Board of Directors

Who we are...

 

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Founder and President: Curtis Betzler

For several years Curtis has headed up the annual humanitarian project at Beaver Lake Middle School, and has seen first hand how students in our community are eager to share resources with children in South Africa. He is committed to empowering young people locally and globally to shape their world through education, sharing, and leadership. Curtis received his degree from Seattle University, and teaches 8th grade Science at BLMS.  He travels to South Africa every summer with fellow teachers, students and parents to visit schools and distribute items collected by kids in Issaquah and surrounding areas.  

 

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Vice President: Jennifer Deger

Jennifer brings a background of both business and nonprofit organization experience to the board. She is currently the Controller at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation in 2006, Jennifer worked in various roles including public accounting where she specialized in tax exempt organizations and in local government managing the operations of the treasury and tax functions. Jennifer received her MBA from Seattle University and her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Gonzaga University. She is also a CPA. Jennifer volunteers with two local charities.

 

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Secretary: Linda Guard

Linda joined the board of Generation Joy in 2008 and has been a part of the travel team several times. She has seen first hand the needs of kids and families in South Africa, and the joy with which they receive the educational supplies that Generation Joy provides. She is also inspired by the volunteer efforts of the American students who work so hard to help children on the other side of the world. A graduate of Indiana University School of Nursing, Linda works at Swedish Medical Center, and also volunteers at Echo Glen Children’s Center.  

 

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Paula has been working in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse clinical Management for over 25 years. She is licensed in both mental health and Substance Dependency counseling- and currently is the Director of the Youth and Family Service programs for Friends of Youth for the past 9 years. She earned her two Master’s degrees (M.S., and MEd.)at Portland State University, Portland Oregon. Paula also teaches classes in the Health Sciences (ALDAC) department for Bellevue College for the past 13 years. She is a very strong advocate for mental health and holistic care particularly for youth and their families. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Mexico and the US- what has a particular interest in working with developing countries.

 

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Director: Kaitlin Wright

Kaitlin recently graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business Administration. She is currently working for the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish County as a Resource Development Associate, and she hopes that her work will enable young people to realize their full potential. Genjoy is the perfect opportunity to innovatively impact the world on a global scale, and she is excited to help kids gain a global perspective and develop passion for other nations!

 

  

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Director: Paul Boyer

Paul Boyer is an attorney at Softcard, a mobile payments startup, and has spent much of his legal career focused on international business in developing countries.  Paul enjoys volunteering his time working with kids and is a long-time youth soccer coach and a former group leader for the YMCA Adventure Guides program.  Paul earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia, his J.D. from the College of William & Mary and an M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.

 

  

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Director: Amy Bosch

Amy was inspired to join the Generation Joy board after attending previous GenJoy events and being invited to be part of the travel team in 2015. Being in South Africa with other GenJoy members energized her by seeing the leadership, passion and commitment of this foundation to really make a difference. The chance to see the contribution of donations, time, effort, etc. from kids, parents, friends, family, and members of the community go directly into the hands of smiling students and teachers in South Africa was particularly moving. Amy loves to travel and believes in the importance and magic of what other cultures can also teach us. She is a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry, and received her B.S. in Business Management from Indiana University.

 

 

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