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Kathy Opperman, Founder and President​​

Kathy Opperman, Certified Life Coach, has a passion for helping others become the best version of themselves! A graduate of Gwynedd Mercy College, she practiced as a Registered Nurse in the 1980's. She later joined her family's business as a Realtor where she became a Manager, Trainer and then Owner. In 2011 after surgery for a rare skin cancer on her scalp, Kathy was inspired to open a different kind of Wellness Center in 2013. However, she discovered many people needed stress relief services and Life Coaching, but could not afford it. She was encouraged to start a non-Profit whose mission would be to help youth to adult to lead happier and successful lives. 

Pillars of Light and Love was formed in 2014 and became active in the Fall of 2015 after it received 501(c)3 tax deductible status from the IRS. In December of 2015, the Wellness Center was closed and Pillars of Light and Love became the main tenant of newly named building, the Empowering U Center.

Pillars of Light and Love exists solely on donations and grants, and is partially funded by Kathy to keep it going. Kathy is completing a self-improvement book and teaches several workshops onsite and at local businesses on Stress and Time Management, Creating Peace in Your Life, and more. Many lives have been positively transformed at the Empowering U Center.  Kathy looks forward to growing Pillars so it may continue to serve and achieve it's mission of helping to create happy, confident, courageous and stress free children, teens and adults! Her newest venture is "Empowering U"-a Julia's Joy Youth Empowerment Program for Schools. 

Connect with Kathy on Facebook by liking her page https://www.facebook.com/KathyOppermanInspires/

and joining her Group called Tips for Life and Stress Management at https://www.facebook.com/groups/TipsForStress/  or follow her on Twitter @KathyOpperman


Kathy's Inspirational Moment

"The above photo is of me contemplating my life's purpose atop the Airport Vortex in Sedona in April 2017. It was the day before this photo that I heard of the suicide of 14 year-old Julia Morath, a child I did not know but who has had a huge impact on my life. Now, because of the inspiration I was praying for atop this mountain, many lives of  tweens and teens have been transformed and positively impacted in many ways."

"I was inspired to start a program called "Julia's Joy", and with her parent's permission the program was born in memory of Julia in May of 2017.  I wanted to be able to help other teens find their joy in life, and to help them know they are not alone-even though they may think they are! "

Julia was a fun-loving teen who had many friends, a loving family, and yet she could not find peace and joy in her heart. She was a giving soul who helped others and served at missions. Her family told me it would bring her much happiness to know that a program in her name is inspiring others and helping them to find their joy! I thank God and Julia for the inspiration to make a difference with Julia's Joy, and the many lives she will touch!" ~ Kathy Opperman

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