboy Side of California.

District IV, The Rest of the West

Megan Hunewill

Hunewill Guest Ranch, CA
Email Megan760.932.7710

I am the fifth generation to be born and work on the Hunewill Ranch in Bridgeport, California. Our family ranches both in Bridgeport where we have a guest ranch and a working cattle operation. Our winter ranch is in Smith Valley, Nevada, and in addition, we run cattle in Mineral County and the East Walker, Nevada on permits. Our guest ranch was started by my grandmother during the Great Depression when cattle prices were $0.03 a pound and they couldn’t pay the taxes on the Bridgeport Ranch.
I am married Bart Paul and have three wonderful children, all of which work on our guest ranch. I was an English teacher and in 2004, I went to work full time for our business. I feel fortunate to be able to work with my family and share our ranching traditions with our guests. I am honored to have been chosen to represent “The Rest of the West and Canada” on the DRA Board.

Bryce Albright

Executive Director

Bryce Albright

The Dude Ranchers’ Association – Cody, Wyoming
Email Bryce307.587.2339

The dude ranch industry has been a large part of my life for many years, my whole life really. Having the opportunity to be raised and work on a DRA dude ranch instilled in me a great love and appreciation for dude ranching, preserving Western heritage, and protecting this way of life we are fortunate enough to be a part of. I love this industry, everything that it stands for, and the people that are involved. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.