JAY STORMS is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps (USMC). We are genuinely grateful to him for his 20 years of service to our country. Jay currently works as Director of the USMC/Army Programs for SimVentions. In addition to being an Elder at his church, Jay is also a Senior High Youth Group Leader and has been a Cherokee Missions Leader for the past seven years. Jay models his life after Christ, and his bold love for His Savior shines through his actions. Jay is a vital part of the Reining Hope Board because he leads with wisdom and a Christ-centered motive. Jay’s life verse is Ephesians 2:1-10, which explains how it is by Christ’s grace we are saved. Verse 10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Reining Hope is blessed to have Jay and his wife involved in the program. Visitors to the ranch witness true joy in Jesus when they meet the two of them.
LARRY NELSON is a retired elementary school teacher, with over 35 years of education and administration under his belt. Originally from Oregon, Larry has participated in leading and volunteering at several youth camps and youth organizations, to include Young Life at Washington Family Ranch. In addition to serving on the Reining Hope Board, Larry volunteers as a Session Leader in the Rancher Program as well as serves on the Family Outreach team. Larry exhibits a true servant’s heart wherever he is, and he provides a stable source of wisdom for all of the volunteers who serve Reining Hope. His life verse is Ephesians 6:10-18, which speaks about putting on the full armor of God.
ROBERT (BOB) BROWN is a local veteran with a heart for the community. His last two Army assignments were Adjutant General for the Southern European Task Force and Chief of Military Personnel for the US Army Intelligence & Security Command. Bob currently serves as Adjutant/Historian at the American Legion Post 146 in Hopewell. Until recently, Bob and his wife, Marnie, volunteered for the Chesterfield County Planning Department. As part of this involvement, Bob helped develop programs to directly help the elderly, handicapped, and low-income county residents. Bob helps Reining Hope in many ways behind serving the board, and his passion for helping students with needs is contagious. Bob’s favorite verse is I Corinthians 13:1-3, 13 which explains how love is the greatest gift of all.
JEFFERY (JEFF) HILL is the Lead Pastor at Destiny Church in Chester. He and his wife have four children, and as a family, they’ve helped Reining Hope establish its roots. Originally from Pennsylvania, the Hill family has been in ministry here in Virginia for the past twelve years. Jeff participates in many community activities, and his heart for people is apparent through everything he does. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, reading, enjoying the outdoors, and he’s a diehard Steelers fan (which goes over quite well at the ranch!). His favorite verse is Isaiah 40:30 which says, “Even youth grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but hose who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
JOANNE MOLAN is the type of person you want on board your mission. She’s on fire for Christ, and she loves people. Joanne was a small business owner for several years, and now she is focused on being a wife, mother, and grandmother to her adventure-seeking family in Bend, Oregon. Most recently, Joanne and her husband, Jack, traveled 49 states in their Sprinter van to promote Jack’s book and to participate in the Beyond Kindness movement. She fed homeless, delivered knit hats to cancer patients, and even donated a saddle to Reining Hope! Joanne’s vibrant personality and love for Jesus is helping spread word about Reining Hope, coast to coast. One of her favorite verses is Psalm 19:14, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
HEATHER WESTBROOKS founded Reining Hope and is the Executive Director. She currently works as a technical editor for GDIT, an information technology government contractor. Heather has worked with youth for over ten years, and she has a passion for helping young people grow into responsible men and women. She and her husband, Matt, enjoy working on the ranch and making it a safe place where people find joy and peace. Her favorite passage from Scripture is Psalm 139:13-16 because as a young teenager, it helped her define herself in the best way possible – in the way God sees her. That is her hope for all visitors to the ranch – that they would feel and understand just how much God loves each one of them.