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.

Year-Round Staff

DeVaughn Cooper BA/BS, MBA

Youth Worker

DeVaughn became a part of the Camp Harbor View family in 2012 as a group leader. He spent his first three years as a group leader while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In 2015, he became team leader while he was in his continued his pursuit in higher education for his Master’s degree in business administration.

As a young professional with experience in working with diverse youth and young adults’ population, he was very interested to get the opportunity to spend his summers giving back to the youth of the community he grew up in; with over three years of work experience with at-risk students at American International College, along with other youth development experience, it is his career goal to support students like himself, who needs support with transitioning to college, persisting beyond hurdles, and understanding how to be successful.

Elise Sheridan, MSW, LCSW

Leader in Training Program Manager

Elise has been involved with Camp Harbor View since 2012. During her first two summers, she served as a Group Leader. She greatly enjoyed this experience, but wanted a chance to work with the Leaders in Training program. Beginning in the summer 2014 she joined the LIT team as a Youth Worker. Elise has found great joy in this role as it allows her to build relationships with our young people and support them in a multitude of ways.

Elise graduated from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2010 with a degree in Communications. She has always had a passion for working with youth and a desire to give back. In October of 2010 Elise began working at the Joseph A. Browne Middle School in Chelsea, Ma. Elise worked as a paraprofessional in the Middle School Alternative Program for four years and spent one year working part-time at Chelsea High School as a Student Advocate in a Drop-Out Prevention Program. The time she spent growing and learning with the students and staff in these programs put her on the path to obtain a Master’s degree.

Elise earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Ma in May 2016. While at Simmons, Elise completed internships at The Home for Little Wanderers and TechBoston Academy.
Elise loves her work as part of the Leaders in Training team and is grateful for the opportunities Camp Harbor View provides the youth and communities it serves. Elise feels lucky to be part of an organization that empowers and supports youth with such dedication and integrity.

Scott Thomson, MSW, LCSW

Social Worker

Scott Thomson, a native from New Jersey, received a Bachelors in Social Work from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He first joined the CHV team as a social work intern from Boston College in summer 2015. He joined the full year-round team after earning his Master in Social Work degree in May of 2016. Scott brings with him experience working with adolescents and families in school and community-based settings.

Scott has great experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in social service settings and at camps. While working at summer camps as a teenager, Scott loved the opportunity to form deep connections with people which inspired him to pursue a career in social work. Through his love for nature and expertise in outdoor education Scott has enjoyed leading the CHV Survivor Program which allows him to share his passion with CHV Campers and LITs.

As part of the CHV team Scott is very excited to partner with CHV families to provide them with quality service and ongoing support.

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