Join us as we bid a fond farewell to CEO Jay Henningsen.

Camp Korey bids farewell to its CEO, Jay Henningsen, who retired in December. Stepping into the interim CEO role is Camp Korey’s Founder, Tim Rose, bringing with him a wealth of passion and experience. Meanwhile, our dedicated Board of Directors remains actively engaged in the search for the next visionary leader who will guide Camp Korey into an exciting future.

In his farewell message to Camp Korey’s dedicated supporters and friends, Jay reflects on their remarkable journey together and expresses gratitude for the collective learning experience. Read his words below:

It has been an incredible journey and I have learned so much from everyone. I am proud of the progress we have made together at a pivotal moment in Camp Korey’s history.

We successfully relocated to our 200-acre camp in Mount Vernon, WA. We transformed it, making significant improvements to serve our campers, including remodeling existing buildings, paving gravel roads, and upgrading our infrastructure. We built a medical facility, added three new ADA cabins, constructed a recreation center and so much more to make camp safer, and more accessible to provide campers with the experience they deserve.

Our team has formed new partnerships with local service groups, volunteers, businesses, foundations, and officials to increase awareness and support for our mission. We have also faced the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with innovative programming and testing initiatives to ensure everyone’s safety and engagement. This year, we have safely resumed overnight programming and restarted our hospital outreach efforts.

Our greatest achievement has been our positive impact on the thousands of campers and families we serve. Every stage night performance, Silly-O event, Book of Firsts entry, and closing ceremony has transformed lives. It warms my heart that Camp Korey always has and always will be completely free of charge for campers and families.

As we approach Camp Korey’s 20th anniversary in 2025, Camp Korey’s future looks bright. I am excited to see what the next 20 years will bring and how Camp Korey will continue to impact the lives of children living with life-altering medical conditions and their parents, siblings, and caregivers.

We are grateful to Jay for his leadership during a transitional time in Camp Korey’s history and bid him a fond farewell as he moves on to the next chapter of his career.