Founder, Executive Director, President
President/CEO, Goodrich & Partners, Morris NY
Reviewing a career of work usually leads you to
write a pretty standard biography of experiences but now that we're
here, committed to the Farm, the past is barely relevant to who we really are,
day to day. Gone are the schedules and
timelines, meeting other people's needs; gone are the political agendas
manufactured to suit someone's ego; gone are the pressure cooker environments
where everything is critical yet totally out of proportion.... instead,
what I experience with Farm work is far more gentle, yet more demanding in a
very different way. We are literally now working 24/7, not because of the
internet, but because animals need you up by
6am, filling their tummies and back out at 8pm, for a final piece of business.
In between, these living, loving creatures
lure you into being with them as much as possible. Their bark for
attention is so honest, so direct (unlike the
business world) and so easily handled...they just want to be with you.
Some people tell me they are jealous of our life's
work, they've always wanted to do it themselves. I find that so
interesting because I always carried this dream within me but I vowed to
actually DO IT, not dream it which means both John and I had
to walk away from all security, from everything we ever knew, in order to DO IT.
We sold our Ct home, took the proceeds and
poured into the farm. There has been no large fund of money to pull from,
just our the money from that house. Most people would never take this kind
of risk. So, while some may feel envious, we have
to chuckle because what we've done is put ourselves in complete jeopardy in
order to act on this desire. Not for the faint-hearted or security conscious,
this is a decision to align our careers with our life's purpose, rather than
wait for when we had the money or the time... those never come, as dreamers
Our days are now filled with barking, crying dogs;
continual calls and emails about dogs, adopting and giving them up; promotional
efforts and mailings; fund-raising efforts and of course, operational farm work,
which is a continual process of creation and repair each and every day.
So, here we sit, on the edge of a cliff, trusting something
far greater than ourselves to guide us. Why? Because it has. Call it
divine intervention, call it a deep
knowing, call it trust and faith...no matter what it's called, both John and I
answered the call and here we are. So,
what gave us the courage to get to this point? Some simple facts from the past
might help fill out the picture.
My background has been full of creation -
everything from scratch, original ideas becoming a reality - twenty years
experience in highly competitive industries - television, advertising, and
marketing, acting as a catalyst for innovative
projects, leading multi-million dollar projects for Fortune 500 companies
(Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lexus, Maybelline Cosmetics), television broadcast
networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Time-Warner) and international businesses - also
working as a Management Consultant, versed in the psychology of motivation, time
management, sales skills and leadership development. I graduated from the
University of Maryland with a Journalism degree but
ended chasing the glamour of television.
Three years ago (prior to rescue), I combined my
creative background with 14 years of my own extensive personal growth work to
offer expertise as an 'intuitive coach' and founded Goodrich & Partners.
I assist individuals and executives in decision making and transitions to enable
them to trust themselves and their intuition in order to create whatever they
desire. Trained in energy work, intuitive communication and spiritual development,
my approach is deeply transformative, as well as practical. My book, The
Little Book of Everyday Soul, is to be
published this fall.
While glamorous projects have been exciting and
working intimately with individuals has been very fulfilling, ,my real inner
passion had always been to assist animals. Ever since the age of five, I'd
dreamt of helping animals who were hurt,
abandoned or uncared for. In fact, I prayed every night for the safe-keeping of
those in danger. My own 'inner-tuning' led to an intuitive relationship with
border collies who's sharp focus and instinctive brilliance is well-noted in the
dog world. This breed tunes into the people and situations around them in
order to understand what's needed. Finally,
the dogs led me to my life's work.
That 'calling' led me to co-found Glen Highland
Farm with life partner, John Andersen. As Executive Director, I
am channeling my intuition into matching border collies with new guardians, as
well as utilizing my professional experience to oversee the day-to-day rescue
operation and affiliated programs. I am trained as an Animal Communicator,
studying with the renown Penelope Smith and
also versed in Tellington Touch as well as other holistic approaches.
I am sincerely committed to assisting this highly
intuitive breed of dogs and relate to them on a deep spirit level. My
connection to their capacity to heal and transform people is profound. As
a Native American, I am drawn to the land of
Glen Highland Farm to birth a vision where nature, animals and children join and
bond in the energy of unconditional love so that healing may unfold.
