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.
We are Designed Future. | A Transformational Organization.
Meet the Team
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.
First Vice President
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.
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 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.
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.
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.