iCan Shine is currently operated by three full-time management employees and approximately 30 seasonal staff. Our seasonal staff are primarily our Floor Supervisors and Bike Technicians (click on each for a job description) that conduct our iCan Bike programs. However, with the recent roll-out of our iCan Swim and iCan Dance programs, we also have a need for swim and dance instructors.
Our team is comprised of individuals from across the United States that are passionate about delivering safe and quality recreation programs to individuals with disabilities. The majority of our ‘iCan’ programs occur between June and August making this seasonal position a great fit for educators and those currently enrolled in higher education who are seeking summer employment. Staff will typically travel in pairs of two for generally between two and six week stretches during the summer months to conduct programs at different cities around the US and Canada.
We typically conduct our interviewing and hiring of staff in January through March each year but applications are accepted at anytime. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by June 1st.
Founder, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Lisa is responsible for overseeing all aspects of iCan Shine with a primary focus on implementing our vision through strategic planning, business development, alliance building with other nonprofit organizations, fundraising, marketing, program and staff development.
Lisa brings over 20 years of management and business experience. After a successful career in information technology, including starting and managing a successful consulting business for six years, Lisa chose to change her career path to work for and with children and found her way to adapted recreation.
Lisa believes that play is the purest form of therapy the world has to offer, and physical play the most beneficial for body, mind and soul. Lisa devotes her time and effort to delivering the highest quality programs, working to ensure that everyone involved with iCan Shine, including staff, participants, families, volunteers, hosts, sponsors and partners – learn and teach in a supportive environment.
Lisa currently resides near Shreveport, LA and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Founder, Director of Finance & Administration
As Director of Finance & Administration, Jeff is responsible for strategic planning, business development, camp host planning and coordination, finance, accounting and other administrative duties.
Before joining iCan Shine, Jeff formed and served as the Host and Camp Director of six iCan Bike camps in the Philadelphia area beginning in 2010 shortly after being inspired by his son’s successful completion of a camp.
Prior to making the switch to the nonprofit world, from 2003 to 2007, Jeff served as VP, Corporate Controller for Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company in the healthcare industry based in New York. From 1999 to 2003, he served as VP, Accounting & Financial Reporting for Insight Communications in New York. Jeff began his professional career in 1991 at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York where he worked for eight years in the Business Assurance Practice as a CPA specializing in the nonprofit industry. He earned an MBA and a BA in English before beginning his professional career.
Jeff currently resides near Philadelphia, PA and can be reached at: email@example.com
Manager of Operations
As Manager of Operations, Andrea is responsible for the management of all Shine staff including recruitment, hiring, training, mentoring and job performance. Andrea is also responsible for data collection and assessment, logistics support as well as the development and monitoring of Staff’s adherence to organizational policies and procedures. Andrea strives to ensure all our iCan programs meet and often exceed expectations. Her extensive experience with our programs along with her passion for the people we serve are instrumental to the strength of iCan Shine.
Andrea relocated from Ohio to Northern Virginia in 2013 to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities in the world of adapted recreation in the DC area. She has excelled at working with people with disabilities in a variety of Therapeutic Recreation programs including adapted gymnastics, adult social clubs, inclusion support in both sport and recreational activities, as well as support in pre-school and after-school settings. Andrea believes recreation should be an option for every individual.
Prior to becoming our Manager of Operations in 2015, Andrea served as our Lead Floor Supervisor in 2014. Andrea joined iCan Shine in 2009 in the role of Floor Supervisor which she maintained through 2013. Andrea graduated from Ball State University with a BS in Physical Education and Adapted Physical Activity.
Andrea currently resides near Washington DC and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Hobbies & Interests: Hiking, running, traveling, camping, going to the beach, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends
I love working for iCan Shine because… I have the wonderful opportunity to meet new riders who only continue to amaze me each year. Camp allows these individuals to gain confidence, independence, and sense of accomplishment. At the end of the week there’s nothing more rewarding than getting to show the world what these individuals can achieve in just 5 days. I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend my summer!
Hometown: St. Clair, CA
Hobbies & Interests: Running, biking, jumping on trampolines, talking, traveling the world, attending yardsales and baking cookies!
I love working for iCan Shine because… not only is this organization truly amazing, but I get to help make a difference in so many lives through helping them learn how to ride a bike. Growing up, I took trips all over the Untied States with our bicycles in tow behind us. Those biking adventures brought many happy memories to my childhood and I love helping others have those same memories and opportunities that I had as a child.
