Michelle D. Freeman, Chairman & President
Michelle DiFebo Freeman is the founding President and Chairman of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. Michelle has also served as the President and Chairman of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation since 2007 and is the owner and an active board member of the Carl M. Freeman Companies. She is actively involved with the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland and is responsible for the management and oversight of the Freeman Family farm, a 500 acre historic property located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and associated employees. Michelle is currently serving on the boards of The Washington National Opera, CharityWorks and YouthAIDS.
Patti Grimes, Executive Director
Patti Grimes manages the team and oversees the programming and performances at The Freeman Stage at Bayside. Prior to joining the Foundation, Patti worked as Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Customer Relations for the Carl M. Freeman Companies. She is an active volunteer in the community serving on Delaware YWCA Advisory Board, Sussex Economic Development Action Committee, Bayside Homeowner’s Association and works for the Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-A-School programs. Patti recently served as President of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce and is a recipient of the prestigious Lighthouse Award. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from James Madison University.
Molly King, Operations Director
Delaware native Molly King joined the Joshua M Freeman Foundation team in 2013. After graduating from The University of Delaware, Molly discovered her passion for hospitality management. Most recently, Molly worked as a hospitality consultant for Highwater Management and Director of Special Events and Catering for the Matt Haley Restaurant Group. She is a board member of The Next Generation South, a giving circle of the Delaware Community Foundation. Molly currently lives in Lewes.
Doug Phillips, Marketing & Communications Manager Doug Phillips serves as the Marketing & Communications Manager to communicate the mission and messages of both the Joshua M. Freeman and Carl M. Freeman Foundations through media relations, publications, and online communications. Doug has extensive professional work experience in sales, marketing and customer service. Doug, a lifetime resident of the Eastern Shore, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Salisbury University, where he majored in Art, with concentrations in Graphic Design & Photography.
Robin Spangenberg, Operations Manager
Robin Spangenberg serves as the Operations Manager of The Freeman Stage at Bayside; focusing on volunteer management and ensuring that the “Friends of The Freeman Stage” are provided with memories for the ages. Prior to joining the Foundation, he spent over two years with The Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth as the Beverage Manager and Restaurant Manager of two restaurants. He also gained invaluable experience working at the Woodloch Pines Resort in Pennsylvania for over seven years prior to moving to Sussex County. Robin graduated with High Honors from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware where he majored in American Studies.
Bernadette Dowling, Controller
Bernadette Dowling serves as the Controller for the Foundation. Her role is to oversee the Foundation accounting to ensure that all financial matters are properly recorded and comply with accounting standards. Bernadette has extensive accounting experience in a variety of industries. She has been a resident of Sussex County since 2002 after relocating from Wilmington, Delaware. Bernadette is a graduate of Goldey-Beacom College with a Bachelor of Science degree in the Accounting Honors program.
Melissa Rizer, Administrative Associate
Melissa Rizer serves as the Administrative Associate for the Foundation and supports the entire organization. Prior to joining the Foundation, Melissa worked for the Clarion Hotel as Assistant Controller. Melissa brings knowledge and experience in many areas to the Foundation, with over two decades specializing in all facets of reporting, organization and customer service. Melissa currently resides in Delaware with her husband.