Every aspect of the ranch is geared to building young man of integrity. Men that are emotionally whole and morally complete. Like a giant jig saw puzzle, each activity from ranch work to recreational play is structured to help the young man uncover his potential, understand the consequences his choices (past and future), and discover his desire to become, and give him the tools to achieve the man of integrity.





38000 S Arivaca Ranch Rd, Arivaca, Arizona 85601


P.O. Box 547, Arivaca, AZ, 85601



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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 Counseling and an MBA from ASU with an emphasis in Training and Development.

Mr Searle has been a certified Arbinger Instructor for many years. Years ago he discovered a connection between the relationship principles of Arbinger and his love of Natural Horsemanship. It is a powerful combination that helps facilitate true heart change in a person.

After years of working with struggling young men from his home, Mr Searle founded Arivaca Boys Ranch. Since then, hundreds of families have discovered the power of natural horsemanship, ranch living, Arbinger, together with tradition therapy as an experiential combination that creates powerful lasting change in struggling individuals.

Founder & Manager

Ron Searle


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 continues to believe in the mission of Arivaca Ranch to heal our boys and provide a transformative experience.

Clinical Director

Debra Milner, RN, LCSW


Candace is a proud alumnus of the University of Denver, where she got her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and Master of Social Work. She is certified in Animal Assisted Therapies and has strong experience in implementing therapeutic curriculum with young adults experiencing a range of mental health challenges including trauma-based dysregulation, relational dysfunction, and maladaptive behaviours. Candace is an active member of the national equine therapy community and regularly attends the Natural Lifemanship Intensive Training Conferences, which teaches Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Equine Therapist

Candace Couper, LMSW

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Adriana has been a highly esteemed contributor to community wellbeing her entire life. She has received notable awards of recognition for contributions to the community from both the City of Nogales (2013) and the City of Douglas (2012). She obtained her Master of Science in Psychology in 2008 and is a Certified Behavioral Health Spanish Translator. Adriana is a certified college instructor in psychology and behavioral health services and has helped many young people realize meaningful careers in the human services industry. She spends her spare time doing a broad range of philanthropic work and is also the program director of the Non-Profit Making Connections 4U.


Adriana Romero, DBH, M.S.P.

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Shelly is a highly experienced behavioural health professional. She attended one of the top 10 social work schools in the nation at USC and graduated with honours in her field.  She is an esteemed veteran of the United States Air Force, having served honourably from 1989-2011, while there she was squadron non-commissioned officer of the year five times and in March 2018 received the Arizona Attorney General Distinguished Service Award. Her volunteer experience includes being a Victim Advocate through Pima County, local police volunteer, Veterans Affairs Advisory Board and involved in her church. She has also been a foster parent with teenage boys as her specialty. She is a certified Clinical Trauma Professional and is highly qualified in Suicide Assessment and Intervention, Grief & Loss therapy, trauma treatments and intervention, PTSD and crisis intervention.


Shelly McCullough-Cruz, LMSW, CCTP

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Buirge is a long-time valued member of our therapeutic team and has been serving clients at the ranch for 9 years. He has over 20 years’ worth of experience in social services. He earned his undergraduate degree from Metropolitan State University in Theatre (Playwriting and Directing) and has a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy from Naropa University. He utilizes a highly specialized therapeutic approach combining the 12 step framework, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) with Mindful Awareness. He is also certified in trauma-informed care for children with a history of abuse/neglect who have been adopted, and who experiance reactive attachment disorders (RAD).


Buirge Jones, M.A.


Born, raised and educated 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 a documentary & film content Producer in association with the Mongolian Government and The American Centre for Mongolian Studies on a research project about gaming addiction and homeless youth in Mongolia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Human Rights from Monash University and graduated with a Master of Social Science in Social Change & Development from the University of Newcastle in 2019. Her former experience working with vulnerable and at-risk populations includes participation in the African Visitation and Mentoring Program (AVAMP), working with Corrections Victoria and providing mentoring support to refugees with African origins who have gone into the Australian Prison system.

Administration / Marketing

Bree Evans Yeanoplos