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Hobbies & Interests: Hiking, camping, reading, traveling and spending time with my family
I love working for iCan Shine because… I love seeing the reactions of campers and their families when they finally achieve what they once thought was impossible. I love that I can help every camper leave feeling like that have accomplished something amazing!
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Hobbies & Interests: playing soccer as much as I can and chasing my daughter around.
I love working for iCan Shine because… I love seeing all of the smiles every childets once they’ve accomplished their goal. There is nothing more rewarding then hearing them say “I can ride a bike!” and knowing that you helped them get to that goal is the best feeling in the world!
Jillian Bonior, Floor Supervisor
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Hobbies & Interests: Swimming, hiking, cycling, playing card/board games and being with good company
I love working for iCan Shine because… it’s an absolutely rewarding experience. Seeing the smiles on not only the child’s face but also the parent’s face from that feeling of ‘I Can’ is extremely gratifying. Working for iCan Shine allows me to work with a wonderful group of people and travel all at the same time. Overall it is a fun, exciting, and fulfilling environment. What’s not to love?
Hometown: Elkhart, IN
Hobbies & Interests: Participating in 100-mile endurance and cross-country mountain bike races. I just love riding my bikes in general on road, dirt road, mountain biking, and cyclocross! I’m also an avid foodie and enjoy eating at local, independent restaurants in different cities.
I love working for iCan Shine because…. the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals, to help them grow in skill and self-confidence, through riding bikes, is priceless! I couldn’t ask for a more rewarding experience than sharing the journey of learning how to ride a bike with the campers, families and volunteers. Traveling around the country is also a bonus- who doesn’t love a good road trip and fun adventures?!
Hometown: Jacksonville, IL
Hobbies & Interests: Any physical activity or sport, my dogs Finley and Koda, baseball cards, hanging with my son Ryne and wife Katie
I love working for iCan Shine because… it is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. You meet the greatest families, volunteers, hosts and riders. The success you see on a daily basis is the reason I’ve kept coming back for the past 11 years!!
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Hobbies & Interests: Playing ultimate frisbee at the University of Vermont and enjoying the outdoors
I love working for iCan Shine because… I get to make a real difference in countless lives, and it is the most rewarding thing I could hope to do. A great way to spend my summers!
Hometown: Galloway, NJ
Hobbies & Interests: Cycling, hiking, running, painting, traveling and writing
I love working for iCan Shine because… I remember as a kid I used to spend day-in and day-out on my bike, riding around my neighborhood and that love for cycling has stayed with me. I think that everyone should feel the wind in their hair and the joy bike riding brings. I want to make a difference in people’s lives and helping these children learn how to ride and seeing the joy in their faces is something that will forever stay with me.
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Hobbies & Interests: Hiking with my dogs, indulging in a good book at a local coffee shop, blowing some steam off at the gym, cycling around my city, cooking delicious meals and traveling with family and friends
I love working for iCan Shine because… it is an outstanding organization that gives all parties involved an invaluable reward. Although the rider/camper is learning how to ride a bike, I am learning more about compassion, humanity, humility, love and kindness on a daily basis. I love working for Shine because I get to help families, while also learning how to be a better human being every single day.
Hometown: New Castle, VA
Hobbies & Interests: Coaching HS softball, coaching Special Olympics soccer and basketball, playing rec softball and basketball, running and lifting
I love working for iCan Shine because… my younger brother has autism and I learned early on that my brother can achieve many great things if given the right mix of compassion, patience, and knowledge. Many of his teachers and caregivers made a positive impact on my brother becoming the awesome young man that he is today. Therefore, I want to ‘pay it forward’ and be that impact for other families with special needs. Working for iCan Shine allows me to make that difference in only five days!
Gabrielle Davis, Floor Supervisor and Swim Instructor
Hometown: Greendale, WI
Hobbies & Interests: Swimming, running, soccer, rollerblading, watching sports, arts & crafts, playing with the animals at the Humane Society, food and nutrition and athletic training
I love working for iCan Shine because… it gives me the opportunity to show others what they are truly capable of with something so simple as motivation and encouragement. This program takes a skill that seems impossible and makes it an accomplishment in 5 short days. Being able to see the progress over the course of the week is simply indescribable. I can honestly say that iCan Shine has been the most rewarding experience of my life.
