Founder / Executive DirectorStacy Fuson is a rare combination of natural beauty, intelligence and true compassion. She is a succesful model, actress, spokesperson, business owner and corporate executive. Stacy began her career as a model at the age of 14. She continued her career in front of the camera as an actress, news anchor, and spokesperson. However, her continued successful career is not what defines her. It is her compassion that drives and defines much of what she does. For years Stacy has volunteered for many organizations including Wounded Warriors, Richard Karn Foundation, Toys for Tots, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and many others. Stacy currently serves on the board of the One Step Closer Foundation, a Cerebral Palsy Charity. She volunteers weekly at her church working with Special Ministries, a program for those with disabilities. Stacy can also be seen playing in celebrity charity poker tournaments in various cities.
Never one to be complacent and even with an already successful career, Stacy went back to school and earned a BA in Business Management and Organizational Leadership, from Asuza Pacific University. Stacy went on to work for Aclipsa, a startup technology company, and sits on the board of Equity Partners. Stacy also became a successful business owner, starting Vitamins by Stacy.
Stacy is keenly aware that there are those in the world who have harder lives to lead. Stacy’s mother suffered from polio and she spent many days accompanying her mother to doctor visits. She’s never forgotten those visits and the troubles her mother persevered through, along with all the other patients she saw coping with their own disabilities. It is Stacy’s deep-seated desire to make the world a better place that has led her to be so involved in many causes. It is also what led her to start her own foundation dedicated to helping disabled individuals, The Stacy Fuson Foundation.
Detective Ed Troyer has worked for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years. He is currently assigned as the media and public relations officer for the Sheriff’s Department. For the past 10 years, Detective Troyer has also served as Executive Director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers Program. Crime Stoppers is an internationally recognized nonprofit whose primary goal is to help law enforcement apprehend dangerous fugitives by partnering with the media and the public. A civilian board of directors oversees the organization and several community outreach programs that help underprivileged youth and at risk kids such as Charlies Dinosaur, Groove Music for Youth and Toys for Tots.
In addition to his law enforcement duties and volunteer efforts, Det. Troyer serves as a board member at TAPCO Credit Union and is the current Board Chair. The board manages $340,000,000 in assets. In 2015, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee appointed Det. Troyer as a Washington State Gambling Commissioner. The Gambling Commission is tasked with ensuring gambling operations in Washington State are legal and honest.
As part of his mission to help kids, Det. Troyer founded the Wishfactory Foundation to provide kids in need with financial assistance for clothing, extracurricular activities and other programs. He has also organized several Mission to Mexico trips to deliver ambulances, medic rigs and fire trucks to villages lacking lifesaving equipment. Det. Troyer also volunteers for Special Olympics Washington to coordinate the annual Polar Plunge to raise funds for the athletes and has spent many years as a youth coach in both baseball and basketball.
Kathy Loppnow is the CFO/financial consultant for Michels Management Services LLC, an entity owned by an entrepreneur from Wisconsin. Her career has spanned across many industries in the U.S. due to the entrepreneurship of her employer. Prior to her involvement in the Stacy Fuson Foundation, Kathy was associated with many other charitable organizations. Most recently, she was Treasurer for the University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac Foundation where she discovered the importance of educating our youth communities.
Kathy was raised on a dairy farm in a small town in Wisconsin and is the second oldest of 8 children. Her mother was a prolific influence on her life who embodied the character of giving and helping those less fortunate. Kathy was instilled with a strong work ethic and it was her mother’s influence that gave her a strong compassion for those truly in need.
Kathy earned her BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and went straight into Public Accounting. From there, she went to work for a major construction contractor in Wisconsin. While there, she became involved in several of their charitable and political organizations that further developed her passion for compassion. As a result, she has become a champion of causes for those less fortunate.
Reilly Johnson is a Graphic Designer based out of Scottsdale, AZ. His career path has taken him to various industries throughout his career. He has been in a marketing position with a utility construction company based out of Wisconsin and has worked with numerous software design firms.
Reilly is originally from Wisconsin where he spent the majority of his life prior to moving to Arizona in June of 2013. He carries a Bachelors Degree with an emphasis on Graphic Design from Marian University of Fond du Lac, WI as well as a Web Design degree from Scottsdale Community College. He specializes in digital marketing, web design, and social media.
As a board member for the Stacy Fuson Foundation, Reilly is beyond overjoyed to volunteer his time as the head of marketing for such a good cause. He is truly blessed to be a part of an organization that offers financial support to people with disabilities.