The Faces Behind The Farm

Joseph R. Corace

President and CEO
Joe Corace has spent over 30 years as a business strategist and corporate architect serving large and small businesses. A servant leader with advanced degrees in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering. Joe is an adjunct professor of Marketing, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship at several SE Michigan Universities and sits on numerous corporate and nonprofit Boards. Joe is a Crain’s 40 Under 40 honoree and Wayne State University Engineering Hall of Fame Member as well as an avid outdoorsman and single digit handicap golfer.

Jeff Gilbert

Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer
Jeff Gilbert is a commercial hydroponic grower with over 15 years of experience and expertise in sustainable agriculture and high-tech greenhouse operations. His professional experience includes working with industry leader De Ruiter and managing all aspects of commercial greenhouse operations, including crop selection, supply chain, and production. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science from Cornell University.

Rose Paczkowski

Chief Financial Officer
Rose Paczkowski brings 30 years of senior and executive financial experience to our enterprise. She has proven success in the management of a myriad of financial and accounting activities, including business analysis, operations, strategic planning, and cash flow analysis. Rose holds an Accounting degree from Walsh College. One of her greatest strengths is her ability to make technical accounting concepts understandable to non-accountants.

John Keurajian

Director of Sales

John Keurajian is a leader in the natural and organic produce market. At Lakeland, he is responsible for selling directly to grocers, restaurants, and local produce wholesalers. He has 25 years of experience in sales and has held multiple senior sales positions. John received his education from Lawrence Technical Institute of Technology and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in marketing.


Dan Buckley

Director of Projects and Facilities

Dan Buckley is responsible for all planning and maintenance in our facilities. He has more than 10 years of experience in land planning and maintenance, sustainable development, and project management. His formal education is in Renewable Energy Technology from Illinois State University and Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan. Additionally, he is pursuing a Project Management Professional certification through the Project Management Institute.


Sanessa Moens

Assistant Grower

Sanessa Moens is an expert in the sciences of plant biology and produce management, including a vast knowledge of hydroponic growing systems and food safety initiatives. Sanessa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan.