Sam meeting the new neighbors
OUR 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bob Bernotaitis Board President, 2012
Bob is the husband of founder, Nancy Bernotaitis. Bob works F/T as the Parts Manager for Jeff Schmitt Chevy South in Miamisburg, OH. Bob has served as the Board president since the founding of Good Works Farm in 2012 and provides the woodworking experiences for Good Works Farm campers. Together, Bob and Nancy have 3 adult children, and 1 granddaughter.
Scott Drerup Board Vice-President, 2019
Scott is a lifelong resident of the Dayton area. He, and his wife Lesley, have a 13 year old son named Will who has autism. Will has attended the Good Works Farm summer camp for several years. After seeing the impact this camp has on his son and other campers Scott decided he wanted to become involved with Good Works Farm. Scott has been a police officer for 28 years and is looking forward to retirement so he can invest more time with Good Works Farm
Carrie Buckalew Board Secretary, 2019
Carrie joined the board at the end of 2019 as a way to become more involved in the community to help individuals with special needs. Carrie and her husband, Lindsay, relocated to Ohio in October 2018 and have a 7 year old son, Isaac, who has 2q23.1 Microdeletion Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder causing global developmental delays. Professionally, Carrie has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the past and is currently a Stay At Home Mom and Homemaker. Carrie enjoys traveling, reading, and baking as hobbies as well as family time.
Carolyn Krug Board Treasurer, 2018
Carolyn Krug received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. She has worked in engineering and management roles at AT&T, Procter & Gamble, and General Motors, and in a client support role at the Life Resource Center in Dayton. She is currently a substitute teacher at St. Albert the Great School and has served on other Dayton area nonprofit boards. Carolyn and her husband John have three adult children and live in Kettering with their fourth child who likes Good Works Farm day camp.
Sue Combs Member at Large, 2016
Sue has a nephew, Brady, with autism. Brady really struggled the first day and a half of the first Good Works Farm he attended in 2016. When a volunteer buddy took Brady under his wing and turned his experience around, Sue was hooked. She’s been taking photos and helping Good Works Farm ever since. Sue is a military wife to her retired husband, Bill, and together they’ll do anything asked of them to help promote Good Works Farm.
Denise Teserovitch Member at Large, 2019
Denise Teserovitch is the mother of Aidan 18, who has autism. She and her husband Rick also have a 20 year old son Grant, a sophomore at Miami University. They are both physical therapists and have provided care for people with various conditions in order to help them regain function and return to prior levels of functioning. Denise has served as secretary for DaFEAT as well as secretary and treasurer for Centerville Special Elk Track. She looks forward to being a board member of Good Works Farm and seeing the vision bloom!
Terry Miller Member at Large, 2019
Terry has an adult niece on the spectrum. She works at Elizabeth’s New Life Center as the Director of Human Resources and finds her passion in supporting life from conception to natural death. Terry is a mom of 2 adult boys, Matthew 22 and Luke 20. She also has a grandson, Bentley, who is the light of her life! And will soon be adding a granddaughter to the fold along with her daughter by another mother, Alyssa. She looks forward to helping GWF and its clients in anyway possible.
Nancy Bernotaitis, Founder and Executive Director
About our Founder & Executive Director:
Good Works Farm, Inc. was founded in 2012 with one goal: to meet the needs of the developmentally disabled population in southwestern Ohio. Our founder, Nancy Bernotaitis, has been a leader in the local special needs community since 2006, serving as a founding member and president of the Autism Society of America's Dayton Chapter from 2006-2012. She has worked at Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley as the Assistive Technology Specialist, at Integrated Connections as a healthcare coordinator for families living with autism, and has served on a number of autism and developmental disabilities committees including the Ohio Autism Coalition, the Parents and Advocates Council, and the Coalition for Community Choice. Nancy has a son on the autism spectrum. As her son grew older, Nancy began to research housing and work options and soon realized that resources were lacking. As she sat at equine therapy with her son one day, she was struck by how happy he was at the barn. Although he can't articulate his desire to live in the country surrounded by animals, his behavior told her that this is where he belongs. She began researching and soon realized that farmstead communities for special needs is a lifespan model--residents stay until the move or pass away. There are no openings and long wait lists.
It quickly became obvious that if this opportunity was going to be available for her son, she was going to have to build it herself. Her husband, Bob, then came on board and it's been full steam ahead ever since. As services are rolled out in phases, the two of them envision a day when they step out their door, hop on their golf cart, and spend the day interacting with the farmers of Good Works Farm.
The name, Good Works Farm, comes from Ephesians 2:10 "For we are ALL created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He has planned, in advance, for us to do." We believe everyone, including individuals with a developmental disabilities, have good works to do, they simply need the right support. It is our mission to provide that support.
Andrew Scholes, CPA Retired
Joe Mattera, Esq.
Pearl Cline, Medicaid Consultant
Stephanie Osman, Designer
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