Image of Hope Ranch Board of Directors


McKenna Clifford, President

McKenna is a local agriculturalist with a passion for giving back to the community, especially the next generation. Her years on the farm and around livestock have shown her firsthand the positive impact agriculture can have on an individual's mental and physical wellbeing. McKenna is a Wealth Partner at Credent Wealth Management, and she brings to Image of Hope her knowledge in finances and leadership skills.




Sarah Lapadot, Vice-President
Sarah is the owner of Auburn Massage Centre and has been a massage therapist for over 20 years.  With her knowledge of massage and MFR training on horses she volunteers her time at Image of Hope Ranch helping the horses stay physically healthy. As a business owner, Sarah also brings her wide knowledge of what it takes to run a successful business.





Gil Tallman, Treasurer  
Gil is from Fort Wayne Indiana and has spent the last 50 years in the financial industry. He has been a business owner for over 45 years and a Financial Planner for his own company Alpha Omega Consulting.  Gil has a strong faith in God and enjoys spending time with his family.  




Alex Shank, Secretary

​Alex is one of the founders of Image of Hope Ranch and has an understanding for what it means to be a part of this ministry.  She has a love for all animals and has years of experience with horses.  Alex is an equine instructor and every week, works with teen girls through equine lessons. She has also served at the Family Focus Program Coordinator for Image of Hope Ranch.




Patricia Walter, Board Member
Patricia is a Vet Tech for Shiery Animal Clinic and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to horses and animals.  She is also a PATH Certified Riding Instructor and a strong Christian woman who believes in the power of emotional healing that animals can provide.​




Kent Jacquay, Board Member
Kent has spent over 19 years teaching children about God and 9 years as a leader of JBQ.  He is the owner of Index Resource Center, a company that provides technical analysis for the financial services industry and also has a talent for marketing.





Tony Tabler, Board Member

Tony grew up on farms in the Foothills of the Appalachian Mountains riding horses and ponies.  He graduated from West Point in 1979 and spent 22 years in the Army followed by a 20-year defense contractor career.  His work experiences included:  Business Development, Marketing and Strategic Initiatives.  God used Tony’s defense career that required living in multiple locations to minister to many broken individuals and families.




Image of Hope Ranch Advisory Committee

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Sandi Deardorf
Sandi is a local business owner who works with non-profit organizations and businesses in our community.  Her organizational skills and marketing knowledge is one of many things she brings to Image of Hope Ranch. Sandi is also an Administrative Assistant for Image of Hope Ranch.





Rebecca Maldeney
Rebecca is the Broker/Owner of Northeast Indiana Realty and has years of business experience. She has lived in Auburn all her life, has a passion for helping others and a love of animals.  




​Larry Seiler

Larry is a resident of Auburn and business owner of Seiler Excavating.  He not only has years of business experience, but at one time rode his own horse at the same location of Image of Hope Ranch.




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Amber Gaskill
Amber has a heart to serve and having a horse of her own, understands the mental health benefits that equine provide.  She is a local businesswoman with Trademark Title and brings her creativity and art for fundraising to Image of Hope Ranch.

Image of Hope Ranch Founders


Randy and Alisha Shank along with their daughter Alexandra are the founders of Image of Hope Ranch, Inc.  They are a family of 6 including Logan who helps out on the ranch and Kristyn who lives in Louisiana with her 2 children Lily and Foriest and Josh who lives in Ohio with his wife Leigh and daughter Riley.  Although originally from Ohio, when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 they felt called by God to help with recovery in Gulfport, Mississippi.  


In 2011 Randy and Alisha along with 2 of their children Logan and Alex moved to Indiana.  Alisha and Alex take care of the daily needs of the horses while helping Randy and Logan maintain the ranch by building stalls, paddocks, fences and anything else that needs fixed.


Because their own family went through some difficult times and yet received many blessings from others, they decided to give back by providing a ministry that would help heal emotionally struggling children, adults and families.  Their prayer is that anyone who comes to Image of Hope Ranch can feel the relaxing atmosphere it provides and will call this place their sanctuary.