Opening – Executive Director Position
Camp Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that provides a camping experience for persons with developmental disabilities ages 12-50, seeks an Executive Director. Position start date is negotiable but will begin no later than June, 2017. The Executive Director leads and manages the Camp Sunshine staff and volunteers to provide inclusive, safe, and joyful experiences for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, aligned with the mission and strategic direction established by the Board of Directors. S/he assures the availability and effective use of resources; s/he develops and maintains knowledge of the field of Special Education. Applicants must possess; a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience, an educational or vocational background or experience in understanding individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, fundraising capabilities, strong written and oral communication skills, interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills, and ability to use a variety of office technologies including word processing, email, and Excel.
A full description of the position can be found here.
To apply for the position please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Amy Schelling, Search Committee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applicants will begin Jan. 3 and continue until the position is filled.
Cindy Terlouw, Executive Director
Cindy Terlouw has served as Executive Director of Camp Sunshine since 1998 and has successfully guided it through a period of change and growth.
With a bachelors degree from Western Michigan University in Elementary Education and Special Education as well as a Masters degree from University of Kansas in Learning Disabilities, Cindy worked for more than 30 years as a special education teacher.
Cindy enrolled as freshman in college planning to pursue her passion for music as a music major. However, she enrolled in a class in her second semester that required her to work in Grand Rapids at a school for people with significant disabilities. The students at that school caught her heart, ignited her passion for justice and made her want to make a difference in the world. It was at that point she knew that she was meant to work with people with special needs.
As the wife of a minister whose job took them to several states, Cindy was a special education teacher at a junior high school in Nashville, Tennessee. Her compassion and understanding of special needs students drove to her to challenge the school’s practice of whipping students with discipline problems. Cindy and her family later moved to Blue Springs, Missouri where she taught at the elementary school level. In 1990 Cindy was hired to teach at Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Michigan where she worked as a resource teacher for students with learning disabilities and emotional impairments. She served as the Special Education Department Chair from 2007—2012. Cindy retired from Hamilton High School in 2012 after a 32-year career as an educator.
Throughout much of her time as a full time educator, Cindy served as the part time director of Camp Sunshine. She was faced with a number of challenges when she accepted the role in 1998. Almost immediately Cindy had to oversee the process of moving Camp Sunshine from its original location to a new campground. The lack of capacity for additional campers was another challenge faced by Cindy during her tenure. In 2013, the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors adopted a strategic plan for growth and sustainability and commissioned Cindy to expand camp by 2014. Throughout these transitions, Cindy and the Camp Sunshine staff focused on defining a unique identity for Camp Sunshine and establishing traditions that are still cherished by campers today.
Cindy’s passion and enthusiasm is not limited to working with and advocating for people with special needs. In her free time, Cindy and Larry, her husband of 42 years, also enjoy traveling, concerts, sporting events and spending time with their adult children and friends.