Our Board

We are particularly grateful to the members of our board, who volunteer their time, love and energy to ensure the future of the ranch!

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Paige Mater, President



Paige loves to volunteer and serve at various events and organizations throughout the Richmond community. She truly believes serving others benefits the volunteer as much as those being served. In 2013 Paige was seeking to learn how to ride horses and had also been investigating various organizations where she could have an impact by serving.  Through an existing volunteer, she discovered Wings of Hope Ranch would meet both of those needs and more! She began volunteering at the ranch working with the children and then became a barn worker and then a session supervisor. Since 2015, she has served as Secretary on the Board of Directors.

Paige is a Quality Engineer at McKesson Medical Surgical where she serves on the Board of the ABILITY employee resource group as the Community Outreach/Volunteer Lead.  The ABILITY group seeks to empower and connect employees to foster awareness around McKesson’s efforts in diversity & inclusion of individuals with disabilities & caregivers.  She has coordinated volunteer events with local organizations such as Beyond Boundaries, SOAR365, and Sportable. Paige also delivers meals for Feed More’s Meal on Wheels program once per month.

Paige has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Textile Chemistry from North Carolina State University. She is married to Dennis and has two sons, Hayden (married to Rachel) and Lane, and a wonderful granddaughter named Cora. Paige loves the beach and the coast and spends many weekends on the Chesapeake Bay. Her life bible verse is Phil 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.



Gail McDonnell, Treasurer



Gail McDonnell takes a vision and makes it reality through financial planning and strategic development. She is a big-picture strategist with an eye for financial details. She enjoys working with the numbers as much as she enjoys working with the ranchers, families, horses and volunteers. Wings of Hope Ranch provides Gail with the opportunity to pursue her dreams of making a difference in the lives of others.

Currently, as Treasurer for Wings of Hope Ranch, Gail assumes responsibility for the financial stewardship of Wings of Hope Ranch, while ensuring there is sound alignment and support of their strategic plan to continue building Wings of Hope Ranch into a dynamic, God focused support system for the children and families they serve.   

Gail brings with her 15 years of experience in building and managing budgets and forecasts, reporting financial information, guiding the development of strategic plans, and serving in leadership roles to her position on the Wings of Hope Ranch Board of Directors. Her knowledge was gained through earning her bachelor’s degree in economics and finance at Wesley College (a small, private Christian college in Delaware) and through her work experiences at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Media General, Inc. 

Gail is very passionate about helping others work through their challenges and achieve their dreams, while building a stronger relationship with God.  She is very fortunate to have the love and support from her husband and her two stepchildren, who help to make it possible to dedicate her life to supporting Wings of Hope Ranch. 


Kathy Mullsteffs, Secretary


Kathy is a Grandmother, Mom, and Wife who works full-time at her husband’s company.  She was looking for something to occupy her time in the evenings and weekends when her children were off at college.  With a passion for children and horses and a faithful heart, Wings of Hope Ranch fell into her lap.  Ten years later she has never looked back on the decision she made to become a volunteer.  With so many wonderful, personal testimonies of the many ranchers she has seen the ranch touch it is with humbling gratefulness that she still can be a part of such a wonderful organization.

Born and raised in Maryland before moving to Glen Allen, Virginia, Kathy has worn many hats in her professional career, from Accounting to Marketing to Operations and Human Resources.   To date her favorite hat to wear in her personal life is being a Grandmom, “Mom Mom.”  Nothing can come close to this wonderful honor.  Her most inspiring achievements in her life are her two, successful and married children, and her marriage of 34 years.


Mary Carter



Mary Carter, founder and owner of CARE4U Home Health Services, provides in-home care to caregivers for elderly and disabled family members as an alternative to Skilled Nursing Homes and other Rehabilitation Facilities.

She attended J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College School of Nursing. She has worked in various local hospitals in Hospital Management, and Bon Secours’ Central Virginia Health Network as Administrative Assistant to VP of Operations .

Her biggest achievements were becoming a mother, grandmother and traveling the United States, Europe, and Africa with Glenn Close in the International Musical Group, “Up With People” for two and a half years.

When she is not caring for family members and patients, she enjoys spending time with her Shih Tzu, Max, skyping with or visiting family in California, and serving as a volunteer, supervisor and Board Member at Wings of Hope Ranch.

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Faizah Hough



As a Virginia resident whose familial roots began in Hanover and Caroline Counties, Faizah Hough holds a special place in her heart for children and youth in the Central Virginia area. She takes pleasure in her role as a wife and mother of two children. Now residing in Henrico County, Faizah seeks out opportunities to help children and youth in her local community and the surrounding counties. Faizah attended Virginia Union University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling from Liberty University.

As a child, Faizah loved riding horses and feels blessed to have the opportunity to reconnect with them in a different way at Wings of Hope Ranch. As one of the newest Board Members, Faizah is excited about what the Lord has in store for this very special organization. Faizah is passionate about the education and wellbeing of children and as an Associate Director at EAB, she supports the efforts of helping high school youth gain access to a college education, whom otherwise may not have considered the opportunity.

As a former Board Member and volunteer at the Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI), Faizah aided in the continued effort of promoting awareness and educating youth about the dangers of human trafficking. Faizah acknowledges her ability to connect with children as a God given gift that she takes seriously and seeks to cultivate and develop as often as possible. Faizah currently serves as an elected Deaconess at the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Virginia where she is also a teacher of the New Members
Class for children. Faizah is also the Vice President of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Chamberlayne Elementary School in Richmond, VA and the Group Leader of the Girl Scout Brownies Troop 5436.

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed;” – Luke 4:18 NKJV


Betty Kniesche



Betty has lived in Hanover county most of her life and has been a horse lover about the same amount of years! Betty built her home and property, which included a barn and pastures and she and her family raised many horses, on which many children learned to ride over the years.

In 2006, Alison, Jane and Cindy approached Betty about allowing them to start a horse ministry on her property. Betty stepped out in faith and generously answered yes! Since then, they grew from one horse and one child a week to 10 horses and 50 children per week in 2020! Without Betty, Wings of Hope Ranch would not exist. Betty has allowed the ministry to use the barn and land no cost since 2006.  Betty has served as a loyal board member since the ranch’s humble beginnings and has helped it grow to the size it is today.

Betty enjoys getting to know the children and families that visit the ranch regularly and watching the horses graze right out her back window. Over the years, because of Betty’s generosity she has impacted hundreds of children by allowing her land to be used for good, to share the love of Jesus with so many. This photo is just a GLIMPSE of the impact her decision to share her property back in 2006 has had on children and families! What a wonderful legacy Betty’s generosity is for our community.


Tina Word



Tina is a lover of animals. As a young child, she had a passion for horses but never had an opportunity to have a horse of her own. Tina believes God gave her this desire long ago so that she would be drawn to this ministry at this point in her life. Now, as a volunteer at Wings at Hope Ranch, she has 9 horses to love and help take of! Tina loves that this is not just a horse therapy or horse riding facility but it is a place to share the gospel with children and all the families and volunteers involved. Tina has been involved with children and youth ministry for decades now and this ministry is just perfect in that it combines her love for animals and the desire for all, especially children, to know Jesus Christ and to find true Hope in Him. After a couple years of volunteering in many positions at the Ranch, Tina was given the honor to serve on the Board.

Tina has a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tina has worked in Information Technology in many roles at Dominion Energy for over thirty years. Tina and her husband, William, live just down the road from the Ranch in Beaverdam. Tina and her husband love travel and adventure and loving on their cats.