Board of Directors
President and Co-Founder
is a leader and a visionary following God’s call to inspire those affected by chronic illness to discover hope, find purpose, embrace worth and encounter joy. She believes that every precious life affected by chronic illness is both vital and purposed.
Pamela is a wife of more than 30 years, mother of three married children and grandmother of two sweet granddaughters. Her work experience includes: banking, branch management, marketing, and development of comprehensive training programs. She has served in a variety of ministries within the church including: developing and coordinating a curricula team, organizing training events and in multiple leadership positions. Pamela worked on staff with No Regrets Men’s Ministry and in a large hospitality ministry as Volunteer, Communications and Events Coordinator. Pamela is passionate and gifted speaker.
Pamela is diagnosed with a list of invisible illnesses, including Ehlers-Danlos, dysautonomia, fibromyalgia and chronic migraines.
Cindee Snider Re
Author and Co-Founder
is a writer, photographer, wife, and mama of five (ages 17-25), whose work experience includes: communications, marketing, and volunteer management for the Arthritis Foundation, WI Chapter, copy-editing for Narada Productions, and content writing and photography for several ministry organizations and publications, including: The High Calling, Outside the City Gate, and C’est la Vie, The Magazine.
Cindee and four of her five children are diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, Dysautonomia, and myriad co-existing conditions. She and her husband currently serve as patient representatives on a board of physicians and research scientists developing the Pediatric Consensus Statement on Orthostatic Intolerance Disorders.
Heather MacLaren Johnson
taught elementary students with emotional and behavioral challenges. After the hospitalization and later suicide of her first husband, Heather pursued a doctorate in clinical psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at the North Chicago Veterans Administration Hospital in Illinois and maintained a private practice prior to adopting her children from Russia, each with numerous, invisible, permanent disabilities resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Heather has extensive experience working with the chronically mentally ill in numerous outpatient and inpatient settings. She views loving and advocating for her kids’ numerous physical, psychological and cognitive special needs as the most challenging and spiritually fruitful experience of her life.
earned his BA in accounting and economics from Augustana College, his MBA from Northern Illinois University, and became a CPA in 1981. He has held business directorships at Milsco Manufacturing and US Fiduciary Services, and Non-Profit Directorships for The Carl and Irma Swenson Foundation, Ltd., New Beginnings are Possible, and RAJ Ministries, Inc., chairing the Boards of Pennant Management, Inc. and Affinity, Inc. Todd has been a self-employed accountant, financial advisor and investor since 1995. He and his wife Heather are the parents of three adult children adopted from Russia, each exposed prenatally to alcohol, which caused numerous, invisible, permanent disabilities.
is a wife of 52 years, mother of four adult children and grandmother of six precious grandchildren. Mary has served in numerous volunteer positions over the years, including PTA President, Chair for Committee of 100, church Board of Elders, Head of Christian Education, and Bible study co-leader. Mary and her husband have fostered more than 20 pre-adoptive infants for Milwaukee County, adopting one of the medically fragile infants placed in their care. Mary was appointed to the Homecare Provider Committee as a Medicaid Recipient Representative by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, and later served as a liaison between committees. In her early fifties Mary was diagnosed with Systemic Scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune illness.
Board Member and Secretary
retired from a 37-year career as CPA for Briggs & Stratton Corporation, where he developed the tax department, worked as assistant treasurer, chaired the company retirement plan committees and managed the plan investments. In addition, Mike is an ordained elder and has managed church finances at several churches. In 2006, he was on a team that assisted an inner city non-profit academy in developing its finance and strategy plans. Mike has been married to his wife Mary for 52 years. They have four adult children and six grandchildren, and have fostered more than 20 pre-adoption infants for Milwaukee County, before adopting their daughter Samantha, who has been on a ventilator for more than twenty-five years. Mike’s wife Mary has a chronic autoimmune disease. Daily, he experiences the role of caregiver, supporting and advocating for both his wife and daughter.
is a loving wife and dedicated mother to three beautiful children. Her journey with chronic illness began in childhood as a witness to the progression of a genetic, neurological disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth. She completed her BSN in 2006 and has been professionally assisting those with chronic illness since. In 2009, Heidi’s daughter was prenatally diagnosed with a complex congenital heart defect, PA/IVS. In 2014, Heidi’s son was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder and food allergies. As an effort to gain additional knowledge, she went back to school and completed an MS in Health and Wellness in 2017. Throughout her experience with chronic illness, Heidi has learned that prayer is a powerful gift and that the presence of God is felt in many unexpected ways.
is a mother, wife, ordained minister, and a founding board member. She and her husband have three adult children. Julie became personally aware of chronic pain when her daughter began experiencing constant and excruciating back pain, resulting in surgery. Yet the pain continued and other unexplained issues began – nausea, stomach pain, and inability to keep food down. During her senior year in high school, her daughter became gravely ill with gastroparesis and spent much of her senior year in and out of the hospital. The quest for relief and solutions, the ongoing struggle of chronic illness, and the anxiety that accompanies both has drawn Julie to seek to know and speak of God’s presence in and through the reality of chronic pain – both for the one experiencing it and for those who love them.
Information Systems Advsior
began his partnership with Chronic Joy Ministry as we took our first fledgling steps, answering technical questions, helping when needed, and most importantly teaching us so we can grow.
Jeff graduated from University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee with BS in Computer Science.
Jeff’s patient, unruffled demeanor, expertise, willingness to serve, faithfully and quietly behind-the-scenes continues today with his church, with Chronic Joy Ministry and with his family.
Jeff is a quiet, thoughtful, dedicated husband, father, son and IT professional.
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