Andrew Scholes, CPA
Joe Mattera, Esq.
Mike Wall, Realtor
Bob Talty, SCORE Mentor
Mark Olson, LTO Ventures
Bittersweet Farms WISDOM training
About our Founder & Exective 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 he 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.
A community of differently-abled farmers located in Southwest Ohio
Planting seeds of opportunity; growing independence
OUR 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. Together, Bob and Nancy have 3 adult children, Seth (27), Rachel (25), and Sam (21-autism). They also have 1 granddaughter, Morgan (2).
Angie Shockley Board VP, 2017
Angie has known the Bernotaitis family since their boys were in preschool together 17 years ago. Angie and her husband, Norm, have one son, Jake (20) who has been Sam’s friend since preschool. They led the Boy Scout Troop both boys belonged to. Jake is now an Eagle Scout and attends Bowling Green State University. Angie work at Greene Metropolitan Housing Authority and Norm works for Oberer Management.
Sue Combs Board Secretary, 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 serving as our Board Secretary 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.
Carolyn Krug Board Treasurer, 2018
Carolyn’s son, Mark, has autism. Carolyn is our newest Board member and has already been a great asset in getting our financials in order for grantwriting and reporting purposes. Carolyn works at a Catholic school as a substitute teacher and a substitute aid in the special needs classroom. When she’s not working, she volunteers on the board of the Brighter Connections theater, a program to bring the opportunity to act and work backstage to those with disabilities.
Sarah Linville Board Member at Large, 2018
Sarah is a graduate of both Franklin and Wright State Universities and has experience in marketing. Sarah became familiar with us through her sister-in-law who has supported us in the past and volunteered to help us with marketing and fundraising.
Becky Frame Board Member at Large, 2019
Becky has a grandson with autism and is interested in helping Good Works Farm grow to help provide more opportunities for him in the future.