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Staff and Philosophy

Oasis Boys Ranch Staff

Dustin Johnson at Oasis Boys Ranch
Dustin Johnson

Owner/Director

Dustin strives to provide the best environment to meet the boys’ needs.  Dustin is a firm believer in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and the importance of the young man’s basic needs being met before he can grow and change maladaptive behaviors.  He works tirelessly to provide new opportunities and enhance existing opportunities so the boys can put new healthy behaviors in place of the negative behaviors that brought him to our care.  Dustin’s greatest strength is his love for the Lord which is shown to the boys in his words and actions.

  • Administering and assisting youth and at-risk youth for over 25 years.
  • Bachelors in General Counseling and Business Administration from Clearwater Christian College.
  • National Institute for Learning Development – Level 1
  • Florida Teaching Certificate
  • Background and strength in Child development and education.
  • CPR/First Aid Certificate
  • MANDT Certificate
Yolanda Smith at Christian Boys School
Yolanda Smith

Program/Service Manager

Yolanda is passionate about empowering people of all ages to become their best by providing them the opportunity and support to become successful, well-adjusted members of society. She brings to this position, experience working with people who have been incarcerated, those who have various degrees of substance use disorders, dual-diagnosed mental health, and populations with varying degrees of problems in living. As the service manager at Oasis Boys Ranch, she works directly with the boys to create their Individual goals using Motivational Interviewing to guide the boys through this process.  She also facilitates groups teaching life skills that support communication and relationship building. Work with the State of Wyoming Substitute Care licensing to ensure the boys are provided what they need to mature and be reunited with their families.

  • BA in Leadership, Trinity Western University
  • ATA in Human Services – Chemical Dependency Emphasis
  • Wyoming Substitute Teaching Permit
  • Certified Addictions Practitioner Wyoming Dept of Health CAP-177 NAADAC II
  • Chemical Dependency Professional Washington State Dept of Health CP 60708365 /NAADAC I
  • Current CPR/First Aid and AED
  • MANDT Trained and Certified
  • C-SSRS Certified
  • United States Army veteran
Fritz Peterson at Oasis Boys Ranch
Fritz Peterson

Direct Care Mentor

As an Avid outdoorsman, he is very successful working and playing side by side with the young men.  Building relationships while showing work ethic and integrity is one of Fritz’s greatest strengths.  From school, chores, building projects, horsemanship, and sports are all avenues through which he engages the boys and earns their respect and trust.

 
  • BA in Psychology, Western Washington University.
  • Studied Behavioral Neuroscience at Western Washington University.
  • Certificate Chemical Dependency Counselor Skagit Valley College
  • Retired United States Navy
  • Senior Safety Officer Cascade Job Corps Center Sedro-Woolley, WA
  • Former Chemical Dependency Professional, Washington State
  • Former Firefighter/EMT at Mount Erier Fire & Rescue
  • Current CPR/First Aid and AED
  • MANDT Trained and Certified
  • C-SSRS Certified
Larry Mayo at Christian Boys School
Larry Mayo

Direct Care Mentor

Larry brings with him a lifetime of experience working with at-risk youth as a mentor.  He is an avid horseman and is responsible for teaching boys safety around horses and horsemanship.  Larry has a natural calming effect on the young men especially when they are afraid or upset.  Most of the boys that come to the ranch have never been around horses let alone learned how to ride one.  He has natural instincts in pairing the right horse with the right boys.

  • Professional Horse Trainer for 40 years, and has been around horses for almost 50 years.
  • Current CPR/First Aid and AED
  • MANDT Trained and Certified
  • C-SSRS Certified
Janet at Oasis Boys Ranch
Janet

Direct Care Mentor

Janet is a wonderful influence that provides a great deal of our agricultural education.  She teaches gardening along with small animal care.  She has been instrumental in helping most boys cultivate his own area of the garden and learn how to plant and harvest crops. Boys are shown how to properly feed and take care of chickens, rabbits, and goats.  Janet bought her first horse when she was 12 years old; with a lifetime of horse training, ownership, and care, she competed at the highest levels in Dressage and Western Pleasure riding. Janet also does a great deal of the cooking, she is always there to make sure the boys have a well-rounded meal.  As a direct care mentor, one of Janet’s great strengths is her work ethic and integrity.

  • Doctorate in Swine Care and Reproduction
  • Current CPR/First Aid and AED
  • MANDT Trained and Certified
  • C-SSRS Certified
Dustin Brink at Christian Boys School
Dustin Brink

Transitionsing Home Life Coach

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Black Hills State University 2009
  • Master of Science, Counseling & Human Resources, SDSU 2012
  • Licensed Practicing Counselor Wyoming
  • Coaching Experience
  • Motivational Interviewing with Goal Setting as an Emphasis
  • Love and Logic Facilitator
  • Years of experience with youth, troubled teens, and young adults
Matthew Schneider at Oasis Boys Ranch
Matthew Schneider

Founder/Retired/Admissions

  • BA Psychology, University of Wyoming, 2007
  • Administering and assisting at-risk youth for 25+ years
  • CPR/First Aid Certificate
  • MANDT Instructor Certificate
  • 35 years of farming/ranching
  • Former USA Boxing Coach
  • Jason Flatt Suicide Prevention Certificate

Christian Boys School

Philosophy at our Christian Boys School

Oasis Boys Ranch is able to use its identity as a farm/ranch operation to offer students a change of culture that is based on Christian Principles.

The change of culture we offer our clients enables us to promote the “Code of the West,” a western code of ethics that cattlemen have always lived by:

  1. Live each day with courage
  2. Take pride in your work
  3. Always finish what you start
  4. Do what has to be done
  5. Be tough but fair
  6. When you make a promise, keep it
  7. Ride for the brand
  8. Talk less, say more
  9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale
  10. Know where to draw the line
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