Quest Farm believes each person should have the opportunity to reach for the stars in quest of a full and meaningful life. Therefore, our mission is to lovingly care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing or coordinating access to personalized services that positively contribute to their quality of life.
My service on the Board of Directors of Quest Farm is one of my most fulfilling accomplishments. My path to serving on the Board starts with admiration for the founders of Quest Farm, Joe and June Richey. I admire how they answered a profound need to serve adults with developmental disabilities within the community over 25 years ago. Through determination, hard work and the generosity of many supporters whose gifts of all sizes made a profound impact, Quest Farm became a reality that has become the home to 18 residents and additional participants in day activities. After returning to Kentucky after working out of state for 10 years, I was asked to serve on the Board. I am now in my sixth year (which, due to our bylaws, will be my last), during which I have served as chair of the personnel committee, vice-president, and, currently, president.
Our greatest challenge and success was managing the succession of Joe Richey when he choose to retire. With no institutional experience in Executive Director succession, this process was daunting to the Board. As the then current chair of the personnel committee, I was the Board’s lead in managing the entire process. We were able to implement an effective recruitment strategy, seek and interview candidates and we ultimately recruited Lara Ingram as our Executive Director and she has provided us with outstanding direction and planning. Lara's husband was transferred to North Carolina in 2013, and we began the search process again for an energetic and knowledgeable leader for Quest Farm. We were pleased to add Spencer Wahl as the new Executive Director in July 2013. He had brought an a fresh new perspective to the organization, which is clearly reflected in our daily work, new programs and growth.
The Board practices good governance. It is an entirely independent board that is self-sustaining. Each monthly board meeting includes review and discussion of the agency’s financials. Each month Spencer prepares a summary report for the board and makes a presentation and answers any questions from the board. Each board member serves on one or more of seven standing committees and may serve on additional ad hoc committees. The board frequently convenes in executive session to review and discuss Executive Director performance. These governance practices have resulted in an organization that is very robust and well managed.
Quest Farm also works with all our stakeholders. These include the families and guardians of our residents and participants, various regulatory agencies, the local community, and broader community of those who serve the needs of those with developmental disabilities. We are proud to be a member of the Scott County, Kentucky community and give back to the community by performing community service, selling items grown or made by our residents and participants in the community and having events open to the public.
Each member of the Board demonstrates a high commitment to the success and future of Quest Farm. In addition to their service on the Board and committees, members of the Board organize and staff events and fundraising activities, seek out the involvement and support of other members of the community, and recruit future members of the Board.
Your support of Quest Farm will make a direct impact on the lives of our residents and participants and we welcome support for programs and capital needs. We are a focused organization possessing a committed Board, a wonderful and committed staff and gifted Executive Director. We welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how your support can make a difference at Quest Farm.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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