Volunteer, Advocate & Founder
The Goetz Mental Wellness Initiative; Imagine Thriving was founded by Stephanie Goetz in 2013 to honor her brother Cam Goetz, who took his life on August 11th 2002 – the day before his 20th birthday. Cam was one of a kind: all star athlete, handsome, well-loved and a man with a heart of gold. But through high school and into college, he silently battled depression. His suicide rocked their close-knit family and the entire community of Red Wing, MN. Over the years, Stephanie reflected many times on the mental health and wellness help her brother Cam could have used in high school and the lack of awareness there is for kids struggling with mental illness. So after many years on her own journey of learning, understanding and working through grief, in 2013 Stephanie - along with many important people - started the non-profit to honor her brother and help get resources to youth and families struggling with mental health issues. The organization is a champion for early intervention, prevention and hope for those struggling with mental illness as well as mental health education, implementing specially trained staff in schools to support struggling kids, and removing financial barriers for children and families needing vital mental health care. Stephanie plays a volunteer & advocacy role with Imagine Thriving.
Vice President of Governance & Board Member:
PrairieCare Child and Family fund is a non-profit dedicated to funding innovative programming for mental health initiative in education. Stephanie has the great privilege of working alongside some of the most talented, smart, progressive-thinking individuals in the mental health realm who are focused on creating solutions and support for people struggling with mental illness. The fund is focused on finding and implementing the best solutions to support the whole well-being of children and their families so that all people can live a fulfilled, joyful life!
Chair of the Gala Auction Leadership Committee and Executive Leadership Team board member:
Stephanie supports the remarkable efforts of the American Heart Association to help them build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. She helps the organization get the funding they need to provide innovative programming, groundbreaking research, CPR training, empower people to have the life-saving skills they need to save lives, live a healthier and happier life, and have more peace of mind around cardiovascular health.