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.

Louis Yuhasz

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.

Margaret Taylor

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.

Jenny Thackston

Jenny is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has been a Lowcountry resident since 1993. As a small business owner, she is an active member of many professional organizations with a passion for helping other entrepreneurs. She began volunteering for Louie’s Kids in 2009 and took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator in 2010. Louie’s Kids and their amazing volunteers show up to many local events to promote our programs, raise money and stay engaged with the community. In Jenny’s free time, she enjoys yoga, long walks, reading and spending time with her four-legged kids.

Robert Hickey

Bobby Hickey is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and has been working with Louie’s Kids since he moved to Charleston in 2016.  He attended Clemson University where he graduated with a degree in Biosystems Engineering.  Bobby has been in love with fitness and competition from a young age, and races whenever he can, from local 5Ks to half-marathon Spartan Races.  Bobby developed a passion for working with kids while building schools during his many trips in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to affect change in his own community through Louie’s Kids.

Mark Muncey

Mark Muncey joined Louie’s Kids in 2015 as a volunteer and quickly realized there was a shared passion for Fighting Childhood Obesity. He is a native of Tazewell, VA, a beautiful agriculture town located in Southwest Virginia, where one-third of the population is considered obese. Mark grew up with an interest for exercise, fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle. He attended college at Virginia Tech where he earned a BS Degree in Business Management and a MS Degree in Health Promotion – Sports Performance. Mark was a 3-year letterman for the Virginia Tech Football Team. Years later, Mark served as an assistant strength coach for the Virginia Tech Football Team and holds the following certifications; CSCS, USA – Weightlifting, USA – Track & Field, FMS, & Nutrition Specialist.

Today, Mark continues his desire to live a healthy style through nutrition, exercise, and continued education. Mark has become an avid runner, completing his first marathon in 2016, and found a new love in power yoga. Mark enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends & family. Especially, his wife Briana, who shares the importance of a healthy lifestyle and has ran over 10 marathons; including the Boston Marathon twice. As our country faces an obesity and diabetes crisis, Mark is excited to continue his work with Louie’s Kids and change lives- “One Family at a Time!”

BOARD MEMBERS

FRED WSZOLEK

Principal WWP Strategies

DOUG BLALOCK

BAYVIEW AVIATION

ANDREA FELBER

Partner, Perception Wines, MTV Past Director of Event Marketing

CHRIS YOUNG

Entrepreneur

DAVID CLARK

Owner – SOL Restaurant, Wild Wing Oakland Market

KELLY LYLE

Entrepreneur

TAMMI DOWER

Entrepreneur

TANYA FITZGERALD

Senior Leadership Advisory Services, DHR International

RICHARD HRICIK

Lawyer

LOIS SMITH

Fitness Professional

ADVISOR

DEBORAH A BOWLBY, MD

Director, Pediatric Endocrinology, MUSC