Meet the committed individuals who generously give of their time, talent, wisdom, and resources to serve the Chronic Joy® community.
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Pamela is a leader and a visionary following God’s call to inspire those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability 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 three adorable grandchildren. Her work experience includes: banking, marketing, communications, volunteer management, event coordinator, and development of comprehensive training programs. She has served in a variety of ministries within the church including: developing and coordinating curricula teams, organizing training events, and a variety of leadership positions.
Pamela is diagnosed with a list of invisible illnesses, including Ehlers-Danlos, dysautonomia, fibromyalgia and chronic migraines.
Cindee Snider Re
Author, Photographer, and Co-Founder
Cindee is wife of the man she loves most in this world, mama of five (ages 19-28), author, photographer, craver of quiet, lover of cotton, demin, Jesus, and tea. Her work experience includes: communications, marketing, and volunteer management for the Arthritis Foundation, copy-editing for Narada Productions, 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, and she and her husband served as patient representatives on an international board of physicians and research scientists tasked with developing the Pediatric Consensus Statement on Orthostatic Intolerance Disorders.
Cindee and four of her five kids are diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, dysautonomia, intractable migraine, and myriad co-existing conditions.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Member and Prayer Coordinator
You can find Bettie blogging from her home in a small town in southeast Wisconsin - at bettiegsraseasons.com. She is walking forward with Jesus, in the middle of her own pain and weaknesses from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature is a joy that calls to Bettie, as do her family and nine young grandchildren. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great joy in their weekend coffee breaks together.
Board Member and Secretary
Mike 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.
Julie 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 Advisor and Volunteer Project Coordinator
Jeff began his partnership with Chronic Joy® as we took our first fledgling steps, answering technical questions, helping when needed, and most importantly teaching us so we can grow.
He 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® and with his family.
Jeff is a quiet, thoughtful, dedicated husband, father, son and IT professional.
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