Lisa Friedrich is the Chief Program Officer of Dutton Farm, a non-profit agency whose mission is to empower and support adults with disabilities to live a life of purpose, inclusion, and dignity. She has a designed and guided a four-division program of Adult Education, Community Involvement, Workforce Development, and Telehealth Services that prioritizes self-determination and energetic engagement. Under her leadership, substantial growth in all areas has established Dutton Farm as a well-known curriculum-based joyful place for disabled adults to find learning, friendship, and support, serving over 100 participants. Lisa believes in actively building bridges and crafting new pathways for all adults to access the many resources and activities available in our great communities.
Lisa earned her PhD in Educational Leadership – Higher Education at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. After ten years of on-ground teaching English and Communications at the university level, she continues her expertise in curriculum design and adult instruction as an online adjunct faculty member at A.T. Still University teaching Research Design & Writing for their graduate programs of Health Administration. She also currently serves on four dissertation committees that guide students in their doctoral pursuits. Teaching adults with excellence is her career-driving passion.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Lisa has lived her entire life in the mid-west with over ten years in Indiana and twenty-one years in Michigan. She loves everything natural and outdoors enjoying all that is Pure Michigan – camping, hiking, boating, and snow-skiing. She resides in Oakland Township near her two adult sons, now 22 and 25. They are all big fans of creative writing, movies, and the culinary arts.