We are Designed Future. | A Transformational Organization.

We all have the inalienable right to happiness. Designed Future seeks to lead the world away from mediocrity, pettiness, and hopelessness and into excellence, love, happiness, and human connectedness. We are creating a new context for life, in which all people might prosper, in which all poverty might disappear. Without a shred of doubt, we know what’s very possible in the world. A world where everyone thrives. We see human beings collaborating, not competing. There would be no brutality because we wouldn’t fight. There would be no hunger because we would take care of one another. Prejudice, oppression, poverty, and needless suffering would no longer subsist. These are the miracles we believe in. And it’s the platform for our existence as Designed Future. We offer dynamic programs that transform the quality of life for others. Our personal development programs are life success workshops that go far beyond life coaching.

Meet the Team

Julie Dankovich

Executive Director

Julie Dankovich is the President and Executive Director of Designed Future. Her unique philosophy adopts new thought provoking approaches to personal and professional success founded in a variety of disciplines that include psychology, neuroscience, spirituality, and quantum mechanics. She is the author of A Course in Prosperity- The Bible for Masters of Prosperity. Julie has a Masters Degree in Education and is a former educator. She was a freelancer for The Chicago Tribune from 1996-2002 and Vice President/Senior Merchant Account Specialist at Fifth Third Processing Solutions/Vantiv from 2003-2014.

Jennifer Feuerstein

Board Chair

Jennifer Feuerstein is a community organizer, activist, public speaker, and writer on issues related to older adults and the encore years. She currently is Associate State Director for AARP Michigan. She is a journalist for various publications including Faith Grand Rapids and West Michigan Woman magazines on topics related to the encore population. She received her certificate in aging and is currently writing her first book (a witty look at growing old). She is a life-long Grand Rapids resident, mother of 3 kids and travels across the state on behalf of the 1.4 million AARP members in Michigan.

Mindy Klein

First Vice President

Mindy Klein has owned a number of small businesses, including the one she is currently with, National Plastek, Inc.  Mindy has trained extensively in addiction and recovery coaching.  She has studied alongside Annie Grace, from This Naked Mind, and earned her certificate of completion from TNM Alcohol Intensive Program.  Mindy is currently a mentor to the online courses, The Bigger Yes and We Are The Luckiest, by Laura McKowen.  She has earned her certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Beck Institute, specializing in anxiety and depression.  She has an advanced certificate in Christian Coaching from Light University and has studied under Coach Lauren Zander with the Handel Group at Inner U.  She is currently finishing her Enneagram certification and hopes to help those in recovery using the Enneagram.  Her most important job is the one she serves at home as Mom.  She resides in East Grand Rapids with her daughters, Isabella and Emma, and their dog, Prince.

Doug Gaddy

Vice President

Doug Gaddy recently retired from a 36-year long career within the judiciary system. Doug served as an experienced Supervisor in the Juvenile Probation division of the 17th Circuit Court – Family Division in Kent County, Michigan. He graduated from Cornerstone University with a major in Sociology. He also has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) focused in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.

Mike Tamm

Treasurer

Mike Tamm graduated from Central Michigan University and did graduate work at Walsh College. He had a long career in accounting and college teaching before retiring in 2010. Mike was a shareholder in Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm and Co. PC for over 30 years. EHTC is a public accounting and consulting firm. He also served as a member of the board of directors of different non-profit organizations during his career.

Mike worked with a variety of companies in different industries, working closely with business owners in goal setting, strategic planning, organizational issues, succession planning, executive compensation planning, tax planning and he helped the owners with their personal financial plans. He assisted companies with tax planning, financial activities, acquisitions, mergers and sales.

During the course of Mike’s career, he served as a mentor to clients, staff at EHTC and to the college students he taught. Mike has always enjoyed helping people.

Since Mike retired or (graduated) from EHTC, he has been very active as a community volunteer. He was a SCORE mentor, in addition to being on the advisory board of RSVP. Currently Mike volunteers for AARP in a variety of positions. He also is a member of the board of Senior Leadership of Grand Rapids and is involved with Advocates for Senior Issues where he serves on the legislative committee and the program committee of the Advocates.

Rebecca Steiner

Recovery Support Specialist

Rebecca Steiner holds a Bachelor’s degree and is currently earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Rebecca was a microbiologist at Ferndale Laboratories in Ferndale, MI from 1998-2014. Rebecca is now a recovery coach who knows how to coach others to quickly distinguish what is important in order to make critical decisions.

Rebecca is the recovery support specialist at Designed Future. She is a bold leader, proficient at creating and managing successful teams that achieve powerful results. Her keen listening skills make her highly attuned to what is being said and not said. Rebecca is committed to making a transformational difference in the world of recovery.

Hernalee Walker

Marketing Strategist

No one conceives and implements strategic marketing plans better than Hernalee Walker. Hernalee helps us identify new marketing opportunities, initiate new product introductions and ensure our revenue growth. She’s the driving force behind the creative and strategic elements of our marketing initiatives including print and Web collateral development, lead generation, as well as customer segmentation/profiling and awareness strategies. She ensures our brand is impeccable.

This no-nonsense New Yorker quickly became an indispensable part of our volunteer team. Yes, this marketing aficionado is a volunteer. What would we do without her? We hope we never know. Her efforts are selfless and immeasurable. They’re life-giving to Designed Future.

Hernalee is the VP of Marketing at Keshot Co. in New York. She has an M.B.A. Business Administration and Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Marketing from Baruch College.

Ruby

Our House Dog

Lindsey Lowe & Ryan Dye

Designed Future House Managers