ELIZABETH LIZBERG – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Elizabeth has plied her natural inclination to help others and her acute business acumen for Camp Rainbow Gold as the Executive Director of Camp Rainbow Gold since the summer of 2007 and is excited to continue in that position as the program becomes an independent non-profit organization. Prior to this role, she worked for St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center as the multi-disciplinary team coordinator for the Children at Risk Evaluation Services (CARES). It was during this time she was instrumental in the creation of the Family and Children Evaluation Services (FACES) Center in Boise and co-founded the Idaho Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. Prior to her career of working with children, she spent more than 15 years working in the retirement community industry, earning the President’s Award from the nation’s second largest operator of retirement communities. Elizabeth embraces Idaho’s children diagnosed with cancer with an unrivaled passion and works to leave a lasting, positive imprint on each family she has the honor of knowing through Camp Rainbow Gold.
My favorite camp memory – there are so many – campers riding a bike for the first time, singing at the campfire, campers becoming volunteers, laughter – lots of laughter. One recent story stands out though – the entire teen camp stood around the climbing wall at night after the carnival was over lighting it up with flashlights so that a camper could keep trying to make it to the top. She tried over and over again. Her prosthetic leg even fell off during one of her climbs and that did not stop her or the support of everyone cheering her on. She never did make it to the top, but I believe she got more out of trying than she might have gotten out of succeeding. Just one thing I have learned on this journey with Camp Rainbow Gold.
TRACY BRYAN – PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Tracy joined Camp Rainbow Gold in spring of 2016 as our Program Director. Camp Rainbow Gold first caught her eye in 2008 when she moved from out of state, and she jumped at the chance to join the team when the opportunity came up. Tracy is a native Oregonian, who grew up in beautiful Southern Oregon. She graduated college from the University of Oregon in Eugene, with a degree in Political Science and Nonprofit Administration (Go DUCKS!) She became passionate about volunteerism and the importance of non-profits at a young age, and chose to attend U of O because of their non-profit program, (one of the few in the country at the time). Having worked in the non-profit sector for the past nine years, she has a passion for people and making a difference in the community. Her favorite camp memory this past summer was seeing the magic of what we do through the camper’s eyes. She loved watching the youth campers walk into the dining hall each morning in awe of the new decorations and the counselors and volunteers in fun and silly costumes. Ending the nights with warm campfires filled with silly songs and skits while staring at the mountain was a great way to celebrate life, and was a reminder of the love and hope that fills our programs.
Something she is excited for this year is our new online application program for our college scholarship program. She is so proud to be part of an organization that continues to support our campers as they take the next step into adulthood.
In her spare time Tracy enjoys being home with her family and keeps busy chasing after toddler twin boys, doing home projects with her husband, and finding treasures while thrifting.
JASON HOSICK – PROGRAM MANAGER
As Program Manager my job revolves around preparing and facilitating our 5 camps and year-round programs including the teen support group and college scholarship program. Although dressing up and painting my nails seems to be a consistent tasks on my to do list, my job also includes the serious stuff like risk management and upholding our accreditation standards which is key in keeping everyone safe. Volunteer management is also a huge portion of my work life and honestly it is one of my favorite parts. They are the lifeline of our program and I follow their lead in enthusiasm in the super silly part of the “magic” that takes place when you are involved with Camp Rainbow Gold. The beauty of the support our volunteers and families provide for each other is the main reason why I have fallen in love with this organization over 10 years ago and still is the reason that drives my passion to spread our mission. Now on a personal side I can’t really think of much to say about myself except that I have been known to kiss my own biceps and do the “shooter” move with my index fingers. I am constantly being accused of being aggressively unfancy and still manage to gain many friends in spite of my personality and I have done this all by living vicariously through myself. I have also been known to beat people in “Connect Four” in just 3 moves! Amazing I know.
Other accomplishments I have managed to achieve are as follows: Internationally recognized interpretive dancer, expert in the art of “knock and don’t run” (otherwise known as the ding-dong-stay), certified Taebo and Jazzercise instructor, Professional Freestyle walker, Inventor and Sensei of the World famous Bedazzler — case and point – I’m 25% Dad, 25% serious, 62% fabulous, 48% mathematician, and 100% legit .
“To say it simply…. Camp changed my life! It Changed the way I live every day, it changed the way I view this life we have together, It changed the way I give and received love, It changed the way I am a father, son, brother, and friend. To give back even a fraction of what I have received from being involved with CRG, would take me a life time. I love and appreciate everyone who has made this program what it is today… Keep Shining!!”
BENTON SMITH – VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Benton joined Camp Rainbow Gold in July 2017 as the Volunteer Coordinator because of his passion for working with people and for CRG’s mission. He works alongside Camp Rainbow Gold’s program and development teams to recruit and train the amazing volunteers needed for the teams to succeed. Benton also works closely with volunteers to help them tap into their own passions and desire to help Camp Rainbow Gold.
But while it was the promise of working closely with the community that lured him to Camp Rainbow Gold, Benton isn’t too shabby in an office environment either — he also fills the role of office assistant. Benton assists families applying for Camp Rainbow Gold retreats and summer camps by making sure the proper papers get pushed, managing mailings and entertaining any and all dogs that accompany their owners on trips to the office.
