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.
Colin has been a senior corporate executive at
Norwest Corporation, Air Products, and Pfizer Corporation. He is a
graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S.) George Washington University (M.S.)
and the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School. He has a distinguished military
career with the U.S. Marine Corps and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy
Nuclear Submarine program.
Colin is currently President of C.T. Kagel and
Associates, Inc. (management consulting) and the owner/manager of the Bishops
Gate Inn in East Haddam, CT. He states that he is "owned" by his
three German Shorthair Pointers -- Larney, Dutch and Raider, who share him with
the rest of the family at their Inn on the Connecticut River.
Colin has had a lifetime relationship with dogs.
He has bred, raised, rescued, and trained dogs professionally for more than 40
years. In his early work with Labrador Retrievers in field trials, he
would commonly handle as many as 30 dogs at one time. More recently, Colin
has focused his "dog-time" in training and field trials with German
Shorthair Pointers throughout the mid-west.
Children have also been an important focus.
In addition to raising his two grown sons, he has been a working guide and
counselor at summer camps for inner-city children. Colin transferred his
extensive naval experience and love of sailing to the creation of sailing camps
to introduce inner-city children to the nautical out-of-doors. While a
senior executive at Pfizer, he led the establishment of an "alternate
education system" for high school children and rescued scores of potential
dropouts from an overcrowded and strained environment.
Active in local, state, and federal government,
Colin was the Chairman of the Minneapolis Private Industry Council, a Board
Member of local Red Cross and United Way and has served on numerous state and
city task forces on employment and job development.
has been an executive in computer sales, service, and training for over 20
years.She is currently working at
BCR, Inc, a computer sales and service company based
in New Jersey.Prior to
establishing this business, her management skills were utilized by ComputerLand
Corporation, Inc. to oversee franchise operations and increase profitability in
various locations throughout New England, including New York, Rhode Island and
has been certified as an instructor in conflict resolution and teamwork training
and has consulted with many New Jersey corporations in an effort to instill
empathy and tolerance in the work place.
involved member of the community, Cindy has volunteered at local shelters,
participated in programs through Girl Scouts of America and served as
vice-president of the local school board spending countless hours organizing
fundraising events and raising parent awareness to the technology needs of
have always been a part of her life.Even
as she relocated throughout her career, her dog (sometimes a parakeet, gerbil,
lizard or fish), always moved with her.After
spending the last eight years putting her husband through medical school and
raising 2 wonderful children, she found a life-altering connection to the border
collie and has completely embraced the vision of Glen Highland Farm.Her strong commitment to creating a better quality of life for the
unwanted, has enriched her family with the addition of Sami and Dart, and many
Collie rescue dogs adopted.
the strong impact of dogs in our environment, Cindy brings the dogs to her
office where they are a strong positive influence for her co-workers and
customers as well.No better way to
start the day than to be greeted by a wagging tail!
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