KELLY KING (PRESIDENT, CO-FOUNDER)
Kelly’s interest in health and wellness began while teaching kindergarten in the suburbs of Minneapolis. From the time she started teaching in 2000, to when she decided to stay home with her youngest child in 2011, she noticed an increase in the number of children with health-related issues and neurological disorders. Curious as to the increase and always one to seek truth, she found that families who chose dietary interventions and increased their emphasis on wellness for their children were able to reduce and reverse health related symptoms. She remained skeptical, but open minded because of her anecdotal accounts of these very special students.
Shortly after the birth of her daughter Kendall in 2005, Kelly was forced to make similar changes after Kendall became chronically ill with frequent infections that eventually led to ADHD diagnosis and chronic pneumonia. You can read Kendall’s Story HERE. In making dietary changes for Kendall, she quickly realized that her own health was suffering from the fast and easy food lifestyle she had become accustom to. Eating whole foods, exercising, getting the proper amount of sleep and practicing being mindful, became priorities for the whole family and through these practices everyone started to feel more alive and full of energy again.
Kelly envisions a world where children do not have to suffer a life sentence of health-related illnesses. A world of children healed. A world where every health issue has multiple solutions and one where all families have access to the tools functional and lifestyle medicine provides.
Kelly graduated from Minnesota State Mankato with a degree in Elementary Education. She received her Master’s in Education in 2006, from St. Mary’s University and taught kindergarten and first grade for over 10 years.
In her spare time Kelly enjoys traveling, yoga, downhill skiing and wake surfing. Kelly is married to Kyle King and has three children, Kendall (2005), Kade (2007), and Knox (2011). She and her family reside in Chaska, MN. Her daughter Kendall is the spirit and inspiration for Hope Rooted.
AMANDA KACUBA (VICE PRESIDENT, CO-FOUNDER)
Amanda has always had an interest in health and fitness and from a young age she would ride her bike all over rural Pennsylvania with her Dad. Her passion for wellness further developed when she had children. A move to the San Joaquin Valley in California resulted in her family becoming sick. A combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors had greatly impacted their health.
Amanda graduated with a degree in Chemistry from Muhlenberg College (2002) and she spent the earlier part of her career working for the Pharmaceutical Industry. When her family got sick, medication did not help. She started to look at health through a new lens. Healthcare instead of sick care had helped her family to THRIVE. This inspired a deep passion for her to help others realize the impact and power of a Functional Medicine approach in finding the root cause of illness and eventually healing.
Amanda has taught High School Chemistry and also indoor cycle in the past. She loves yoga and is working on certification in Reiki and Healing Touch practices. She looks at health in four pillars- mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. They are all connected, and she enjoys studying and learning about this connection and the different pillars.
Pure joy for Amanda is quietly watching her children Perryn (2008) and Cole (2010) play on the beach where she lives in Swampscott, Ma. Amanda is married to her best friend, Jeremy Kacuba.
ALLISON BAKER (SECRETARY)
Allison was born and raised in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. She loves the lake and all things active. She grew up competing and spending time on the softball field or in the pool. She has participated in one marathon, several half marathons, one 5 mile swim and various other races.
She graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 1997 and then studied at St. Catherine in 2002 where she received a Master’s in occupational therapy.
After getting married, Allison’s career took her to New Jersey where she worked as an OT in an eating disorder unit at a hospital. She found a passion for working with people who had mental health issues and spent her career in that field until the birth of her first child in 2005.
Allison and her husband, Mick, have three active boys. Healthy eating and lifestyle hasn’t always been a priority. Due to being so active, she and her family enjoyed lots of sweets and processed food for years. She was hesitant to recognize the impact of these choices and did not look beyond a standard Western medicine approach to health.
This all changed when one of her sons was diagnosed with PANDAS in 2015. The disruption and strife this caused the entire family made her search for answers that would help her son THRIVE and get better.
Following a year of antibiotic treatment, Allison felt she had nothing to lose by taking her son to a functional medicine practitioner in Minnesota to look for a better solution. This is where the lightbulb went on about the importance of adding functional medicine in a child’s life. FM doctors looked deeper to determine the root cause of her son’s health struggles. Her son began improving through supplementation, correcting vitamin and mineral deficiencies and addressing a longstanding Lyme infection.
Allison feels that Functional Medicine often is the missing piece for many kids and wishes these services were covered by insurance. Until then, she works on the Hope ROOTED team to support its mission and vision.
KYLE KING (TREASURER)
JEREMY KACUBA (BOARD MEMBER)
SARA SMITH (EDITOR)