Previous to working for Camp Rainbow Gold, Benton was a reporter covering crime and politics, but it didn’t take long for him to realize that instead of simply documenting the times when people were experiencing their worst days, he needed a job where he could celebrate life and work to build an atmosphere where people can have some of their best days and where he could assist anyone seeking to do the same.
CHRISTL HOLZL – DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Christl has been on the Camp Rainbow Gold team since November 2013 and brings a long history of non-profit, fundraising and event experience with her. As the Development Director, she leads all fundraising efforts for the organization, including the annual Share Your Heart Ball. Originally from Chicago (go Blackhawks and Cubbies!), Christl received a BA from Luther College and an MM from the University of Northern Colorado, fell in love with the west and has made Ketchum her home for the past 24 years.
Her first interview with CRG was a memorable one – taking place up at camp, she was surrounded by laughing children and the stunning Boulder Mountains views, and as she was pulling out of camp after the interview an exquisite rainbow was arching over camp…serendipity at its best! Although still trying to figure out when Jason is joking or being serious with her, she has found her work incredibly meaningful, is honored to work with such compassionate colleagues and is continually amazed at the courage these children diagnosed with cancer and their families display.
In her free time Christl can be found doing all the outdoor activities that come with mountain living, including skiing, mountain biking, hiking and hockey, enjoying cultural events, getting her Zen on at yoga and traveling around the globe.
ASHLEY HOOK – DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Ashley joined Camp Rainbow Gold in the spring of 2017 as our Development Associate. She has been involved with Camp Rainbow Gold for over three years and when she learned of the opportunity with CRG, she knew this was the place for her. Ashley was born in Missoula, Montana and was raised in Sun Valley, Idaho. She also lived in Peoria, Illinois for seven years where she graduated from high school and went on to attend Illinois Central College. After completing two years at ICC, she moved back to Idaho and is currently at Boise State University finishing her degree in Supply Chain Management.
Ashley experienced the value of camp first hand while volunteering as a counselor at sibling camp. Seeing the impact that Camp Rainbow Gold has on the children of Idaho diagnosed with cancer and their families and realizing how cancer effects the entire family, she is excited to contribute to CRG as a staff member.
In her spare time, you will find Ashley playing with Murphy, her English bulldog or going camping out in the woods with her boyfriend. She loves the great outdoors and does what she can to be out in nature as much as possible.
AMANDA MCGINNIS – OFFICE MANAGER
Amanda became the Office Manager for Camp Rainbow Gold in January 2014 and has continued to evolve with the position, increasing her responsibilities recently by taking over all financials for the organization. Prior to Camp Rainbow Gold, she attended the College of Western Idaho, earning a technical certificate in Medical Administration. Recently she has taken on a new challenge by going back to school to complete her number one goal, obtaining her Master’s Degree and her CPA license. Amanda was born in Des Moines, Iowa but has been part of the Boise community since 18 months of age. She is a mother of two lovely girls, Annika and Calie. The love she has for the children and families that Camp Rainbow Gold serves and helping them celebrate life shows through her passion and commitment of her work. Outside of camp and school, her little girls are her number one priority, but she finds time to enjoy the great outdoors through jet skiing, camping and hunting. She also loves the music scene in Boise, expressing herself through her art and traveling.
MARI BETH – MEDICAL COORDINATOR
Mari Beth started volunteering at Camp Rainbow Gold as a camp nurse in 2009. Since then, she has volunteered at 6 summer camps, one winter camp and many other year round activities. She was so thrilled to be offered a position as a Camp Rainbow Gold staff member, which will allow Mari Beth to merge some of her passions…nursing, giving back to her community, and organization. “As the medical coordinator, I hope to keep the medical side of camp running smoothly so that campers and staff can do their magic at camp. To me, this is why this position exists.” Her responsibilities will also include being a liaison between camp and our community medical contacts. Additionally, she is in charge of making sure that policies are in place so that everyone at a camp activity remains safe and is able to have an incredible memory-making time.
Mari Beth is nationally certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Oncology Nursing Society. She earned her bachelors of science in nursing from the Denver School of Nursing and her Masters of Nursing from Boise State University. She holds has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. She has been working in the field of oncology for the last 10+ years in her many different nursing positions. Although her career was primarily focused on adult oncology care, she has a passion to support children and the families of children affected by cancer.
Mari Beth describes herself as a fun loving, passionate person, who always tries to see the good side in every situation. Her goal in life is to be a lifelong learner, and she strives to learn at least one new thing every day. She is an avid football fan, supporting the Denver Broncos, BSU Broncos and CU Buffs. You may even see her sporting blue hair on game days. In her free time she enjoys being a mom and wife to her wonderful husband and two fabulous children, especially when it gets her outdoors. Her favorite things to do are road/mountain biking, hiking/backpacking, alpine skiing, snow shoeing, camping… and basically anything else outdoors. She also loves reading and gardening.
When asked why she wanted to become part of Camp Rainbow Gold’s Staff, Mari Beth states that “the kids are amazing, and being at camp is magical… like heaven on Earth. Who wouldn’t want a job described like that?!”