Venture Out! Team

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!

KELLY KESSLERProgram Coordinator/Facilitator

After graduating from Ohio State, Kelly spent several years facilitating groups with identified Middle and High School students throughout Franklin County. She moved to Cincinnati in 1996 and started working with the Alcohol and Chemical Abuse Council in Butler County, where she continued to work with young people in a variety of settings. In 2012, after spending some time at home with her 3 children, she found Camp Joy, where she could combine her love of experiential learning and the outdoors. She is currently enjoying working with the VO! team as a Program Coordinator and Adjunct Facilitator.


Paul graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a communications degree that focused on interpersonal/small group communication, with an emphasis on organizational development. He first discovered Camp Joy in the summer of 1992 when he served as a summer camp counselor. In the years that followed, he worked for every program at Camp Joy.
In the winter of 1999, Paul left Camp Joy to gain different experiences and explore other professions. He worked in the corporate world and also worked for himself. However, in 2010, he decided to return to Joy and continue to foster his love of experiential learning.
Apart from his work at Camp Joy, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, and working with his hands. He and his family spend a lot of time working in their garden and creating a habitat that supports native plant and animal species at their suburban home.

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