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Meet The Blue Hills Ranch Team

Matt Lieberman


Matt is the owner of Blue Hills Ranch and bought the property with the intent of always giving animals a forever home.  Matt grew up in California and has been coming to Texas since he was a child.

Matt was a firefighter paramedic for 15 years, before retiring and opening a medical company.  Currently Matt still volunteers for his community of McGregor in the Fire Department.

Skyler Lightfoot


Skyler joined the Blue Hills Ranch team February 2021. She is our go to for all things members and encounters. She enjoys bringing excitement to people's lives by making sure their experience here at Blue Hills Ranch is unforgettable. When she is not at Blue Hills Ranch, you can normally find her at a barrel race or team roping. She enjoys spending time with her 5 horses, 2 dogs and 2 goats.


Real Estate

Valerie Joined Blue Hills Ranch in 2022. Valerie is a local Real Estate and property acquisition specialist in the area. She brings along with her more than 25 years of Real Estate experience to the team.


Valerie has the natural ability to combine both Real Estate and ranch experience. Her background alongside Real Estate, includes growing up on a family dairy and calf ranch. The blending of these is the perfect combination for forming the Blue Hills Ranch Real Estate team.

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Marketing & Strategic 

Jordan joined the team in 2022 and brings with him years of multimedia experience.  

McKennah McDonald


McKennah joined the team in October of 2021. She helps lead tours with all the animals, but her favorite tours with visitors are the otter swims. She also takes care of the animals here at the ranch and has some animals of her own. She is currently going to school to be a Veterinary Technician.

Riley aaron


Riley is a junior and she is part of the local FFA where she partakes in several LDEs and CDEs. She enjoys running track and going to the lake in her free time.

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Bree joined the team in June of 2022. She is currently pursuing her Veterinarian Technician degree. Bree has a deep passion for all reptiles and looks forward to learning more about our larger mammals. 


Ranch Service

Mason joined the ranch in 2022. He helps with all the ranch projects and makes sure everything is running properly. When he is not at the ranch he likes to work on cars and spend time with his two dogs. 

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Colton Joined the ranch in June 2022. He helps keep up with the ranch tasks. Outside of work, he helps his dad on his ranch. 

Meet The Blue Hills Ranch
Volunteer Team

Mark Thomas

Mark lives in Southern California and is a very special volunteer at Blue Hills Giraffe & Animal Sanctuary.  He travels to the ranch several times a year (a 24-hour drive, straight-through!) to help out on the property and take care of the rescue animals. Mark has spent over 30 years as an active volunteer and philanthropist for multiple charities, and when his daughter Lisa asked him if he wanted to volunteer at an animal sanctuary her friend Matt started in McGregor, Texas... He jumped on the chance to give back once again. Mark keeps us in line! His background in logistics and business management are essential for completing projects on-site, prepping cabins, the events barn, the animal homes and helping out the property team. But Mark's favorite activity is taking care of the animals, especially the otters Otto and Sweet Pea whom he helped rescue. "The animals are treated very well and truly enjoy the human contact, which is why I continue to come back to the ranch and be part of the group. Just a very fun and exciting place to volunteer!"

Lisa Thomas

Lisa lives in Southern California and spends one week a month driving to the ranch to help out with her Dad, Mark Sr.  From day one, Lisa's Dad taught her to give back, take care of others before herself and find the right non-profit organizations to which she should dedicate her time. Well, Blue Hills Giraffe & Animal Sanctuary made the list at #1! Lisa is a Biochemist and Sports Nutrition specialist in "real" life but dedicates her extra time at the ranch to doing whatever is needed (climb in a silo to raise it, build a rocking chair, feed a giraffe or kangaroo at 4am, anything.) But her favorite activity is spending time with the Asian small-clawed otters Otto and Sweet Pea whom her Dad and she rescued and donated to the sanctuary. "Blue Hills is a beautiful place where I am so honored to belong as a volunteer and share this with my Dad. I feel proud and very privileged to be a part of caring for and freeing our animals. Please join us! It's an amazing opportunity to give back."

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please submit an application.