Jerre and Mary Joy Stead are passionate about combating childhood obesity and have been long time friends of Healthy LifeStars. They have been continually present as wise advisors, strong cheerleaders, coaches and caring friends. Not only have they given immeasurably of their time, talent, treasure and touch but they have also made introductions to individuals, to businesses and to community partners who have made significant contributions to advancing the mission of the organization.
Stepping through their contributions over the years:
• Jerre and Mary Joy were early believers in the organization and were incredibly generous in providing the funding which enabled the organization to hire its first professional leadership.
• They were instrumental in the organizations’ first geographic expansion beyond Arizona to Colorado and in establishing the Colorado Advisory Board.
• The Steads were key strategic partners in defining a 6-year partnership plan with The Salvation Army, in “selling” the plan to Army leadership and in providing the funding for execution. They remain deeply involved ensuring that the program grows as planned and is deployed nationally per the strategic plan.
• Jerre serves as Chair of the Board of a for-profit start up which was founded as the result a pilot family wellness program initially developed by Healthy LifeStars.
Throughout, they have been strong supporters of the metric oriented entrepreneurial approach of the organization. In addition to their ongoing invaluable counsel and guidance as Advisory Board Members, they remain active in advancing and supporting our individual team members and pushing us at every turn to achieve our vision of growing a generation of LifeStars.
Looking back, we would not be where we are nor would there be 30,000 LifeStars without the unparalleled support of Jerre and Mary Joy. Looking forward, it is their vision “to see”, their faith “to believe” and their encouragement and courage “to do” which will continue to inspire us.
No quote better conveys the caring and giving an essence of Jerre and Mary Joy than:
“Money is like love: it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it and enlivens
those who turn it on their fellow man” Kahlil Gibran
Jerre and Mary Joy have turned their treasure on their fellow men in an immense way but they have also done the same with their time, talent and touch.