Our Leadership

Message from the Chair

It is a great honor for me to chair the Seamark Ranch Board of Directors at this stage in our history. Those of us who became involved at the very beginning, when a Christian Ranch for abandoned and/or abused children needing love and hope was only a vision, look back on our development as having been divinely guided.

The hand of God has been on Seamark every step of the way and especially when we needed help the most. Shortly after the unsettling events of 9/11/01, our founders, Keith and April Denton, felt led to bring to Jacksonville their concept for the Ranch based upon Keith’s experience being raised in a similar home in Alabama. A remarkable group of people networked and dreamed, bringing to life the Dentons’ vision in 2007 as we opened to our first children. Timing was critical as we were fully operational and debt-free when the U.S. economy fell into crisis in 2008.

We brought together a remarkable and committed team led by Fred Meiners, our Executive Director, and persevered through the country’s worst financial times since the Great Depression. Today we are changing lives and demonstrating the potential of that vision first stirred in 2001.

We are well-positioned to grow and help our children be all they can be.



Susan Hamilton
Seamark Ranch Board Chair


Ryan M. Schmitt, Chair
Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors Inc.
Jacksonville, Florida

Aaron Kendrick III, Treasurer
CFO, Senior Director
Clay County Utility Authority
Jacksonville, Florida

Vicki Gillander, Secretary
Jacksonville, Florida


Ward Huntley
Orange Park, Florida

Brian Knight
Pragmatic Works
Middleburg, Florida

Susan Mack
Special Counsel
Adams and Reese, LLP
Jacksonville, Florida

Will Montoya
Montoya & Associates
Jacksonville, Florida

Mark A. Morley
The Ohmega Group
Jacksonville, Florida

Richard L. Myers MD
North Florida OB/GYN Associates
Jacksonville, Florida

Emily B. Smith
Jacksonville, Florida

James R. Weeks
Clay County Tax Collector
Green Cove Springs, Florida

Allene Zvara
Jacksonville, Florida

Megan Brown
District Manager
Jacksonville, Florida

Walt Bussells
Forbes Street Capital
Jacksonville, Florida

Greg Clary
Clary and Associates, Inc.
Jacksonville, Florida

Theresa Dahl
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Drew Frick
General Counsel
Gate Petroleum
Jacksonville, Florida

Rick Graham
Healthcare Consulting
Jacksonville, Florida

T.R. Hainline Jr.
Rogers Towers, P.A.
Jacksonville, Florida

Susan Hamilton
Retired CSX/Consultant
Jacksonville, Florida

Our Founding Leadership


Board Members Emeritus

John B. Coxwell
J.B. Coxwell Contracting Inc.
Jacksonville, Florida

Brenda Davis
Community Volunteer
Jacksonville, Florida

Ken Wilson
Gate Lands Company
Jacksonville, Florida





Our Founders

Keith and April Denton



Ranch Leadership

Fred Meiners
Executive Director

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Eugene F. Coleman, Jr.
Director of Family Life


Amanda Landau
Director of Operations & Finance

Larry Davis
School Principal


  • Lamar and Nancy Grimes
  • Rich and Tracy Dawson