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Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp
Board of Directors

John & Marylee Nunley-John and Marylee are the founders of Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp. John, who is a stroke survivor since 2001, worked as a computer programmer at a Top Fortune 100 Company. Even though he can't read or write, John has overcome his aphasia enough to do public speaking about Stroke Camp. Marylee is the Executive Director of Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp. Marylee's professional experience includes over 30 years managing different aspects of small business. In 2005 she was named one of the 25 Women in Leadership in Central Illinois.

Larry Schaer-As Associate Director of Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp, Larry identifies and secures Stroke Camp and stroke education sponsors.  He also serves as Camp Director and Assistant Camp Director at many of the Stroke Camps.  Larry has 40 years experience in employee relations, organizational development, and business consulting.

Sarah Christy-Sarah has been part of the Retreat and Refresh board from its creation.  A retired nurse, she has 40 years of experience in organized camp activities through her church as well as a camp for individuals with cystic fibrosis.  She enjoys the opportunity to serve the stroke survivor community through the camps.  She uses her passion of caring for others and a love of creativity to provide unique programming opportunities. 

Jan Jahnel, RN, CNRN-Jan is the Stroke Coordinator for the INI Stroke Center and INI Stroke Network at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL.  Jan has 18 years of neuroscience nursing experience with the last 9 years as the Stroke Coordinator, focusing on stroke processes and care. Her commitment and dedication to stroke prevention, treatment and life after stroke has been an important part of Stroke Camp. 

Chuck Jones is a retired Database Administration Project Leader from Caterpillar Inc. with 32 years in their Information Services department. He has experience with multiple computer programming languages, IBM mainframe computers, distributed processing servers, and personal computers. He has been volunteering his time and talents to the camp since its inception in 2004.  

Lauren Kramer-Lauren is the Director of Operations for Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp.  She received her Bachelorís from Illinois State University in Music Therapy and her Masterís from University of Illinois at Springfield in Human Services with a Concentration in Gerontology.  She has been involved in Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp since 2009 and is passionate about the camps and educating the public about the warning signs and symptoms of stroke.  She volunteers her time as co-director of the Chime Strokers, a chimes choir in the Peoria area made up of stroke survivors and caregivers.

Maureen Mathews-Maureen is an Advanced Practice Nurse at OSF Healthcare in Peoria, IL. Maureen has been a Nurse Practitioner since 1994.  She has experience in Primary Care, Occupational/Employee Health, and Stroke Neurology.  Maureen has been a volunteer for camp since the initial camp in 2004.  In 2014, she completed her Doctorate of Nursing Degree.  Her doctoral project focused on primary prevention of stroke in minority females.  Primary stroke prevention is a personal mission of Maureenís.  Her professional mission is long term support and care for the survivor and caregiver.  She also has an ongoing research project examining characteristics of stroke survivors and caregivers and the benefit of the camp experience for these individuals. 

Larry & Georgia Morris-Larry has been a stroke survivor of 16 years. He is retired from IL Air Nat'l Guard, as a Chief Master Sgt after 34 years of service. Georgia has worked for Saint Francis Medical Group for 15+ years. Both Larry and Georgia provide continuous service and support to survivors and caregivers since the beginning of Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp.

Pat & Tony Ozella-Pat is a stroke survivor since 2001. Tony, her husband, is retired from a utility company and has his own home improvement business. Tony and Pat have been directly involved in Stroke Camp from the beginning and are now involved with fundraisers and general support of the organization.

Boyd Schenck-Boyd is an Assistant Vice President and Senior Branch Manager for Associated Bank.  Boyd has made his career in financing for 21 years.  He received his Bachelorís Degree in Management from Illinois State University.  He has participated in both leadership and in service for many faith-based organizations in the Peoria area, and is a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement.

Jennifer Ulm, DVM - Jennifer graduated veterinary school in 2001 and owns her own clinic in Farmington, IL. She has been an active camp volunteer since the first Stroke Camp in 2004. Her family has been affected by stroke since 2001. Jennifer and her husband Matt love to involve their two children, Phoebe and Dax, at camp as a form of therapy for the campers.



Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization
2000 W. Pioneer Pkwy
Suite 16
Peoria, IL 61615
info@strokecamp.org
309.688.5450
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