Lisa Cole, who started working at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch on November 25, 1975, is celebrating 45 years of employment. Cole joined the Ranch out of high school, working in the Minot Foundation office under the direction of Larry Knutson, President Emeritus.
Cole has held many positions at the Ranch over the years, first working with the database and fundraising letters when the Ranch handled all mailings internally. When she first started, the database team used manual typewriters to type and customize every single letter. More recently, Cole worked as a Development Officer for a couple of years, but missed working with data, so she is currently serving the Ranch as Mission Advancement Officer.
Cole and her husband moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ in 2016, where she works for the Ranch remotely. They have two children, Derek (Laura) Cole and Josh (Alyssa) Cole, and two grandchildren.
Cole’s dedication to the mission of the Ranch is evident through the passion she brings to her work and her commitment to our kids and their families.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christ-centered residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We help the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves.