In addition to supporting organizations through grants, The Moyer Foundation created and funds Camp Erin®, the largest nationwide network of bereavement camps for children and teens with 40 locations including a camp serving children in every Major League Baseball city; and Camp Mariposa®, a camp for children living with addiction in their families with locations in Washington, Indiana, Florida, and Pennsylvania with plans to expand to Southern California in 2013. In addition to volunteering their time and talent on a daily basis to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation's mission, the Moyers have made significant financial contributions over the years including a $1 million dollar gift to launch Camp Erin's national expansion.
Karen is a versatile woman who excels as a business person, mother, wife and philanthropist. Her efforts to improve the community stretch beyond her commitments to The Moyer Foundation as she also serves as a board member for numerous health and children’s organizations including a founding and executive committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Additionally, Karen is the owner “Go Legs,” an indoor cycling studio in Florida. Karen’s most recent business venture is developing and creating Spouses in Sports (www.SpousesinSports.com), an online community which aims to provide resources, support and opportunities for connection to spouses of professional athletes.
Karen has received many honors for her leadership and efforts to improve the lives of children including:
National Executive Director
In 2011 Kevin Sullivan joined The Moyer Foundation team as the organization’s new National Executive Director. Sullivan’s career includes more than a quarter century of experience in the nonprofit realm, including work with the American Red Cross and the YMCA. Over the course of his career, he has helped organization’s formulate and manage their strategic direction; supervised program development and fundraising initiatives; ensured compliance with policies and procedures, including hiring, coordinating and evaluating personnel; and more.
When he was just eight years old, Kevin lost his own father so he personally understands the importance of providing support and care to children as they experience an extremely difficult time. At The Moyer Foundation Kevin leads the overall design, marketing, execution and quality of the Foundation’s programs and services. He also be ensures the organization and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to all relevant stakeholders. Kevin currently resides Philadelphia with his wife.
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Assistant Executive Director
Lynette joined the Foundation team in 2008. She was involved with the Camp Erin program for over two years as the Program Manger, where she was responsible for the program side of Camp Erin. She successfully planned the first National Bereavement Camp Conference, and was also involved with fundraising and writing grants.
Lynette transitioned into the Assistant Executive Director with the opening of the Philadelphia office. She is involved with operations, human resources, IT, development, awareness and oversight of the Foundation's programs. She brings over 15 years of experience in human resources and operations management to the Foundation.She has her BA in Child, Consumer & Family Studies from Washington State University (Go Cougs!)
Lynette is a Washington native, growing up in South Bend, then moved to Philadelphia in June, 2011. In her free time she enjoys exploring the East Coast, trying out the fabulous restaurants in Philly, sipping wine with friends, hiking, cooking, traveling and supporting her new sports teams - Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, Union and Eagles, along with taking in college football and basketball games.
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National Programs Director
Lisa Willis is the National Camp Erin Director for The Moyer Foundation, responsible for the Foundation's expansion of the Camp Erin network; managing the national strategy, development and branding of existing and new locations. Lisa, together with her team, works with each Camp Erin community nationwide to raise awareness, establish programs, build strategic partnerships and fundraise. She joined the Foundation in 2011.
Lisa has more than 15 years of experience working in corporate responsibility, sports philanthropy and media. Lisa worked extensively and in multiple capacities with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - funded Sports Philanthropy Project, a national organization that maximized the incredible power and assets of professional sports to impact sustainable social change.
Lisa has spent her career dedicated to improving the health and happiness of America's children. Prior to joining The Moyer Foundation, Lisa worked as an independent consultant for a variety of non-profit and for profit clients including Nike, Inc. and the Clinton Global Initiative, the Seattle Seahawks, The Food Trust, Everyday Health and Friends of the Children. She began her career working for FOX Sports New England and Clear Channel Communications where she specialized in marketing, business development, community outreach and public relations.
Lisa holds a BA in psychology with a minor in business administration from Wittenberg University, where she was recruited for swimming. Originally from Connecticut, Lisa now lives in Seattle.
