Monte MacConnell
Founder

Monte lives with his wife, Anne, and his four daughters here on the ranch. He was born in Idaho and spent his younger days immersed in ranch life. Monte is a Marine Corps veteran and served in The Gulf War. He has a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Idaho.

Monte began working with young people as a wilderness instructor and was surprised by how ill-prepared young men were for the life ahead of them. He created Wisdom Ranch School in 2001. The school’s innovative yet common sense approach to working with adolescents proved successful and the school thrived for over a decade. After enjoying a short sabbatical, Monte is back with this current iteration of Wisdom Ranch which is based on the fundamentals that were so successful before.

John Tucker
Admissions

John has over two decades of experience working with young people and adults. He was one of the architects of Wisdom Ranch School, serving as the Academic Director and Admissions Director.

John has extensive experience developing programming, creating curriculum, and managing staff. He has spent the last several years working in the addiction treatment industry where he continued to advocate for innovative approaches to treatment.

At the Ranch, John can usually be found elbows deep in an engine.

Raised in Columbus, Ohio, he considers this year’s Buckeye football team to be “the best ever”.

Cameron Stark
Student Mentor

Cameron is a native Idahoan and Army veteran. In the Army he served as a Blackhawk Crew Chief responsible for the maintenance and repair of ten UH60 Blackhawk helicopters.

Prior to Wisdom Ranch, Cameron worked with young people at a therapeutic boarding school in Idaho. He is an avid fisherman, wood lather, and reader of very longĀ  high-quality fantasy novels.

Joe Tucker
Student Mentor

Joe hails from Utah where he worked for two well-known wilderness therapy programs as a guide and mentor. Joe is a talented multi-instrument musician and singer. He brings precision and creativity to his projects with the students and is seldom afraid to experiment and take chances.

Jill Allen
CEO

Jill Allen serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Wisdom Ranch. Jill began her career working in therapeutic boarding schools. Serving as behavior specialist Jill provided direct intervention, created school safety protocols, and trained staff. She has also provided in-home supports to clients and families as a case manager and supervisor with Boys Town of South Florida.

Jill originally joined Wisdom Ranch’s partner program, Brightstone Transitions in 2017 upon moving to Georgia. In her free time, Jill enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running, and travels back to New England to see family and friends.