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 nonprofits at a young age, and chose to attend U of O because of their nonprofit program. (One of the few in the country at the time). Having worked in the nonprofit 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 around program including the teen support group and college scholarship program. Although dressing up and painting my nails seems to be a consistent tasks on my things 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!!”
CHRISTL HOLZL, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Christl has been on the Camp Rainbow Gold team since November 2013 and brings a long history of nonprofit, 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!), 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 22 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 or traveling around the globe.
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 a Bachelor’s Degree. 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 children and families that Camp Rainbow Gold serves and helps 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.
AMY CONGLETON, OFFICE ASSISTANT
Amy was born and raised in Laguna Beach, California. When she was young she spent a lot of time in Sun Valley and McCall where her grandparents reside. Amy fell in love with Idaho and decided to attend the University of Idaho after graduating high school. At the University of Idaho Amy studied Spanish, International Relations, and Business Marketing. While attending the University of Idaho Amy spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Barcelona. Amy found Camp shortly after moving to Boise through a good friend. She jumped on the opportunity as she had been looking to start a career in nonprofit. Amy is the Office Assistant for Camp Rainbow Gold. Amy’s position gives her the opportunity to help families with everything from filling out camp applications to helping past campers apply for our college scholarship program. Amy is also responsible for keeping the CRG databases accurate and sending out the Camp Rainbow Gold monthly newsletter. She has a passion for helping children with cancer as she lost a cousin to cancer not long ago, so the opportunity to work for CRG was a perfect fit for her. Outside of Camp you can find her visiting with friends and family, or daydreaming about her next vacation (she is always looking for new places to explore)!
AMBER VICKERS, MEDICAL COORDINATOR
Amber is a physician assistant in the treasure valley currently practicing medicine in an urgent care at Primary Medical Group. She has been practicing medicine in the treasure valley for the past 10+ years. Amber has been involved with Camp Rainbow Gold for almost two decades as a volunteer. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has special interests in adolescent medicine and sports medicine and all aspects of urgent care medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health science studies from Boise State University and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Midwestern University in Glendale Arizona. She currently is enjoying her role with camp in working with staff, volunteers and MSTI peds oncology in collaborating excellent medical care for pediatrics and their families who are experiencing ongoing challenges with loved ones fighting cancer or who have experienced cancer in the past and coordinating a team to provide safe excellent medical camps for these children and their families. A Boise native, Amber enjoys the outdoors, loves to travel and is avid sports fan who loves football. She loves her Denver Broncos. Above all she loves to spend time with her friends and family.