Hometown: Waukesha, WI
Hobbies & Interests: Nature is my best friend, I love visiting new parks, waterfalls, and hiking trails in new cities. I also love running, biking and working out.
I love working for iCan Shine because… I love watching children identify their strengths and uncover confidence in new skills. I also love working for iCan Shine because I am allowing children with disabilities to gain autonomy and independence.
Hometown: Longwood, FL
Hobbies & Interests: Cliff jumping, swimming in Lake Superior, reading in my rocking chair, hammock laying, bike riding, Olympic Weightlifting, hanging out with my nephew Jack-a-Roo and enjoying family dinner
I love working for iCan Shine because… there is nothing like watching a child accomplish something they did not think was possible.
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Hobbies & Interests: Kayaking, water sports, traveling and watching professional sports
I love working for iCan Shine because… I am always amazed at what our participants can accomplish in such a short amount of time. I have a passion for teaching and aquatics – and I’m proud to be a part of Shine’s new swim program!
Hometown: Highland, IL
Hobbies & Interests: I love everything outdoors from hiking, biking, running, and fishing to playing soccer and watching Cardinals baseball.
I love working for iCan Shine because… I am thrilled to be making my return back to the Shine family! I love working for Shine because I get to be a part of something life-changing for families who have heard the words “can’t” or “won’t” for far too long. Shine provides a platform for people to find success, gain confidence, and learn something that can create a lifetime of independence.
Hometown: Centennial, CO
Hobbies & Interests: Mountain biking, road biking, tandem mountain biking (catching a theme?) and rock climbing – enjoying what Colorado has to offer with friends and family.
I love working for iCan Shine because… every day I see the positive impacts this program has on individuals, families, and the supporting communities. It truly brings out the best in everyone it touches. It’s so rewarding to see the riders nurture their confidence and self-esteem, knowing that they’ll further their independence elsewhere. I’m proud and grateful to play a part in changing lives one rider at a time.
Mark Knape, Bike Technician
Hometown: Walkerton, IN
Hobbies & Interests: Riding horses, anything active, and spending time with friends and family
I love working for iCan Shine because… when you enjoy doing what we do as much as I do, you can’t call it working. I have always loved to travel, but now I’m lucky enough to help and meet some truly wonderful individuals. And I haven’t looked into it, but I’m pretty sure there is no other job with a “Tandem Tuesday.”
Hometown: Manassas, VA
Hobbies & Interests: Going to concerts and sporting events (Go Wahoos!), spending time with friends, reading and hiking
I love working for iCan Shine because…. daily I get to witness the power of determination and perseverance. Watching children and families find a new sense of freedom is an empowering and rewarding experience.
Hometown: Austin, TX
Hobbies & Interests: Baseball, Running, Biking, Swimming, Rock Climbing, Backpacking, Dogs, Education, Traveling and Coaching
I love working for iCan Shine because… it emphasizes the abilities of each child rather than focusing on their disabilities. The camps encourage kids to become active, confident, and excited about physical fitness. I enjoy the challenge of helping children achieve their goals and celebrating their individual differences. I enjoy working for iCan Shine because it is fun, enjoyable, and satisfying.
Brent Mueller, Lead Bike Technician
Hometown: Milstadt, IL
Hobbies & Interests: Biking, basketball, cross-fitness, camping, swimming, boating, road trips and outdoor activities
I love working for iCan Shine because… I enjoy working with people with disabilities. I’m an elementary PE teacher during the school year. Teaching children has been a part of my life for many years and I want to continue by teaching special education one day. This opportunity has allowed me to see young people work to accomplish a goal that they, their parents and friends thought would never happen. I love hearing the different success stories from riders and parents. They develop a belief that any obstacle can be conquered.
Genna Noel, Floor Supervisor
Hometown: Schererville, IN
Hobbies & Interests: Reading, running and spending time with family and friends
I love working for iCan Shine because… it doesn’t even feel like work. I wake up everyday for camp excited to get started. I’ve met some of the most amazing people traveling from camp to camp, and they have all left a huge impact on my life. I cannot imagine being involved in a better program.
Hometown: Mokena, IL
Hobbies & Interests: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Hiking, Running, College Football and anything to do on the Water
I love working for iCan Shine because… I love working with volunteers and riders to make our riders accomplish what they might have thought was impossible in just one week! In doing so, we are helping our riders achieve their goal and we are helping to make a tangible difference in the lives of our communities. iCan Shine is an absolutely incredible organization to spend a summer with, and I couldn’t imagine a more impactful, fun, and just amazing summer!
