Stella Husch, 38

Stella HuschStella Husch is the President and Owner of Strive Recreational Therapy Services, Inc., a service organization that provides In- Home Recreational Therapy. Stella graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks and Recreation with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.  Certifications include:  Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).  Stella also started a non- profit organization, coined Strive Inc, where Recreational Therapy is provided to those who do not have the insurance to cover services.  Recreational Therapy uses sports, recreation and leisure to get those with catastrophic injuries back into the community being active and enjoying life.

She also has received a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Stella has been working in the Parks and Recreation (special population and general) and Therapeutic Recreation (in- home and clinically) fields for over 15 years.  Stella has also been previously employed at Autumn Woods Healthcare Facility, William Beaumont Hospital, City of Oak Park, Oakland County Parks and other recreation and park organizations within the Metro Detroit and Oakland County area. Stella was most recently named the Games Director for the Michigan Victory Games, a Nationally recognized competitive sporting competition for athletes with disabilities.  Stella has also served as part of the Games Committee for the National Junior Disability Championships in 2012 and is a community advisor to the 2013 World Dwarf Games to be held this August.

She is also active with Brain Injury Association, Case Management Society of America and the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals.  She has also been active in the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) where she has held many board and committee member positions and is also a current member of Michigan Therapeutic Recreation Association (MTRA), American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA), Adaptive Sports Coalition, and National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA) along with many other organizations. 


Awards received include Crain's Detroit Healthcare Hero Award 2012, The Outstanding Achievement Award (MRPA ), The Young Professional Award (NRPA Ethnic Minority Society), Outstanding Coach Award (Michigan Disability Sports Alliance), 2007 American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration Externship Scholarship, and others.


The information presented here was accurate as of January 2013.