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Founder, Executive Director, President
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 sadly know.
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.
bring any of God's creatures into the shelter of compassion and
will always deal likewise with their fellow human beings".
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 capital formation.
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).
|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
|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.|
|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 Farm.
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.