Meet Our Board of Directors

Jennifer Terrell Dotson

Jennifer Dotson is a lifelong resident of the upstate of South Carolina.  While attending Wade Hampton High in the 1980’s, Jennifer was involved in many athletic and civic related activities. She was later a vital member of the Greenville Track Club at Furman University, concentrating on long distanced events, undoubtedly exhibiting her never give up mind set.

Jennifer opened Hilltop Riding School in 2011 after she had gained her Certification in Barn and Stable Management, as well as Horseback Riding Certification from Universal Class. She has also been a member of the National Association of Professional Women since 2013.

Giving back and helping others is an opportunity she wants to provide.  Through Hilltop Riding School, Jennifer is developing a program for children who would love an opportunity to experience horses and horsemanship that might not otherwise have that chance. Her experience is invaluable to both the business and animal welfare at Strawberry Fields.

Heather Peck
Educational Chair/Library Curator

Heather and her family moved to Greenville in 2006. She is the mother of Gracie, Ben, and Lily.  They are the proud family of their dog DJ whom they rescued from the Golden Retriever Rescue Society.

She graduated form Phillips University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1994. She taught first grade for 5 years in Oklahoma.

She now spends her time volunteering at her children’s schools, reading, running, doing yoga, and cheering her kids on at their sporting events. Heather has always been an animal lover and considers Strawberry Fields to be one of her “happy places” because it reminds her of one of her favorite childhood books, “Charlotte’s Web”.

She is looking forward to using her experience as a teacher, along with Elementary teacher Star Boone, to help children develop ecological awareness, a love for animals and literature.

Karen Dorkings, CEO

Animal advocate, chief of the muck pile, queen of blisters and broken nails. Grown in Liverpool England where I realized my passion for horses, dogs and practically anything with fur, four legs or wings. After years of corporate moves around the globe my family and I settled in South Carolina where I have been lucky enough to find a place where the things I dreamed of as a young girl can come true. Strawberry Fields is a place of peace, comfort and safety for animals that have in their lives felt the complete opposite. We will spread this feeling into our community, starting with the youngest and most vulnerable in hopes of creating a better future for us all.

Allen Walcher

Allen Walcher is a native of North Fairfield, Ohio and moved to the upstate in 1965 to begin a farm in Spartanburg County and to attend Clemson University where he obtained his degree in Horticulture.  From 1965 to 1985, Mr. Walcher owned and farmed over 1,000 acres of peaches and apples in Spartanburg County.  The Walchers were honored as the South Carolina Young Farm Family in 1974 and were also national finalists in that same year.

In 1975, Allen was selected to participate in the Young Farmers Discussion Meet where he was a National Finalist.  Allen held a position on the Spartanburg County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for over 20 years prior to moving to Greenville, SC.  Mr. Walcher has served on the South Carolina Legislative Education Study Committee for Agriculture and is a past Chairman of the South Carolina Migrant Labor Commission.  Mr. Walcher is a founding member of the Holly Springs Fire Department.  In 1985, Allen gave up farming to concentrate on the garden centers totally.  Today, Allen and his wife Lucy own and operate Country Boys Garden Center located at two locations in Greenville, South Carolina.  

Crystal Hughes,

Crystal lives in Upstate SC with her husband Jay and two children Juliana and Greyson.  She moved to the area in June 2015.

Crystal spent most of her life in Michigan where she grew up just outside Detroit.  She loves riding horses and has always been a huge animal lover. Crystal has a Goldendoodle named Dodger and a cat named Tink.

Crystal has a special place in her heart for animals and children.  She believes that Strawberry Fields is going to provide children with a sense of community, pride, ownership and a place to experience farm life.

Crystal holds a Bachelor degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University. Before moving to South Carolina she successfully owned and operated pottery store in a busy downtown area.