Staff at Sylvan Dale


Karen Burbank, Dude Sales Manager & Riding Instructor

Karen coordinates and hosts our Dude Ranch Vacations, Cowgirl Roundups, and Equine Facilitated Workshops. She also teaches Western Horsemanship classes and conducts wrangler training. She loves the western atmosphere and natural ambiance of the ranch, as well as connecting with the guests from all over the world and working with the horses. Contact Karen at


Christy Grace, Corporate Sales & Marketing Manager

Christy works with companies to coordinate business retreats, meetings and group events. We can accommodate as little as 8 guests for private meetings to over 400 for company picnics. Christy grew up working at her grandparent’s mountain resort, and enjoys the old-fashioned hospitality and nostalgic feeling here at the ranch. She loves hosting new groups and sharing the beauty and magic of Sylvan Dale. Contact


Melissa Hoffman, Wedding Coordinator

There’s a whole lot that goes into planning a wedding; big or small. Melissa can help answer questions, give a tour of the ranch and provide a comprehensive proposal for any type of wedding event. Melissa helps couples plan every detail of their dream wedding and will make sure everything runs smoothly on their big day. She loves the “Home Sweet Home” feeling that the ranch provides, as everyone goes out of their way to make you feel like family. For more information on weddings contact


Marcus Hollingsworth, Executive Chef

As a well-seasoned culinary arts professional, Marcus offers our guests delicious food and exceptional service to compliment the charming atmosphere here at the ranch. Marcus is like an “Italian grandmother”, as he loves the opportunity to make people happy by feeding them good food. He enjoys sourcing fresh local ingredients and cooking from scratch for authentic homestead meals. As an award-winning chef, Marcus creates delectable cuisine that will satisfy your senses and dazzle your taste buds.


Barb JepsonBookkeeper & Horse Herd Manager

Barb handles all Sylvan Dale Ranch’s accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and also manages the horses; health, shoeing, breeding and wrangler training. Although she spends much time in the office to keep our accounting in order, Barb mostly loves working with the foals. Barb has been with Sylvan Dale over 30 years, and we greatly appreciate her dedication and service.


Amanda Adamson, Housekeeping Supervisor

Amanda and her team are responsible for cleanliness of the cabins, guest houses and Heritage building. She jumps to learn any other important tasks so that she can be of better service to Sylvan Dale. Amanda enjoys the freedom to move about the ranch and the peaceful beauty of the land.


Leena BlattGuest Services

When you call our front desk, you’ll most likely speak with Leena. She will take your lodging reservation and help answer questions you may have about Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. You’ll find Leena in the main office where the gift shop is located. She enjoys her co-workers, the beautiful land and animals here at the ranch, and especially our guests!


Laura, Wrangler

Laura takes great care of our horse herd (64 and counting). She takes guests out on guided trail rides, as well as teaches beginner level riding lessons to kids. She enjoys living on-site and helps out in various departments. Laura loves making new friends with our staff, guests and parents of all the kiddos who adore her! Call to schedule a horseback ride to explore our vast property and Laura will show you some of her favorite places here at Sylvan Dale Ranch.


Daniel Stricker, Maintenance & Auto Mechanic

Dan maintains all ranch vehicles, tractors and equipment, as well as buildings, wells and irrigation. Dan loves working (and living) on our ranch and with all of the animals, as well as sharing tasty meals with fabulous co-workers. He enjoys talking with guests and taking them fishing on our private lakes stocked with bass and trophy trout!


Todd Fredricey, Lead Facilities

Todd sets up for weddings, retreats, parties and all other special events here at the ranch. He also cuts wood, maintains the grounds, landscaping, pool and all other handy-man tasks on the property. Todd enjoys the wildlife and scenery at Sylvan Dale, and all the “behind the scenes” work to support our guests’ experience during their stay.


Candie Lammers, Food & Beverage

Candie is a shining star with food and beverage service, as well as bar tending at our Sylvan Dale Saloon. She enjoys interacting with guests and cleaning everything up all nice before and after each meal in the Round-up Room. Candie loves our family environment with our warm and caring staff. We appreciate her hard work and friendly service!