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Meet Our New Program Director

Hello supporters and community members! My name is Molly Mullin Verble and I am honored to join this dedicated team at The Kim Foundation (TKF) as the new Program Director. Various factors have led me to this amazing organization. First and foremost, I have a passion for supporting mental health initiatives in the community. As a former Program Director working in the school systems with youth and families who were underserved, I have seen firsthand how stigmas and lack of knowledge can negatively affect mental health across communities. I believe that education, self-care strategies, access to care, and connections to others can prevent suicide and improve lives. For these reasons, The Kim Foundation is close to my heart as its core mission is invaluable to our community and one of hope.

My past education and training have also led me to this position where I feel like I can make a broader impact. I have worked in youth programming in collaboration with school systems for over 20 years after completing my master’s degree in counseling and education. I have enjoyed building relationships with students and families through the years and connecting them to resources. These experiences have helped shape my interest in supporting social justice initiatives that help traditionally underserved communities gain access to education, mental health services and resources. I am so excited to work with the talented team and volunteers at TKF to implement programming and events that benefit and support diverse populations of individuals in our communities affected by higher rates of suicide.

Finally, on a personal note, I believe deeply in mental health services and how they can improve the quality of people’s lives. My past struggles and own personal journey with anxiety have also led me to this new role where I hope to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Through resources, education, and coping strategies, I have learned to live with anxiety and overcome its challenges. Reading, walking, utilizing mindfulness practices, exercising, and spending quality time with loved ones are also in my self-care toolkit. I also believe deeply in the core values of The Kim Foundation that promote healing and hope for tomorrow.

My favorite quote from Eleanor Roosevelt exemplifies this: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” I am grateful for this opportunity with The Kim Foundation and look forward to living out their mission.

Molly Mullin Verble

Molly Mullin Verble is the Program Director at The Kim Foundation. Molly earned her B.S. in Psychology from Marquette University and her M.Ed in Education (in Community and School Counseling) from Loyola University-Chicago. She has prior experience serving as a Program Director at the Youth Job Center of Evanston and Partnership 4 Kids. Molly’s former nonprofit work focused on leading programming initiatives in areas of education and youth development. She is a graduate of Leadership Evanston and LeadDiversity and a current participant in the Nonprofit Executive Institute.  Molly’s passions include mental health awareness, educational equity and diversity and inclusion. She currently oversees program development and evaluation, events, and grant initiatives for TKF. Outside of work, Molly enjoys spending quality time with her daughter, attending live music shows and sporting events and traveling on road trips.