President/CEO, Genesis Consulting, Morris, NY
bring any of God's creatures into the shelter of compassion and
will always deal likewise with their fellow
John has been the CEO of six different major US
corporations over a period of 20+ years ranging in size from small ($10 million)
to large ($1 billion +) in a broad range of industries. He is a graduate
of Northwestern University (BS) and has a widely diverse business background
including advertising, marketing, sales, manufacturing, distribution, finance,
strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, new product development, and
John is currently the President and Founder of
GENESIS CONSULTING (management consulting) and a co-founder of Glen Highland
Farm in Morris, New York. With Executive Director, Lillie Goodrich, John
shares in the overall operation of GHF and the functional responsibilities of
the Border Collie rescue operation including evaluation, rehabilitation,
training and adoption. He heads up the Border Collie Camp for kids
program and is an active participant in the regular teaching and leadership
activities of that camp.
John has been a long-term outdoor activist and a
long-term "dog-person". He has had and trained more than 20
personal companion dogs and became a border collie enthusiast more than 15 years
ago during his travels to Scotland, Ireland and the Western US. His
outdoor skills were honed during a ten-year period of annual wilderness pack
trips to Alaska, Canada, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado. John is a skilled
and active participant in a wide range of outdoor activities including
fly-fishing, scuba diving, hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, cross country
skiing, and golf.
He has traveled extensively throughout world
cultures and is a gifted teacher and coach. In the 90', John spent several
years absorbed in the study of Eastern religion and philosophy and is today a
practicing Buddhist continuing his study with masters Lama Surya Das and Thay
Thich Nhat Hanh. John is a member of IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences)
and ICT (International Campaign for Tibet).
President & CEO, National Public Media
For the past six years, Gina has helped raise
the funds to send hundreds of inner city children to the Camp Border for
Kids summer program. “I am honored and thrilled to be a part of
such an innovative program. It is a life-changing experience for
both dogs and children.”
Garrubbo is the CEO of Natural Beauty
Innovations, LLC™ which has created Terralina™, terralina.com
a luxurious line of
skin care products, made without harsh or potentially harmful ingredients.
Terralina’s mission is to provide high quality skin care, and to educate
consumers about what they are putting on the skin, as it is what goes into
the body. In addition, the company is committed to environmentally
sensitive business practices such as under-packaging, and the use of
recycled, recyclable and reusable materials.
Prior to Natural Beauty Innovations,
Garrubbo was one of the builders of women.com, one of the first websites
for consumers, and managed advertising sales divisions of media companies
such as Discovery Communications and Oxygen Media.
Gina is most recently a Senior Vice
President for Hearst Global Women's Digital Ad Network
Garrubbo holds a BA from Wells College and
resides in North Jersey with her daughter.
Dr. Margot Unkel
Assistant Director and
Treasurer of Spring Farm CARES
Dr. Margot Unkel is currently
an Assistant Director and Treasurer of Spring Farm CARES animal
sanctuary/educational facility. Before that, she taught recreation
and park management at Texas A & M and Ithaca College, and was
Assistant Research Professor at the University of Washington College of
Forest Resources. She also spent 8 years with IBM as a Systems Engineer,
and with Boise Cascade as a Management Consultant. Along the way she
co-founded Service Dogs, Inc., in Oakland California, and Animals in
Distress, a wildlife rehabilitation organization in Boise, Idaho. During
an eight-year period she was a volunteer at the Idaho Humane Society,
acting variously as treasurer, vice-President and President, while also
creating their computerized animal shelter management system, and
writing important surveys.
ofounder and Vice
President of Spring Farm CARES
Dawn Hayman is cofounder and
Vice President of Spring Farm CARES animal sanctuary/educational
facility. She graduated from SUNY Brockport with a B.S. in Social
Work. She was a T.T.E.A.M. practitioner and professional hypnotists
before founding Spring Farm CARES in 1991. Dawn was in her last semester
of training for a career in Social Work when she became disenchanted
with that system and nearly quit college. She was persuaded to stay, and
did graduate, Summa Cum Laude, but, after graduation, she turned her
back on Social Work and came to work at Spring Farm as a gardener! In
1987 she joined her employer, Bonnie Reynolds, as a TT.E.A.M.
