Michele D. Bolinger
Founder & Executive Director
Michele resides in Medina, Ohio with her teenage daughter. She attended Suffolk Community College and Northern Virginia Community College where she completed her Associates Degree in Business Administration. Michele is the Office Manager for eleventy marketing group.
Michele is the founder and operator of Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary. This 11.5 acre farm was self-funded for nearly 6 years, before earning a nonprofit 501 c(3) status in 2013. It acts as an equine/animal retirement facility in Medina, Ohio. Current residents at this farm include four special needs horses and an assortment of once feral cats and dogs, all that have been rescued by Michele. Michele has been at the forefront of animal welfare, working in conjunction with other animal welfare organizations and other rescues, at the local, national and international level; including The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Medina County SPCA, Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Michele has been involved in horse rescue since 2006 and has rescued more than 45 horses during that time, raising tens of thousands of dollars in donations for other animal rescues and organizations as well. Michele has been used to investigate animal abuse cases and has testified in high profile animal abuse and related trials in the states of Ohio and West Virginia.
Michele has more than 25 years of hands on experience in various areas including: animal care (rescue, rehabilitation, retirement and on the ground training of horses and animals of various breeds and special needs); sales, fundraising, retail management, human resources and benefits administration, project management, accounts payables and receivables, payroll, customer service, and business administration.
Michele is very active and enjoys all sports. She participates in many outdoor sports, including running, horseback riding, skiing, hiking, and canoeing.
James E. Moran
Board Director and Chairman
James Moran is from Michigan and moved to Ohio in the Cleveland/Akron area in 2003. He hasworked in retail management, marketing, client services, and business intelligence and analytics for the past 20 years. James has worked with many of the top non-profit organizations across the country to improve donor acquisition and retention.
Currently he is the Director of Marketing Intelligence and Analytics for the eleventy marketing group in Akron, Ohio. James holds an MBA in Marketing and is an avid reader of history. He is married and has two children and a cat named Jordan. Jim and his family enjoy the outdoors and all types of animals.
Deborah D. Loesel
Board Director and Secretary
A long-time resident of Charleston, SC, Deb has served on the FAAAS Board of Directors since 2013 focusing on development, marketing and funding initiatives. A former senior level business executive with extensive management experience, she has a proven track record in both the private and non-profit business sectors. She has played a critical role in numerous, highly successful new business launches, acquisitions, and turn around projects requiring extensive hands-on experience in program development and administration, fiscal management, process planning and logistics at Reebok International, totes Isotoner Corporation, and most recently, the Lowcountry Food Bank.
Active in a number of local volunteer efforts, Deb’s expertise includes leadership in building collaborative partnerships and inspiring community investment to sustain, develop, and expand effective, innovative programs for underserved populations in tri-county Charleston, South Carolina. Deb is a graduate of Bellevue University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human and Social Services Administration.
Board Director and Treasurer
As Manager of Financial Reporting and Taxation for Infocision, Chris Lemire is responsible for domestic and international tax compliance for the company. In addition, Chris is responsible for preparing financial statements and maintaining performance level internal controls.
Prior to joining InfoCision in 2009, Chris was the sole owner of Lemire & Company, Ltd (CPA firm) and a Tax Manager in the accounting firm Schulte & Co. He also gained valuable experience while being on staff in the accounting departments of Accounting Business Services, Annaco Recycling and Cleveland’s Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Chris is a graduate of The University of Akron and holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He is a member of the Ohio Society of CPA’s and AICPA.
Chris and his family reside in Akron, OH.
Jean Kelly, a wife and mother of two teenagers, holds a Bachelor of Science in education. She is also a licensed professional hair stylist/make up artist, entrepreneur, sewing and craft enthusiast and animal lover. Jean is active in fund raising at the local and national level. She believes that the world would be a better place if all living creatures were treated with kindness and compassion. Jean is a huge advocate for horses, dogs and all animals in need.
Serene lives in Medina, Ohio with her two children. She serves the medical care industry as a nursing assistant for the Cleveland Clinic. She has always had an extreme love for all animals and has been an active volunteer at Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary for more than a year. When she’s not supporting her children during extra curricular and sporting activities or volunteering at FAAAS events; she can be found hiking, baking, crafting or sewing – all activities that she is both passionate and enthusiastic about!
A longtime friend of FAAAS, Nina joined our Board in 2017. She is a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, where she also served as an instructor at the letter carrier training academy. An animal lover at heart, Nina had occasions to rescue small wildlife and small dogs from time to time while out on her daily mail route. Several years ago, Nina’s granddaughter introduced her to FAAAS where together they are volunteers of our Barn Buddies program.
When it comes to marketing, Ken Dawson believes there is power in numbers. In his current role as president of eleventy marketing group, Ken shows nonprofit organizations and corporations how harnessing the power of customer analytics can drive creative content and channel. He strives to shatter the perception that greater segmentation and focused messaging have to be difficult and daunting. In fact, he believes technology is making targeted marketing easier every day.
Ken honed his unique, data-driven approach to marketing through two decades of nonprofit and commercial marketing success. Ken’s innovative ideas, implementation of cutting-edge technology, and customer-service skills have earned him a reputation as an industry leader in nonprofit fundraising and commercial programs. Over the past 16 years, he has personally overseen more than $1 billion in total fundraising.
Prior to taking the reins at eleventy, he was Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at a large marketing company where he managed a team of over 100 professionals. For the past three years, Ken has served on the Board of Directors for the Direct Marketing Association and the DMA Non Profit Federation Advisory Council. He also currently serves on the board of the Good Samaritan Hunger Center. Many moons prior, Ken graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Business Management.
