Leadership Team

The team members at Camp Joy are frequently recognized for their professionalism, expertise and enthusiasm. It’s our people, in addition to our programs, that differentiate us. Did you know that many of the staff live on campus at Camp Joy? Our Jobs are not just jobs.

JEN EISMEIER
JEN EISMEIERCamp Joy Executive Director

Jennifer Eismeier, Camp Joy Executive Director – Jen joined Camp Joy as the Executive Director in 2017 after serving for over five years as the Executive Director of the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities. She brings 13 years of non-profit experience to Joy, along with a natural resources management education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Penn State. Outside of Joy, Jen serves as vice-president of the Millcreek Valley Conservancy District (MVCD).

MIKE MCGINTY
MIKE MCGINTYFoundation Executive Director

Mike McGinty became the Executive Director of the Camp Joy Foundation in 2010 after eight years as the Camp Joy Executive Director.Mike has also served in the roles of the Camp/Retreats Director, Student Leadership Coordinator, and Outdoor Educator since starting at Joy in 1994.

Prior to his experience at Joy, McGinty built up his camping background at The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, a camp for children with cancer and blood diseases, as well as two Ohio camps, Camp Akita and Camp Wanake. He holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University and a B.S. degree in education from Miami University.

 CASEY MILLER
CASEY MILLEROperations Director

Casey Miller, Operations Director, is originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. Home of some of the best BBQ you can possibly imagine. Casey made his way to Ohio via Western Kentucky University where he graduated with a degree in Recreation Administration. During his time in college, he developed a passion for teaching and being involved with youth programming.

Casey joined the team at Joy in 2002 as an outdoor educator and quickly became the coordinator for the Outdoor School Program. Casey led the Guest Services team, for 5 years, to high quality food and accommodations. Having his hand in several areas of Joy serves as good experience for Casey as the director of the Operations team at Joy. Casey is very excited about being apart of the long history of Camp Joy.

During his off hours, you will find Casey on one of the many golf courses in Ohio. There’s just something about the game of golf that can drive you crazy and make you feel sane all at the same time. He enjoys listening to live music with his beautiful girlfriend Heather and friends. You may also find him at the park with his wonderfully behaved dog, Boogie.

JEN ALVIS
JEN ALVISBusiness Operations Director

Jen Alvis’ career path started in the field of Vocational  Rehabilitation and she worked in both local and National non-profits.  Jen has been in several roles from direct client services, service delivery management to Government procurement (products and services).   During the course of her career Jen was always an early adopter of technology and saw the positive impact that current technology had for manufacturing and service.  This led Jen to becoming a process improvement consultant with a concentration on cloud technology. For the past eight years she has done private consulting and recently worked at Accenture and Cohesion.

The single thread in Jen’s career has been about bringing resources and tools to the disadvantaged.  She has helped hundreds of people move to financial independence through employment and life skills coaching.  In addition to working with people Jen has managed over 25 process improvement and mapping initiatives that have led non profit organizations towards self sustainability.

Her first love of place started when she was age 6 at Camp Lenmary. This small camp in Indiana gave Jen a taste of life away from her parents and grounds to discover her self identity.  She spent seven summers at this camp and  learned that she is calmed in the presence of a horse, mud sliding in the rain is epic, you should always leave a place in better condition than you found it and that true friendships and self character are forged through challenging life experiences. So, Jen is well aligned with Camp Joy DNA.

Jen and her partner live in Wyoming and have two children.  In her “free time” Jen hits the road, hiking trails, or a good book (unless the Broncos are playing).

TIA DRAPER
TIA DRAPERSales Director

Tia Draper joined Camp Joy as our Sales Director in the summer of 2019. Tia comes to Camp Joy from EMI Research Solutions where she built her considerable sales and client management resume over her 12-year tenure, landing as the Vice President of Client Service managing a sales team charged with inside and outside sales functions. She leads Camp Joy’s revenue growth initiatives, particularly in Venture Out and the Student Leadership Program. Her work takes her out into the community, cultivating new relationships with clients and organizational partners. Outside of Camp Joy, Tia is the mother of two boys ages 3 and 9, an active Wyoming Parent Student Association volunteer, Cub Scout Committee Member and her favorite pass time is working out and cooking.

NATE HIRT
NATE HIRTOutdoor School Programs Director

Nate Hirt has been commuting from Cincinnati since 1986. He went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin to earn a bachelors degree in Outdoor Education, Natural History. Nate has twenty four years in the camping industry – eighteen of which have been with JOY in various roles. Over the past eight years Nate has sat in the Director’s chair (exercise ball) and led his team to the highest levels of professionalism, and quality programming the Outdoor Education Program has seen.

– Ask him how his membership with Greater Cincinnati Environmental Educator and the Warren County Astronomical Society can help you!

If you don’t find him in the office, there is a good chance he is outside looking up. He does love looking at the birds and now the stars…

OTIS WILLIAMS, MED
OTIS WILLIAMS, MEDVenture Out! Director

Otis Williams is the founder and President/CEO of Otis Williams Limitless, a personal development firm that teaches people how to train their fear so they can live free and share their gifts with the world. He is a highly sought-after award-winning speaker, facilitator, seminar leader, and personal growth coach. Otis has practiced—and proven—what he preaches. For over two decades, he has been educating, training, developing, and challenging people in the areas of motivation, change, leadership, and courage.

Otis was adopted and raised in a low-income single parent home. Growing up, he watched his mother as she refused to make excuses, accepted responsibility, and worked hard. It was his mother’s example that made him say, “If she can do it, I can do it!” With a burning desire to have more than what the “projects” had to offer, Otis began studying and applying proven universal laws and timeless principles that govern success and achievement.

Shortly after graduating from high school, Otis joined the U.S. Army. While serving in the Army, he decided to face and conquer his fear of heights by jumping out of perfectly good airplanes and successfully completing the rigorous training to become an Airborne Paratrooper. In less than two years, using the laws and principles he was studying, Otis was promoted from a private to a noncommissioned officer.

As a lifelong learner, with an understanding of the value of both informal and formal education, Otis (a first-generation college graduate) earned his associate’s degree while serving on active duty in the military, and both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees after re-entering civilian life.

After receiving an honorable discharge, Otis began a career in banking, with no previous banking or finance experience. By continuing to apply the laws and principles he had been studying, in less than 18 months, he was promoted from loan collector to assistant branch manager. Shortly after getting promoted, Otis decided to work on his communication and leadership skills by joining Toastmasters International.

After emerging victorious from among more than 10,000 speakers worldwide to capture the coveted title of “World Champion of Public Speaking” for Toastmasters International, Otis was convinced that “This stuff works!” With a true passion to help people be, do, have, and give more, he founded Otis Williams Limitless, a personal development company that teaches people how to identify and use the proven universal laws and principles that govern success and achievement so they can live their dreams!

ERIN POLICINSKI
ERIN POLICINSKICamp Director

Erin Policinski brings over 20 years of camps experience to Camp Joy in her new role as Camp Director. Erin has spent her career working with summer camps run by the YMCA, Girl Scouts, and Girls Inc. in various roles from camp counselor to head wrangler to Camp Director. She comes to Camp Joy after having most recently served as the Senior Aquatics Director with the East Butler YMCA. Erin has a passion for youth development through experiential activities and programs. We are excited to add Erin’s considerable camp experience, along with her wealth of knowledge in program development, staffing, and risk management, to Camp Joy.

The excitement of learning and growing at Camp Joy all begins with our first connection with you.

We are excited to get the opportunity to meet you and show you camp! If it is easier, just give Tia a call at 513-478-9282