Practitioner and full partner in the running of the farm.
In 1989, she began to share
her abilities in animal communication with the world. In
more than 15,000 phone and face-to-face consultations, she has served
over 6000 clients, talked to over 25,000 animals, given close to 200
workshops at Spring Farm and around the country – and is accounted one
of the foremost Interspecies Communicators in the world.
In the summer of 2003 Ashley
decided to join the work at Glen Highland Farm and accepted the position
to be the girls counselor for Camp Border Collie for Kids. Since that
summer, Ashley has been an active part of the camp and Glen Highland
Farm as a whole. Dogs have always been a significant part of
Ashley’s life and on both a personal and professional level, she has a
great understanding and appreciation for the importance of the
human-animal connection. Working her way up to head counselor and then
later, assistant camp director, Ashley has had many roles at camp.
In addition, Ashley has been involved in working closely with the
schools and agencies from where the children who attend Camp Border
Collie for Kids are selected.
Ashley has always had an
interest in working with at-risk youth, volunteering at a young age for
organizations whose focus was on this vulnerable population.
Ashley has had exposure and experience with a variety of issues which
affect children and their families and has been able to use her
experiences to help further develop the Camp Border Collie program.
In addition to working at
camp, Ashley has also spent time as a full time employee of Glen
Highland Farm, working hands on with the dogs in the rescue program as
well as in on the administrative side of operations. From daily
care, to assisting in adoptions, and fundraising, Ashley has had
experience in all facets of what takes place at Glen Highland Farm
After receiving her
Master’s degree in Social Work, where she completed her thesis on the
benefits of animal assisted therapy, Ashley moved to Colorado where she
is currently working in child protection in the Denver metro area.
Although she has traveled far from the farm, the overall vision of Camp
Border Collie and Glen Highland Farm continues to be of great importance
to her and her participation on the Board of Directors allows Ashley to
continue to be a part of the work that takes place at Glen Highland
Jeff is a graduate of Queen’s University, Kingston,
Ontario (1980) with a degree in Mining Engineering and an MBA degree
from the University of Tennessee (1983). He has worked in various
management positions starting in Tennessee with ASARCO, followed by a
move to New York, then Elders Resources and finally for Pechiney in CT.
Following a hostile takeover of Pechiney, Jeff organized a management
buyout in 2004 with the senior traders at Pechiney. He assumed the role
of Managing Director and Chairman of the new firm, Ocean Partners.
Visiting an Aunt and Uncle in Scotland with a
sheep farm and 5 working border collies in 1988, the seed was sown for
Jeff to be involved with this breed. When he met his English wife Tracy
in 1994, whose favorite breed also happened to be border collies, their
first border collie rescue together was from a shelter in Armonk, NY,
followed in quick succession by bringing a border collie puppy over from
England to live at
their CT lake cottage and
an aussie shepherd from a local CT shelter. Rescue was always the way to
go, giving a dog in need, a home to call their own. In 2007, following
an expose on TV about Glen Highland Farm, there was no other place to be
considered for rescuing the next border collie.
2010 provided that exact opportunity adopting their
first GHF alum, Jack, with subsequent GHF adoptions Sadie (2012), Lizzie
(2014) and 2 visits as campers to the Canine Getaway in 2011 and 2013.
It was during that 2013 Getaway visit, that the true connection was
made, meeting with John and Lillie. Coincidentally, the timing was right
as stepping down from Managing Director of Ocean Partners to a Chairman
role, there was now more time to dedicate to a worthy cause. Looking
from the outside and admiring the work and vision that John and Lillie
had created both in the rescue operation and the camp business as a
major fundraiser, Jeff now had some time to offer help in any way needed
and Glen Highland Farm was that worthy cause. Within 3 months of that
visit, Jeff and his wife bought a 13-acre house and property and moved
to be within 15 minutes of the Farm. Fostering dogs, housing sick
puppies in a converted room, dog transports to and from GHF, mowing dog
paddocks and Getaway fields, morning Barn duty, walking dogs on the farm
trails are just a few of the aspects of how Jeff has helped GHF with his
volunteer time. In 2017 a board position became open and Jeff was
invited and now sits on the GHF Board.
Jeff continues to share his time between GHF in
NY and his children and grandson in CT.