Board of Directors and Advisors

Michele D. Bolinger

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Michele resides in Medina, Ohio with her 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, an Akron based marketing agency. She self-funded this nearly 12 acre farm for 6 years before gaining nonprofit 501(c)(3) status in 2013.
 
It acts as an equine/animal retirement facility in Medina, Ohio.  Current residents at this farm include special needs horses, hens, 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, and Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Michele has been involved in horse rescue since 2006 and has rescued in excess of 45 horses during that time, raising tens of thousands of dollars in donations for other animal rescues and organizations as well as her own.  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.

In November of 2017, Michele was honored to earn her certification as an Equine Specialist (ES) in the EAGALA model www.eagala.org , so that she and her team can provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to NE Ohio’s Military Veterans, come Spring of 2018!  This long time “dream” has now become reality and brings Michele’s vision full circle, and will formally offer therapy services to veterans, by utilizing these special needs horses.  She hopes to give all participants of this program healing and a new lease on life!

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, accounting, customer service, and business administration.

Michele is very active and enjoys all sports and participates in many outdoor sports, including running, horseback riding, skiing, hiking, and canoeing.

James E. Moran

Board Director & Chairman

James Moran is originally from the Detroit area in Michigan and moved to Ohio in the Cleveland/Akron area in 2003. He has worked in retail management, marketing, client services, and business intelligence and analytics for the past 25 years. James has worked with many of the top non profit organizations across the country to improve donor acquisition, retention, and lifetime value.

 

Currently he is the Vice President 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 and a dog named Izzy. Jim and his family enjoy being active, the outdoors and all types of animals.

Deborah D. Loesel

Board Director & 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.

Chris Lemire

Board Director & 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.