Executive Director, Jay L. Clark
Jay came to Adam’s Camp in 2015 with a strong background in communications and the nonprofit sector. After serving as Media Relations Director for the Denver Nuggets, Jay joined Ray Baker and Bill Hanzlik in growing the Gold Crown Foundation in 1996. His work with youth in sports and the building of a nonprofit gave him rich experience in program development, staff management, finance, fundraising and communications. Additionally, he oversaw the development and construction of Coca-Cola All Star Park and the Gold Crown Field House. Jay served as Executive Director of Gold Crown from 2000 until 2009 when he left to begin his own communications firm, Wolfpack Communications. Jay and his wife Jill have two daughters, Ellen and Molly.
Scholarship Manager, Laura Johnson
Laura was initially introduced to Adam’s Camp in 1989 when her son, Erik, participated in the first Adam’s Camp Early Start program. She then served on the Board of Directors and shortly after, worked for Adam’s Camp during its formative years until 1995. After spending time raising her 3 children, Laura returned to work with Adam’s Camp in 2003 as our Billing & Finance Director. Laura’s degree in Resource Development from Michigan State University and her experience in the Healthcare Management profession has prepared her to be a valuable addition to the Adam’s Camp team. In 2015, Laura semi-retired, and now focuses on working closely with Adam’s Camp families in putting their funding pieces together for camp. Laura has 3 children: George, Emily and Erik. Erik, who has Down syndrome, is a regular at Adventure Camp and Emily has enjoyed many years volunteering for Adam’s Camp.
Director of Outreach, Bob Horney
Bob focuses on the development and expansion of Adam’s Camp Outreach programs – helping others establish Adam’s Camp programs throughout the U.S. and other countries. Currently this includes Nantucket, Alaska and New Hampshire with hopes of beginning one soon in northern California. Bob loves his wife, Karel; their twin boys Adam & Jared, mountaineering and cooking in roughly that order.
Program Director, Young Adults and Adventure Camp, Jordan Ficke
Jordan has an extensive history working with, supporting and serving individuals with developmental disabilities; she has been involved in the nonprofit sector for over a decade and is seeking to make an impact here in her hometown community. Originally from Denver, she is a graduate from The University of Kansas and is currently seeking a Master in Social Work at The University of Denver. Most recently, she served as the Program Supervisor at Spectrum Support Inc., in Baltimore, MD, she has also worked with The Rise School of Denver, and The Children’s Center for the Physically Disabled in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 2015 Jordan and her husband Dan moved back to Denver, and are loving being back in their home state. Jordan is passionate about advocating for this population and truly enjoys learning from and working closely with campers and their families!
Young Adults Program Assistant, Janet Schiel
Janet has been involved with Adam’s Camp for many years, first as the mom of camper Sally, and then later as a volunteer in the office before joining the staff in April, 2012 as a part-time Finance Assistant. Janet provides human resource management as well. Janet’s past experience includes 30 years as an accountant in the oil and gas industry. She and John are proud parents to daughters, Betsy and Sally.
Therapy and Family Program Assistant, Emily Baker
Emily joined Adam’s Camp in July of 2015. Before joining Adam’s Camp, she worked as a production manager in television and film for many years and more recently served as Communications Coordinator for an online education company. She is very excited to be a part of the Adam’s Camp team and loves working with the campers and their families. Emily enjoys biking, hiking and pretty much anything outdoors. She lives in Centennial with her two sons.
Founder, Karel Horney
Karel and Bob Horney, along with a pediatric physical therapist, founded Adam’s Camp in 1986. Karel volunteered for the organization for 10 years, serving in such capacities as Development Chair, Children’s Concert fundraiser Chair for 8 years, Board President and capital campaign representative. Karel has volunteered with other organizations including the Junior League of Denver, The Women’s Foundation, Susan Komen Foundation and her children’s school. Karel then served as Executive Director of Adam’s Camp from 1986 until 2015. Prior to serving as ED of Adam’s Camp, Karel worked as an event coordinator with the American Heart Association of Colorado & Wyoming for almost 4 years.In 1996, Karel was the recipient of the Minoru Yasui Volunteer Achievement Award and was awarded the Arapahoe Sertoma Service to Mankind award in 2006. Karel has a bachelors degree in English and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She lives in Centennial,Colorado with her husband Bob who is managing the Adam’s Camp Outreach initiative. Son Adam, a young man with cerebral palsy for whom the camp is named, is now living independently. Adam’s twin brother, Jared, recently returned to Colorado.
