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As the mother of an active-duty soldier in Afghanistan, Kelly was aware of the possibility of losing her son, but no doubt that foreknowledge did not make the news that her son, Army SPC. Corey Kowall, had been killed on September 20, 2009, any easier to bear.
Almost immediately, Kelly turned that tragedy into a wide-reaching good by finding a way to help others deal with their grief. In 2010 she founded her first non-profit organization, FAVE Boating Expeditions. In 2012 she officially founded My Warrior’s Place, where our American Heroes and their families can find refuge and have a place to heal from the tragedies they have had to endure. FAVE Boating Expeditions then became a program under My Warrior's Place along with other programs that were specifically created to bring about hope and healing.
Kelly is an ICF certified Life Coach and a certified Grief Services Provider by the American Grief Academy.
Kelly is also an accomplished writer, speaker and has over 20 years experience in sales, marketing and management. In 2016 she published her first book entitled “My Life After... the death of my son - a story of miracles”.
Louise is a Licensed Mental Health Counsellor in the state of Florida with more than 20 years’ experience as a trauma therapist, working primarily among adolescents, adults, first responders and combat veterans.
Prior to retiring from private practice in December, 2018, Louise became the Project Corregidor Program Director for My Warrior's Place.
n February, 2019, she joined the mission of Opus Peace, as a Leadership Ambassador, educating mental health providers, first responders, and veterans service groups about Soul Injury®.
Louise is a Veteran of the United States Army, Vietnam Era. She served 5 and a half years working as a Federal Aviation Administration-Certified Air Traffic Controller at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.
Using the GI Bill, Louise completed her undergraduate degree at Cal-State Fullerton (1984) majoring in History and Political Science. She then went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies from Cambridge College, Massachusetts (1998), and then later, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology(2003), also at Cambridge College.