Our Story

Louie’s Kids is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that raises funds to help treat childhood obesity, which afflicts 25 million American children today. Louie’s Kids works to find the best treatment options to meet the needs of each child. We find the fix that fits, one kid at a time.

Founded in 2001 in Alexandria, Virginia and operated today out of Charleston, South Carolina, Louie’s Kids serves economically disadvantaged kids nationwide.

Our Mission

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.

Staff

Louis

A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Louis Yuhasz was the child of a morbidly obese parent – affectionately named “Big Louie.” Louis’ father weighed 550 pounds at the time of his death in January 2001. Louis founded Louie’s Kids – his very personal crusade to educate as many of the 25 million children suffering from childhood obesity. Today Louis and his staff work with hundreds of children each year in dozens of communities across the country. An esteemed member of the Charleston, South Carolina community, Louis devotes an enormous amount of time, energy and personal resources to Louie’s Kids among other local non-profits. With numerous philanthropic awards and national recognition for his non-profit, Louis is poised to reach an even larger national audience with his message of change and can-do attitude. Louis has multiple degrees in hospitality management and culinary arts and in his spare time enjoys yoga, running and gardening.


Laura

Laura is a native of Summerville SC. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition at Clemson University. Laura began as a volunteer with Louie’s Kids in the summer of 2008 and took part in the first Louie’s Kids Fit Club and has since become the Nutritional Coordinator. Laura is certified as a personal trainer through NESTA and has worked as a private trainer and as a group exercise instructor. This past year she has begun to train and compete in figure competitions. She is an avid runner, having completed numerous 5K and 10K runs, in addition to a half and full marathon. Laura enjoys cooking and teaching others how to convert recipes into healthy recipes. Her passion is working with young children to educate them on how to be healthier through better nutrition and an active lifestyle. Laura is eager to continue her work here in Charleston with Louie’s Kids and also hopes to be involved in spreading the good work of Louie’s Kids to other metropolitan areas.

Murray

Louie’s Kids, a Charleston based non-profit organization, shares the genuine passion of Murray Young to fight against child obesity. As a trained counselor and the Behavioral Coach for Louie’s Kids, Murray leads the group therapy portion of Fit Club’s after-school sessions. Based on the principals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Murray introduces the children to the importance of Behavior Modification; identifying issues and emotions connected to their struggles of being overweight or obese. Murray Young is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern whose past experience are telling signs of her genuine passion to be in the “helping profession.” Her education began at the University of South Carolina with a degree in Experimental Psychology primarily focusing in Elementary Education. Murray later moved to Charleston, SC to further her education at the Citadel earning Masters of Arts in Psychology. She has experience working in a mental health facility, college counseling center, and a treatment facility for children victims of abuse.

Margaret

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.

Board Members

  • Douglas C. Blalock, Chair

    Owner, Bayview Aviation, LLC

  • Mary A. Zapatka

    Owner/Operator, The Square Onion

  • Andrea Felber, Secretary

    Partner, Perception Wines, MTV Past Director of Event Marketing

  • Fred Wszolek, Treasurer

    Partner, WWP Strategies

  • Thomas J. Parsell, Jr.

    Attorney at Law | Owner, Hospitality Management Group, Inc.

  • Gayenell Magwood, RN, PhD

    Associate Professor College of Nursing, MUSC

  • John M. Moloney

    Sr. Director of State and Local Government Operations, Boeing

  • Jennifer Bilbro

    Founder/CEO Out to Eat with Kids

Advisors

  • Linn Lesesne

    Director of Marketing, Charming Inns and Circa 1886

  • Deborah A. Bowlby, MD

    Director, Pediatric Endocrinology, MUSC