It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that Camp Korey announces Hillary Carey’s departure as CEO from Camp Korey. Since 2005, Hillary has played a critical role in the development, growth, and success of the Camp, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. We want to thank Hillary for the 11 years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments, including:
- Developing Camp Korey’s adaptive and challenge-by-choice model that has guided our key programs – residential summer camp, family camp weekends and Camp to You outreach
- Expanding Camp Korey’s reach throughout Washington state and into Portland, Oregon through Camp to You; serving over 30 major medical conditions; partnering with over 25 medical organizations
- Recognized as a 2013 Puget Sound Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree
- Establishing Camp Korey as an official SeriousFun Camp in 2012 and as an accredited American Camp Association Camp in 2013
- Leading a comprehensive advancement plan to bring funders together from across Washington state to support the vision and mission of Camp Korey; connecting Camp Korey to over 2,000 supporters
- Stewarding a growing budget of $3.2 million (2009) to $5.5 million (2015)
- Establishing an endowment fund for a perpetual source of support for campers and families
- And, most importantly, helping to give children with serious medical conditions the chance to experience the freedom of childhood adventures
Over the last several weeks Hillary has worked alongside Gary Pollock, Interim Executive Director of Camp Korey. Gary has provided many years of non-profit leadership, throughout greater Seattle, including serving as Executive Director of the Stroum Jewish Community Center and The Moyer Foundation. Camp Korey’s board of directors is grateful to Hillary for her many years of dedication expanding Camp Korey. A transition plan has been established guide Camp Korey into the next phase of growth and success. Pollock noted, “I am so honored to be a part of the Camp Korey family. I am extremely excited to welcome the hundreds of children who will be enjoying such memorable experiences throughout this summer camp season.”
During her tenure here at Camp Korey, Hillary has helped establish Camp Korey as a premier program for children in the Pacific Northwest, garnering the respect of the Seattle business community and her colleagues throughout the medical community and the SeriousFun Children’s Network. “Hillary’s dedication and commitment to Camp Korey will be felt and valued by campers, families and the community for decades,” states Mary Beth Powers, CEO, SeriousFun Children’s Network. “It is etched in the cabins they reside in, the activities they enjoy, and the experiences they share.”
We look forward to following the success of Hillary’s career and are excited for Camp Korey’s next chapter as we continue to deliver life-changing programs for children with serious medical conditions.
From all of us here at Camp Korey, thank you Hillary. R-O-C-K, you rock, you rock!