Gary Wozniak established the overall vision and framework for RecoveryPark. Gary has over 30 years of experience in business development and finance. He has owned and managed a successful financial consulting company, placing over $1 billion in loans and guarantees. He recently served as the Chief Development Officer of Self Help Addiction Rehabilitation (SHAR), a Detroit-based substance abuse treatment program, where he was an integral part of the team that balanced the budget, stabilized the organization, and significantly increased capacity. His experience includes project planning, financial crisis management, and troubleshooting organizational performance. Gary earned a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Oakland University.
Chief Operations Officer
Charles Motley is the Chief Operating Officer at RecoveryPark Farms. Charles comes to RecoveryPark as a proven leader with a history of maximizing manufacturing companies’ footprints to achieve operational excellence. Charles is charged with the completion and installation of RecoveryPark Farms’ two-acre hydroponic greenhouse. As an Operations professional, Charles started with Chrysler where he worked for over a decade before becoming Plant Manager at Johnson Controls; then Vice President of North and South American Operations for Janesville Acoustics; and then moved on to become Vice President for North American Operations at Trijicon. Charles graduated from Pershing High School in Detroit and obtained his Bachelor’s in Finance from Northern Michigan University. He is currently in the process of completing his MBA from Central Michigan University. Charles is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and is certified in Toyota Production Systems and Continuous Improvement (CI).
Chief Technology Officer
George Gardiner is Chief Technology Officer for RecoveryPark and RecoveryPark Farms, responsible for development and operation of the technology behind the farming, facilities and maintenance of the RecoveryPark footprint. Previously, George served as Chief Financial Officer for RecoveryPark and as their technology consultant. In these roles, George has helped establish RecoveryPark as a leader in developing high-impact projects addressing economic redevelopment of distressed areas, job creation and workforce development for people with barriers to employment. Prior to RecoveryPark, George consulted on information technology strategies for Fortune 500 and municipal clients. His systems expertise includes collaborative technologies, enterprise architecture, systems integration, custom application development and database design and management. George holds a B.A. in Economics from Western Michigan University and an MBA from Walsh College of Business and Accountancy.
Chief Innovation Officer
Jeff Gilbert is a commercial hydroponic grower with over 15 years of experience, and expertise in sustainable agriculture and horticulture. Jeff started consulting with RecoveryPark in 2014 on crop planning and facility designs, later becoming a full time team member. His professional experience includes over a decade of managing all aspects of a commercial greenhouse and hydroponic operations including crop selection, supply chain and growing as well as well as his work in the seed industry developing new commercial varieties for the North American greenhouse industry with De Ruiter Seeds. Jeff holds a BS in Plant Science from Cornell University and has started an MBA program through Colorado State University.
Chief Impact Officer
Anna Kohn is the Chief Impact Officer for RecoveryPark and leads the development of the Associate Support Platform development, charged with the task of creating jobs for people with barriers to employment. Anna is an accomplished nonprofit strategist proficient in training programs for incarcerated persons, anti-recidivism programs as well as fundraising, grant writing, project management and community engagement/organizing. Anna is a graduate of CUNY Baruch’s National Urban Fellows program where she received her MPA, focused on performance measurement and management of prisoner reentry initiatives and Hampshire College where she received her BA. During her career, she has worked with underprivileged populations beginning at the age of nine when she started her own nonprofit for Detroit’s homeless. Anna is the Vice President of Safe and Just Michigan in Lansing, and a gubernatorial appointee as Chair of the Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board for the State of Michigan.
Dan Buckley joined RecoveryPark in 2017 as the Maintenance and Lands Specialist. Dan has since joined the charge to launch our two-acre glass greenhouse as a Project Manager, working closely with our contractors and construction partners. Prior to joining RecoveryPark, Dan served as an environmental educator through Americorps and Peace Corps. Through his work with The Villages CDC in Detroit, Dan developed the city’s first neighborhood-specific sustainability framework. Dan’s academic studies have focused on commercial and residential energy efficiency, sustainable land development, and environmentally-conscious best management practices.