(Board meetings are open to the public) 


The R.O. Ranch, Inc. Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting on the 1st Thursday of each month beginning at 6:30 pm. 


Location: R.O. Ranch Visitors Center

               10807 South State Road 51

                Mayo, FL 32066


2016 Dates :       

                            July               7th                        

                           August           4th

                           September    1st    

                           October         6th

                           November     3rd

                           December     1st



For more information contact:    (386)294-1475

Board of Directors

A seven-member board of directors governs the affairs of the nonprofit corporation. The following individuals are members of the board of directors:
  • Frank "Red" Schulte
  • Virginia Johns
  • Louis Shiver
  • Will Hardee
  • Beverly Morgan
  • Tom Seay
  • Marcus Mitchell
Frank "Red" Schulte
Frank "Red" Schulte is a life-time member of the board of directors. He and his wife Olive owned and lived on the property since the early 1970s, managing the land as a working cattle ranch. Their desire to prevent future subdivision of the property, and their dream of promoting trail riding and other equestrian activities in the area, led to their partnership with the District.
Virginia Johns

Virginia Johns is the Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board representative on the Board of Directors and serves as its chair. Ms. Johns has been the president of John Hipp Construction since 1978 and is certified with the Florida Department of Transportation. She is a licensed underground and excavation contractor and a qualified storm water inspector. Ms. Johns has received tranining on storm water quality and has been responsible for storm water management best management practices on multiple construction projects over the past eight years. She serves as a member of the City of Alachua Planning and Zoning Board, a post she also held from 1993-2002. She is a member of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association and the Builders Association of North Central Florida. Ms. Johns holds an associate degree from Santa Fe College and an interior design degree from Bauder College.


Louis Shiver

Louis Shiver resides in Lafayette County. He is president of Shiver Dairy Farm, Inc. of Mayo and a member of the Suwannee River Partnership, Florida Cattlemen Association, and Southeast Milk, Inc. Mr. Shiver was a representative on the Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board for eight years. He served as chair on the R.O. Board of Directors from March 2006 until November 2009.

Will Hardee
Will Hardee resides in Levy County.  He is President of Southeastern Chemtreat in Chiefland Florida, an Invasive Plant Management Company that provides services to Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Water Management Districts, State Parks, State Forests, The Nature Conservancy as well as counties and cities throughout the State of Florida.  Mr. Hardee has a broad range of knowledge and appreciation of the natural values of the State of Florida having grown up in Florida State Parks where his father was employed.  His early work experience was on a cattle ranch.  He now raises and rides Florida Cracker Horses and is a member of the Florida Cracker Horse Association.  Mr. Hardee currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer on the RO Ranch Board of Directors
Tom Seay
Tom has had horses since he was 5 years old. He traveled America, taking people on overnight horseback vacations for nineteen years as a professional horseback outfitter. His largest accomplishment, as an outfitter, was organizing and leading “The American Transcontinental Trail Ride” in 1995. Pursuing a longtime dream, and after a year of logistical planning, Tom successfully lead a group of horseback riders and wagons from Savannah, Georgia, on the Atlantic Ocean, to San Diego, California on the Pacific Ocean, every step of the way on horseback, over 3,000 miles. The trip took four and a half months. Tom was hosted by 83 towns with 256 riders participating on parts of the trip, including Mayors, Chiefs of Police and the Texas Rangers. Former President Jimmy Carter taught the group Sunday School, as the trail ride passed through Plains, Georgia. 
One of Tom’s past careers included owning three cable television stations during the infancy of the cable industry. He hosted, directed and produced television programs for twelve years, specializing in outdoor sports programs. His experience in television and his love for traveling with horses and trail riding all over the country lead to his current television series Best of America by Horseback.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Richmond. Besides producing the Best of America by Horseback television series, Tom is a full time farmer in Virginia. His genuine "down home" farm boy personality and great sense of humor makes you feel like you’ve known him for years

Marcus Mitchell

Marcus Mitchell has been involved in preserving Florida's history since an early age. Beginning at age 10, he participated in living history reenactments through the Florida Park system. Marcus' family breeds and raises Florida cracker horses. He is an active member of the Florida Cracker Horse Association, which his father Buck Mitchell was one of the founders in 1989. He also breeds and raises Florida cracker cattle. The horse and cattle industry are of great value to Mr. Mitchell. He enjoys spending time with his family while participating in activities that involve both industries.