When he’s not working to make the marketing world a better place, Ken puts his astute business mind to work as partner/owner of multiple grocery stores and real estate rental properties. Outside the office, Ken wears just as many hats – musician, avid golfer, fisherman, sports enthusiast, animal lover and, most importantly, loving husband and father to two young daughters.
Sybil “SYB” Miller
Sybil “Syb” Miller is a visual artist, writer, musician and professor of photocommunications atSt. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. The daughter of a rural veterinarian, she grew up in Missouri surrounded by animals large and small, and frequently accompanied her father on his rural calls until his retirement in 1988. She found his work with cattle especially intriguing, but her true passion was for the horses he encountered in his practice.
During her youth, she rode any horse she could climb on, racing across the pastures and fields, and had her own very special horse, an Appaloosa ex-barrel racer named Cochise. As a teenager, she worked on an Arabian breeding farm. She began her photographic work in the attempt to make better photographs of the horses on this farm, and was urged by others to study photography in college.
After completing her undergraduate work at the University of Missouri, she earned her graduate degree at the University of Texas and continued to pursue an academic career which now includes twenty-seven years of teaching, administrative work, and numerous publications and exhibitions. Her photographic work led to extensive travels throughout the United States, Europe and Asia over the course of twenty years.
After she began riding a retired racehorse in 2007, she fell in love with the thoroughbred breed and shortly thereafter adopted her own thoroughbred, an ex-racehorse named Redabyebye. She now devotes her free time to retraining Redabyebye and exploring all things related to horses, and thoroughbreds in particular, from myth and symbol to current issues facing thoroughbreds on and off the track, to varied training approaches and modalities aimed at creating a strong horse-human bond. Her current creative work-in-progress is titled Xenophon’s Horse, a video/audio installation that brings together both her research and her personal experiences, and explores the role of the horse in human history.
Brad Buening – Volunteer Coordinator
Brad Buening is an Air Force veteran of 30 years. He enlisted as a security policeman and worked the missile fields of Montana for 6 years. Shortly thereafter he got an assignment in recruiting service where he held numerus jobs across the country for the next 22 years. Brad was recognized as one of the top 10 recruiters in the nation. Brads last position involved directing the recruiting activities across 21 states and Europe. He was 1 of 3 directors guiding all the Air Force recruiters’ world-wide. Brad has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing his MBA.
Brad and his wife Michele currently reside in Valley City, Ohio. They have 3 grown children and their dog, Toby. When he’s not at home you may find him on the golf course or riding his “steel horse” across the Ohio landscape.
Brad is currently transitioning into this new volunteer position and is developing a strategic plan for us to implement. For starters he will be focusing on recruiting all of our new volunteers for horse and animal care, upcoming special events, (including community outreach) and special farm maintenance and future project builds at the sanctuary.
Brad will also be assisting with the scheduling and training of our volunteers, including administering volunteer and animal safety training.
We see this role expanding as time goes on and are super excited that Brad desires to be a part of “TEAM FAAAS” and help us get to the next stages that we feel our small, but mighty organization has the potential to be!
Thank you for your military service Brad and now for your service to the horses, animals and humans of Forever Amber Acres!
David Miller, DVM
Dr. David Miller is an equine veterinarian practicing general wellness care, sports-medicine,diagnosis and treatment of lameness and performance-limiting issues, acupuncture and osteopathy (spinal and limb manipulative therapy). His practice offers ambulatory and clinic services. Dr. Miller’s clinical expertise is enhanced by utilizing state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.
Dr. Miller holds licenses to practice in OH, KY, FL, WV, PA and NY.
Dr. Miller owns and operates Summit Equine Veterinary Services, a full service ambulatory and in-clinic equine veterinary practice offering state of the art diagnostics and therapeutics including complimentary therapies.
Dr. Miller obtained his BS from Ohio University in 1985, his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1989. Dr. Miller broadened his education and training in the following areas: 1995-1996 – International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Course in acupuncture, equine osteopathy 1996-1997, 1 year internship with Dr. Marvin Cain, equine acupuncture. His clinical work includes: 9 year externship with Dr. Ronald Genovese, Randall Veterinary Hospital, Warrensville Heights, OH. 5 years as Associate Veterinarian, Lake Equine Inc., equine sports medicine practice, Cleveland, OH. 2 years as Manager, Animal Drug Regulatory Affairs, Pfizer Animal Health, Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Miller has owned and operated an equine sports medicine practice, since 1997, with an emphasis on lameness and performance related issues, back injuries and pain management.
Past Boards and Memberships include: past president of American Acadamy of Veterinary Acupuncture, past member AAEP Task Force for analysis of efficacy of alternative therapy, member International Veterinary Acupuncture Society House of Delegates, Equine Acupuncture Instructor for American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture.
Additionally, Dr. Miller was the recipient of “My Vet Matters” a national award from the American Association of Equine Practitioners in 2007. He is the Co-founder and Board of Directors Member for Victory Gallop, a 501C3 therapeutic riding program for children.
Corey Berresford – Graphic Designer
Corey is an experienced print and web designer. Berresford also does photography, painting, illustration, branding, strategy and more. She does freelance and volunteer design as well as art direction and account and project management. She has more than 16 years of design experience working in a corporation serving non-profit. B2C and B2C clients. Corey currently serves on the board for the Akron Canton American Marketing Association as Vice President of Hospitality.
Berresford has her baccalaureate in advertising with a marketing minor from Kent State University. Some of her skills include Keynote and Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Video Production and Editing, Data Analysis, and Asset Management. When she’s not working, Corey enjoys music, history, trivia, literature, art, and much more. She truly enjoys making others laugh and caring for other people as well as animals. Berresford also likes the outdoors and nature.