Courtney Nicolai-Guzy to Lead Historic Nonprofit
- Ohio’s Oldest Camp Serving Ohio’s Youth Since 1896 -
New Hiram House Executive Director Courtney Nicolai-Guzy (pictured in photos) is welcomed by Hiram House Board President Kevin D. Barnes (on left) and Board Vice-President-Governance Travis Grundke (on right)
The Hiram House Board of Trustees announced Courtney Nicolai-Guzy will be the new Executive Director of the 119-year-old nonprofit organization operating Hiram House Camp. She will assume the position September 1st and will succeed Russell R. Grundke, who will retire at the end of this year after nearly 50 years of service. They will work together for several months until Jan. 1st to ensure a smooth transition.
In this capacity and reporting directly to the Hiram House Board, Nicolai-Guzy will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Hiram House staff, programs, expansion and execution of mission, development and funding, public awareness and relationship building with other area agencies and organizations.
Nicolai-Guzy has served as Executive Director of YMCA of Greater Cleveland Euclid Family Branch for the past 11 years and also as Executive Director of its Euclid-Hillcrest Family to Family Collaborative. She also serves as Vice Chair for the Council of Neighborhood Leaders. Previously, she worked with Crossroads, part of Lake County Adolescent Counseling Center.
She earned a Masters degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management as well as a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management. She is also a CWRU Treu-mart Fellow in Youth Development and Youth Programming. She holds a bachelors degree in sociology from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. A Northeast Ohio native, she was raised in Moreland Hills and graduated from Orange High School. She and her husband, Gary, now live in Lyndhurst.
Nicolai-Guzy is a long-time supporter of Hiram House Camp. During high school and college, she worked as a Day Camp and Jr. Camp Counselor and as Day Camp Director. She has been a volunteer on the camp’s Pumpkin Festival Committee since 1997 and served on numerous special events and fundraising committees over the years, including the upcoming Race ‘N’ Taste at Hiram House on July 25, 2015.
“I am excited to be part of the future of Hiram House, to help realize its potential for new programs, services and facilities, and to build on the strong foundation and legacy that has been laid over the years”, said Nicolai-Guzy. “I look forward to creating new partnerships and sharing my passion for Hiram House with the Northeast Ohio community.”
“We are delighted to welcome Courtney to lead our dedicated team of professionals, volunteers and supporters at Hiram House and to continue our commitment and mission to open new horizons for youth of all backgrounds,” said Board President Kevin D. Barnes.
The historic Hiram House, founded in Cleveland in 1896, operates Ohio’s oldest camp and is one of the oldest camps in the United States. Located on 172 wooded acres on Hiram Trail in NE Ohio’s scenic Chagrin Valley, it offers a variety of Summer Camps, School Camps, Group Retreats, and Teambuilding Adventure programs. Each fall its popular annual Pumpkin Festival raises thousands for its Campership Fund for children in need to attend camp.
A nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, Hiram House Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and is a United Way Partner Service Agency. Each year for over a century, the camp has provided quality outdoor education & recreation programs, staff, services & facilities for thousands of children, teens, adults, schools, church and civic groups and other organizations throughout the region. It was recognized for its long legacy of service with an Ohio Historical Marker by the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio Bicentennial Commission.
Read related news article on Cleveland.com at link below:
Hiram House Names New Executive Director
Hiram House – “Enriching the Lives of Children Since 1896”
The Hiram House / Hiram House Camp
33775 Hiram Trail
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022