January 11, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dutton Farm Starts 2019 with Fresh Faces
Organization makes changes & additions to Leadership Team
[Rochester, MI, January 9, 2019] – Dutton Farm is taking big steps toward ensuring the future success of the organization. Under the leadership of Dutton Farm CEO & Co-Founder, Jenny Brown, the organization has promoted from within, as well as brought on additional team members, to fill newly created positions.
Jen Felmlee, Director of Operations - Jen will be transitioning to the role of Director of Operations where she will be working on creating and streamlining internal processes and communication between departments. She will also be taking over the recruitment process for farmers and staff. Jen's very excited to take on these new responsibilities and to be a part of Dutton Farm's next stage of growth.
Jen grew up in Rochester, but currently lives in Utica. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, with a background in administration for industries from advertising to aerospace. Her specialties include communication and organized, confidential record keeping.
Phil Goldsmith, Director of Workforce Development – Phil Goldsmith brings to Dutton Farm a vast history of work within the fields of special education, nonprofit and management, most recently holding the role of Behavioral Specialist with the Traverse Bay Intermediate School District (Traverse City). Utilizing his knowledge of the corporate environment and individuals with disabilities, Phil will work to create relationships within the business community that create workplace opportunities for clients of Dutton Farm who make the choice to expand their workplace horizons.
Phil is a resident of Clinton Township with three sons and two grandchildren. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theological studies from Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC). Phil enjoys staying physically active and has a passion for photography and travelling.
Lisa Friedrich, Program Director - Lisa J. Friedrich, PhD is the new Program Director at Dutton Farm. She is excited to develop and implement an engaging curriculum that is aligned with the individual learning goals for our participants. As they grow and expand, she will be responsible for creating new ways to train and nurture the potential that resides within all who attend Dutton Farm.
Lisa comes from the field of higher education specializing in adult learning for students with developmental disabilities. She has been an English faculty member at several universities, directed a program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Oakland University, and served as primary researcher in the initial phases of Extraordinary Ventures Michigan. Her dissertation topic was related to perceptions of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a mother of an adult son on the spectrum, she connects with families with a unique understanding. She continues to teach and consult within her firm, LJ Friedrich Consultants, LLC to enhance opportunities for as many people as possible.
Lindsey Daines, Director of Development – In her new role with Dutton Farm, Lindsey will have primary responsibility for the management of donor relationships, corporate sponsorships, grants, fundraising events and community awareness. She looks forward to partnering with as many community members as possible to continue supporting the mission of Dutton Farm.
Prior to joining Dutton Farm, Lindsey held the role of Vice President of Culture & Human Resources for Chief Financial Credit Union (Rochester Hills). She is currently active within Rochester Community Schools as a PTA Member and volunteer, sits on the Board of Trustees for the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, is a Leadership Rochester graduate (’17) and has been a strong advocate for the special education community, having created a scholarship for graduating seniors with special needs in the Rochester Community School district. Lindsey and her husband, Tony, reside in Oakland Township with their four children.
Linda Davis-Kirksey, Grant Writer - Linda Davis-Kirksey is a Rochester Hills resident and business woman, owning and operating Davis Kirksey Associates, Inc. for over two decades. Davis Kirksey Associates, Inc. specializes in grant writing, organizational development and training. As the Grant Writer for Dutton Farm, Linda will ensure that all opportunities for funding are capitalized on.
As an active community member, Linda serves on variety of Board of Directors, such as the North Oakland YMCA, the Macomb Children’s Hands on Museum, Alana’s Foundation and the Rochester College Nursing Advisory Board. She is also currently the Chairman of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Vice Chair of the Rochester Regional Chamber Charity Foundation and is the Chair of the Development Committee of the Paint Creek Center of the Arts. Linda is proud to have been the recipient of the 2018 Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce Sunrise Pinnacle “Business Woman of the Year” award.
Amber Joseph, Marketing Manager/Market Specialist - Amber Joseph attended Rochester College where she fostered a passion for non-profit work through partnerships and trips with the school. She graduated with her degree in Public Relations in 2017 and jumped into marketing throughout the Rochester community.
Amber comes to Dutton Farm from the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Young Professionals of Rochester Executive Team and has spent her time developing connections throughout the community.
Dutton Farm is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to “Empower and support adults with disabilities to live a life of purpose, inclusion and dignity”.
If you would like further information on the organization, please contact Lindsey Daines at (248) 563-7979 or vial email at Lindsey@duttonfarm.org.