An award-winning television journalist, best-selling author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and mother of seven, (including two sets of twins, ages 3 and 5), Joan Lunden defines “today’s working mother.” For 17 years she awakened us each day as host of ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, making her the longest running host on early morning television. Joan has been a constant and reassuring presence in American homes for over 25 years, keeping viewers informed on the latest information to support parents in raising and educating their children.
Joan is one of the most visible and written-about moms in America, having graced the covers of over 30 magazines. In sharing her personal experiences, Joan has become a vocal parenting advocate. She was voted Mother of the Year by the National Mothers Day Committee and Career Mother of the Year by the National Institute of Infant Services. She has served as national spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the American Lung Association’s campaign on the dangers of smoking and pregnancy, and the American Red Cross. She is currently spokesperson for First Steps to a Healthy Smile for Oral B and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Joan has dedicated much of her career to educating parents. She hosted the 2008 Emmy award-winning America’s Invisible Children for the CW Network, the ACE award-winning Mothers Day for Lifetime TV, Miracle Babies for PAX-TV, Parenting Minutes on the Newborn Baby Channel and the video Your Newborn Baby.
A best selling author, her books include Growing Up Healthy: Protecting Your Child From Diseases Now Through Adulthood, Wake-Up Calls, A Bend In The Road Is Not The End Of The Road, Joan Lunden’s Healthy Living, Joan Lunden’s Healthy Cooking, Mother’s Minutes, Your Newborn Baby, and Good Morning I’m Joan Lunden. She also hosts the exercise video Workout America.
A passion for disseminating wellness information and inspiring people to take charge of their health and happiness has been at the forefront of many of Joan’s projects. Looking for a more personal and hands-on approach to helping others kick-start their health and happiness, Joan has created Camp Reveille, a retreat for women that promotes personal growth, renewal...and just plain fun! Women from all over the country can energize their spirits, create goals, and learn the tools needed to achieve a healthier balance in their lives. These life-enhancing getaways take place in the Sebago Lake region of southern Maine.
JEFFREY A. KONIGSBERG
“Make your vocation your avocation,” says Jeff Konigsberg, long time owner of two prestigious summer camps - Camp Takajo for boys in Naples, Maine, and Tripp Lake Camp for girls in Poland, Maine. Since purchasing Camp Takajo in 1988, Jeff has been a hands-on owner and director, devoting his life to helping children explore the world and learn about themselves and their surroundings in a safe, nurturing environment.
A leader in the camping profession, Jeff’s vision and innovative thinking have made Camp Takajo the standard by which summer camps are measured. Jeff is an active member of the American Camping Association and the Maine Youth Camping Association, through which he promotes a better summer camping environment for the entire camping community, ensuring that not only his camps, but all camps employ proper risk management techniques and promotes the highest standards of health and safety for children.
In 2000 Jeff married TV journalist Joan Lunden who has been a long time advocate for the health and safety of women and children. Jeff and Joan started their own family in 2003 with the birth of twins, Max and Kate. Two years later Jeff and Joan’s family grew with the arrival of their second set of twins, Kim and Jack. As the parents of two sets of young rambunctious twins, Jeff and Joan recognized the difficulties of staying connected to four children while out in public. Knowing that it can only take a second for a child to vanish, and not content with the products available, they set out to find an answer.
“Necessity is the mother of invention,” says Jeff and Joan, who spent a year designing, developing, testing, and manufacturing KinderKord as a way for parents and children to stay connected without the stigma of a leash or a harness. They have been involved in every step of the development, from patent to sales, and they continue to nurture the growth of their product daily. Everywhere they go, Jeff and Joan keep their little ones close with the help of KinderKord. It has not only provided them with comfort and security as parents, but it has also given them firsthand, personal experience in the development of this innovative product.