Development & Communications Director, Sarah Hartway
Sarah’s professional background is in pediatric nursing and nursing administration with an emphasis on care of children with special healthcare needs, working in both inpatient and community settings. She then developed and implemented a healthcare outreach program for a Down syndrome organization, reaching out to providers and students ensuring their access to current information about Down syndrome, developmental disabilities and community resources. Sarah has published articles on these topics and has spoken at national conferences as well. Sarah joined Adam’s Camp in January 2012 after seeing the benefits it provided to her own son, Adam. Sarah graduated with both a BS and MS from the University of Colorado and lives in Littleton with her husband and three children.
Therapy Program Director, Erica Pincomb
Erica Pincomb is an occupational therapist from Kalamazoo, Michigan who came to Adam’s Camp in 2016. She brings a passion for working alongside of individuals with special needs in a variety of settings including clinic, community, and home based therapies and for leading teams and developing relationships. More than one quarter of her eight-year career has been spent overseas working with professionals, students, and teams all over the world including Malawi, Uganda, Haiti, and Jamaica in intensive therapy camps. Erica is an adjunct professor in the occupational therapy department at Western Michigan University where she teaches an international pediatric course. She is also on the board of a non-profit organization called Therapy Missions which uses a teach, treat, and train model for caregivers and therapists all over the world. When she is not at Adam’s Camp Erica can be found running trails, snow shoeing, camping, and hiking in the mountains.
Volunteer and Operations Manager, Anne Fiala
Anne began volunteering with Adam’s Camp in 2008. Her first summer at Adam’s Camp completely changed her life and is one of the major reasons she has become so passionate about working with individuals with special needs. She continued to volunteer each summer and eventually became a counselor in 2012. She is a graduate from Brigham Young University and is currently studying at University of Colorado-Denver in a Master’s program for Early Childhood Special Education. She absolutely loves this field and is excited about recruiting amazing volunteers and introducing them to the magic of Adam’s Camp.
Executive Assistant, Shyun Yong
A volunteer with Adam’s Camp since November, 2005, Shyun joined the organization staff in January, 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language & Literature from the National University of Singapore and a Diploma in Special Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Shyun worked as a special education teacher in Singapore before moving to Denver, Colorado with her husband, Aik Hong in January, 2002.Truly impressed by the dedication and desire of all involved to work together as a team, Shyun feels excited and blessed to be part of the Adam’s Camp family. As an integral member of the team, she does a little bit of everything & provides support to everyone in the office.
Insurance Coordinator, Susan Larson
Susan began working with Adam’s Camp as a volunteer when her son began attending Adventure Camp. Shortly after she started volunteering, she became the Insurance Coordinator. In addition to handling insurance claims, Susan also assists Laura in the finance area and provides technical support to the whole staff. In 2007 her family moved to Colorado from Tennessee, where they had lived for nineteen years. Susan grew up in Michigan and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Computer Studies.
Susan and her husband Ted enjoy living in Colorado and spending time with their two sons, Alex and Scott.
Finance Director, Rob McIntire
Rob joined Adam’s Camp in 2015 after a twenty-year investment banking career working with private and public sector clients. He was initially introduced to Adam’s Camp through his kids’ volunteer experiences there and determined Adam’s Camp to be an ideal fit as he sought to transition into the non-profit sector. Rob brings a deep and varied business background to the financial management of Adam’s Camp. He graduated from the University of Colorado and lives in Centennial with his three children, Jack, Hallie and Mark.
Outreach Assistant, Caroline Roberts
Caroline first came to Adam’s Camp at the age of 8 as a sibling camper. A few years later she began volunteering in the sibling and therapy programs and did so for nearly a decade, eventually traveling to Nantucket, New Hampshire, and Alaska to train volunteers in the outreach locations. She officially joined the staff as the Outreach Assistant shortly after graduating from Carleton College and was thrilled that her first assignment was to start an Adam’s Camp in Northern Ireland. Her favorite person is her brother, Benjamin, who has an undiagnosed genetic syndrome and an unrivaled giggle.