Camp Leaders

Lisa Fortenberry

Executive Director

Lisa Fortenberry is one of Boston’s most established, innovative and inspiring leaders in the youth development field, bringing nearly 20 years of experience to her role as Executive Director of Camp Harbor View. Most recently as the Managing Director of Program Services at Scholar Athletes, Lisa led the organization through an extensive Theory of Change process, aligning the Scholar Athletes service model to measurable outcomes for the first time in its history and creating deepened partnerships with the Boston, Springfield and Everett public school districts.

For more than 14 years prior, Lisa served in various leadership capacities at City Year Boston and since 2006 served as the Managing Director of Service Impact and Evaluation, a key position on the organization’s executive leadership team. There, Lisa led, coached and motivated a team of nearly 35 staff members, who were in turn responsible for the 200+ City Year Americorps members serving in 21 Boston Public Schools. In this role, Lisa also developed and implemented a comprehensive service program that supported Boston Public Schools’ Acceleration Agenda and resulted in the first ever multi-year partnership agreement with the district, including sustainable financial support.

The depth and breadth of her investment in the success of Boston’s young people is also evident in her community ties. A Founding Trustee Member of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School and a participant in several community initiatives, Lisa is a long-time resident of Dorchester with her husband Stephen and their three sons.

Josh Waxman

Deputy Director

Josh Waxman brings over a decade of leadership experience that spans the non-profit and public-sectors. Most recently, Josh served as the Executive Director of the Martin Richard Foundation. Prior to that, Josh served as Senior Director of Community Partnerships at the at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley where he developed and led partnerships with municipalities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and elected officials. Josh also developed and managed several education programs that served thousands of young people across Massachusetts.

Josh began his career in nonprofit management at City Year, where he completed a year of national service through AmeriCorps and was then hired into a management position on staff. In his role as an Impact Manager, Josh managed teams that worked across Boston Public Schools, providing academic support and after-school programming to hundreds of students. Early in his career, Josh spent time in politics, interning for Senator John Kerry and working on the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.

Josh is also very active as a volunteer in the community. Josh serves as the board chair at Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School, and as a board member at La. Vida, Inc., an organization that works to provide successful pathways for first-generation college students. Josh is also a proud big brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and a certificate in non-profit management and leadership from the Institute for Non-Profit Practice at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life.

Josh is a resident of East Boston with his wife, Eliza.

Al Simpson

Director of Advanced Support

Al Simpson is the Director of the Leaders-in-Training Program. He recently joined the CHV family but he has an extensive history of working with teens. He spent over 15 years as a Mental Health Counselor with clients from the Department of Mental Health and managed a private practice for 10 years. Al Simpson has supervised a number of adolescent residential programs which serve behaviorally and mentally disordered teens. His career in human services started in 1987, after leaving the United States Air Force, when he began working in the Department of Youth Services in Boston. He was born and raised in Mississippi where he attended Ole Miss and received his bachelors in Physical Education. Al Simpson later obtained a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College. He is an avid sport fan and health enthusiast with a passion for his work.

Wendy Knight, MSW, LICSW

Director of Clinical and Support Services

Wendy Knight has worked on Camp Harbor View’s year-round team since June of 2010. She has more than a decade of social work and program development experience. Prior to joining Camp Harbor View, Wendy worked as a program director for the YMCA and in social work positions at alternative and special education schools. Wendy is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons College in 2008 and received her graduate training at Judge Baker Children’s Center.

Wendy provides leadership to the social work team, including supervising all of Camp Harbor View’s counseling and support services. She oversees the Master of Social Work training program, which develops aspiring social workers from Simmons College and Boston College. In addition, Wendy has developed numerous group programs, which are offered to adolescents and parents throughout the school year.

Wendy’s favorite part of working at CHV is the family approach that is incorporated into every aspect of the program. She cherishes the many relationships she has built with youth and families. Throughout the years, she has had the opportunity to work with families who are incredibly resilient and inspiring. Wendy appreciates being able to provide innovative and free social work services for Boston families, which is a unique approach adopted by Camp Harbor View.

Camp Harbor View allows kids to explore who they are while having FUN in a safe environment. Wendy is proud to work at such a supportive place where kids can just be kids!

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