The Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan (HFM) strives to improve the quality of life for all people affected by hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, other coagulation disorders, and related complications.
HFM was founded in 1956 as an all-volunteer chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, and in 1969, started the first-ever summer camp for children with bleeding disorders, now called Camp Bold Eagle. Our camp mission, which carries over to all our youth programming, is to educate and empower children, teens, and young adults with bleeding disorders to live a life of freedom and independence.
In addition to traditional camp activities, we pride ourselves on offering a can-do experience at camp. Adult leaders, often impacted by bleeding disorders themselves, together with compassionate medical care providers, come together to provide safe, yet challenging experiences for our campers. By learning how to manager their disorders, campers are able to take “Eagle Steps” toward possibilities rather than limitations.
HFM’s camping programs have now grown to seven weeks of camp each summer in order to provide the magic of camp to more than 200 children and adults with bleeding disorders.
MEET THE HFM STAFF
Susan Fenters Lerch
Executive Director // email@example.com
Camp Director/Youth Services Manager // firstname.lastname@example.org
Angellica “Gelli” Kelley, BSN, RN
Associate Camp Director/Program Services Manager // email@example.com
Angellica “Gelli” Kelley is the Associate Camp Director and Program Services Manager for HFM. Prior to joining HFM, Angellica was a Hematology/Oncology nurse, which provided her with invaluable experience working with patients impacted by chronic health concerns. She has type 1 von Willebrand Disease and became involved with HFM Eagle Journeys as a camper in 2012. Angellica went on to work as a counselor at HFM camping programs, eventually obtaining roles as head counselor and CIT director at Camp Bold Eagle where she developed a passion for encouraging the growth of leaders in the camp community. Angellica prioritizes compassionate care, inclusivity, and acceptance in all that she does.
Travis Miller, MEd
Associate Camp Director/Program Services Manager // firstname.lastname@example.org
Travis Miller works as an Associate Camp Director/Program Services Manager, assisting in organizing camp programs and coordinating other HFM services. He graduated from Ohio University with a master’s degree in secondary education and a bachelor’s in history. Travis is passionate about education and creating inclusive environments for learning and growth, at camp and in the classroom. Prior to joining HFM, he taught social studies in Hawaii. Travis also has severe hemophilia A and first met the HFM team as a 14-year-old camper. He went on to volunteer at Camp Bold Eagle from 2010 to 2016.
Amy Hepper, MD
Kaite Scott, LLMSW
Program Social Worker // email@example.com
Kaite is the Camp Social Worker for HFM’s camping programs. Kaite has a clinical social work background providing therapy to children and families in a Community Mental Health setting. She was also lifeguard and camp counselor for CBE throughout college! Kaite looks forward to partnering with the camp directors, health center staff and counselors to support the psycho-social needs of the CBE community as well as support with child development focused training! Katie has a master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in child development from Central Michigan University.
Sarah Spencer, MPA, BSN, RN
Camp Health Officer // firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah is the Camp Health Officer for HFM’s camping programs. Sarah has a public health nursing background and has attended both Camp Bold Eagle and Eagle Outpost as a volunteer nurse for four years and counting. Sarah has four children several of whom have participated as campers at Camp Bold Eagle in the past. Sarah looks forward to collaborating closely with Diana Mathis, who has led the Health Center at camp since the early 2000s. Together they will work to ensure that the efforts of all the healthcare professionals involved in the camping programs create the safest, healthiest, and most educational environment possible.
The following HTCs partner with HFM in providing health care to our campers