Today, we are thrilled to introduce to you to the man who has led us step-by-step though the process of becoming a full-fledged, IRS non-profit ministry. Today, Friends, meet Board Member, Mike Juneau!
Over my 37-year career as CPA for Briggs & Stratton Corporation, I headed up tax function, worked as assistant treasurer, and chaired the company’s retirement plan, overseeing day-to-day operations and investment of assets. In 2006, I retired, but transitioned to a plan consultant. At this same time, I stepped in to help a growing organization become a full tax-exempt non-profit. In addition, as a church elder, I have managed church finances. I find great satisfaction in navigating the labyrinth of spreadsheets and government forms.
Fifty-two years of marriage to the love of my life, Mary, has been an absolute gift and a remarkable journey. We have four adult children, three daughters and a son – the oldest and youngest adopted, and six grandchildren.
As our children entered high school, Mary grew increasingly interested in foster care. We made the call and began fostering pre-adoption infants for Milwaukee County. After several years and more than twenty infants, Samantha entered our lives. We met her at Children’s Hospital following her first surgery for Spina-Bifida. She came home with us under Milwaukee County’s long-term foster care program with a poor prognosis, many medical challenges, and too many surgeries to count. Samantha is now 32, and officially became a Juneau when she was twenty. Sam has been on a ventilator for more than twenty years. We daily understand the impact of chronic illness.
In her early fifties, my wife Mary was diagnosed with Diffuse Systemic Scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease, which impacts major body systems and has no known cure.
Daily, I experience the role of caregiver, being supportive to and an advocate for both my wife and daughter. I know God’s mercy and grace, and see His unmistakable gift of joy exuding from my daughter Sam. She is Chronic Joy.
I feel blessed to walk beside Pamela and Cindee, facilitating the necessary government forms and regulations to bring this ministry of Chronic Joy to life.
Radical hope. Compassionate change. Equipping those affected by chronic physical and mental illness through community and education rooted in Jesus Christ.