Chief Program Officer Tapped for Prestigious Role

Boys Ranch Chief Program Officer Michelle Maikoetter has been selected for a leadership position with the Neurosequential Network.


Neurosequential Network

The network develops and disseminates innovative programs and practice to improve the lives of children, families, and communities.

“We are proud of the work that has been done at Boys Ranch to care for children who have suffered trauma, and we are proud of Michelle for being recognized in this field for her hard work,” said Boys Ranch CEO and President Dan Adams. “Her leadership has been vital as we learn more about childcare and best practices.”

Dr. Bruce Perry’s approach integrates core principles of brain development and how life experiences both positive and negative impact it.  

“I have been inspired by Dr. Perry’s work,” Maikoetter said. “We have successfully used his principles at Boys Ranch since 2010, and we have seen that approach change children’s lives.”

Boys Ranch was one of the first residential childcare facilities to adopt the approach now known as the Neurosequential Model (NM). Boys Ranch is a certified NM Phase II site and was chosen by Dr. Perry as one of his original flagship sites in 2012. 

Maikoetter trained with Dr. Perry and guided Boys Ranch in implementing the model.

“The recognition of Boys Ranch’s work from the Neurosequential Network is a nice pat on the back from the foremost experts in childcare,” Adams said.

Ms. Maikoetter's New Role

Maikoetter has already worked with the NM Program Coordinator Diane Vines, training more than 20 Texas Juvenile Justice Department clinicians through a year-long process to become certified in the model. 

In her role as a leader in the Neurosequential Network, Maikoetter will facilitate collaboration and training in the Neurosequential Model with programs in Texas and Arizona, while continuing her work at Boys Ranch.

“The successes we have seen at Boys Ranch have made me eager to help other individuals and organizations do the same to truly make a difference in the lives of children and families,” Maikoetter said. “We’re interested in long-term change that gives children hope for the future. I’m eager to see Dr. Perry’s model spread.”

Dr. Bruce Perry recently wrote the New York Times best-seller “What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing” with Oprah Winfrey. He is a worldwide leader in trauma-informed childcare. The Neurosequential Network is online at

Maikoetter is a Licensed Child Care Administrator, a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor and a Child Trauma Academy Fellow, chosen by Dr. Perry in 2012. She is also a practitioner/mentor for Texas Christian University’s Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development in Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI)

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