Who we are

Our Mission

 Enriching the lives of families, one community at a time

Our Purpose
To help improve the lives of children through the major components of education, athletics, arts and outreach. Adult participants will experience life advancements through the dynamics of exercise, emotion maintenance, employable skills training and involvement.

We create and facilitate purposeful, child-oriented activities and educational opportunities that provide fun and unique experiences for youth through the components of safety, acceptance, diversity, adventure, personal development and camaraderie. Joyful Journeys will provide to those that lack either funds, transportation, or involved adults the ability to experience the building of positive community bonds, positive relationship building with adults and successful achievement through study time, craft building, game playing, community service and positive leisure activities at little or no cost to individuals.

Through a second component of the Joyful Journeys Community Enrichment Program, participating adults will experience the opportunity to advance their computer and technology skills, develop the professional ability to locate and secure employment, participate in successful parenting courses, health and wellness courses, healthy marriage and relationship courses and fitness classes, again at little or no cost to individuals.

Board Of Directors

Tasha VanMarter
Founder, Executive Director

Hi! My name is Tasha VanMarter and I am a huge fan of the outdoors. I love to run, hike, snowboard, backcountry, exercise and I absolutely LOVE my dog. I recently received my masters in Sociology and have dedicated my life to helping others improve theirs.  I believe that its not what you have in life that's important, but what you give to those around you...even if all you can give is a smile.

Tia Loera
Co-Founder, Treasurer

My name is Tia and I'm an active mother of 4 wonderful children who live and breath soccer. I love to volunteer at my children's school and do all that I can to be a positive role model in their lives. For fun I play indoor soccer and go on exciting adventures with my family to grow as a woman, mother, and person.

Sue Holley

Hello!  My name is Sue :) As the mother of 4 children and 7 grandchildren I am always involved in something. I love helping my family and am excited to be a member of the Joyful Journeys Community Enrichment team. On my down time, my husband and I enjoy participating in poker runs, motorcycle rides and watching my kids and grandkids sporting events. We have a very active family and believe that as a group nothing can bring us down

Tiffany Smith
Board Member

Hi! My name is Tiffany Smith. I love to read, write, travel and take on new adventures. I am a huge children's advocate and six-year Chemo Angel. I believe that any child's situation can be changed if he/she had just one person who believed in him/her.

Kristi Nissen
Board member

Hi my name is Kristi Nissen and I've been doing philenthropic work for about 10 years now helping with the Ronald McDonald House, St. Judes, and Epsilon Sigma Alpha!  I am so glad to be a part of Joyful Journeys :)  Its a wonderfull program and Im excited to be on the ground floor and watch it grow as we gain community support from people like you!


Email:   joyfuljourneysce@gmail.com
Phone:  303-667-9695