Michele Smither

Michele Smither

Founder

Michele Smither is the founder of Dutton Farm. She is responsible for Dutton Farm’s consistent success of our mission. She has worked with children and adults with all kinds of special needs in Oakland County for over 27 years. Having had a child with Down’s syndrome of her own, she has firsthand experience on being the parent of a child with a disability. She is well known for her high standards and consistency throughout all of the major agencies in Oakland County, including: MORC, ARC, Natural Freedom, Expert Care, Easter Seals and Lutheran Family Services. During her tenure, she has implemented 3 church programs, provided exceptional care for over 40 individuals with special needs, provided a loving home for over 20 foster children and adopted 6 children along with having 6 children biologically. In 1997, she, along with her husband, was awarded Family of the Year by Judson Center for their generosity and deep compassion for disadvantaged children. She is a woman that has always advocated for the needs of those without a voice and continues to do so here at Dutton Farm.

Check out her monthly notes, HERE!

Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown

Founder & CEO

Jenny Brown, is responsible for managing our day to day activities, contracting with new participants, working directly with agencies, implementing timeline goals and staying within our budget. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and 12 years work experience with mentally, emotionally and physically impaired individuals. Her work experience comes from working as an employee of MORC, where she was a caregiver for 7 different individuals with special needs, as well as Kennedy Center (a center-based program for special education students in the Pontiac School District). During her time at Kennedy Center, she assisted the teachers in educating the students in their Daily Living Skills, Mathematics, Vocational Skills and Physical Education. She also worked directly with the Transitional Coordinator in helping the students graduate to job placement. She also has extensive volunteer work with individuals with disabilities in the Oakland County area. She is a licensed foster parent and has 5 children.
Kayte McDonough

Kayte McDonough

Director of Social Media, Marketing, and Special Events

Patty Geverink

Patty Geverink

Market Production Manager

Lisa J. Friedrich PhD

Lisa J. Friedrich PhD

Skill Building Director, Curriculum Specialist, & Job Training

Elaine Faraday

Elaine Faraday

Senior Bookkeeper

Debra A. Hallett

Debra A. Hallett

Direct Care Specialist

Kate R. Hallett

Kate R. Hallett

Job Coach & Direct Care Specialist

Jackie Hines

Jackie Hines

Direct Care Specialist & Case Coordinator

Laura Hallett

Laura Hallett

Market Brand Specialist

Heather Mingle, RN, BSN

Market Outreach Coordinator & Medical Consultant

Maureen Kijek

Workforce Development Director

Rana May

Production Assistant & Direct Care Specialist

Jen Felmlee

Office Manager

Our Board of Directors

 

  • David Mingle- Chair
  • Jenny Brown – Trustee
  • Patty Albano – Trustee
  • Tim Bell- Trustee
  • Chris Barnett- Trustee
  • Thomas DeAgostino- Trustee
  • Joe Fisher – Trustee
  • Derek Gentile – Trustee
  • Laura Kozerski- Trustee
  • Ilana Mark- Trustee
  • Lori Randolph- Trustee
  • Heather Sinawi- Trustee