Oakland County, Michigan/Advantage Oakland/Elite 40/Jeanette "Jenny" M. Brown, 31

Jeanette "Jenny" M. Brown, 31

Co-Founder and COO
Dutton Farm

Jeanette BrownBrown is a former collegiate basketball player and an Oakland University graduate who was studying for a law degree when she shifted gears and decided to help people with special needs transition into society. Dutton Farm is a Rochester-based non-profit that serves more than 100 tri-county residents a month. It employs 17 adults with severe impairments at competitive wages, a first-of-its-kind business model for people with disabilities. The program has been featured in various media reports. It aims to provide independence, meaningful work and socialization for its clients and partners with multiple school districts and also with Oakland Community College in its mental health programming to help train future mental health professionals. It has been awarded grants from the Autism Society of Oakland County and various service organizations and retailers. She is a licensed foster parent and has been a foster parent to seven children. She and her husband adopted two of the children.

The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2016.