MICHELLE KEARBY is the President and founder of the Pamela A. Kearby Foundation, Inc. She attended Southern Methodist University and Texas Woman’s University to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Child Development as well as a minor in Psychology in 2000. She then obtained a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2002. In 2005, she became licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors as a Licensed Professional Counselor and founded Next Step Counseling, LLC. She provided counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, and families with a major focus in divorce, child abuse and terminal illnesses. She achieved the status of a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor during this time.
In 2008, Michelle’s mother, Pam, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Pam was an incredibly caring and loving woman. After initial treatment, Pam went into remission and she and Michelle discussed starting a nonprofit organization for breast cancer patients. Through Pam’s treatment experience they were able to identify aspects of support and relief that were so very comforting.
Unfortunately, Pam lost her battle with breast cancer in 2012. Michelle and her co-founder Kim, with the support of her family and friends, have vowed to honor Pam’s wish to help others. This organization desires to provide patients with a comforting plush PAK (Pam’s Angel Kit) to support them through a difficult time.
KIM MURPHY serves as the Vice President and Treasurer of the foundation. She also coordinates sponsorships, fundraising and events. She has always felt the desire to facilitate within the non-profit sector and felt if she could ever make a difference she would. This resolve stuck with her through college as she went on to get her B.S degree in Food Science and Technology with a minor in business from Texas A&M University (Gig’em Aggies!) in 2002. After working several years, she and her husband decided to start a family. During this time she became active with various local non-profits.
Kim’s personal experience as a melanoma patient and with her grandmother’s stage III breast cancer at 82 years young, ignited her desire to make a difference. It was at this point Kim and Michelle talked about their experiences and their dream of an organization to rally around breast cancer patients became a reality!