Meet Our Team
“We are here to help young men discover their greatness and potential. We help young men develop the tools to cope with life challenges, to learn to set and achieve goals, and to build productive relationships with family and peers”
Ron Searle, MBA, BHT
Founder / Program Director
Ron has worked with young men for nearly 40 years. He spent many years as a high school instructor, administrator, and later 10 years at Arizona State University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Family Financial Counselling from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Arizona State University with an emphasis in Training and Development. Ron worked with young men who struggle with behavioral challenges for years before he started Arivaca Boys Ranch. He is a seasoned Arbinger Instructor and skilled horseman. Years ago he discovered a powerful connection in the principles of Arbinger and Natural Horsemanship. It is a powerful combination that helps facilitate true heart change in a person.
Rebecca Robles, LPC, LMFT, NCC
Rebecca is native to the beautiful state of New Mexico, USA. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Latin-American Studies and Masters degree in Guidance Counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso. Rebecca is a well-seasoned practitioner, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a National Certified Counselor. She has been practicing for over 25 years. In Texas she owned a private practice where she worked primarily with families. She has broad experience in residential treatment facilities, most recently in Sierra Tucson.
Director of Administration
Jessica has been a long-time essential member of our Arivaca Family. She grew up in a small town in Colorado and went to college at the University of Idaho where she studied Business Administration. While going to school, she worked for Wells Fargo as a personal banker, and then went on to work for the University of Idaho managing and processing millions of dollars worth of scholarships. She soon became promoted to a supervisory role where she wrote and implemented policies and procedures within the financial aid office. She has also owned and run her own business. A mother of 4, she took some years off to raise her children eventually returning to the workforce to join Arivaca Boys Ranch in October of 2013.
Ashley has a diverse background of experience. She is a showcased artist, trained hairdresser, and is currently studying her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Capella University. She has worked with youth for some time as a coach and physical education substitute teacher. Ashley worked on the front-line at Arivaca Ranch before becoming a crucial part of the administrative team. She believes that Arivaca Ranch is one of those extraordinary places where people can come to be accepted and loved for who you are.
Bree Yeanoplos, MSCD
Born and raised in her homeland of Australia, Bree has over 10 years of experience working and volunteering with vulnerable and at-risk populations. Earlier in her career, she worked in film and television in various advocacy projects. In 2016, she worked as documentary film Producer in association with the Mongolian Government and The American Centre for Mongolian Studies on a research project about gaming addiction and homeless youth. She has also worked with Sudanese Refugees in the Australian Justice System. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Human Rights from Monash University and graduated with high distinction from the Master of Social Change & Development program at the University of Newcastle in 2019.
Debra Milner, LCSW, RN
Debra hails from back East and is grateful to have called Tucson Home for the past 28 years. She completed her Graduate Work at ASU and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arizona, a Certified Supervisor, and a Registered Nurse. Debra has worked at Arivaca Boy's Ranch for over ten years and continues to believe in the mission of Arivaca Ranch to heal our boys and provide a transformative experience
Adriana Romero, MSP, DBH, CTP
Adriana has been working with young men at Arivaca Boys Ranch since early 2017. She has worked in social services for more than 20 years and is a well seasoned therapist. She has experience working with the RHBA, probation, child protective services, counselling and education sector. She earner her doctorate in Behavioural Health from ASU in 2018 and is also teaches on the faculty at Pima Community College. Adriana has been recognized for her charity work in both Douglas and Nogales, AZ. In 2011 she started a non-profit organization called Making Connections 4U/ Cochise Connections. She also owns a community magazine in Santa Cruz County called Border Eco. She believes in the mission of Arivaca Ranch, and finds it rewarding to see the young men she works with grow into young men of integrity as they work through the program.
Ryan is native to Phoenix, Arizona and loves anything and everything about the Sonoran Desert. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science with an emphasis in Human Cognition. He has worked and volunteered in the mental health and education field for about five years. During the two years Ryan has worked at Arivaca, he has been involved in the healing journey of many boys and feels passionate about how our program changes the lives of boys and their families.
Sandra Leon-Quevedo, MSW
Sandra earned her Masters in Social Work from ASU. Across her 20 years of experience in social services she has worked with both perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence, advocating for family preservation and promoting education and services. She has also worked with immigrant populations and foster care children and families. She has extensive experience in trauma-informed therapy for children and has received training from Arizona Trauma institute on CBT, motivational and mindfulness techniques in trauma healing, and using the body to improve care. She is also experienced in working with children who experience RAD and M-MAT(Multi-Model Attachment Therapy).