Founder & Director Michele D. Bolinger
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 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 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.
Board Director & Chairman James E. Moran
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.
Board Director & Secretary Deborah D. Loesel
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 & Treasurer Chris Lemire
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.
Board Director Jean Kelly
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.
Board Director Rhonda L. Magoolaghan
Residing in Medina, Ohio, Rhonda has her BA in English from Ohio University. From there, she went on to earn her MA in English Education from Brooklyn College in New York City. Her years in NYC were spent teaching English, studying, training new teachers, and enjoying city life. Once back in Ohio, Rhonda began teaching basic writing and composition at the University of Akron. She also began volunteering at Project Learn of Medina County teaching English as a second language. She is also a certified yoga instructor and has interest in learning about Reiki for both humans and horses. Currently, Rhonda lives in Medina, Ohio with her husband and two children. Her children's 4H meeting at FAAAS sparked her interest in volunteering with her daughter. They continue to learn about horses, through patience and compassion at the barn. They also hope to apply these skills to benefit their own small farm of goats, chickens, dogs, and one cool cat.
Board Director Nina Davis
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. Since joining FAAAS, Nina has been instrumental in procuring goods and services at the local level as our donation solicitor.
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.
Sheridon Ward Volunteer Coordinator
Growing up as the daughter of an Air Force veteran and as an avid animal rescuer, Sheridon was drawn to Forever Amber Acres’ opportunity to work with other animals and support the military community. She volunteered with FAAAS for a year and a half before taking on the role of Volunteer Coordinator so that she could remain active in the organization while going to school in Columbus. Sheridon plans to graduate from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Renaissance Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She hopes to use her passion for writing and literature to inspire herself and others to care more deeply for the planet, using these skills for the conservation of species and natural resources. She fights every day to minimize her carbon footprint and ecological impact by reducing her plastic consumption and endeavoring to live a zero-waste lifestyle.
Brad Buening Volunteer Coordinator (2015-2018)
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. Since joining our organization in 2015, Brad has focused his attention on recruiting new volunteers for horse and animal care.
He also works with upcoming special events (including community outreach), special farm maintenance, and future project builds at the sanctuary. In addition to all this, he administers new volunteer and animal safety training too.
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!
Graphic Designer Corry Berresford
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.