BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Patricia L. Donahue
Executive DirectorMs. Donahue is a founding member of the Taylor Conservatory Foundation, co-founder of Taylor’s Goodwill Garden, former president of the Taylor Garden Club, former chair of Wayne County Conservation District and Growing Hope Board. She is an Advanced Master Gardener. Ms. Donahue has over 30 years of business experience in both profit and non-profit sectors.
Janet is a life-long resident of Taylor, Michigan and a proud supporter of the Taylor Conservatory Foundation and the City of Taylor. She holds an MBA from Central Michigan University and is currently the President and CEO of Parkside Community Credit Union in Livonia, Michigan. Janet and her team provide financial services to members in Wayne County and the local municipality while ensuring the financial stability and growth of the credit union. Janet is active in the credit union and local communities serving on a number of boards including the Credit Union Executive Society, Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions and Alternatives for Girls (AFG) supporting at-risk girls and young women in the Detroit Metropolitan area. She recieves no annual compensation.
Larry S. Wright
Mr. Wright holds a BS degree from Eastern Michigan University and is an Advanced Master Gardener. He founded the landscape-contracting firm, Wright’s Landscape Services, in 1976. For 9 years he also served as the CEO/President for a regional trade association in metropolitan Detroit and was on the boards of many environmental and industry groups. Lawrence was also certified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture as a Trainer for Commercial Pesticide Applicators. Member of the Rotary Club of Taylor since 1983, Lawrence served as Club President 1991-92 and District Governor from 1995-96. He has also served as a Training Leader for Rotary International and a Zone Foundation Coordinator for The Rotary Foundation. He is a founding member of the Taylor Conservatory Foundation. He receives no annual compensation.
TreasurerMr. Jocks is a lifelong resident of the Downriver area and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management from Albion College. He is a Certified Public Accountant and partner in the accounting firm of Jocks & Associates, PC located in Trenton, Michigan. He is a member of the Trenton Rotary Club and has served on various committees and as Club President in 2001-2002. Mr. Jocks is currently the Rotarian advisor to the Trenton High School Rotary-Interact Club. He is married to Lauren and resides in Trenton, Michigan. He receives no annual compensation.
Teri is the founder, owner and CEO of Dolphin Manufacturing, Inc, a woman-owned small business in Taylor for the past 33 years. Teri is a graduate of Taylor schools, and a strong supporter of expanding arts and education programs in our downriver community. In addition, she is a member of Women in Defense-MI, National Defense Industrial Association, Michigan Manufacturers Association, and Automation Alley.
DirectorAlthough recently moving to Livonia, Ms. Dobbins is a long-time Taylor champion and actively involved in improving the community. She has served terms on the Cultural Arts Commission, Parks and Recreation commissions, and also served on the residents’ steering committee that helped to update the city’s master plan. Ms. Dobbins co-founded and continues to be active in the production of the TCF Music and Art in the Garden series. She was a Taylor Rotarian for many years and currently is Secretary for Fraternal Order of Police Associate Lodge 123. She is a licensed realtor with Keller Williams. She receives no annual compensation.
DirectorMs. Doute brings a wealth of business and horticultural experience to the board through the establishment of a successful family-owned retail plant center, past president of the Taylor Garden Club, and many leadership positions throughout her strong history of community service. She is an Advanced Master Gardener, and also the Volunteer Coordinator for the Taylor Conservatory. She receives no annual compensation.