Our Team - Image Of Hope Ranch

Our Team

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 Forrest 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.

Our Mission

“Image of Hope Ranch exists to provide a sanctuary for individuals and families to enjoy and learn about animals and nature, therefore promoting healing of broken lives and relationships.”

Our Vision

It is our hope that by shining Christ’s light on the individuals and families that come to the Ranch they may develop a relationship with Christ and therefore find hope healing.

Our Statement of Faith

Image of Hope Ranch is a faith-based organization and is not associated with any particular denomination. Our belief is based upon the same values that our nation was built on. The founders believe in a God who sent His Son Jesus Christ for us. It is our desire to serve God by the demonstration of our faith through action. Our faith is demonstrated through “living example” to those who surround us. It is our highest honor to serve others with the same loving grace that has so freely been given to us.

Our Core Values

FAITH IS THE CONFIDENCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR AND THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN.

Faith is such a powerful gift from God (Ephesians 2:8–9) Christ told His disciples that, with just a tiny measure of it, the size of a mustard seed, they could move mountains. So, what does it mean to have “mustard seed faith”? By using the uncommonly small mustard seed as an example, Jesus is speaking figuratively about the incalculable power of God when unleashed in the lives of those with true faith.

HEAL THE HEART WITH THE CONTACT OF HORSES.

Interaction with the horses brings up thought and behavior patterns that are related to the issues that people may find within their own lives.  The very size and strength of these majestic animals can stir deeply buried emotions while simultaneously affording opportunities to identify and resolve root issues they may have and therefore help move them toward emotional healing.

HOPE THAT IS LOST IS LIKE MOVING THROUGH LIFE LIKE A RUDDERLESS SHIP,

TOSSED ABOUT IN THE SEA WITHOUT DIRECTION.

Once you lose hope life seems empty, and it is difficult to fill the hole that it leaves without God and being surrounded by people and animals who show you love.  Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel, the northern star by which we navigate our lives through trials and difficulties toward our dreams of a better day.  Image of Hope Ranch is a place where those who have lost hope can learn to trust again through the unconditional love of a horse.

Rescue… the forgotten, the neglected and the abused.

Program Objective: We desire for them to learn how to communicate as a family, work as a team and in the process become a stronger family unit. Families can spend time at the Ranch doing four different activities within a two-hour time period. This program also offers foster families a place where they can build a trusting relationship with the foster child and help them overcome some of the trauma they may have experienced.

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 alsso serves as a board member of Auburn Main Street.

Sarah Lapadot, Vice-PresidentSarah 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.

Gil Tallman, TreasurerGil is from Fort Wayne Indiana and has spent the last 50 years in the financial industry. He brings to Image of Hope Ranch years of business experience and a strong faith in God. Gil also serves as a board member of Lisa’s Legacy

Alexandra Shank, Secretary Alex has years of experience with horses and working with teens through equine lessons in her own business. Because of her own struggles with bullying, she has the empathy needed to mentor; and as an Equine One on One Program instructor sees first-hand the strides toward healing the participants achieve.

Tony Tabler, Board Member Tony is a follower of Christ and has spent years giving and ministering to others. Tony spent 26 ½ years in the Army and as a Recovery Group Leader for 19 years he understands some of the difficulties those who participate in our programs face. He also volunteers at Image of Hope Ranch and brings his grandchildren to the Ranch every week.

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

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

Image of Hope Ranch Advisory Committee

Sandi Deardorf – Sandi is a local business owner who works with non-profit organizations and businesses in our community. Marketing knowledge is one of many things she brings to Image of Hope Ranch along with her administration skills.

Becky Maldeney – Becky and her family live in Auburn. As the owner of Northeast Indiana Realty, she brings to Image of Hope years of business experience and a passion for helpin

Larry Seiler – Larry is a resident and business owner in Auburn. 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.

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 and brings her creativity and art for planning fundraisers to Image of Hope Ranch.

Image of Hope Ranch Staff

Alisha Shank, Founder/CEO
Michelle Fox, Director of Operations
Zis Milentis, Strategy & Development Director
Cathie Humbarger, Community Development
Sandi Deardorf, Administrative Assistant
Jennie Stauffer, Equine Director


“Volunteering is a great way for us to spend time together, and we learn new things each week. Not only do we spend time together as a family, we feel really good about what we are doing. It feels really good to pour love into the horses so they can pour love into those they give lessons to. It feels really good to be part of a ministry that gives back to others in such a unique way.”

The Hunt Family

“Eighteen months ago, we moved into our new home. My daughter Maya was 10 1/2 at that time. When we started the process of building our house the salesman pointed out that Image of Hope would be our backyard neighbor. I knew Image of Hope existed but knew very little about it. My daughter picked her bedroom because it had the best view of Image of Hope and told us that she would be a volunteer there. On March 16, 2019, Maya had her first opportunity to volunteer at Image of Hope with our church youth group. She loved it more than she even thought she would, and volunteering became her number one goal. By June 2019 Maya (along with one parent) was volunteering on a regular basis. Maya has made friendships and learned lessons that will last her a lifetime. Because of her determination to be a part of Image of Hope our entire family has had the opportunity to be a part of Image of Hope. We thought our support of Maya would-be our contribution, but we have all learned that we love being there and we all want to help and contribute. Even our eight and five-year old are able (and very willing) to do what they can and want to volunteer their time. I had no idea when Maya started volunteering at Image of Hope that it would become someplace that our entire family would learn, play, grow, and love.

The Kling Family – 2017