Find out more about PSR's Amazing Team

Full Time Staff

These lucky folks have the pleasure of working at Prairie Star Ranch all year and work to keep the ministry of the Ranch alive and well year-round.  Find out who they are and how they serve the Ranch during the year. (Click on an image to learn more about our staff members.)

Dcn Dana Nearmyer
Executive Director

Gregory Wellnitz

Deacon Dana Nearmyer
Executive Director

Deacon Dana Nearmyer heads up the Office of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, he serves as the Executive Director of Prairie Star Ranch, and he is an adjunct instructor at Benedictine College in the department of the New Evangelization and Catechesis.

Deacon Dana along with his wife Deborah are the co-directors and co-founders of Camp Tekakwitha. They worked with Archbishop Keleher and Fr. Tom Tank, the priests and youth ministers of the Archdiocese of Kansas City Kansas to found Camp Tekakwitha in1998 and Prairie Star Ranch in 2001.  They love kids and the outdoors.  Dana and Deborah, with their 5 children, have spent each summer, since 1998, as on-site directors of Camp Tekakwitha. 

Dale Hutcheson
Ranch Maintenance

Casey Baker
Horse Program Manager

Current Retreat Team

Prairie Star Ranch offers an exciting opportunity to become a missionary for the New Evangelization through our Retreat Team Internship Program. As a member of the program, you will lead retreats, help out around camp and have the opportunity for great personal and spiritual growth. It is a wonderful chance to share your faith, build Christ’s Kingdom and serve others in a beautiful natural setting.


Tori Gambino
Retreat Coordinator

Megan Staley

Grace Malinee

Shannen Freeman


Learn More About the Retreat Team