This is a  staff list for The Ranch at Salem Children's Home in Flanagan, IL

(aka Salem Ranch, Salem Children's Home)

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)


We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at the Salem Ranch.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Salem Ranch, you have the right to take action.


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Salem Ranch, please contact if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.This will help!†  Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.


Please donít place your loved one in Salem Ranch and rescue them if they are there now.




Additional Information
Brent Ketring Executive Director  
Billy Rogers Cottage Supervisor  
Caryn Sparks Case Worker  
Linda Lindley Admin. Asst.  
Ben Murphy Biblical Counselor  
Greg Richardson Development  
Andrew Easling Maintenance  
Ann Travers Teacher  
Devere Roth Maintenance  
Mike Hansen Principal/Teacher  
Joe & Brenda Coe Houseparents  
Mike Burnett Residential Counselor  
Adam Godfrey Biblical Counselor  
Joseph Keen Residential Counselor  
Rod Kodavantikanti Residential Counselor  
Justin Watford Residential Counselor  
Jo Simmons Equine  
Kevin Lindley Equine Staff  
*(Salem Ranch, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)
This program does not keep program details or enrollment materials online or available to the general public.  However, it is a "faith-based" program and we recommend you compare any enrollment forms to the contract reviews of unrelated, but, also claimed to be "faith-based" programs.  Please compare enrollment information for this program to the following reviews:,, and  If the enrollment materials and details are similar, we recommend you avoid this program.
HEAL has received a family report of abuse and other violations at this program.  The reports are ongoing and occurring presently at the program (Summer, 2011).  We will update as more information becomes available.
Suicide Report:  Ben Lolley, enrolled and one week from "graduating" Salem Ranch killed himself in late August, 2011.  This raises serious concerns regarding the conditions and lack of support for children enrolled in this program.  (Source:
Gary Almy and Salem's "Counseling" Services

HEAL received information in May, 2013 regarding Gary Almy's association with Salem Children's Home and his history as a sexual predator.  "Dr. David Anderson, who is the executive director of the Salem ranch and home, said Almy saw some Lydia Home patients at the Salem Ranch, but was not on staff at the ranch. "He had no official relationship with Salem Ranch," Anderson said. "He did see some kids from Salem and other places that were Lydia Home patients. It's a very upsetting thing."" (Source:

More information on Almy is available through these links:,3787797


 Last Updated: May 3rd, 2013

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