To empower kids to make changes, both physically and mentally, for a healthier & more productive life. To strengthen the future of the communities we serve by making children better, healthier citizens. To provide excellent stewardship to those funders who invest their time and treasure in the children we serve. To provide our employees with challenging and rewarding careers in facilitating healthy changes in children.
Margaret’s professional education includes a master’s degree in counseling from Clemson University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Davidson College. Since graduate school, her counseling career has included work in a residential treatment center, private practice, employee assistance counseling, and working as a middle and upper school guidance counselor. As an athlete with type 1 diabetes for 25 years, Margaret has a personal interest in coaching families who are managing health and wellness issues.
As a licensed professional counselor and parent coach, she relies on traditional parenting’s practical, common sense approach to solving family problems. Margaret believes parent coaching is an excellent platform for parents seeking to establish authority, and raise their families with leadership and a sense of humor. Margaret lives in Mount Pleasant, SC with her husband Gray and two daughters.
Justin Bennett is a native of Charleston, SC and attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, where he attained a degree in accounting. Justin started volunteering with Louie’s Kids in the spring of 2011. He has been a running track and field since high school and has completed more than 12 marathons. Working with children and giving back started while at The Citadel in the Bulldog-Bullpup mentoring program. A program designed to help at-risk children ages 4 to 10 in the downtown community. Justin has a passion for helping and encouraging others with a smile! Justin excited to continue his work here in Charleston with Louie’s Kids.
Coach Allison Lapp (31) has been with Louie’s Kids as a volunteer and coach since 2014. Allison is originally from Olney, Maryland, where she developed a love for swimming, as well as coaching. She found herself in the south during her college years, attending Clemson University for four years as a Varsity Letter winner in Swimming. She coached swimming each summer during those years and still cherishes the relationships that she developed with her swim kids. She received her Masters in Health Promotion Management at the American University after her time at Clemson and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), but South Carolina kept calling her back. She moved to Charleston in 2014 and never looked back. Allison now works at the Roper St. Francis Research and Innovation Center as a Clinical Project Coordinator, specializing in Alzheimer’s research. She is able to continue coaching children and developing relationships through Fit Fam, where she challenges others to push out of their comfort zones to make lasting lifestyle changes. Allison has also been able to overcome the “retired college athlete” stigma by competing in road races, and plans to add triathlons to the mix in the near future.
Mount Pleasant, SC