With a heart for helping others and a passion for families, Julia Hartz Tipmore has been named the director of the Issac Sterett Adventure Foundation.
For the last four years, Tipmore has been a caregiver for Issac’s grandmother, Janet.
“The Sterett family has meant so much to me since I met them, and that includes Issac,” Tipmore said. “It just felt right that this would be my next step.”
She said the Foundation and its mission are very close to her heart and she is honored to get to be a part of this team and continue the work they’ve done.
The mission of ISAF is all about getting kids outside and keeping them active — offering experiences and opportunities for them to get away from a screen and into adventures. Being a new mom, Tipmore said she is already realizing how important this is for future generations.
“My favorite memories from my childhood are from trips and time spent with family and friends,” Tipmore said. “Those are the moments that truly matter and shape who you are as a person.”
Looking toward the future, Tipmore said there are a lot of “amazing projects” in the works with ISAF.
“We are working on a commercial space in Owensboro that the foundation can use for events, meetings, office space, and collaborative efforts with other nonprofits in the community,” she said.
She is also looking forward to partnering with other nonprofits, especially locally, and working together to make a difference.
“Owensboro is such a great place to raise a family, and we’re going to do what we can to offer more opportunities for adventure,” she said. “iParc is going to be unlike anything out there, and kids in our area will get to grow up experiencing things they may not get to otherwise.”
It is a mission of the Issac Sterett Adventure Foundation to create a green space for the community that offers multiple opportunities for individuals and families to access nature. iParc will be located on a 25-acre property located off New Hartford Road that borders Adkisson Greenbelt Park.
Coming up in time for the holidays, Tipmore said the Foundation will have another merchandise drop.
Tipmore is a 2013 graduate of Western Kentucky University and an Owensboro native. She and her husband Drew just welcomed their first child, Henry, this year.