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Hobbies & Interests: Running in new places, hiking at Red River Gorge, writing poetry and stories, going to garage sales, quoting movies and Spongebob, helping others and making people laugh
I love working for iCan Shine because… every person deserves the chance to shine! I love seeing riders and volunteers build relationships and trust throughout the week. The best part is seeing the big smiles and happy tears at the end of camp. There is no better way to spend my summer.
Hometown: Leesburg, VA
Hobbies & Interests: Cycling, playing music, mechanics, hiking, camping, boating and traveling
I love working for iCan Shine because… there is nothing better in life than seeing the look on a camper’s face and their change of heart when confidence kicks in! I am super grateful to have such a rewarding opportunity to change lives and be an advocate for people with disabilities.
Hometown: Waukesha, WI
Hobbies & Interests: Traveling, running, basketball, taking pictures, dancing, hiking, coaching Special Olympics basketball and track, spending time with family and friends, and watching sports; GO PACK GO!
I love working for iCan Shine because…. I’ve lived an active lifestyle for the majority of my life, and it’s such a dream come true to be able to be part of an organization where I am not only able to promote physical fitness, but am able to instill confidence and make an everlasting impact on so many individuals lives including my own. The riders epitomize how hard work, patience and determination pay off and allow you to persevere despite obstacles that may stand in your way; all with a big smile! Being able to see the riders faces light up while they are riding independently and witnessing the transformation in all of the participants by the end of ONE week is simply amazing and the feeling is indescribable. Given the opportunity to travel across the United States/Canada to promote a healthy lifestyle and lifelong independence while bringing communities and families together; hard to outshine that!
Hometown: Madison, MS
Hobbies & Interests: Baseball, hunting, fishing, hanging out with friends and family, and anything to do with Mississippi State University! #HAILSTATE
I love working for iCan Shine because… it is so rewarding to see the smiles on the faces of both the children and the parents and know that you are making an impact. You get to make friends, make money and make a difference. Traveling the country is just a bonus!
Garrett Smith, Bike Technician
Hometown: North Liberty, IN
Hobbies & Interests: Hiking, fishing, politics and spending time with friends
I love working for iCan Shine because… it is an awesome job that allows me to give back and positively affect someone’s life. It is a true honor just to be involved.
Hometown: Sterling, VA
Hobbies & Interests: Basketball, baseball, football, weightlifting, running, hiking and spending time with friends and family
I love working for iCan Shine because… I get to positively impact the lives of children across the country. My biggest passions include working with children and promoting fitness and I get to do both within this program! It has easily been the most rewarding experience of my life.
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Hobbies & Interests: Programming, electricity, robots, and anything that moves mechanically
I love working for iCan Shine because…. not only is it an awesome excuse to travel the US, but it’s such a blessing in my life to have this great opportunity to actually help people. As a programmer, so often I make things that may or may not make a difference in someone’s life, but seeing the kids ride always brings a grin to my face.
Hometown: St. Simons Island, GA
Hobbies & Interests: Swimming, going to the beach, camping, kayaking, reading, traveling, going to garage sales, spending time with friends and family
I love working for iCan Shine because… I love teaching. I have been a school teacher and swimming instructor for most of my life. It is important to me for all children to be comfortable and safe in and around water. The iCan Shine organization allows me to travel and teach students all over the United States and Canada. It is amazing what they learn is just 5 days, and rewarding to know that these skills stay with them and hopefully keep them safe. I enjoy swimming and being in the water, and iCan Shine gives me the opportunity to teach others to use the water for both fun and exercise.
Hometown: Florence, MS
Hobbies & Interests: Teaching group exercise classes, white water rafting, cycling, attending MLB games, photography and research through neuromechanics
I love working for iCan Shine because…. I get to witness a child and parent experience pure joy through exercise and recreation! Physical activity for all levels while having fun is one of my biggest passions, so being able to work this camp everyday in the summer is such a rewarding and fulfilling experience!
Hometown: Walkerton, IN
Hobbies & Interests: Movies, music, reading, fitness, sports, teaching and coaching
I love working for iCan Shine because… I love traveling, meeting new people, seeing new sites, but most of all I love seeing the joy in the faces of the lives that we touch. Our hotels are usually pretty sweet too.