Kathy Looper, MA, MFT
Therapist, Founder, Advocate, Ordained Minister
Kathy began her career as a Marriage and Family Therapist after a long career in the sports nutrition and fitness industry. Kathy spent twelve years as a nutritionist, personal trainer and fitness model. During this time, she owned and operated national sports nutrition retail stores, created and produced Fresno’s first NPC body building show and traveled as a fitness model for Gaspari Nutrition.
As a graduate intern, she worked with female felony parolees as they transitioned from prison into a residential treatment facility to complete their sentence. This experience and the time she spent volunteering at Tulare County’s Juvenile Justice Detention Facility, gave her a heart and desire to work with the offender based population, who are often misguided, misunderstood, abandoned, broken and abused segment of our society.
Through these experiences and others, she was inspired to create a new non-profit organization, that would begin to address the needs of the highly at-risk youth of Tulare County and the surrounding area. This non-profit is now Journey Youth Coalition, Inc. and she founded Tulare Counties first Licensed Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter, Genesis House.
Kathy spent 23 months, birthing, building and establishing Genesis House. While she is the founder of that organization, she has moved on to pursue other unrealized dreams of developing other much needed programs for the disenfranchised members of our community. Her true talent and gifting is in the creation and development of ideas, solving problems and finding the gap where a need exists. Kathy is a true advocate for all and especially the underserved, underprivileged and those who haven’t found their voice.
Kathy is also an ordained minister. She is an author and speaker and has helped establish women’s ministry teams. Her personal mission statement is:
“Developing people and businesses that embody authenticity, truth, grace & kindness so as to effect change in the community and culture around them.”