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Director of Development and Communications
Karen Gallagher joined The Moyer Foundation in December 2011. She is responsible for spearheading development and communication efforts that will help steer the Foundation’s continued growth and position the organization nationally.
Over the course of her career, Karen has worked in a variety of senior-level positions for both non-profits and foundations that are focused on youth education including the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, the Annenberg Foundation, the Maryland Humanities Council and the Arts Education Partnership. She joins the Foundation from a strategic communications firm, Marmillion + Company, where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications plans in addition to brand identity, marketing and fundraising campaigns with a range of local, state and national non-profit organizations and foundations.
Given her strong passion and dedication to giving children in need a chance to succeed in life, Karen is pleased to be part of The Moyer Foundation’s team. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education and Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Museum Studies/Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Karen enjoys time with her family, African dancing, yoga and biking. She resides with her husband and two children in Baltimore, Maryland and looks forward to moving back to her hometown in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
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In 2012 Walt Thompson joined The Moyer Foundation as the organization's new Controller. In this role, Walt will oversee the accounting and finance systems, institute and maintain internal controls over revenue and expenditures, provide leadership in the annual budgeting and planning processes, and manage the organization's cash flows.
Walt brings 20 years of accounting and financial experience, including financial management roles in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. He looks forward to utilizing this experience to instill the systems and controls at The Moyer Foundation that will enable the organization to successfully achieve its strategic goals and continue to deliver on its mission.
Walt holds a Bachelor's degree in accounting and a MBA in finance from Temple University. Walt currently resides with his wife in Philadelphia where they enjoy supporting their local sports teams - the Phillies, Sixers, Eagles and Flyers.
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Marketing and Communications Manager
Rachel Chiechi joined The Moyer Foundation staff in September 2007 and currently holds the role of Marketing and Communications Manager for The Moyer Foundation. Rachel manages the communications for Foundation programs/initiatives in conjunction with partners Blumenfeld PR (PR), and Nology Media (Social Media). Rachel works closely with Foundation staff , helping to maintain consistent communications, branding and messaging between all Foundation initiatives.
Rachel holds a BA in Public Relations from Central Washington University where she graduated with honors in 2007. She lives in Seattle and loves the city life. Her leisure time is spent with her wonderful friends and family, traveling and enjoying the outdoors. Rachel’s favorite thing in life is being a proud auntie to her niece and nephews!
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Operations and Support Administrator
Kate joined The Moyer Foundation full time in September 2009, after working with the Foundation team as a Camp Erin intern in the summer of 2009. Kate is responsible for developing and maintaining all office systems and support infrastructure. She works closely with all members of the staff to help coordinate events, manage recognitions and donations, lead special projects and run the volunteer program.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington, and is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration specializing in non-profit at Seattle University.
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Camp Erin Program Manager
Bethany joined The Moyer Foundation in December of 2011 as the Camp Erin Program Manager. She is privileged to provide support and oversight to more than thirty-five Camp Erin locations nationwide, and cultivates a national network of bereavement professionals to offer development and networking opportunities.
Prior to joining The Moyer Foundation, Bethany worked for the Safe Crossings Children's Grief Support Program of Providence Hospice of Seattle, WA. She also worked in school-based counseling; domestic violence advocacy and treatment; summer camp programming; and is a practicum facilitator for graduate-level students.
Bethany holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. She shares life with a fantastic community of family and friends in Seattle who love to eat good food, play often and care well for one another.
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Prior to joining The Moyer Foundation, Amy was the Communications Manager at Columbia Hospitality, where she managed public relations and social media efforts and special events for the corporate entity and management portfolio of boutique luxury hotels, inns and resorts and award-winning conference centers in the western U.S. She is thrilled to join the talented team at the Foundation and return to her nonprofit roots, having previously held positions with the Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, as well as, the Apex Foundation in the neighboring city of Bellevue.
A Seattle native, Amy holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University in New York, NY, where she focused on policy practices related to family, youth and children’s services, as well as, a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She lives in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood with her husband.
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Brian Maus, MA, LMFT
Camp Mariposa Program Manager