Stephanie joined Camp Joy in November 2021 after a chance encounter with a friend and past colleague when dropping off medical supplies to her son Caleb, while he was working as a Summer Camp Counselor. Stephanie credits her son’s experience at Camp Joy as a literal game-changer for their family after he attended his first year at Diabetes Camp as a Camper several years ago. What were supposed the be the best years of his young life, turned out to be the most challenging, as he had a multitude of medical issues arise one after another. Camp Joy became his haven, and the fond memories and hopes of next summer were often what kept him pushing through. As he grew up, he transitioned from being a camper into the roles of Counselor-in-Training, and then Counselor.
Through the years, Stephanie grew to appreciate the positive impact that Camp Joy had on her young son, so when an opportunity arose to pair her skills and expertise with an organization she’d grown so grateful for, she jumped at the opportunity to serve the mission.
Stephanie has over 20 year of experience in business leadership with a strong emphasis in strategic business development, sales and marketing in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors combined. She joined the nonprofit sector in 2013 after a long career in real estate and bank-owned real estate, as she simply desired for her work to carry greater meaning- and she’s never looked back.
Most recently Stephanie served as the Director of Transformational Giving at United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the Director of Development at the Center for Addiction Treatment prior to that, and as Managing Development Advisor at Disabled American Veterans National Headquarters prior to that.
Stephanie is passionate about the world of philanthropy, and aligning opportunities and needs to serve those in the community whose needs can only be met by the work carried out in the nonprofit sector. She is a champion of professional development, team building, and loves collaborating with investors inside and outside the organization on how to make the greatest impact.
Stephanie values human dignity and equal opportunity above all. Stephanie is the mother of 3 biological boys, but over the course of her 22 year marriage, she and her husband have opened their doors and their hearts to nearly a dozen young people facing various hardships and obstacles. It’s been through these lessons and experiences that Stephanie understands and appreciates the need for there to be a Camp Joy where kids of all walks of life can experience the wonders of nature; have a safe place to just be a kid and leave their worries behind; and realize their true potential from within.
Joe began his Camp Joy tenure in 2019 as Camps Program Manager and has never looked back. Not only does he have a wealth of summer camp experience at Joy, he brings six years of non-profit and youth development work at Camp Ernst, Adventure Crew, and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. His English degree from Miami University also comes in handy as he works on grant writing and reporting.
If he’s at camp and outside the office, you might find him in the air on a ropes course or challenging a group of campers to a game of Gaga. Away from Joy, Joe and his wife enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing… you name it. If it’s an outdoor activity, they’re game.
Nancy Herzog is the Senior Philanthropy officer with a decade of philanthropy and business development experience. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Mount Saint Joseph University and a M.Ed from the University of Dayton. For Nancy, developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything she does both professionally and personally. She is mission driven and is passionate about the work at Camp Joy.
Nancy is a Cincinnati native and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, working out, hiking, and attending musicals.
Liz finds mental clarity when she is outside with the sunshine on her face. She knows firsthand that children find peace in nature, while also gain self-confidence when challenged in a supportive environment. That’s why she joined Camp Joy in January 2022.
Originally from Dayton, she has over 15 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and communications serving a variety of education, health and human services organizations. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University. Throughout her career, she continues to be humbled by generous individuals who devote their energy and resources to improving their communities.
Liz was introduced to Camp Joy in 2013 through the cardiac family camp. She attended with her family including her three month old son who had undergone open heart surgery a week after birth. When she’s not at camp, you can find her eating ice cream with her children, Maddie and Eli, or listening to live music with her husband Jim.
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