At The Buckeye Ranch, our journey towards transforming lives is guided by a dedicated and compassionate group of individuals who make up The Buckeye Ranch Board of Trustees. Comprising accomplished professionals, community leaders, and advocates, our Board plays a vital role in steering our mission to provide exceptional behavioral and mental health services for children, youth, and families.
In 1961, The Ranch’s Women’s Service Board raised funds to purchase land in Grove City and built the first residential cottage, Argo House. After hiring Executive Director Dr. Les Bostic, The Ranch welcomed the first group of ten boys to live at The Ranch. As the years passed, additional living quarters were added to accommodate a growing population of youth.
To raise much-needed funds, Dr. Bostic and the Service Board developed the Buckeye Tennis Classic, an annual tennis tournament that brought thousands of people to The Ranch’s campus through the 1970s and 1980s. The tournament featured some of the greatest players of all time, including Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors.
In the early 1990s, the organization was further developed as the Intensive Care Center was built to treat both boys and girls with severe emotional and mental health needs. In 1994, The Ranch changed its name from The Buckeye Boys Ranch to The Buckeye Ranch to reflect the addition of girls. Since then, our services have expanded to encompass a continuum of care that supports the evolving needs of our community.
Bylaw revisions have made it possible to open Service Board membership to anyone who would like to support The Buckeye Ranch. With more than 100 active members, the Service Board continues to be an inclusive organization, always seeking new members. Several luncheons are planned each year, allowing members to remain informed of all Ranch activities.