Board of Trustees

Country Breeze Farm is governed by an all-volunteer, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The board is responsible for providing the structure, formulation, and implementation of policy at Country Breeze Farm. They also provide oversight for the administration of assets, assess financial needs and expenditures, and provide operational direction to Country Breeze Farm management to ensure the success of the long-term vision and mission of Country Breeze Farm.

Country Breeze Farm board members come from several states across the country. Trustees have extensive experience and expertise serving as leaders in public service roles, executives in the public and private business sector, directors of non-profit organizations and, leaders in a variety of community and church organizations.

Presently Country Breeze Farm has three board members but is expected to have up to 15 members when fully operational. Following are the three current members:

 

David Dudley – President

  • Qualifications

    • Dad and Caretaker of a 23-year old daughter with Autism (low-functioning).

    • Profession: 25+ years of experience serving as the project manager of capital improvement projects ranging in size and complexity from $50K to $600M, overseeing construction design and/or construction activities. Also, involved with project funding acquisitions, budgets, and scheduling.

    • Volunteer: Church; Tree Foundation.

    • Education: Univ. of Tennessee, BS. Degree in Civil Engineering, Minor in Speech Communications; Univ. of Oklahoma, BS Degree in Nutrition.

    • Professional Development: Toastmasters; Dale Carnegie; Fred Pryor Seminars in Prioritization, Setting/Reaching Goals, Time Management, Human Relations, Effective Communication. Author: Wrote and published seven non-fiction books (one of autism, one on business five on aquaponics).
       

Duties:

  • The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation and shall, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, supervise and control the affairs of the corporation and activities of the officers. He or she shall perform all duties incident to his or her office and such other duties as may be required by law, by the Articles of Incorporation, or by our Bylaws, or which may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors. Unless another person is specifically appointed as Chairperson of the Board of Directors, the President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors. Except as otherwise expressly provided by law, by Articles of Incorporation, or Bylaws, he or she shall, in the name of the corporation, execute such deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, checks, or their instruments which may from time to time be authorized by the Board of Directors.

 

Nancy Thompson – Secretary

  • Former 501c3 Board Member of The Shepherd’s Home and Unto Him Ministries, 24 years’ experience as a healthcare administrator, BBA from Eastern Kentucky University

 

Duties:

  • Certify and keep at the principal office of the corporation the original, or a copy, of the bylaws as amended or otherwise altered to date. Keep at the principal office of the corporation or such other place as the Board may determine, a book of minutes of all meetings of the directors, and, if applicable, meetings of committees of directors, recording therein the time and place of holding, whether regular or special, how called, how to notice thereof was given, the names of those present or represented at the meeting, and the proceedings thereof. Ensure that the minutes of the meetings of the corporation, any written consents approving action taken without a meeting, and any supporting documents pertaining to meetings, minutes, and consents shall be contemporaneously recorded in the corporate records of this corporation. See that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of the bylaws or as required by law. Be custodian of the records and the seal of the corporation and affix the seal, as authorized by law or the provisions of the bylaws, to duly executed documents of the corporation. Exhibit at all reasonable times to any director of the corporation, or his or her agent, or attorney, on request therefor, the Bylaws and the minutes of the proceedings of the directors of the corporation. In general, perform all duties incident to the office of the Secretary and such other duties as may be required by law, by the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, or which may be assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors.

 

Diedra Messinger – Board Member

  • Mother of a 7-year-old little boy with autism

  • 20+ years of experience in healthcare. The last 4 years have been the Founder/Executive Director of PEER Academy, a small nonprofit school for children with autism and other unique learning styles

  • Masters of Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral Analysis, BA in Hospital Administration

 

Duties:

  • Regularly attends board meetings and important related meetings. Makes serious commitment to participate actively in committee work. Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes there thoroughly and on time. Stays informed about the committee matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports. Gets to know other committee members and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus. Is an active participant in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning efforts. Participates in fundraising for the organization.